Student Development and Community Engagement Division

Children and Young People Workplace Ethics Workshop April 2017

On the 26th April, we ran a successful first pilot of the ‘Sexting, Social Media & Safeguarding’ Workplace Ethics Workshop. The workshop was targeted at students interested in a wide range of careers working with children and young people, and included insights and experiences that will help students successfully apply for professional postgraduate programmes. Working in interdisciplinary groups, students engaged with scenarios designed to challenge their thinking about their own, and others, ethical practice in the workplace and also to give them insights into the practice, and challenges, of safeguarding and multi-agency collaboration and decision making in the context of the challenges posed by social media, and the possible impacts of sexting on children and young people

The workshop was developed and delivered by academic colleagues with specialisms in Education and Social Work, working in partnership with colleagues from Law and from the SDCE. It is the second of a suite of sector focused Workplace Ethics Challenges that will be offered to all final year students from 2018/19 as part of the University’s ‘Ethical Grand Challenges’ Signature Programme.

A total of 67 students signed up to attend with 17 students from 11 programmes taking part on the day (demonstrating the challenge of trailing activities so close to coursework deadlines). Feedback on the workshop was overwhelmingly positive with all respondents agreeing that they found the workshop interesting, that they valued the opportunity to work with students from other courses, and that the workshop explored topics different to those covered in their degree programmes.

Our next step will be to pilot running this workshop in 2017/18 earlier in the academic year in order to engage with greater numbers of students.

Thank you for the information provided on safeguarding, sexting and social media. It was great to work alongside other students to gain some good insight into the subject.” (Speech and Language Therapy Student)

Sustainability Challenge 2017 Staff Volunteers needed

Would you like to help deliver the Sustainability Challenge 2017 to all 8,000 1st year undergraduate students?

We are looking for enthusiastic and approachable members of academic and PSS staff from all parts of the University, including the library and cultural institutions, to help us run the Sustainability Challenge.

The Sustainability Challenge will take place in the morning and afternoon on Tuesday 19th September in 9 buildings across the Oxford Road campus.

You don’t need any expertise relating to sustainability to volunteer!

There are 2 main roles available:

Facilitators who will work directly with groups of students taking part in the Challenge
Event staff who will fulfil a number of different roles to ensure the event runs smoothly

The Sustainability Challenge is part of the University’s Ethical Grand Challenges programme and a core element of the UoM Welcome.

The Challenge takes the form of a 2.5 hour simulation exercise, based on the fictitious University of Millchester’s new Campus East Development. Students will work in interdisciplinary groups to plan the new campus, in the context of changes to climate policy to address extreme weather events around the world.

Volunteers on last year’s Challenge said that they really enjoyed the opportunity to work with colleagues and students from across the University. It's also a great way to develop new skills and to be part of the distinctive offer of the University.

Hear more about what's involved from some of last years' Faciliators

Facilitators will be required to attend a full day training session in early September. Event Staff will be asked to attend a shorter, role-specific briefing, also in early September.

To find out more about each role please click on the links below.

To register your interest please complete one of the forms below.

If you would like to volunteer as a Facilitator, please register your interest here.

If you would like to volunteer as Event Staff, please register your interest here.

Like to find out more?

We will be running Volunteer Staff information sessions in the coming months. In the meantime, if you have any questions about any aspect of the Sustainability Challenge please contact one of the EGC team on

Read about the 2016 Sustainability Challenge and watch the video below:

Healthcare Workplace Ethics Workshop Spring 2017

On the 17th and 24th February the Whitworth Hall hosted two successful ‘Health Sector Workplace Ethics Workshops’ as part of the third year of pilot activities for the offer for final year students of the University’s ‘Ethical Grand Challenges’ Signature Programme. The workshops were delivered by academic colleagues from four of the attending programmes, working in partnership with the SDCE, and led by Professor Kay Marshall (Head: School of Pharmacy) and Rachel Starkey (Programme Director: Speech and Language Therapy)

A total of 202 students from 6 healthcare focused programmes worked in interdisciplinary groups to consider ethical dilemmas of real-life work situations through unfolding scenarios brought to life with clips of actors playing roles. Attendees watched filmed inputs from the sector experts, Professor Helge Hoel and Fiona Kevan, whose research and practice informed the development of the workshop content, and a closing address from Professor Ian Greer, Vice President and FBMH Dean.

The student response to the workshops was, as for the 2016 pilot, incredibly positive. Of the 187 evaluation respondents 75% agreed that that working with students from other courses has given them insights into the ethical challenges facing healthcare professions other than their own. When asked whether taking part in event had had made them more aware of their ethical responsibilities in the workplace, 78% responded positively.

Students overwhelmingly commented on how much they valued working with students from other healthcare sectors, and stressed a desire for an even greater mix of sectors. This sentiment is reflected by staff from all of the programmes involved, who are keen to overcome timetabling challenges to involve more students from a wider range health care focused programmes in the future.

Excellent idea to work with other healthcare courses. Great to hear their perspectives and better understand their roles and how they interpret their role within the Multi-Disciplinary Team. Good scenarios too - really generated engaging discussions.” (Nursing Student)

Over 1,000 students attend Volunteering & Social Justice Festival

On October 18th over 1,000 students came along to the Volunteering & Social Justice Festival to find volunteering opportunities and engage with social justice issues through performances, talks and an exhibition featuring over 120 volunteering, not for profit organisations and student societies.

Organised by the SDCE, the Festival was open to all students interested in volunteering and social justice. This unique event gave the opportunity for students to find out more about specific social justice issues from our distinguished speakers and then be able to directly meet organisation that works with said issue.

The event saw food stalls provided by Levenshulme Market, a pop up cinema and musical performance by local and UK based acts like Galivantes, Stone Flowers and returning headliner; The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company.

Sustainability Challenge Thank You!

On Tuesday of Welcome Week, with incredible support from colleagues from across the University of Manchester, the SDCE provided the opportunity for all first year students to take part in the Sustainability Challenge; the first strand of the University of Manchester’s ‘Ethical Grand Challenges’ signature programme.

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that helped to make the Sustainability Challenge 2016 such a success. We really couldn’t have done it without you!

You can find out more about the content, ambition and impact of the challenge in Staff News, on the Social Responsibility website, and in a blog post by HE commentator Jim Tudor. You’ll also find a selection of pictures from the day on the University of Manchester Facebook pages.

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