All Sustainable Development Goals items


Civic partnerships

Examples of our civic partnerships include: those with Manchester City Council on education, planning and the environment; the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and other local universities on a new Civic University Agreement to enhance regional social, economic and environmental wellbeing; a Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and Health Innovation Manchester to drive local […]

Public engagement partnerships

We partner with a range of organisations to carry out meaningful public engagement with diverse audiences and share ideas and research as well as inspiring informed discussion, debate and creativity. Examples include: partnering with the British Society of Immunology and Royal Society of Biology on a citizen science Britain Breathing programme; patient and public involvement […]

Q-Step data partnerships

We partner with small local charities in Manchester right through to major government departments through our Q-Step programme. This places students on internships in organisations that require data skills and analysis and we’ve collaborated on projects with the Office for National Statistics on global, national and regional datasets used to measure progress on SDGs.

Learning partnerships

We’re committed to empowering students with the knowledge, skills and opportunities to address all of the SDGs through partnerships with public, private and civil society organisations. Our University Living Lab platform connects student projects with external organisations to address the SDGs. Our Volunteer Hub acts to advance partnerships between hundreds of charities and our student […]

Research partnerships

We lead and participate in global, national and regional partnerships to advance our impact against the sustainable development goals. Global Globally, we’ve partnered with academic, government, industry and NGO partners in East Africa, Ghana, Myanmar, Jordan and India on FutureDAMS – the world’s largest programme into the sustainable development of the world’s dams. We’ve partnered with […]


We have a duty to conduct our affairs in a responsible and transparent way. The Board of Governors is our governing body, carrying ultimate responsibility for our overall strategic direction and for the management of our finances, property and affairs generally, including the employment arrangements for all staff. Its membership of 23 has a majority […]

University policies

Our Anti-Corruption and Bribery Policy takes a zero-tolerance approach to bribery and corruption in all of our University operations. Our Academic Freedom Policy and Code of Practice on Freedom of Speech ensures staff can put forward new ideas and controversial or unpopular opinions without placing themselves at risk of losing their jobs or any privileges. […]

Justice Hub

Our Justice Hub allows students to explore and apply various arms of the law to make real change in our communities. The Hub runs a free legal advice centre for economically disadvantaged people in areas such as family, housing and immigration law. During the pandemic, our Justice Hub set up the Virtual Vacation Scheme, which […]

In Place of War project

In Place of War (IPOW) is a global spin-out charity from research in our School of Music and Drama. IPOW works with grassroots organisations in refugee camps, war-affected villages, towns under curfew, cities under occupation, and refugee communities, using creativity in places of conflict as a proven tool for positive change. IPOW enables communities and […]

Workshops about sexual assault

We’ve teamed up with Greater Manchester Police to fund a series of thought-provoking interactive theatre performances and workshops led by Manchester-based charity, Odd Arts. This engages with students to challenge and explore issues of consent and sexual assault and increases confidence in reporting and victims support.

Study programmes

We’re committed to promoting peaceful and just societies through a wide range of study programmes. For example, undergraduate Law students take units in human rights and counter-terrorism legislation, while master’s students can go on to become international lawyers through our advanced course in Public International Law.

Effective States and Inclusive Development

Our Global Development Institute has led the Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) Research Centre, a global partnership that spans 26 countries and a myriad of partners, for more than a decade. The Centre investigates the kinds of politics that promote development, deepening the understanding of governance in the developing world in ways that impact […]

Project Honeycomb

Our criminology researchers are linking up with leading research and technology development company, Trilateral Research, to collaborate on Project Honeycomb. This will develop relationships with organisations across the private, public and civil society sectors, and support them to record information related to modern slavery, human trafficking and exploitation. Building on these insights, Honeycomb will run […]

Living campus

We’ve created an online, interactive campus Tree Trail highlighting 50 of the 1,500 trees across Oxford Road Campus, North Campus and Whitworth Park. We’ve developed a tree plan requiring the planting of two trees for every one removed by our campus developments. We’ve developed UMAPIT (University of Manchester Animal Positions and Information Tracker) – a […]

Cultural venues and nature

The Whitworth created the UK’s first dedicated post of Cultural Park Keeper. This has led to the creation of a Natural and Cultural Health Service programme of outdoor activities to raise awareness, educate and inspire our diverse visitors to connect with and protect life in our park. At Jodrell Bank we work with community and […]

Nature Recovery Network

A renowned engagement expert from our School of Environment, Education and Development is using her Ketso Connect community and stakeholder engagement toolkit to help the government’s Natural England advisers launch their National Recovery Network. This network aims to restore 75% of protected sites and to create or restore 500,000 hectares of additional wildlife-rich habitat.

Species conservation

Our Manchester Museum Vivarium is dedicated to the conservation of reptiles and amphibians. We recently partnered with Panama Wildlife Charity PWCC on non-invasive research and conservation education involving local communities in the Santa Fe National Park in Panama. This led to a world first in 2021: one of the world’s rarest toads, the Harlequin Frog, […]

Manchester City of Trees

As part of our partnership with the local NGO, Manchester City of Trees, students can use our Volunteer Hub to sign up for one-off or weekly tree planting sessions or even become a Citizen Forester. Our student volunteering is supporting their mission of planting one tree for every person across Greater Manchester.

Study programmes

All undergraduates can take our University College for Interdisciplinary Learning unit Crisis of Nature: Issues in Environmental History. Biosciences students can take part in the Manchester-based Urban Biodiversity field course, which introduces them to environmental consultancy, conservation and natural site management. Environmental Management undergraduates also gain skills needed for ecological surveys, conservation management and environmental […]

Community forestry

Deforestation is the second leading cause of climate change after fossil fuels, accounting for almost a fifth of planet-warming emissions. Our researchers led an international and interdisciplinary team of ecologists, economists and political scientists in the largest ever study of community forestry. Studying 18,000 community-led forest initiatives in Nepal we found that community-forest management led […]