Social Responsibility


Signature programmes

We have identified a set of time-bound signature programmes to address a series of social challenges where Manchester can make a significant impact.

Addressing Inequalities

Our research is making a difference to many of the world’s least advantaged groups.

Our Addressing Inequalities programme will highlight and bring together some of Manchester’s most significant research that addresses society’s most pressing issues of fairness. It will include research undertaken on global health inequalities, poverty, education, access to natural resources, conflict, ageing, climate change, gender, class and ethnicity.

Ethical Grand Challenges

We produce more graduates each year than any other campus institution in the UK. Through their education and broader experiences at Manchester, we want to ensure our graduates are able to exercise important ethical, social and environmental responsibilities.

We will provide every Manchester undergraduate with the opportunity, by 2016/17, to confront key ‘ethical grand challenges’ through the completion of a common programme in each year of their undergraduate study.

This new programme will focus on three themes we believe will help equip our graduates for some of the most profound challenges of the 21st century: sustainability, social justice, and workplace ethics.

School Governors Initiative

Volunteer School Governors play a critical role in raising educational standards, yet many state schools in our local community cannot recruit sufficient Governors with appropriate skills. We will contribute to the leadership and improvement of state schools by partnering with the national SGOSS charity to engage staff and alumni in creating the largest growth of School Governors in the UK by 2014/15.

Cultural Explorers Programme

Access to culture, science and museums still remains the preserve of the society’s most advantaged groups. We will unlock a world of knowledge and experience to transform the learning experiences and education of the 20% least advantaged primary schools within our local community by opening up the cultural institutions of the University, including Jodrell Bank, Manchester Museum, the Whitworth Art Gallery and John Rylands Library.

The Works

Skills and employment levels in our most local communities are some of the lowest in the UK. We are helping address this through our leadership of The Works - a new and different kind of employment and training initiative at the heart of our local communities in Moss Side and Ardwick. This is transforming the life-chances of local residents, within some of the most disadvantaged areas of the UK. It provides opportunities and support to job-seekers, pre-recruitment training and job matching to local employers, including the University.

Drawing on our leadership of The Works and other initiatives such as Apprenticeships, the Manchester Works signature programme aims to supporting at least 750 local unemployed people back into work by 2014/15, principally via our leadership of The Works partnership in Moss Side and Ardwick.

10,000 Actions

The University of Manchester is the largest university in the UK and therefore has a significant environmental footprint. Our 10,000 Actions signature programme will ensure that every member of our staff has an opportunity to engage in a programme of positive action on sustainability by 2017/18. This will empower staff with the knowledge and resources to enhance their positive environmental actions in the workplace.

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