Our monthly round-up

Thu, 31 Jan 2019 09:01:00 GMT

The year ended and began with two pieces of fabulous news for social responsibility. In December we were awarded the UK’s first Gold Watermark for the quality of our work on public engagement – the highest honour available to a University for its strategic leadership, professional support and excellence in partnership working with the public. And in January we celebrated our designation as the most LGBT-inclusive university in England in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index – an annual audit of workplace culture for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff.

Across campus, we are working with the National Union of Students to deliver a Teach-In week from 18–22 February, supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The 11-19 February sees the return of the University's Student Volunteering Week – a national celebration of all things volunteering. We have also opened our annual Volunteer of the Year process, so if know a University of Manchester student, member of staff or alumnus who you think is worthy of a Volunteer of the Year Award, please make a nomination. And did you know that students, staff, alumni and supporters of the University can get free Purple Wave registration for the Greater Manchester Run in May? All you need to do is fundraise a minimum of £100 (£50 if you’re a student) for our scholarships for local disadvantaged students or students from developing countries, or for breakthroughs in medical research at the University.

Across the local region we have been working with our most local secondary school – Trinity High School – on science enrichment activities involving a residential event at Malham Tarn. Our Museum of Medicine and Health has been engaging the public on the rise of wearable technologies such as Fitbits, through an exhibition of medical objects at Central Library in Manchester. We have organised ‘Consumed’ – a Manchester Museum After Hours event tackling our throw-away consumer culture. A new film has been launched through our Multilingual Manchester initiative, highlighting the outreach and public engagement work we do on community languages across Greater Manchester. And The Works, our employment centre run in partnership with Greater Manchester’s The Growth Company, will soon be moving from Moss Side to Ardwick to accommodate an increase in the scale and type of work it can deliver.

Across the world, a chance exchange between a pharmacy student in Rwanda and University of Manchester academics on Twitter led to the co-creation and launch of an International Students’ Partnership for Antibiotic Resistance Education (ISPARE) in Rwanda. Our MBA students in Hong Kong raised funds through a local UNESCO Run for Peace across the city. We are providing study opportunities benefiting many women and young Arab entrepreneurs at our Middle East Centre in Dubai Knowledge Park. And we have profiled the work of our recent Equity and Merit scholar Tom Geme from Kampala in Uganda, who will be using his skills to contribute to the sustainable development of Uganda.

For opportunities to take part in our many upcoming talks, debates, events, exhibitions and performances visit our Events Pages.

Dr Julian Skyrme

Director of Social Responsibility