Social responsibility in postgraduate research
At the University of Manchester we make a difference. We take our social responsibilities seriously, contributing to the well-being of local and global communities.
Social responsibility describes the way we are making a difference to the social and economic well-being of our communities and wider society through our teaching, research and public events and activities.
Social responsibility is one of our three core strategic goals, sitting equally alongside our commitment to world-class research, and outstanding learning and student experience.
How you’ll make a difference
Our research makes a positive difference to society. From cancer to climate change, from inequalities to energy, we tackle the world’s greatest challenges through our research. There are many examples of how our research is making a difference.
Through engaging with people at events we harness our knowledge and resources for the benefit of our communities. Many of these activities take place at our cultural institutions – Manchester Museum, the Whitworth, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre and The John Rylands Library – with many more taking place both on and off campus. We can support you to get involved in public and community engagement to share your research and work collaboratively to develop your ideas.
Our research and activities are guided by our commitment to environmental sustainability. We encourage everyone at the University – teachers, researchers, Professional Services staff and students – to have a positive impact on the environment and to create a more sustainable future.
As a postgraduate research student there are many ways you can get involved.
- engage with the public through events, talks, festival and open days;
- engage policy-makers with your research;
- take part in one of our environmental sustainability initiatives;
- advise or mentor a Manchester Access Programme student;
- start a social enterprise;
- read more about our social responsibility work and priorities;
- hear from our students, staff and alumni on how they’ve made a difference;
- get involved with the School-University Partnership Initiative.