Sustainability Challenge

The Sustainability Challenge is the Ethical Grand Challenge for first year undergraduates. The Challenge is a core element of the University of Manchester’s Welcome, and all 8,000+ first year undergraduate students are invited to take part in the Challenge on Tuesday of Welcome Week.

The Sustainability Challenge is a 2.5 hour simulation activity based on building a new campus for the fictitious University of Millchester. Students, in interdisciplinary groups, work against the clock to develop plans for a new campus, while global responses to climate change trigger a series of ‘game changing’ interventions. As well as introducing students to the challenge of sustainability, the event introduces students to the kind of university Manchester is: committed to making a difference and working across disciplines to solve problems. The Sustainability Challenge is part of Stellify and completion of the Challenge contributes towards the Stellify Award.

Sustainability Challenge FAQs

What is the Sustainability Challenge?

Which students are taking part in the Sustainability Challenge?

Where is the Sustainability Challenge taking place?

How can I help?

What information have students had about the Sustainability Challenge?

How do students know when they are doing the Challenge and where to go to?

What if the student hasn’t received the email telling them where to go?

Is the Sustainability Challenge compulsory?

What if students aren’t able to attend?

Who knows about the Sustainability Challenge in my school?

Can I volunteer to take part in the Sustainability Challenge?

Where can students find out more?

What is the Sustainability Challenge?

The Sustainability Challenge is a 2.5 hour simulation activity, based around the fictitious University of Millchester. Students, in mixed disciplinary groups, work against the clock to develop plans for a new campus, while global responses to climate change trigger a series of ‘game changing’ interventions.

The Sustainability Challenge is part of the University’s Flagship Social Responsibility initiative - the Ethical Grand Challenges Programme.

As well as introducing students to the challenge of sustainability, the Welcome event introduces students to the kind of University Manchester is: committed to making a difference, and working across disciplines to solve problems.

Which students are taking part in the Sustainability Challenge?

All first year undergraduate students (approximately 8,000 in total) are invited to take part in the Sustainability Challenge. Students on Foundation programmes and Study Abroad students who are only spending one or two semesters in Manchester will not be able to take part.

Where is the Sustainability Challenge taking place?

The Sustainability Challenge takes place on the Tuesday of Welcome Week each year across 9 buildings on campus.

(University Place, Alan Turing, Mansfield Cooper, Roscoe, Samuel Alexander, Schuster, Simon, Stephen Joseph, Zochonis.)

How can I help?

Getting students to the right rooms at the right time for the Sustainability Challenge is a huge logistical challenge. All staff can help us by directing any lost students to the correct buildings as quickly as possible on the day. Students should have the building that they have been allocated to on their personalised timetable. If they haven’t please direct them to University Place.

What information have students had about the Sustainability Challenge?

We’ve be trailing the Sustainability Challenge with students through publications such as the What’s on Guide and via online mailings. They will also receive an email. See below for further details.

How do students know when they are doing the Challenge and where to go to?

Students will receive a personal email telling them the venue, start time and joining instructions for the Sustainability Challenge. This information will also be included on students’ personalised timetables.

What if the student hasn’t received the email telling them where to go?

If a student doesn’t know where to go they should either check with their School office or phone the helpline Tel: 0161 275 2851. There will also be information desks in University Place and in Barnes Wallis Student Hub on the Monday of Welcome Week.

If you find a lost student on the day of the Challenge send them to the Information desk in University Place.

Is the Sustainability Challenge compulsory?

Students are expected to attend the Sustainability Challenge and we have worked with Schools to build it in to their Welcome Week timetable. Attending the Sustainability Challenge is also the first step for students in achieving the Stellify Award.

What if students aren’t able to attend?

We will be recording attendance at the Sustainability Challenge and will contact any students who do not attend.

Who knows about the Sustainability Challenge in my school?

Your school should have a nominated person who will act as a central information point within your school for The Sustainability Challenge. Please contact egc@manchester.ac.uk if you would like to find out who this is in your School.

Can I volunteer to take part in the Sustainability Challenge?

Yes, find out more here

Where can students find out more?

Further information for students about the Sustainability Challenge can be found here