So when thinking through social responsibility and the value we deliver to society, we conceptualise it in 5 key ways:
Research with Impact: how our research is making a positive difference to society. From cancer to climate change, from inequalities to energy, we are tackling the world’s greatest challenges through our research.
Socially-Responsible Graduates: Through their education and broader experiences at Manchester, we want to ensure our graduates are not only skilled knowledge workers of tomorrow, but are also able to exercise important ethical, social and environmental responsibilities.
Engaging our Communities: By engaging and partnering with a range of people and organisations we are harnessing our knowledge, resources and visitor attractions to make a difference in our local communities and wider society. For exampe we welcome in more than a million public visitors each year to our cultural institutions
Responsible Processes: We are ensuring our processes and policies aim to balance efficiency with opportunities to create social and environmental benefit.
Environmental Sustainability: Our research, teaching and activities are guided by our commitment to environmental sustainability. We want to support everyone at the University – teachers, researchers, professional support staff and students - to have a positive impact on the environment and to create a more sustainable future.
It is this aspect of responsible processes I would like to finally turn to give some examples of where, through the necessary acts of needing to 1) employ people (around two thirds of our expenditure) and ‘buy things’ (around one-third of our expenditure) we are creating social value in addition to our research and teaching goals.
We also do research of course on social value itself – and later today you will hear from one of my own PhD students . . . .
Also not just educating students to be employees – they are future citizens and leaders of tomorrow who will need to confront some of the most challenging issues affecting 21st century societies.
At today’s rate, in the next 60 years we will produce around half a million graduates. If we can influence as many of these as possible to understand and take action on some of the world’s most pressing issues then this might be
We have >10,000 employees There is an annual 10% of ‘churn’ in this i.e. around 1,000 jobs per annum. The majority of where these jobs ‘churn’ are in areas of support work – for example we employ many hundreds of staff in areas such as catering, house services, security and administration. We have ensured we have taken positive action to advertise many of these jobs exclusively through an employment centre we established with other partners in the city in the Moss Side area.
Aim: to support local unemployed people back into work through our leadership of The Works, a physical centre in the Moss Side area of Manchester.
The progrmme is unique in British higher education. It has been recognised in 2013 by the Times Higher Education in the “Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community” category for it’s uniqueness in British higher education. It was also recognized in May 2016 through a Guardian Sustainable Business Award for social impact – the only University in the UK to win such an award that
Progress: To date, 2,390 people have been supported into work since 2011 through The Works This contributes c£15,900 per annum savings to the economy for each unemployed person who finds employment, equating to some £38M of cumulative economic value per annum
Plans: Engaging yet more employers to use Works as a vehicle for their own recruitment We are also using The Works through our capital programme, asking our contractors to use it to recruit personnel, particularly apprentices, via this route.
In a moment
So in conclusion social value is not something additional for any University – built into our missions are the creation of enduring social value through our research and teaching.
However, by being more purposeful and having SR as a key goal we are able to consider how we can maximise additional forms of social value through the pursuit of these traditional functions of Universities to research and to teach.
Social Value at Manchester University
value since 1824
Professor Ken McPhail
for Social Responsibility
Faculty of Humanities
Universities Exist to Provide Public
“to advance education, knowledge and wisdom by
research, scholarship, learning and teaching, for the
benefit of individuals and society at large".
• Aim: every Manchester UG
student to be confronted with
key ethical challenges facing
21st century societies
• Progress: pilots in 2014/15 and
– Sustainability (Y1)
– Social justice (Y2)
– Workplace ethics (Y3)
Ethical Grand Challenges
• Aim: support local unemployed people into
work by leading a unique initiative in UK
higher education - The Works
– 2,390 people supported into work 2011-
– £38M of economic value
– Times Higher & Guardian Sustainable
Business Award Winner
– Engaging more employers to use Works
– Linking to our £1B capital programme and
Engaging Our communities: The Works
• c£1 billion capital programme over next
• Construction Partnering Framework with
Balfour Beatty, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert
• Social responsibility plan agreed to:
– Jobs: Create up to 1,000 jobs – more
ambitious than any other construction plan
in the region
– Supply-chain: Local firms and SMEs
– Schools and Community development:
create cash grants for local communities
and STEM engagement with schools
– Sustainability: decrease carbon,
increase biodiversity and active travel
• Culture and society
• Health and welfare
• Practitioners and
• Public policy
• Law and services
• As a university, how do we measure the return on the public
money we receive?
• Information Management Systems
• How do we use this internally?