Third sector and social enterprise

Through our teaching, students, research and professional development activity we are engaging with Third Sector organisations and supporting social enterprises across our city region.

The Third Sector play an increasingly important role in the social economy of Greater Manchester. We share many goals with the Third Sector, not least because of our own charitable status.

You can find out how we are partnering with a range of Third Sector organisations in our city region to develop and exchange knowledge through our research and business engagement agenda.

Many aspects of our teaching are becoming more outward-facing, providing benefits for the local Third Sector organisations. For example, our MBA students undertake pro-bono not-for-profit consultancy projects in the local community. Many Third Sector organisations engage with us through our Manchester Leadership Programme where students contribute time and skills to develop their leadership through volunteering with you.

Each year we deliver a pioneering professional development programme at no-cost for executive leaders in the Third Sector called Prometheus.

Developing our own social enterprises among staff and students is also part of a wider vision that values and encourages the transfer of knowledge and technology to further social benefit of Greater Manchester. Social enterprises are supported in the University through our innovation company UMI³.

We’ve won national acclaim for the range of social enterprises we’ve supported from staff and students, many of which are making a difference in our communities in Greater Manchester. And we support social enterprise skills among students more broadly through our Manchester Enterprise Centre.