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Learning for a Sustainable Future

Our contribution towards Sustainable Development issues rests on graduates and staff who are able to drive a socially just and environmentally sustainable future.

Learning for a Sustainable Future recognises that knowledge, skills and attributes for a sustainable development are gained from the whole university experience for staff and students. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) occurs in the formal and informal curriculum, professional development, research and knowledge exchange, and through the University's environment, culture and leadership.

NUS Responsible Futures

We are one of the first Universities and Students' Unions to gain the NUS Responsible Futures Accreditation Mark! This means that we are recognised for our commitment to embedding environmental sustainability and social responsibility into the student learning experience.

In November 2018 we were awarded our NUS Responsible Futures reaccreditation.

Visit the Student Union's website to see their environmental sustainability activities, and how students can get involved.

Learning for a Sustainable Future Sustainability Engagement Strategy and Action Plan

Read about how we are working to embed sustainable development across the University

Read the strategy

Participation and Engagement
Research, coursework and placements

We understand that providing opportunities for students to work with University departments can be hugely beneficial - to the students themselves by providing real-life experiences, and to Manchester Met by contributing towards the improved sustainability of the University.

Academics and students alike are invited to undertake projects with the Environment Team and the Estates Directorate linked to their coursework, placements and research activities.

If you would like to undertake an academic or research project, undertake a placement, or become a sustainability ambassador- as part of the curriculum or through extra-curricular activites - send your enquiries to the Environment Team.

Check out some of our current projects


Triangulum, Regine Sonderland Saga

This PhD aims to examine the socio-technical challenges to the smart city implementations in EU’s Triangulum project. Crucial to successful integration of smart technology is to establish an understanding of people’s interactions with these technologies and the study will identify citizen’s environmental behaviour and potential barriers to engagement with smart solutions.
The project will assist Triangulum by assessing community engagement for the project and by filling any potential gaps in socio-technical indicators for measuring and monitoring progress.  Using the concept of living labs at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Birley Student Living, this research examines how gamification using smart solutions can potentially reduce energy consumption in student halls.  For further information see published article in the Environmental Scientist.

Women Leaders & Sustainable Fishing in Colombia

We are undertaking research with artisanal groups in the Dique Channel, Colombia to empower women leaders to support sustainable development in the region.  Find out more in the Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT) blog

Lab Plastics, Chloe Andrews

Alongside her final year of studies, Chloe was hired through Jobs4Students to deliver a project to understand the actions the University can take to reduce the use of single-use plastics in laboratories. Research, analysis and engagement with internal and external stakeholders and organisations was undertaken to understand and document the issues. Chloe produced a report which outlined the current issues including procurement of goods, and use and disposal of plastics items which provided recommendations to key university stakeholders based on cost, environmental impact and ease of implementation. Upon the report’s recommendation, Technical Services signed up to LEAF (Lab Efficiency Assessment Framework) as a pilot partner.

Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre

The Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre opened in 2018 at Manchester Met. Bringing together world-leading academics from the disciplines of material research and engineering, its focus is on developing next-generation energy. As well as creating new, clean electrolysers and fuel cells, the team is also exploring their uses.


For more information visit our Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching Good Practice page.

Dissertations for Good
Curriculum and Academic Professional Development
Supporting ESD