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Engaging our communities

We are committed to engaging with the public as part of our efforts in the area of social responsibility.

By engaging and partnering with a range of people and organisations beyond the Faculty, we are harnessing our knowledge and resources to make a difference in our local communities and wider society.

We run various initiatives within the Faculty and in each of our Schools and Institutes.

Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique offers a monthly forum where anyone can drop in to hear thoughts on and discuss the latest ideas in science and technology. The Manchester edition takes place on the last Thursday of each month at The MadLab.

Centre for Engagement and Involvement

The Centre for Engagement and Involvement provides a one stop shop for information, advice, networking and opportunities about engagement and involvement across the work of the Faculty. It is aimed at researchers who want to engage and involve, and public contributors who want to be engaged and involved.

Clinical Psychology: Community Liaison Group

This group brings together patients, carers and community members to contribute to all aspects of clinical psychology training.

Dentistry: community involvement

Initiatives include students helping provide dental services in community clinics around Manchester and an intravenous (IV) sedation clinic to help anxious teenagers cope with dental treatment.

Manchester Medical School

Manchester Medical School's social responsibility and public engagement initiatives focus on patient and public involvement, with students, staff and Medical Education Partners all playing their part in this.

Students are encouraged to act as social responsibility ambassadors during their studies as they undertake placements in hospitals, GP practices, pharmacies, hospices, opticians and nursing homes.

Manchester Minute Microlectures (M3)

We have produced a short series of 60-second seminars by leading researchers in Manchester on biomedical topics of general interest, which have been presented to the public.

Manchester Pharmacy School

Staff and students from Manchester Pharmacy School engage in a variety of activities to convey the benefits of higher education to the public in a two-way process.

Many activities are themed around health promotion such as:

Other activities include working with looked-after children and the Making a Difference prize-winning family-orientated community open day.


Non-profit NHS-based organisation Nowgen engages with pupils through its Genomics for Schools programme.

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

The School organises and takes part in various public engagement activities, and students on pre-qualifying Nursing and Midwifery degrees undertake a range of practice placements in both community and hospital settings as part of their courses.

School of Psychological Sciences: outreach activities

The School links its research and expertise with the wider world by running public engagement events and involving the local community.