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Social responsibility

Social responsibility describes the way we are making a difference to the social and economic wellbeing of our communities through our teaching, research and public events and activities.

Our Faculty makes a significant contribution to the University's social responsibility agenda, including:

  • the training of the future scientific and health professional workforce;
  • ongoing support for science and health professionals;
  • Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC);
  • major research contributions related to health and significant contributions to global health.

Signature programmes

Our signature social responsibility programmes are:

  • addressing inequality and increasing social mobility within Greater Manchester;
  • disability in post-conflict countries;
  • workplace ethics through the Ethical Grand Challenges programme.

How we get involved

  • Our staff volunteer as School Governors.
  • We support the University's Equality and Diversity agenda.
  • Our staff and students volunteer to support important work in our local community, environment, sports clubs, museums and fundraising.
  • We record our heritage by:
    • preserving our collection of antique medical equipment;
    • conserving the history of human science teaching;
    • experts helping us and the public to understand our historical objects.

  • We promote our work so it affects public policy.
  • We work with young people in local schools:
    • to discuss health and science and its relevance to their everyday lives;
    • to inspire them to consider careers in science and health and apply to university in the future;
    • to devise creative and fun activities to help engage them.

  • We encourage sustainability enthusiasts to form a Green Impact Team.
  • We engage with the public via public events, festivals or community open days.
  • We encourage our students to broaden their educational horizons through the University College.
  • We involve the public/patients in our work to improve the quality of our teaching and to produce high-quality research.


Find out more on the strategic priorities page.

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