Teaching and learning

Launched in 2021, Sustainable Futures brings together the unique depth and breadth of internationally leading research at The University of Manchester and builds on the University’s track record of successful interdisciplinary working, to produce integrated and truly sustainable solutions to urgent environmental challenges.

The University Academic Lead for Sustainability Teaching and Learning, Dr. Jennifer O’Brien, has been appointed to lead ‘Informed and Inspired Futures’ with the aim to underpin all of our research, teaching and operations with Education for Sustainable Development working across the University and beyond. We will empower and equip all of our staff, students and our partners in communities, industry, businesses, schools, councils, to name but a few, to affect change for a better world. Through Sustainable Futures we are mapping our teaching and research in and around sustainability across all of our Faculties to identify gaps, synergies and opportunities. We are identifying and sharing training and good practice opportunities for colleagues and partners.

A summary of our approach to embedding sustainability in teaching and learning can be viewed here. On these pages you will find information and inspiration to help you embed sustainability in your course or programme, wherever you are in the University.

Living lab

  • These are applied project opportunities set by key organisations that are available to students and staff. They are free to use and can form the basis of any piece of credit or non-credit bearing work. For guidance about how to use these projects, the assessment method, or to propose projects, feel free to contact Jen O’Brien (Jennifer.obrien@manchester.ac.uk).

Sustainability seminars

  • Sustainable seminars engage academics, students, and PS staff with key sustainability issues and challenges inside and outside the University. A number are co-organised with leading research institutes and attract a wide range of stakeholders from outside the University.

Embedding sustainability in the curriculum


Fieldwork is integral to many disciplines across the University. We are working with our students and colleagues to ensure that we undertake fieldwork in the most sustainable way. Geography within the School of Environment, Education and Development, for example, co-constructed the Royal Geographical Society Principles for Undergraduate Fieldcourses to support departments to develop their fieldwork programmes in ways which maximise the benefits of field education and minimise the disbenefits. This includes questions of inclusivity and accessibility for all and ethics as well as carbon and environmental impacts. A number of working groups across the University are considering their fieldwork. If you would like to discuss your fieldwork or join this work please contact Jen.

Please send any student requests for access to environmental sustainability related information or interviews to es@manchester.ac.uk


The University offers five Article 26 scholarships for the full duration and cost of the degree programme for people in the process of seeking asylum. Each scholarship:
• Includes a designated member of staff to provide support, guidance and opportunities throughout the studies including regular networking meetings with other scholarship holders.
• Covers the full cost of the tuition fees for a maximum of the normal duration of the undergraduate programme for which the applicant has been admitted, until such time as they are awarded a status that entitles them to access student finance.
• Provides £5,000 per year towards living cost expenses.
• Provides a free place in one of our Halls of Residence for scholarship students who wish to stay in University accommodation
The applicant’s immigration status must be:
• Refugee status
• Discretionary leave to remain (DLR)
• Indefinite leave to remain (ILR)
• Humanitarian Protection (HP)
• Awaiting a decision on application for refugee status
• Leave as an Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Child (UASC leave)
• Refugee status + 5 years indefinite leave to remain (ILR)
• Refused Asylum Seeker - application for refugee status has been denied and a fresh claim is in process
• Lived in the UK for the last half of life which was not for the principal purpose of study, and has a form of immigration permission (this can include Limited Leave to Remain (LLR))

We have also created fully-funded scholarships for 20 students who are fleeing war and persecution. They are open to any international applicant who has been displaced because of armed conflict or is at serious risk of persecution or violence due to race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.

There are ten undergraduate and ten postgraduate-taught places on offer in the first year and successful applicants will have their fees, living expenses and visas covered. It is expected the scheme will cost around £5m a year to operate.

Access and participation plan
In our access and participation plan we have detailed how the University has recently become a University of Sanctuary where we have committed to continuing our Article 26 Scholarships for sanctuary seekers and working with asylum seekers and refugee organisations to raise awareness of the support available to prospective students. Our Article 26 Scholarships are advertised to students as part of our student financial support package. We have given access to our University library as a place for asylum seekers and refugees to study and use as a reference facility. When students are awarded the Article 26 scholarship we track their progress and continue to offer support and advice during their studies and in preparation for graduation.