Learning Manchester Social Students' Union

Let’s make semester 2 the best yet

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January exams are over, spring is just around the corner and semester 1 has come to an end. Now you’re entering your second semester, there’s still plenty of time to get involved and join in! It’s never too late to try something new, and you could make new friends along the way. 

My Future Festival
10 – 21 February

My Future Festival 2020 is back for 2020 and open to all students from first years to postgraduates – as well as recent graduates too. There’s 10 days of careers events from meeting industry professionals to applications bootcamp – with giveaways, prizes and competitions along the way. 

Join the Purple Wave
24 May – Great Manchester Run
18 March – 2.5K & 5K Run

Get healthy and join one of the largest races in Europe with the Great Manchester Run. Sign up with your friends and enjoy a run through the heart of Manchester – you can also raise money at the same time for the University’s charitable causes. The uni is also hosting a 2K and 5K run to ease new runners in.


If running isn’t your cup of tea, there’s still loads of other ways to get active and make the most of the uni’s sports offerings. Sporticipate is a beginner-level sport and physical activity programme that any student can get involved with, with classes varying from badminton to breakdancing and everything in between. 

Social Justice photography competition 
6 March

The Social Justice photography competition is back for 2020, raising awareness of issues that are important to you. The competition is open to all undergraduate students and you could win up to £400! If you’re in your second year, you can also take the Social Justice Challenge on Blackboard. The competition closes on Friday 6 March 2020.

Sustainability Challenge catch up sessions
19 February, 2 – 4.30pm
17 March, 5 – 7.30pm
29 April, 2 – 4.30pm

During Welcome Week, you’ll have had the chance to complete the Sustainability Challenge along with 8,000 other first year undergraduates and take your first step to achieving the Stellify Award.  If you missed the Sustainability Challenge in Welcome Week, don’t worry, there’s still three remaining catch up sessions you can attend.

Workplace Ethics 
11 February, 5 – 7pm – Safeguarding 
12 February, 2 – 4pm – Global 
12 February, 10 – 12pm – Healthcare 
18 February, 5 – 7pm – Bullying and Harassment 
12 February, 10 – 12pm – Healthcare 

Whatever your career plans, there is a workplace ethics challenge for you. Join other students in one of our workshops above and explore issues related to your interests and aspirations. No matter which option you choose, you will gain skills and experience that will improve your confidence and help you stand out in a crowded graduate job market.

Volunteering Week 
10 – 16 February

Student Volunteering Week is an annual event that celebrates student volunteering and all the opportunities that are open to students all year round. Expect talks from charities, make a difference fairs, volunteering abroad information and loads more. 

28 January, 10 – 4pm 

Semester 2 is kicking off with the Refreshers’ fair, giving you the chance to find out all about the wealth of societies, sports and activities on offer across campus. From Board Games to Bhangra, if you can name it, we probably have a society for it! Head down to Academy 1 from 10am on Tuesday to see what you can get involved in. Whatever you’re into, find your community this refreshers.


The University College for Interdisciplinary Learning introduces you to new topics and ways of thinking, tackling the key questions facing society in the 21st century. Open to undergraduates from all disciplines, UCIL allows you to study units from across the university that contribute to your degree programme, and each one is free and fits into your timetable.

SU Elections
27 February – 5 March 

From 27 February to 5 March 2020, we’re opening up the votes for your student leaders for 2020-2021. The Executive Officer team and part-time officers are your voice to the University and the community around us, and they make real change for students right here at our University. Nominations are now open, and you can fill in a nomination form or just get some more information on the SU website.