Radio telescope dish at Jodrell Bank.

Cultural engagement

Cultural engagement is one of the five priorities in our Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement plan.

As a key driver of social development and cultural exchange, we give a distinct priority to our cultural and creative activities, as they function as a bridge between our university and the public.

Cultural institutions

Each of our unique cultural institutions – the Whitworth, The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, Manchester Museum and Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement – focus on building civic, national and international partnerships to advance the social, environmental and individual wellbeing of our communities.

These institutions are engaging individuals, civil society organisations, educators, leaders and employers through diverse collections, ideas, objects, events, performances, exhibitions, partnerships and inspirational spaces.

All of our cultural institutions work actively with schools, colleges and prospective students of higher education to provide a place of exchange, inspiration and enjoyment. Our cultural institutions each have their own educational programmes, which are developed and led by specialist staff, and through joint-working with our university’s Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Team.