Social Responsibility


JustFest 2016

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 15:56:00 GMT

On the 9 March ‪JustFest, the University of Manchester’s Social Justice Festival, saw students braving the wind and rain to be part of an event that aimed to challenge injustice, support human rights and promote a fairer society, as part of a festival environment.

JustFest celebrates the University’s commitment to social responsibility and is a flagship event of the University’s Ethical Grand Challenges programme, that seeks to start a conversation about how we can build fairer communities in Manchester, the UK and across the globe.

The event engaged hundreds of students with issues of social justice through performances, talks, workshops, an exhibition and a film ‘igloo’. Visitors found opportunities to develop their employability by hearing from and speaking to professionals who champion social justice in charities, universities and public sector organisations.

The Main Stage featured a diverse line-up of performers who share a passion for social justice including Don Letts, George the Poet and Akala’s Hip-hop Shakespeare Company. In the JustFest Exhibition students spoke to people whose work challenges injustice, including those working in international humanitarian relief, mental health, refugee support, and creative industries in conflict zones. There were also 5 minute soap-box talks on issues ranging from medical research to social mobility and graduate employment.

Prior to the festival a JustFest Short Film Competition was launched and nine films, all produced by University of Manchester undergraduate students, were shortlisted. The competition, which attracted over 9,500 views on Youtube, was tough with many brilliant, inspiring and thought-provoking videos submitted. Students, staff and the public voted for their favourites, and the winner was "When I say I" by Ollie Thomson. All the films and winners at can be seen on the JustFest YouTube channel.

JustFest was created by academics from all faculties working with the Student Development & Community Engagement Division and is part of the Ethical Grand Challenges programme. Thanks to all staff involved.

Watch our short film about JustFest.

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