Social Science festival returns to Manchester for a second year


Universities in Manchester and Salford are teaming up with museums, galleries and community groups to celebrate the importance of social science research to our everyday lives.

The Manchester Festival of Social Science takes place from the 5th - 12th November and includes over 40 exciting and engaging events taking place in venues across the city.

The Festival, which attracted thousands of people last year, has been organised by a partnership including Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Manchester and the University of Salford. It is part of a wider national series of events backed by the Economic and Social Research Council.

The Manchester strand includes a huge variety of topics connected to research in sociology, business, law, anthropology, education and social care.Highlights include an interactive street game about flooding, a debate on the contribution that sport makes to the region and a workshop about what it will be like to live alongside robots!

There are exhibitions, debates, film screenings, family fun days and walks and talks taking place throughout the week.

"I am delighted that the ESRC's Festival of Social Science will again include a major event in Manchester,” said Colette Fagan, Deputy Dean and Vice-Dean for Research in The University of Manchester’s Faculty of Humanities.

Building on last year’s successful event, this is a great opportunity to involve our communities - school children and adults from across the region as well as University students and academics - in an event where we showcase the exciting and inspiring ways in which social science engages with the economic, social and cultural questions which impact on all our lives.
Colette Fagan, Deputy Dean and Vice-Dean for Research. Faculty of Humanities

Everything is free to attend. Full details are available at, and you can follow the events on Twitter using #McrESRCFest and #ESRCFestival.

Opening event

This year, the Festival opens with a topical debate exploring the relationship between the public and academic expertise. The decision to leave the European Union and political uncertainty in both the UK and the US suggests that a large swathe of citizens have genuinely had enough of ‘experts’, whilst at the same time social media increasingly makes “experts” of us all. 

The event takes place at Manchester Metropolitan University on the evening of Wednesday 2nd November. Tickets are available from

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