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March 2015


(27 February 2015)

Social justice issues will be brought to life through a new Social Justice Festival: JustFest.

The festival will take place on Thursday, 23 April 2015 and, whilst primarily aimed at students, there will be plenty of opportunities for staff across the Faculty to get involved.

JustFest will be split into two parts:

  • A group of around 500 students from across Humanities will attend social justice themed workshops, for example exploring Tax Justice with Christian Aid; Racial Justice with the Runnymede Trust or The Environmental Impacts of TV production with the Head of Sustainability for BBC North.
  • From 1 pm onwards there will be two tents open in the space adjacent to University Place: a performance tent and an exhibition tent. These venues will be open to anyone and will feature, for example, performances by award winning poet, Kate Tempest, and award winning rapper, Akala. The full programme will be publicised shortly.

As part of our 2020 strategy, every undergraduate student will be given the opportunity to explore some big ethical challenges during their time at University. The aim is to challenge and inform students in a way that is both rigorous and distinctive, but also to inspire and equip them to Make a Difference.

Through the University’s Ethical Grand Challenges Programme, all first year students will be invited to engage with Sustainability; second year students will grapple with Social Justice issues and our third year students will explore Workplace Ethics. Different Faculties are leading on the development of each theme with Humanities leading on Social Justice.