Social Responsibility

How we are tackling social inclusion

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Our work on social inclusion is all about tackling the social inequalities, prejudices and barriers that continue to affect people’s lives and choices locally, nationally and internationally. We do this through engaging, involving and inspiring different communities locally and around the world. This not only helps to develop our understanding of social inclusion, but allows us to foster inclusive and effective solutions.

A large amount of our work has been delivered through four signature programmes at the University: our School Governor Initiative, the Manchester Access Programme (MAP), our employment and training initiative, The Works; and our Equity and Merit Scholarships.

We have worked hard to enhance social inclusion in both the local area and wider community.

Here’s just a few examples of what we’ve achieved to date:

  • Our Manchester Access programme has supporting more than 2,000 local students from families with no experience of higher education into our University.
  • Invested over £15 million each year in financial support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • More than 1,000 staff and alumni have contributed to leadership in state education through our School Governor Initiative
  • Became a University of Sanctuary for refugees and asylum seekers
  • Supported more than 4,000 local people into work
  • Hold a charter mark for race equality 

Check out the rest in our social inclusion impact film

Find about more about our social responsibility activities.

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