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Purple Giving

The University enables you to donate to charities via your salary in two different ways. There are also opportunities to take part in volunteering activities.

Purple Pennies

Purple Pennies is a scheme that enables you to donate the pennies from your salary, towards three local charitable causes voted for by our staffing community. With the scheme, your salary will be rounded down to the nearest pound, meaning you will never donate more than 99p a month. The current beneficiaries of Purple Pennies are Wood Street Mission, Rewrite Cancer and Supporting Manchester Students. These were voted for by university employees. 

Purple Pounds - our payroll giving scheme

Purple Pounds is our nationally commended Payroll Giving Scheme enables you to donate to any charity or multiple charities on a regular, or one-off, basis by automatic deductions from your monthly pay. Giving via your salary is the best way to donate to your favourite charities as a monthly gift of £10 from your take-home pay to your chosen charity will be automatically boosted to £12.50 for a 20% rate tax payer, £16.66 for a 40% rate tax payer at no cost to you.


There are a range of activities that our staff can get involved in, both inside the University and externally. Opportunities include being a school governor, a wellbeing champion or an Athena Swan or equality and diversity lead.