Our work on Goal 10

Reduce inequality within and among countries.

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

As one of the world’s leading research institutions and the UK’s first university to have social responsibility as a core goal, we’re tackling the SDGs in four inter-related ways: through our research, learning and students, public engagement activity and operations.

Here’s a selection of our work addressing Goal 10.


Independent Inequalities Commission

An Independent Inequalities Commission involved two experts from the University set out a range of measures for tackling inequality and transforming public policy across Greater Manchester.

The Commission outlined specific, ambitious recommendations for the future of our city-region, covering economic growth, health, wellbeing, jobs, housing, transport, skills and training, which will be embedded within public service delivery at all levels and informs the elected Mayor’s next Greater Manchester Strategy.

Work and Equalities Institute

Our Work and Equalities Institute identifies and promotes the conditions for more inclusive and fair work and employment arrangements.

The research explores challenges for equality, fairness and sustainability in the workplace, and considers how employers are responding to the challenge of an increasingly diverse workforce and what new institutions are needed to enforce fair rights and responsibilities at work.


Learning and students

Student campaign and activism

Our Students’ Union set up Climate Justice Fortnight, an initiative exploring the different ways that climate injustice manifests itself, and how we can tackle it.

There are Teach-Ins throughout the fortnight where students and academic staff collaborate on delivering content on these issues in their current class times.

Students also organise activities and actions through societies such as the People and Planet Society or Extinction Rebellion Youth; get involved in sustainability leadership roles such as the Students’ Union’s Ethical and Environmental Officer; take on  environmental representation roles in halls of residence; and attend events and campaigns such as the youth strikes for climate action.

Student Action for Refugees

Our students are involved in volunteering and campaigning with the Manchester branch of Student Action for Refugees (STAR) to support those in need of refuge in the UK.


Public engagement

Ageing-friendly culture

Our Manchester Museum is working with regional and national partners to host a pioneering Creative Ageing Development Agency (CADA) – a national organisation advocating for and supporting the culture sector to be more age friendly.

Towards Inclusive Environmental Sustainability

Our Towards Inclusive Environmental Sustainability research project is engaging with communities of Pakistani and Somali heritage (two of the largest and fastest-growing groups in Manchester) on research to understand how knowledge and practices of migrants from the Global South contribute to building just and sustainable cities in the Global North.



Equality marks
  • Stonewall Top 50 employer for LGBTQ+ equality
  • Bronze Award for Race Equality (use logo)
  • 15 Athena SWAN Chartermarks for Gender Equality
  • Care Leaver Covenant signed to support care leavers to live independently.
  • University of Sanctuary status in support of our work with refugee and asylum seeker students
Diversity monitoring

Our latest Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) annual report shows that:

  • 3% of employees disclosed that they are disabled
  • 9% of staff declare they are Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic
  • 5% of our staff are female
  • 8% of staff classify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or other
  • 22% of students are the first in their immediate family to gain a degree
  • 1.1% of students (407) are from low or lower-middle income countries as defined by the World Bank.