Directorate for the Student Experience


Student Development and Community Engagement Division (SDCE)

We work to provide a coherent approach to three complementary areas of work in the DSE: Curricular & Co-curricular Activity (including University College, incorporating Manchester Leadership Programme); Social Responsibility and Volunteering & Community Engagement.

University College and The Manchester Leadership Programme aim to promote Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning through a portfolio of credit bearing units, which allow students to work with students from other disciplines and enhance and broaden the curriculum. A number of the units can be combined with experiential learning, leading to a University College Award.

The Division provides PSS leadership and support to The Ethical Grand Challenges Signature Programme, which aims to give our undergraduates the opportunity to confront key ethical grand challenges. Work is currently being undertaken with pilot groups focusing on sustainability with first year students, social justice with second year students and workplace ethics with third years.

The Division supports student volunteering activity and works with a range of local charities and not-for-profit organisations to source opportunities. As well as local opportunities, we offer some bespoke international volunteering projects. The Division also provides advice and guidance to colleagues in the University who would like to get student volunteers involved with a project.

We take a key role in building positive relationships with communities and residents in areas of the city with high density student populations. Working with colleagues throughout the University (including Residences, Manchester Student Homes and Security) and with external partners (including MMU, Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester Police), we develop strategies to help students and local communities live and work together.

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