Social Responsibility

Accessing space on campus

The University owns and funds a wide range of spaces used and enjoyed by the public right across the city region.

Examples include prominent cultural institutions owned and run by the University (the Manchester Museum, the Whitworth, John Rylands Library on Deansgate, the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre in Central Library, the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre in Cheshire); funding given towards sporting facilities used by the public and our own students such as the Manchester Aquatics Centre and Sugden Sports Centre; the University Dental Hospital on Cambridge Street that is accessible by the public on a drop-in basis; and the three Manchester Academy music venues run by the University of Manchester Students’ Union.

The use of other University space (such as meeting rooms or lecture theatres) by communities is influenced by our own core charitable purpose of pursuing research and teaching and also liability/health and safety factors.

Use of space on campus by community groups normally occurs when there is a clear connection to the University’s core teaching or research activities. For example, a local charity looking to provide volunteering opportunities to our students may book a room to deliver an information sessions; a group of local older people or patients working on a research project might deliver some training to our staff; or a local school when delivering a higher education information session might request use of a lecture theatre to deliver a talk in conjunction with University staff.

These activities must be booked through a named member of University staff responsible for the relationship with the relevant community group or set of individuals. This ensures that the use of space is for mutually beneficial partnerships between the University and local groups as well as ensuring appropriate health and safety procedures are adhered to, for example in the event of a fire.

Local groups wishing to find out more about the use of community space are therefore advised to approach the relevant member of University staff with whom they have a link.

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