Social Responsibility


Outstanding professional support services support for social responsibility

Joint winner

Dr Lynne Bianchi, Science & Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub

The Great Science Share 2016

The Great Science Share primary school’s conference engaged children in sharing their science with new audiences across the City, as a wide-reaching, inclusive opportunity for schools to engage in the European City of Science. It included scientist whistle-stop tours to schools including Skype links with Europe and a large children’s conference in Manchester Town Hall. Children delivered their own keynote addresses and demonstrated science to their peers.

Lynne says: "The MAD Award has raised the profile of the Great Science Share and also SEERIH, resulting in increased participation in the event in 2017 which was brilliant! Of course it also provided a spur of motivation for our team who appreciate feeling valued by our peers."

Watch Lynne's film.

Joint winner

Jack Ridley, Menaka Munro and Steve Walsh, Manchester Musem

The Inflatable Museum

The Inflatable Museum is Manchester Museum’s new portable learning space that takes immersive, inspirational learning experiences into primary schools and communities. As well as creating an exciting, exploratory space, the design incorporates high quality audio visual equipment and a safe environment for handling museum objects. It has overcome some of the barriers that otherwise prevent people from engaging with Manchester’s cultural venues and universities.

Watch Jack's film.

Highly Commended

Hospitality and Events Team, Estates and Facilities

Christmas Dinner

Founded by Lemn Sissay, the Christmas Dinner provides a special and fun-filled Christmas Day for young care leavers. Staff from Hospitality and Events has hosted two Christmas Dinners within a University catered hall.

Highly Commended

Yin Tun and Catherine Walton, Earth and Environmental Sciences

eTekkatho Digital Library

The eTekkatho Digital Library project aims to improve Myanmar’s education system. The country’s university libraries suffer from a lack of basic textbooks and research journals. This crafted digital library allows users access to open access up-to-date information and teaching resources.

Special Award

The Sustainability Challenge Team

The Sustainability Challenge

The Sustainability Challenge is part of the University’s Ethical Grand Challenges Signature Programme, which aims to develop socially responsible graduates. Coined ‘The World’s Biggest Classroom’ the Challenge was offered to all 8,000 new undergraduates in 2016. Over 230 staff were involved in the delivery which involved a 2.5 hour simulation activity based around a fictional new campus development. Students took on the role of a working group charged with making final recommendations to the University’s Board of Governors.

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