Social Responsibility

Outstanding teaching innovation in social responsibility


Dr Leandro Minuchin, Architecture, School of Environment Education and Development

Prefigurative architectures

Leonardo’s architecture students work collaboratively with external local organisations to address particular socio-spatial demands in communities. In Argentina they worked with GIROS in Rosario to alter two shipping containers to create an open learning space. The space is being used today for seminars and workshops by primary schools from all across the city of Rosario. In Manchester, the students partnered with the Way-Yin Welcome Centre in Cheetham Hill to address the issue of homelessness and temporary housing.

Leandro says: "The award has allowed me to consolidate and expand the collaborative networks associated with the project. The recognition of the possibilities offered by of practice-led teaching, fostered new ways of co-producing knowledge and interventions with community organisations, social movements and international architectural practices."

Watch Leandro's film.

Highly Commended

Dr Andy Weightman, Eddie Whitehouse and Dr Andrew Kennaugh, School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering

Using mobile robots and quadcopters to teach measurement

Mobile robots and quadcopter drones were used to teach measurement so enhancing the engineering education and the student experience. These skills can be used later across the world, for example in earthquake areas.

Highly Commended

Dr Jo Deakin and Dr Claire Fox, Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Law

Criminology in Action

Criminology in Action is a course-unit addressing the realities of criminal justice. Alongside traditional-style lectures, students experience the realities of those working with offenders and those desisting from criminal careers, and support real–life change through collaborative, creative work with criminal justice organisations.

Highly Commended: Teaching Innovation Overseas

Joseph Mutule, School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Education Partnership in Africa

Joseph has worked for many years to improve the teaching, research and energy supplies for people in Africa. He has improved the quality of engineering education in Zambia and is establishing a student exchange programme with Manchester.

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