Ethical Grand Challenges

*Undergraduates starting in 2020 will take the Social Justice Challenge in Year 1 and the Sustainability Challenge in Year 2.

For returning Year 2 and Year 3+ students, the Ethical Grand Challenges will remain the same.*

The Ethical Grand Challenges take place in each year of your study. These workshops allow you to explore three of the biggest challenges facing the world in the 21st century - Sustainability (Year 1), Social Justice (Year 2) and Workplace Ethics (Year 3+).

Year 1: Sustainability Challenge

The Sustainability Challenge is one of the biggest events on campus. Working in interdisciplinary groups, you will develop a new campus for the fictitious University of Millchester, learning to incorporate factors such as costs and energy efficiency, while considering the needs of the local community and wider society.

Year 2: Social Justice

Discover how you can support human rights and work to build fairer communities in Manchester, the UK and across the globe. Delivered through Blackboard, the Social Justice Challenge allows you to explore six themes: migration, homelessness, mental health, higher education, race and energy. You can take part in the annual Social Justice Photography Competition.

Year 3+: Workplace Ethics

The third stage of the programme focuses on Workplace Ethics for final year students. Delve into a range of interactive workshops on topics such as bullying, harassment and safeguarding, and complete training scenarios that encourage you to consider ethical dilemmas in real-life work situations.

The Stellify Award

The Ethical Grand Challenges are part of Stellify, the University’s most prestigious extra-curricular accolade for undergraduate students. It shows that you have gone above and beyond during your time at Manchester and it will help you stand out from the crowd after graduation. Find out more about other Stellify activities.

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Did you know?

Along with 10,000 Actions, the Sustainability Challenge has won the AUDE Higher Education Impact Initiative of the Year (2017), a Making a Difference Award (2017) and an EAUC Green Gown Award (2017).