Social Responsibility


Community Festival

Whether you're a science buff, music fan or fancy yourself as a pilot there's something for everyone at our Community Festival. Here are some of the things you can expect see.

Manchester Museum

Touching the Moon and Mars: Hold pieces of the moon collected by astronauts as well as meteorites from Mars.

Polymers in Your Everyday Life: Use a portable spectroscope to look at the chemicals used to make your clothes and your phone

Graphene Wonders: Use the Nobel prize-winning technique to make your very own graphene.

Synthetic Biology of Fragrances: Find out how microorganisms are used to produce fragrances.

Discovering the Museum of Medicine and Health: Get up close to medical objects from Manchester’s past.

Using tiny materials to treat diseases: Look at these tiny materials and learn about how we make and use them in our lab.

The #datasaveslives coffee company: Would you share your data for a free cuppa?

Drug Discovery: Discover how to get the medicine to the right part of your body.

Brain Games: playing with the brain and artist, Jacob Smith.

How can Psychology help you be healthy? Fun activities showing you how to improve your health.

Draw Your Voice: Use your creativity to depict the word “hello” in different voices.

Pain and the Brain: Test your pain tolerance and win a prize!

Outbreak! Race against time to identify a deadly infection and control the spread of disease to save Manchester.

Roundview: Can you piece together a jigsaw that inspires positive thinking about a sustainable future?

Virtual Vivarium: Visit the virtual vivarium and colour your own frogs.

Engagement@Manchester: Chat to our staff about how you can work with us and get involved with our research and teaching to make a difference.

How do bones and tendons work? Find out how your bones and tendons work.

Hands-on Physics: Get hands on with the University’s Physics Outreach Team.


Martin Harris Centre

Box of Tricks!*&@! Come and share your experiences of healthcare with a circus performer, actors, a digital artist and a poet who is also a doctor.

Create a Song in an Hour: Work with musicians from the Manchester Camerata to create a song. Cosmo Rodewald Theatre at 11.15am; 12.45pm and 2.00pm.

Making music and song: Join our Music Society Outreach team to make music and song.

Together in Song with the Dementia Gospel Choir: Come along and listen to this choir which aims to reduce the social isolation of people living with dementia from our African Caribbean community. John Thaw Theatre at 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

Race Relations Resource Centre: Find out about The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Centre is a library and archive of black history in Manchester. Children can explore some of our unique story-books such as The Singing Sack and The Yellow Thunder Dragon.

Are you interested in finding out more about university study? Come and chat to us about the different pathways into higher education and the support the University can provide.

Black Lawyers Matter: Find out how we are trying to diversify the legal profession.

The #EverydayRace Project: Find out the various ways that racism is routinely experienced in people’s day to day lives in the UK.

Multilingual Manchester: Take part in fun games and activities to explore Manchester’s linguistic diversity, as well as a demonstration of LinguaSnapp – a new, exciting mobile app.

The Art of Everyday Life:Discover how Lynne Chapman, an Artist in Residence in the Morgan Centre, recorded a year in the life of the research centre. Join in with some sketching and craft activities


Alan Turing Building

Flying Experience in the Flight Simulator: Our flight simulator gives you the chance to take control of an aircraft and fly it in different scenarios.

Watch Out the Robots are Coming! Meet a dancing bot and a wheelie bot. Grab a controller and see if you can navigate your bot through the maze before our fully automated version.

Make your own 3D models: Come and play with our 3D doodle pens and make your own 3D models.

Can YOU find the Turing treasure? Learn how to crack codes and how to create your own.

Machine learning and a smart carpet: Find out about what a smart carpet and machine learning techniques can tell about the way you walk.


Confucius Institute

A partnership between The University of Manchester, the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) and Beijing Normal University, Manchester is the proud home to the second Confucius Institute to be established in the UK.

Tea ceremony: Watch the art of a traditional tea ceremony in our garden. Running at 12.00pm, 1.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm

Building tour: Join one of our tours of the building and our Chinese Garden and have a go at our interactive screen demonstrating ‘Routes to China’ for students. Tours taking place at 1.00pm and 3.00pm

Experience China: Drop in throughout the day to enjoy lots of activities, suitable for adults and children alike, including Bamboo Clappers, Zither Performances, Calligraphy Name Writing, Paper Folding and Chinese Knot Making

Just for fun...

  • Penalty shoot-out: Come and test your penalty taking skills and earn a chance at winning a prize.
  • Face Painting
  • Science Buskers: Our buskers will intrigue and entertain you with sensational science tricks.
  • Having Fun in the Environment: Take part in fun activities and learn about our environment.
  • Panning for Cancer: Find out how research in Manchester is helping to train our immune system to detect and fight cancer.
  • Fun of the Fair! Have a go on this traditional Helter Skelter.

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