Ethical grand challenges

We want to equip our graduates to address some of the profound ethical challenges of the 21st Century.

Tomorrow’s leaders and citizens will inherit a world facing some of the greatest challenges to our human race. Our Ethical Grand Challenges programme enables all our undergraduate students to address some of the most profound ethical challenges of the 21st century.

The Stellify Award

The Ethical Grand Challenges are part of Stellify, the University’s most prestigious extra-curricular accolade for undergraduate students. It shows employers that they have gone above and beyond during their time at Manchester and helps them to stand out from the crowd after graduation. Find out more about other Stellify activities.

Ethical Grand Challenges

The Ethical Grand Challenges take place in each year of undergraduate study. These workshops allow students to explore three of the biggest challenges facing the world - Sustainability (Year 1), Social Justice (Year 2) and Workplace Ethics (Year 3+).

Year 1: Sustainability Challenge

The Sustainability Challenge is one of the biggest events on campus, involving all our 1st year undergraduate students. Working in interdisciplinary groups, students develop a new campus for the fictitious University of Millchester, learning to incorporate factors such as costs and energy efficiency, while considering the needs of the local community and wider society.

Year 2: Social Justice Challenge

The Social Justice Challenge gives students a chance to discover how they can support human rights and work to build fairer communities. Delivered through Blackboard, the Social Justice Challenge explores themes like race, migration, homelessness, mental health and education. Students can also take part in the annual Social Justice Photography Competition.

Year 3+: Workplace Ethics Challenge

The third stage of the programme focuses on Workplace Ethics for final year students. The range of interactive workshops cover topics such as bullying, harassment and safeguarding. They involve a range of training scenarios that encourage students to consider ethical dilemmas in real-life work situations.

Find out more on our Ethical Grand Challenges website.

2020/21 Academic Year

*Undergraduates starting in 2020 will take the Social Justice Challenge in Year 1 and the Sustainability Challenge in Year 2. For returning Year 2 & Year 3+ students the Ethical Grand Challenges will remain the same.