At Manchester Metropolitan University, we work hard to build good relationships with our local communities and we are committed to educating students on the values of being a good neighbour.
We regularly work with residents’ associations, local community representatives and strategic partners to ensure our campuses and the surrounding areas are safe and friendly environments to live in.
Here are some of the ways we engage with our local communities and enable our students to make positive contributions:
The Union at Manchester Metropolitan runs an online volunteering hub to help community organisations and charities to find student volunteers. In the most recent academic year (2017/18), over 400 students have registered to get involved.
MMU Sport also organise volunteering projects, with over 1,500 students currently registered to take part in opportunities. One of the most successful projects is Street 2 Feet, a homelessness football competition run in collaboration with the Union. The project focuses on using football to target disadvantaged youths and young people who are directly affected by homelessness.
The University are also a proud signatory of the Manchester Homelessness Charter, which brings people, organisations and businesses together with one shared vision – to end homelessness in Manchester.
Students can get involved in ending homelessness in Manchester by taking part in Big Change Ambassador training sessions, which are ran in partnership with the Big Change, a charity who seek to make a lasting impact by changing the way we give to homeless people.
The University’s Residential Life Team deliver campaigns to help prepare students when moving off-campus. The campaigns focus on student safety, environmental responsibility and respecting neighbours.
To encourage responsible drinking, the campaign ‘Alcohub’ is delivered throughout National Alcohol Awareness Week (13-19 November). Alcohub highlights the importance of staying safe whilst drinking and raises the awareness of the impact of alcohol on the local community. In partnership with the Students Union we are proud to have achieved accreditation via the National Unions of Students Alcohol Impact scheme.
The Residential Life Team also work with a number of organisations to encourage students to get involved in their local area. This year, students have provided over 300 hours of community support to Hulme Community Garden Centre.
The Union also supports student-led campaigns, one of the most successful being Light Up Fallowfield. This campaign helped raise issues of community safety and highlighted the need for better lighting and community policing to ensure the safety of all residents.
As the UK’s Greenest University, we are committed to educating students on environmental and sustainability issues.
To help students recycle as much as possible, the University works with partners across Manchester on the award-winning Give It Don’t Bin It campaign, a student move-out and recycling initiative. At the end of term, students are encouraged to donate unwanted items for re-use or re-sale. Last year, more than £200,000 was raised for charity and almost 2,000kg of food items were donated from student residences.
With the University of Manchester, we jointly fund Manchester Student Homes. Based in Fallowfield, the team includes a dedicated Off-campus Student Affairs Officer and two Community Cohesion Interns. They support the promotion of strong relations between students living in off campus communities, raise awareness of off-campus issues and help create the culture of being a good neighbour.
The Manchester Student Homes team leads on the ‘Halls to Home’ campaign; a programme of events, educational awareness campaigns and volunteering opportunities, which help educate students of their responsibilities while living as part of the local community.
The University are also members of the Student Strategy Partnership, which has representatives from the University of Manchester, Manchester City Council, Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue and both University’s Students Unions’.
The Student Strategy Partnership oversees the strategic direction of a number of key thematic policy areas, including - student housing, safety, noise, anti-social behaviour and environmental issues.
Our Student Code of Conduct outlines the behaviour expected of Manchester Metropolitan students in off-campus areas.
Students are expected to:
We are committed to responding to student-related issues raised in the community. In partnership with the University of Manchester, we fund night-time patrols in specific neighbourhoods, which are delivered by Manchester City Council’s accredited security provider G4S. The role of the patrols is to professionally witness noise any anti-social behaviour, which may then be used by relevant officers in the City Council and in the Universities as part of enforcement or disciplinary processes respectively.
If you have any concerns about student misconduct in the community, please get in touch:
Manchester Student Homes, Off-campus Student Affairs Officer
0161 275 0750
Manchester City Council’s Licensing and Out of Hours Team (to report noise until 4.30am)
0161 234 5004
Find out how our respective faculties are engaging with the public. From research events to national festivals - discover what your faculty is doing and how you can get involved.
Manchester Student Homes is an off campus affairs service to promote strong relationships between the university and the community, raise awareness of issues off campus and promote the culture of being a good neighbour.
Volunteering is a great way to support the local community and gain valuable skills and experience that will enrich your CV.
Volunteering is a chance to really make a difference and develop your skills and talents to complement and enhance your education. There is a whole range of opportunities for you to choose, as well as training and development to make sure you get the most out of the time you invest.
Manchester Met's Student's Union run the online volunteering hub, where you can search for volunteering opportunities and keep a record of your hours and skills.
You can gain recognition for the volunteering you do through the , where you’ll also find additional, short-term volunteering opportunities.
Sports volunteering is a fantastic way to improve your self-confidence, meet new people and gain valuable work experience. It has been proven that volunteering in sport boosts happiness and wellbeing, promotes higher self-esteem, emotional wellbeing and resilience than those who have never volunteered. It is also a great way to give something back to your local community and become involved with something that you can be really proud of.
Discover new opportunities. Sell your skills. Stand out from the crowd.
Open to all students, the Futures Skills Award allows you to:
Student hubs can be found throughout our campus and aim to provide a comprehensive advice and information service to all students on all student-related matters.
We provide advice to students on:
The Student Hub at the Business School Building also offers specialist advice for course enquiries, student financial support and international student support.
What you can expect from us
We aim to:
In creating our Academic Community Commitment, we are proud of the clear and positive statement of what we and the Students' Union provide for our students, and what we expect of them in return.