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School of Environment, Education and Development

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Engaging communities

Our aim is to understand and improve the uneven relationships between society, economy, and the environment. As part of the way to achieve that aim, we work very closely with our communities.

Inspiring communities

Our Initial Teacher Education (ITE) team, based within the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE), has been shortlisted for a 2017 Making a Difference Award in the 'Inspiring Communities: Staff involvement' category. 

For over 150 years, we have provided local schools with inspiring teachers who aim to tackle disadvantage. We have continually been ranked as one of the UK's leading providers of teacher training and our programmes are rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Our ITE team has maintained a strong commitment to inclusion, social mobility and tackling disadvantage through developing inspirational teachers who go on to serve our local communities, with 80% of trainee teachers taking up their first teaching position within 20 miles of the University.

Perhaps more significantly, we support local schools and develop stronger relationships by:

  • supplying teachers
  • working closely on research projects
  • providing free professional development for teachers
  • brokering relationships with the wider University (e.g. through Widening Participation)
  • supporting schools to develop their own forms of initial teacher training through School Direct and school-centred teacher education.

Every year, our highly motivated and very able graduates spend approximately 70,000 days in local schools improving the life chances and education of local children.

Working with communities

We engage and partner with a range of people and organisations across our research, teaching and public activities.  

We are always looking for ways to engage further and to partner with stakeholders for mutual knowledge exchange and social benefit. Find out more about our community work:

We also work with schools and education providers to improve outcomes for learners from all backgrounds.

Research in the community

Manchester Urban Institute (MUI)

MUI is committed to increasing their understanding of urban environments past, present and in the future. It draws on the city of Manchester’s unique place and engage a wide range of stakeholders to study and change the world. 

Spatial Policy and Analysis Laboratory (SPAL)

Our researchers are tackling social injustices across Greater Manchester. SPAL uses a variety of innovative methods to influence and change the way local governments monitor their spatial planning policies.

Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity

Our Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) is concerned with understanding changes within ethnic groups and their external relationships and position in British society. They are committed to making the evidence we produce, and the data we use to generate that evidence, accessible to all.