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The second issue of Meliora has launched in a more sustainably conscious society than our first issue. Oceanic and terrestrial plastic waste is increasingly recognised as a critical global issue. The well–publicised findings in Hollywood, the #TimesUp and #MeToo campaigns and pay inequality, have finally led to some level of appropriate scrutiny around all elements of gender equality.

We have some indicators of progress, and this is a clear indication that if the population really chose to, we can make our planet cleaner, fairer and safer by 2030. However, with 12 years to go until the end–date of the Sustainable Development Goals, there are still many other areas to make progress on.

The primary aim of Meliora has always been to assist with the delivery of SDG 4 Quality Education. Focusing on Target 4.7 "By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development….", the Meliora team want to give undergraduate and postgraduate taught student researchers the platform to publish their work in a reputable international journal. We want the higher education sector to showcase the excellence of student sustainability work and for authors to recognise how their work, from the widest spectrum of disciplines, contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals and to spread the word.

After all, only through education, formal or otherwise, will we be able to achieve the other sixteen Sustainable Development Goals. We truly believe that student research is an integral part of this . With sustainable practices embedded in the future of research, and graduates understanding how their careers can contribute to sustainable development, progress is inevitable in all areas of study, society and business.

This issue of Meliora, like our inaugural one, demonstrates the breadth of sustainability both in practice and in research: primary school education to the environment. Combining the subject content in our journal with that of our annual Symposium our student authors and presenters are leading the pursuit of the better.

First and foremost, Meliora is student focussed and we would love for any student interested in being part of the Meliora Team (to review papers or help run the Symposium) to contact us. To maintain our credibility and ensure the academic rigour of the journal, we value the time of academics who give up their time to support our goals and confirm the high standard of the research outputs of our student authors. For more information or to get involved, please email us at meliora@soton.ac.uk.

Thank you for reading this second edition of Meliora. Please do contact us if you have any feedback or questions.