Social responsibility in employment

We promote a range of initiatives in support of the University's commitment to being a socially responsible employer.

Our University works hard to create an environment where diversity is celebrated and everyone is treated fairly, regardless of gender, disability, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital status, age, or nationality. The following institutional initiatives and affiliations are key indicators of this commitment.

Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional award

The Athen SWAN Charter has been running since 2005 and is a scheme that recognises commitment to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in science, engineering and technology in higher education and research, though in May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles.  The University has been a member of the Charter since 2008 and currently holds a Bronze Award.

Race Equality Charter Mark

The Race Equality Charter Mark recognises the University’s efforts and commitment to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students.  Manchester was one of eight universities to receive the award following its introduction in 2015.

Two Ticks symbol accreditation

The Two Ticks symbol is recognition given by Job Centre Plus to employers who have agreed to take action to meet five commitments regarding the employment of disabled people.

Stonewall Diversity Champion

Since 2013 Manchester has been a member of Britain’s good practice employers’ forum on sexual orientation.  This is run by Stonewall, the charity which works for equality and justice for LGBT staff.  The University currently ranks 53rd in Stonewall’s index of the top 100 most inclusive UK employers in creating and maintaining an inclusive working environment for its LGBT employees.

Working Families

The University is a corporate member of Working Families, a charity which helps working parents/carers and their employers find a better balance between responsibilities at home and at work.

The Works

The Works aims to transform the life chances of local residents in our neighbouring communities, which are amongst the most disadvantaged areas of the UK.  It provides: 

  • opportunities and support to jobseekers;
  • pre-recruitment training; and
  • job matching to local employers, including the University.

Business in the Community

The University is a corporate member of Business in the Community (BITC), which offers a range of practical ways for businesses to work together and take action to help tackle some of the key issues facing society.  Its members work together to tackle a wide range of issues that are essential to creating a fairer society and a more sustainable future.

Staff Satisfaction Survey

The University commissions an independent and comprehensive staff satisfaction survey every two years and uses the results to inform action on improving working conditions and relationships. Results from the last survey in 2015 can be viewed on the University's intranet.