The Bader International Study Centre, based at Herstmonceux Castle, have announced this week that their parent university, Queen’s University (based in Ontario, Canada), have for the second year in a row been ranked in the top ten of universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.
These rankings measure the actions universities are taking to advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within and beyond their local communities.

This year sees Queen’s University ranked 7th in the world out of over 1,500 higher education institutions.

Based at the medieval castle, the Bader International Study Centre was part of the Queen’s submission, contributing evidence across a number of the categories, each aligned to one of the 17 SDGs.

In particular, the Centre was able to contribute strong evidence around the Castle’s land management approach and ability to offer public access to the natural environment.
The Estate encompasses more than 600 acres of land containing medieval parklands, ancient woodlands, meadows, ponds, marshlands, and formal gardens.

To improve and restore the Estate’s surrounding environment, the Castle team are implementing sustainable ecological practices such as rewilding and coppicing to repair damaged ecosystems and restore the grounds to their original state through natural processes. Improving biodiversity and the adoption of a sustainable mindset at the Bader International Study Centre is reflective of Queen’s steadfast dedication to advancing sustainable development through the UN’s SDGs, providing a living lab for students, staff, and members of the public.

By way of its community and student outreach programs, the Centre has consistently shared its advancements and knowledge in sustainability and biodiversity with the public, providing education and enjoyment to the larger community.
“The nature of our Estate, our location by the coast and neighboring sites of special scientific interest (SSSI), coupled with the international student body we attract mean that some SDGs, particularly those around the environment and climate action, inclusivity, and quality education have real relevance to us.” says the Centre’s Vice Provost and Executive Director, Dr Hugh Horton, “The Castle and wider Estate is a special place, and as custodians of it we will continue to take that role very seriously indeed.”

The Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle is the legacy of Queen’s alumnus Dr Alfred Bader, who gifted the Castle as place where Queen’s University could facilitate the gathering of academic scholars from all over the world and educate the next generation of global citizens.