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Social Responsibility

Alliance Manchester Business School and the University of Manchester are distinctive in UK higher education as the first university and business school to make social responsibility a core strategic goal.

We ask not only what is the University is good at, but what it is good for.

The University has five strategic priorities for social responsibility:

Research with impact
Socially responsible graduates
Engaging our communities
Environmental sustainability
Responsible processes

The University of Manchester has a number of signature programmes under each of the Strategic Priorities.

In 2019, Alliance Manchester Business School became an advanced signatory of Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). 

Principles for Responsible Management Education logo

Research with impact

We have a strong commitment to social responsibility across all our research and aim for it to make a positive difference to society. 

The Work and Equalities Institute >>

The agenda of the Work and Equalities Institute is to identify and promote the conditions for more inclusive and fair work and employment arrangements. The Institute develops world-leading interdisciplinary research, focused around four key themes: business transformation and work futures; fair treatment at work; inequalities and the life course; and regulation and representation.

Business and Human rights

One of the most significant developments in global governance over the past decade has been the assigning of human rights responsibilities to business. Read here about the recent launch of the Business & Human Rights Catalyst at Alliance MBS.

Human Development Report for Greater Manchester

This landmark report from the Work and Equalities Institute sets out Human Development Indicators for Greater Manchester and its ten local authorities across all life stages from early years through to old age. The report sheds light on the variety of problems and challenges the combined authority will face in tackling poverty and inequality and in ensuring everybody reaches their potential.

Disaster volunteer standard

Charities, businesses and community groups across the world can streamline and improve their response to emergencies and disasters, thanks to a new international standard which provides guidelines on how groups can make best use of the enthusiastic volunteers who jump to the assistance of emergency services after natural disasters or man-made catastrophes.

Global recognition

The School’s Health Services Research Centre achieved global recognition with a prestigious ‘Innovations that Inspire’ award from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business’ (AACSB). The initiative recognises institutions that stand out as transformative leaders in business education, focusing on innovative approaches to research.

Investing in Gender Diversity

Initial findings from a report that looked into the impact that female corporate leadership has in the boardroom found that female leadership is linked to an organisation’s better Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) performance.

Gender pay gap 

In connection with the International Women's Day the Athena SWAN self-assessment team hosted a session about the Gender Pay Gap. To reflect and share their insights they invited Professor Jill Rubery, Director of the Work and Equalities Institute, to speak at the event.

Diversity standard

A new code of practice to facilitate fairness and dignity at work, developed by academics at Alliance MBS in collaboration with a range of experts and business practitioners, has the potential to help transform management thinking and improve diversity.

Socially responsible graduates

Social Responsibility is weaved into the curriculum across each level of study at Alliance Manchester Business School. Our students also undertake a broad variety of research projects with Social Responsibility at its heart.


Undergraduate Scholarships for Social Responsibility

We offer scholarships to UK/EU and international students achieving AAA at A-level (or equivalent) who are able to demonstrate a significant contribution and commitment to social responsibility. Hear from our Social Responsibility scholars.

MBA not-for-profit projects

From small community groups looking for support with a fundraising campaign, to larger organisations looking at sustainability issues, the MBA project gives the not-for profit sector free access to a group of multinational MBAs to address a live business challenge, acting as external consultants.

Venture Further

Manchester Enterprise Centre launched Venture Further 2017 inviting students and recent alumni to submit a business proposal to an expert judging panel of enterprise and business professionals. The competition allows for individuals or groups to receive expert feedback on their business ideas and gives them an opportunity to win a £10,000 cash injection to get their business off the ground.

Team Uganda

Michael Jones, a student on the BSc International Management with American Business Studies, gained a place on the University of Manchester’s flagship overseas volunteering project ‘Team Uganda’ in July 2017. This is a partnership between the University and S.A.L.V.E. (Support and Love Via Education) International, a charity based in Manchester and working in Uganda. In total a team of 15 students deliver community research projects and holiday camps alongside Ugandan volunteers.

Ethical Grand Challenges

We want to equip our graduates to address some of the profound ethical challenges of the 21st Century.

Social Enterprise  

Through enterprise programmes, funding and competitions, we support students and staff to establish new social ventures as a means to increase the social benefit of our research and to improve the student experience and future employability, as well as enhance the contribution of the University to the wider community.

Engaging our communities

We undertake a diverse range of Social Responsibility activities throughout the year, engaging with the local, national and international community.

Inspiring Girls

Alliance MBS’ has a long standing relationship with the Education & Leadership Trust which consists of Whalley Range and Levenshulme High Schools for girls. Throughout the year there are numerous opportunities for staff and students to volunteer to support the partnership and school students visiting the Business School regularly to take part in a wide series of events.

Financial literacy

An interactive workshop on financial literacy was held with the support of Manchester City Council and the Manchester Youth Council The objectives of the workshop were to seek the views of students about what they feel should be included in a school financial-education curriculum.


In the recognition of 10 years as Manchester Business School in Dubai, last year our Middle East Centre implemented a series of CSR initiatives - 10 for 10 years. This included a series of events and activities throughout the year focusing on giving back to the community and sharing knowledge.

Renewable energy

Professor Jonatan Pinkse explains how a new milestone in renewable energy generation is symbolically important for the UK.

The School hosts an annual Investment Challenge event for local year 12 students. This project is funded and supported by Alliance MBS and delivered in partnership with Global Investor Simulations. 180 students compete in an interactive simulated stock market to develop their skills in finance and improve their business awareness. Watch the video to find out more.

Environmental sustainability

Green Impact teams >>

These are voluntary, staff-led teams seeking to lower the University’s environmental impact as a place of work, study and socialising.

Contact us

Dr Eva Niesten is the Director for Social Responsibility at the School. Eva is supported by Michelle Kipling, Academic Services and Accreditation Manager and Associate Heads for Social Responsibility who each represent their Division or programme: