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Welcoming our local friends and neighbours on to campus

26 Jun 2019

From walking on custard to watching the Flash-Bang chemistry show, more than 3,000 people learned all about our University

The Flash Bang chemistry show

More than 3,000 people from our local and wider communities were welcomed onto campus for our third annual Community Festival.

For this free event we opened up our doors to the public to come inside and find out all about our work through interactive, fun activities.

Members of the public, young and old, took the opportunity to get hands-on, go behind the scenes and find out more about our work and the exciting research undertaken at the University.

From walking on custard to see if you sink or can make it to the other side; playing with sticky substances to find out how this natural slime is the body’s great defence; exploring the hidden world of hearing and the science of the ear to discovering more about the story behind the Manchester Bee and how to spot signs of secret societies on Manchester’s buildings and exploring around some of the University’s incredible history and visiting the sites where Ernest Rutherford ‘split the atom’ and Alan Turing helped lay the foundations of modern computing.

The Flash-Bang chemistry show proved to be the highlight of the day for many, as children, parents and grandparents, flocked to the Chemistry Building to experience dry-ice, fire and explosions.

Our Registrar, Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, Patrick Hackett was there for the first time: “I took my family to the Community Festival and it was wonderful. We really enjoyed it and I really enjoyed seeing us open our doors to our neighbours in such a colourful and vibrant way – it’s a great idea.”

Rob Nixon, another visitor to the event, said: “This is the third time my daughter and I have been to the University’s Community Festival. It’s a great day and fantastic way to see all the different things that go on at the University. We really enjoyed it and will heading back next year.”

Dr Julian Skyrme, Director of Social Responsibility, said: “It was exciting to welcome so many people from our local communities onto the University campus, getting involved and finding out more about our work. This was the University at its best, sharing our knowledge and involving the public in the full spectrum of our work.”

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