Student Development and Community Engagement Division

Sustainability Challenge 2017

On Tuesday, 19 September, nearly 5000 first year undergraduate students took part in the Sustainability Challenge, a 2.5 hour simulation activity based on building a new campus for the fictitious University of Millchester.

Students worked against the clock in interdisciplinary groups to develop plans for a new campus, while global responses to climate change triggered a series of ‘game changing’ interventions. As well as introducing students to the challenge of sustainability, the 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 is part of the University’s Flagship Social Responsibility initiative - the Ethical Grand Challenges Programme and is also the first step towards achieving the Manchester Leadership Award

We had an amazing turnout this year and we'd love for even more students to take part as we don't want anyone to miss out on the chance to acheive the Manchester Leadership Award. We'll be running Catch-Up sessions throughout the year for first year students who missed out in Welcome Week. Details will be sent to the named Sustainability Challenge contact in each Academic School and can also be viewed on our website.

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