Engaging our communities

Throughout our research and teaching portfolios, we seek to harness our knowledge and resources for the benefit of wider society.

Our changing and ageing population

As one our our key research themes is population change and ageing, we're home to the interdisciplinary Manchester Institute for Collaboration on Ageing (MICRA).

Age-friendly neighbourhoods

Recent work has included work on age-friendly neighbourhoods in association with Age-friendly Manchester, The Whalley Range Community Forum and Chorlton Good Neighbours.

We produced an 'An Alternative Age Friendly Handbook' in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects and Manchester City Council.  We also created an engagement focused video outlining the MICRA approach to research co-production.


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    Public lectures

    We organise a variety of public lectures, with a focus place upon making the social sciences accessible to external audiences and local communities.  Some recent examples include:

    • Greg Dyke: Tackling Discrimination: football, media and the pursuit of equality
    • Professor Jim O’Neill: The Complex and Changing World Economy (video above)
    • Danny Dorling: Inequality and understanding the danger of idiots (video above)

    Please see our events section for more information about future lectures:

    Working with local schools and colleges

    We organise a programme of activities for prospective students.

    Our pre-university courses are funded by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA). The scheme is designed to promote fair access to higher education for those from state funded schools.


    We offer the following alongside 'Discover Days' in Social Anthropology and Philosophy:

    Contact Tom McCunnie for more information: