Our monthly round-up

Tue, 26 Feb 2019 09:08:00 GMT

A wide range of activities have been delivered this month to engage, involve and inspire our communities – on campus, locally and globally – with key societal challenges.

On environmental sustainability all staff have been encouraged to engage with our new 10,000 Actions platform. Building on 27,000 environmental actions committed to date, this new and improved version of the tool is more user-friendly, features instant results and gamification options. Alongside this, a £10,000 10,000 Actions Fund has been launched to put impactful sustainability ideas into practice. Congratulations go to colleagues in our Manchester Urban Institute (MUI) who’ve received substantial grants for research projects placing human-environment interactions at the heart of achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

On social justice and opportunities we’ve recently released a comprehensive Equality Information Report 2019, which provides evidence on how we have advanced our equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) agendas for students and staff. We’ve welcomed pupils and teachers onto campus for a ‘Dragonfly day’ event to inspire young women to consider careers and pathways in STEM subjects. Don’t forget that our flagship science-outreach initiative ScienceX returns to into Trafford Centre on 9-10 March for the fourth year running and will engage thousands of children and families over the weekend. And come and help us mark International Women’s Day in March with a special public event with polymer physicist Dr Jess Wade, where she discusses her renowned and tireless work to promote greater gender balance in science.

On health and wellbeing, thousands of our staff, students and alumni are being encouraged to don our famous shirt as part of our Purple Wave for May’s Simply Health Great Manchester Run. Scientists from the Manchester Centre for Dermatology Research are organising a Psoriasis Shout Out to raise awareness and conversations between the public, psoriasis patients and professionals working in the field. Neuro-science and psychology colleagues in our Body Eyes and Movement (BEAM) Lab have been working with the public to investigate the benefits of dance for people with Parkinson’s.

Finally, we are really pleased to annouce the shortlisted entries for the Making a Difference Awards 2019. This year we received a record number of entries, all of which were of outstanding quality. The winners and highly commended will be announced at an Awards ceremony on 2 May.

We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events, talks, debates, exhibitions and performances, which can be found on our Events Pages.

Dr Julian Skyrme

Director of Social Responsibility