Guidelines for universities engaging in social responsibility


The final output of the UNIBILITY project is now out! The Guidelines are designed to help universities to successfully incorporate USR (University Social Responsibility) in their strategies and everyday activities.

The USR guidelines are available online in a pdf version and have a transnational perspective. The document draws inspiration from relevant publications on USR and from best practice from partner countries, as identified in UNIBILITY’s USR Toolkit of Practices.

The target audience comprises university personnel including teachers, researchers, students, management, and administration as well as policy makers and funding agencies.

The USR Guidelines were presented at the 1st European-USR Conference “University meets Social Responsibility” organised in Barcelona on the 22nd of September 2017. GUNi was present at the conference by the hand of Josep M. Vilalta, director of GUNi and executive-secretary of ACUP, at the keynote session 1. He presented the 6th GUNi report 'Towards a Socialy Responsible University - balancing the Global with the Local', giving a special emphasis on the role of RRI in Higher Education with projects such as HEIRRI (Higher Education Institutions and Responsible Research and Innovation).

The session was shared with Valentina Tassone, from the Wageningen University & Research Centre The Netherlands, who presented 'EnRRICH, for more responsible and responsive graduates'.




  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government