Social Responsibility


Responsible Processes

Our processes and policies aim to balance efficiency with opportunities to create social and environmental benefit.

We make a significant impact on our local and global communities through our policies, activities and processes. Our commitment to responsible processes runs through the way we undertake our operational activity in human resource and financial management as well as underpinning conduct in our core teaching and research.

Human Resource Processes

We are ensuring our policies and procedures for the recruitment and development of staff adhere to the highest standards of fairness and ethics.

We are proactively supporting the development of employment opportunities in our local communities through our leadership of The Works initiative. This first employer-led skills initiative in the UK higher education sector is developing skills and employment opportunities our local communities in Moss Side and Ardwick.

We are creating new apprenticeship initiatives to support our local communities and the regional economy, with roles lab technicians and administrative posts.

We have established policies to encourage Public Service Leave, including work as School Governors and other Staff Volunteering that can be of benefit to our local communities.

Our commitment to staff equality and diversity is supported through networks for Disabled, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans, Black and Minority Ethnic, International and religion- and belief-based networks. We also support the Athena Swan Charterfor enhancing the recruitment and advancement of women in science, engineering and technology in higher education and research.

Financial Processes

Our financial policies and guidance for procurement are ensuring that social, economic and environmental factors are built into our processes for purchasing goods and services.

Our socially responsible investment policy is ensuring specific social, ethical and environmental criteria are built into the way we invest our money.

We are proud to hold Fairtrade University status which demonstrates our obligation to encourage ethical and sustainable trading.

Research Processes

We have put in place codes and practices to ensure that research conducted on human subjects, or their tissues organs or data, is carried out in a way that protects the dignity, rights, safety and well-being of all research participants.

Supporting New Initiatives

Dementia Friends is one of the University's Social Responsibility flagship programmes. Raising awareness of dementia is one very small step that we can all take, regardless of whether we have any direct experience of dementia. Research on dementia is a priority area for the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences; it also features strongly in various strands of activity within the cross-faculty Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing. As an institution with with the largest number of staff and students in the UK, Manchester recognises the impact its 40,000 students and 10,000 staff can have on issues of major societal importance.

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