Student Development and Community Engagement Division

8,000 Undergraduates to Tackle Sustainability

As part of the 2016 Manchester Welcome around 5000 first year undergraduate students took part in the Sustainability Challenge, a 2.5 hour simulation activity, based around the fictitious University of Millchester. Students, in mixed disciplinary groups, worked against the clock to develop plans for a new campus, while global responses to climate change triggered a series of ‘game changing’ interventions.

The Sustainability Challenge is part of the University’s Flagship Social Responsibility initiative - the Ethical Grand Challenges Programme - which aims to enable every Manchester undergraduate to engage with 3 key ethical grand challenges in the course of their degree: Sustainability (Y1); Social Justice (Y2) and Workplace Ethics (Y3).

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

The Sustainability Challenge took place on Tuesday 20th September. More than 200 staff and PGRs from across the university helped to deliver the challenge.

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