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Big numbers, real lives

10 Jul 2017

Read all about our commitment to social responsibility in issue 6 of The University of Manchester Magazine

The University of Manchester Magazine

As the only university in the UK to make it a core strategic goal, it’s no secret that The University of Manchester is thinking big when it comes to social responsibility.

The University has just published Measuring the Difference, a report into the economic and social impact of the institution upon Greater Manchester and the UK as a whole. The numbers make impressive reading.

Our turnover, for example, is higher than both Manchester United and Manchester City’s combined. Almost 21,300 jobs in Greater Manchester are dependent on the University and our students. Across the UK as a whole, nearly £1.3 billion of the country’s gross domestic product can be traced back to the University.

However, the true weight of the University’s commitment to social responsibility can only really be appreciated when you look at the real people behind the big numbers.

And you read all about it in issue 6 of The University of Manchester Magazine.

The University of Manchester Magazine is an expression of the spirit of exploration, discovery and innovation that defines our University, celebrating the achievements of our staff and students past and present, and inspiring stakeholders around the world to make us a partner in their ambitions.

The digital design and richer content facilitate that – the magazine is not only easy to access across all devices, its stories are easy to share and so reach a global audience, while film and audio make it even more engaging, attractive and a ‘must read’.

The sixth edition also includes the story of Zimbabwean playwright and anti-Mugabe activist Silvanos Mudzvova’s terrifying struggle for freedom. Here at the University on an Artist Protection Fund fellowship from the Institute of International Education, he talks about why he won’t give up despite being abducted and tortured and also unable to see his three children for their own safety.

Other features include how we are defending the bee, that iconic and inspiring emblem of our city, and why we are getting graphic on bioenergy with a new and engaging way of discussing this complex but important part of our research beacon.

And there are Opinion pieces including an outline of the challenges facing Greater Manchester’s newly-elected Mayor Andy Burnham.

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