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Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD)

Student handing out flyers at Welcome Week event

Social responsibility

Our University has a mission to have a positive impact on the world. That’s why we place social responsibility alongside world-class research and outstanding learning and teaching as one of our core goals.

We strive to make a positive difference to society and the environment, whether it's through the students we teach, the research we undertake or the communities we engage with. By making socially responsible decisions, we have a tangible, beneficial and measurable impact on the people and the world around us.

In addition to our research, we have a number of socially responsible activities that will take place in the Manchester Engineering Campus.

Our activities

Encouraging more young engineers

We believe in recognising and rewarding potential. That’s why if a capable student wants to study engineering or science, but is not eligible for direct entry on to one of our degree programmes, we can offer them a place on our Foundation degree. Foundation degrees offer students a unique four-year course, starting with a ‘year zero’ that brings them up to speed before embarking on their degree in science or engineering.

Equity and Merit scholarships

Our Equity and Merit scholarships support exceptional students from Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. These students study for master’s degrees in areas including chemical engineering, petroleum engineering, civil and mechanical engineering and electrical and electronic engineering, which they would not be able to access in their home countries. The knowledge gained from their degrees can then be taken and used to benefit their communities back home.

Greener academia

Our engineering campus will include grassed and planted areas where staff, students and the public can relax and reflect. 500 additional cycle spaces will be created, as well as an active travel hub for commuters. The new campus will also include a number of sustainability features such as low carbon heat and energy generation, intelligent energy controls and recycled content in construction materials.

Making engineering more accessible

At the University, we work with local schools to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. As part of the Manchester Engineering Campus, there are two learning spaces designed to support our outreach work with local schools, and specifically primary schools where there is a need to showcase the role of engineering.

Currently, just 10% of engineering professionals in the UK are women, and we want this to change. Through our work with local schools and the Athena SWAN charter, we are committed to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research.