Social Responsibility


Responsible graduates

We produce more graduates each year than any other campus-based university in the UK.

As key citizens and leaders of tomorrow, we want to ensure they represent the widest range of social backgrounds and develop not only academic and professional skills, but also a sense of ethical, social and environmental responsibility towards the societies they will serve.

Our commitment to supporting students in becoming socially responsible is embodied through ‘Stellify’ – an initiative to encourage all Manchester students to do more, and become more. Stellify exemplifies the distinctiveness of our graduates as ethical leaders, and focuses on the real world impact of what students do based on five points of action:

Embracing learning without boundaries: Through our University College for Interdisciplinary Learning, Learning Through Research and comprehensive Study Abroad and placements programmes, we give opportunities for students to broaden their educational horizons by offering educational experiences outside of their discipline, in areas of profound social and scientific importance.

Understand the issues that matter: All students are given opportunities to become ethically, socially and politically informed on key global challenges of sustainability, social justice and workplace ethics through our Ethical Grand Challenges programme.

Make a difference: All students are given access to a huge range of volunteering, outreach and philanthropy projects with charities and not-for-profit organisations across Manchester, the UK and overseas.

Step up: Students can step up to lead in areas including elected student representation, student societies, residents associations, and sport.

Engage with My Future: All students are supported to explore their vision for their future from the moment they arrive at Manchester.

Manchester Leadership Award

All students who complete a specific set of Stellify activities will receive our new Manchester Leadership Award at graduation – the most prestigious extra-curricular accolade in the University.

Other examples

Massive open online courses (MOOCs)

Our massive open online courses – or MOOCs – allow us to engage people from around the world with an exciting variety of our study opportunities. All that’s needed is an Internet connection. They’re free of charge and a typical MOOC lasts six to eight weeks.

Social impact through learning

Positive contributions to society are embedded into many forms of teaching and learning activities in the University. Examples include students providing community-based research on linguistic diversity and biodiversity, public and patient engagement through health programmes, postgraduate consultancy projects for local charities and cultural sector organisations, and pro bono support by students through our Legal Advice Centre.

Responsible graduates

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