Social Responsibility


Outstanding Contribution to widening participation

Winners (staff)

Ruth Daniel and Teresa Bean, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

The Creative Entrepreneurial Programme In Place of War

The creative entrepreneur programme seeks to support young people interested in cultural expression who have limited access to formal education, training or employment due to conflict and poverty. It has produced a University certified programme with free to use resources informed by real life case studies. It also has local trainers enabling over 200 participants across 13 countries to get involved.

Teresa says: "We were thrilled that the impact of our creative and social entrepreneur programme was acknowledged by the University. The award has helped us leverage further funding to continue the delivery of the programme in Uganda next year."

Watch the Ruth and Teresa's film.

Highly Commended (staff)

David Rydeheard, Sarah Zaman, Dave Ames, Carol Murray and Carl Simmons, School of Computer Science

Computing At School

David and his colleagues work on supporting the teaching of computer science. They have developed specific programmes to widen the participation of under-represented groups in computer science. For example Girls Computer Science Days, a Microbit challenge day and a SEN conference for teachers.

Highly Commended (staff)

Dr Melanie Giles, Archaeology, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Prehistory in the Primary Classroom

Melanie has developed ‘Prehistory in the Primary School’. It is a series of local, regional and national initiatives to provide primary school teachers with in-school workshops, hands-on teaching collections and web-based resources to introduce children to Britain’s earliest heritage.

Winner (student)

Memona Shahid, Pharmacy, School of Health Sciences

LIGHTSS & Access All Areas

Memona set up a successful project (LIGHTSS) in Longsight that aimed to offer space for disadvantaged students to revise for GCSE and A-Level exams. Its success saw the opening of a second project in Stretford. Memona’s strong leadership qualities have seen her become the chair of Access All Areas. Starting as a training coordinator where she facilitated training for project leaders, she now leads an effective team who will host a national conference in March 2017.

Watch Memona's film.

Highly Commended (student)

Rhys Archer, School of Materials

Women of Science

Rhys has supported Student Recruitment and Widening Participation for over 7 years. She is dedicated to sharing the benefits of higher education with less advantaged learners, and passionate and innovative in encouraging girls into STEM, launching a “Women of Science” campaign to introduce role models to young girls in the UK.

Highly Commended (student)

Dalal Barahman, Ismail Khalil, Muhammad Anss, Umair Khan, Schools Medicine and Dentistry

Medicine and Dentistry Simulation Day

The Manchester Access Programme Medicine and Dentistry Simulation Day is an innovative event developed and organised by a team of student ambassadors. It aims to provide an insight into what is like to study medicine or dentistry at university.

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