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Community engagement activities

We run a number of community engagement and involvement activities in Manchester across various areas of biology, medicine and health.

Below you will find examples of initiatives involving our staff and students. Specific information for schools can also be found in our teachers and advisers section.

If you want to keep up to date with the latest opportunities to get involved, get in touch and ask to join the mailing list for our monthly newsletter.

Community open days

Each year, we hold a community open day with family-friendly activities including Mad Science workshops, face painting, encounters with live animals and insects, laboratory tours and more.


Our dentistry students are involved in a number of community involvement initiatives, including helping provide dental services in community clinics around Manchester and a sedation clinic to help anxious teenagers cope with dental treatment.

Find out more about the Manchester Community Dental Service (PDF, 1.3MB).


Our medical students, staff and medical education partners are involved in patient and public involvement. The Edwin Doubleday Centre for Patient Experience provides medical students with a greater involvement in and awareness of patients' needs from the very start of their studies.

Medical students are encouraged to act as social responsibility ambassadors during their studies as they undertake placements in hospitals, GP practices, pharmacies, hospices, opticians and nursing homes.


Autism@Manchester aims to help academics, clinicians/practitioners and individuals from the autistic community (autistic individuals, their family and carers) come together more easily to work and share knowledge to drive research into autism. View current opportunities to get involved in their research.


Dementia@Manchester is a multidisciplinary, University-wide dementia research network that aims to help tackle dementia and bring forward real benefits for those living with dementia and their carers.

The network is informed and underpinned by the involvement of people living with dementia and their support networks. Find out how you can get involved by joining the dementia research user group.


Our psychology staff link their research and expertise with the wider world by running public engagement events and involving the local community.

These include events for schools such as the Psychology Research Experience Programme, student mentoring programmes, Nuffield Research placements and What Do Psychological Scientists Do?, which asks our psychology researchers to present aspects of their working life to children aged 14+.

Our Clinical Psychology Community Liaison Group brings together patients, carers and community members to contribute to all aspects of clinical psychology training.

Speech and hearing

We run the Discover Audiology annual event for secondary students who want to learn more about studying audiology at university level, as well as the I'm All Ears workshop.

Our Speech and Language Therapy Service User Group offers speech and language therapy service users the chance to help shape our research and training in this field.