Our work on Goal 16

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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 16.


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 on policy and practice around areas such as economic growth, natural resource governance and women’s empowerment.

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 a series of campaigns and help the city intelligently and creatively protect people from the crimes of human trafficking and modern slavery as well as interrupting traffickers’ activities.


Learning and students

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.

Manchester Innocence Project

The Manchester Innocence Project (MIP) is one of only 13 organisations outside of the US to join the Innocence Network.

Law students volunteering with MIP have the opportunity to take on live criminal appeals for those who maintain their innocence.


Public engagement

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 aimed to simplify some very complicated areas of law impacted by the pandemic, and created an accessible and informative method of legal help for the community through workshops, videos, briefings and webinars.

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 grassroots change-makers in music, theatre and across the arts to transform a culture of violence and suffering into hope, opportunity and freedom.




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 of persons who aren’t employed by the University, known as lay members and its Chair is appointed by the Board from within the lay category of the membership. Members of our Senate, support staff and student representatives are also elected to serve on the Board.


We publish University financial data in our Statement of Accounts, as well as publishing our full Financial Statements (PDF) each year.