Manchester Met launches discounted organic veg bag scheme

As part of the Healthy University Initiative, Manchester Met has launched a partnership with Manchester Veg People to offer all staff  and students convenient access to delicious, fresh, organic, locally grown produce through an on-campus veg scheme.

Manchester Metropolitan University will pilot the scheme for staff with the aim to offer this to students soon. In order to receive your veg bag, orders must be placed by Tuesday to be delivered the following Thursday when Manchester Veg People will be on site. Two collection points have been set up for the scheme at Birley and at the All Saints Business School.


Please see the Manchester Veg People website for full details about the scheme, the collection points, and the exclusive discounted prices being offered to Manchester Metropolitan University. A dedicated page has been set up here. To access the website, use the password ‘tastyveg’. To order you will need to join and pay a small registration fee of £1.95 for a year. Please use your email when signing up.

Manchester Veg People are a local cooperative working to increase the sustainable production and distribution of locally grown, organic vegetables to the people of Greater Manchester.

If you have any questions about the Veg Bag Scheme, membership or orders, please email

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Manchester Met launches discounted organic veg bag scheme

Climate Control -exhibition and events at Manchester Museum


11 May – 4 September 2016

Climate change is happening all around us, but this isn’t the time to ignore it, it’s the time to get really, really, creative.

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There is still time to check out Climate Control at Manchester Museum a summer of exhibitions and events about Climate Change and how we can shape the future. Climate Control will explore the idea that we can’t change the past but we can change the future, and how we can each make a difference to help create the world of our choice.

The exhibition includes Polar Bears and other Arctic wildlife, Peppered Moths, tropical frogs, opportunities to rebuild a model Manchester, and a wide range of events and activities for all ages and interests.

Find out how you can help create a better future with their Ten Ways to Make a Difference and find out more about the exhibitions and events on offer here.


Climate Control -exhibition and events at Manchester Museum

Vinyl Banner to Bags – a waste reduction experiment.

Vinyl banners are a great way to promote an event or share a message and are commonly used at Manchester Met. Unfortunately, once they are no longer needed they cannot be easily recycled.

An idea was submitted as part of our Ideas into Action programme to upcycle waste vinyl into practical products, which fits with our commitment to reduce and reuse up to 85% of our waste by 2020. To bring this idea to life, we have funded and worked with colleagues from across the university, including Department of Apparel who have designed and produced a number of prototypes for us.

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Since then we have been working with local co-operative Stitched Up who have agreed to produce a bulk of products including bags and wallets, all from our waste vinyl. See our bags in production below.

Most companies will take back pop-up vinyl banners and replace the vinyl inside making use again of the casing. This can save you money and waste.

Find out more about the ideas we have been developing as part of the programme including interactive bins, bat boxes and greenhouses here.


Vinyl Banner to Bags – a waste reduction experiment.

Manchester Met Green Gown Finalist for Sustainability Reporting

Manchester Met are proud to be finalists in the EAUC Green Gown Awards 2016 for Sustainability Reporting. The Green Gown Awards recognise exceptional sustainability initiatives undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK.


The introduction of a new category award, Sustainability Reporting, aims to assess the quality and relevance of sustainability reporting offered throughout the publicly available information provided by institutions.

Manchester Met’s most recent Environmental Sustainability Statement, 2014/15  outlines our progress towards implementing our key commitments, as set out in the Environmental Sustainability Policy, and provides an honest account of the university’s environmental performance.

Prof. Malcolm Press, Vice Chancellor said “We are incredibly proud to have been shortlisted for this award, especially since this is the first year that the sustainability reporting category has been introduced. We have transformed our approach toward sustainability and it underpins our new Strategic Framework. We are committed to engaging all members of the University, staff and students alike, in our approach, which aims to combine the best available technological solutions with driving the behavioural and cultural changes that are required to make a difference. We believe that education has a vital influencing role to play here.”

The Environment Team produce the annual statement by collaborating closely with partners across the University and the city. “We are incredibly pleased to have been recognised for our efforts in sustainability reporting- however, it’s imperative that we don’t just report annually and that we constantly work to create conversations and engage our stakeholders, as well as celebrate success across the year”, Sophie Leigh, Sustainability Engagement Manager.

The awards will be hosted at the Athena, a landmark building situated within the cultural quarter of Leicester on the 10th November this year. Find out more about the Green Gown finalists for sustainability reporting.

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Manchester Met Green Gown Finalist for Sustainability Reporting

NUS Dissertations for Good launches at Manchester Met

Recently, Manchester Met are proud to have become a partner organisation of the NUS Dissertations for Good scheme.

The scheme aims to partner students with organisations to collaborate on dissertations into economic, social and environmental sustainability, providing an opportunity for students to be involved in real world research as well as satisfying the demands of organisations who could realise benefits from small-scale research projects.

As the NUS puts it, “dissertations are often the most robust pieces of work students put together during their time in education, breaking fresh ground and providing valuable new insights.”

The NUS are using this work as a force for good, and have developed a Dissertation for Good web platform- where organisations and students can register to become part of the scheme. Organisations can advertise their projects to students across the UK, and similarly, students can search projects depending on their research interests.

Whether you are a Manchester Met staff member (academic and professional services) or a student, you can register to create your own profile on the website- ultimately to start “connecting students with organisations to complete research projects” (NUS) for good.

A dissertation for good is described by the NUS as any piece of student work that contributes in a tangible way, by producing a report that is useful for their partnered organisation.

If you are a member of staff or a student at Manchester Met, and are interested in finding out more or getting involved in the scheme, contact Valeria Vargas, Education for Sustainable Development Co-ordinator

NUS Dissertations for Good launches at Manchester Met

People& Planet University League – where will we place?

The People & Planet University League is the only comprehensive and independent league table that ranks Universities on their environmental and ethical performance.

Manchester Met are proud to be a first award class winning University – placed in the top 10 performing Universities for 3 consecutive years. This week begins the auditing task to see where universities will be for the academic year 2016/17.

To compile the 2016/17 University League, information will be compiled from a number of places:

  • 50% from information made public on the university website.
  • 50% from information published within the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Estates Management Record (EMR) data set for 2014/15 and other independent and external verification agencies.

Over the next month Teams from People & Planet will be auditing all UK universities and aim to make public their league by the end of 2016. See below the breakdown of our performance last year.

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How can you make a difference in the future?

Although we continue to perform well there are still improvements to be made. If you are a member of staff and involved in one of the areas listed above why not get in touch to see what changes you can make to help us perform better.

Alternatively why not try to influence changes from within your department or develop an ideas to make a really impact through our Ideas into Action programme, funded by the Environment Team.

Students can find out how you can influence change at your university here.

People and Planet is the largest student network in Britain campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment. 

People& Planet University League – where will we place?

Science, Sushi and Insects with MetMUnch

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What happens when you combine students, sustainability, science, sushi and insects?  You get another groundbreaking event from Manchester Met’s student food network MetMUnch.

MetMUnch linked with the Museum of Science and Industry for Science In The City Late, the flagship event of Science In The City Week and part of Manchester’s year long European City of Science celebrations – and opened a one-night-only insect sushi bar in the museum.

Entomophagy – the practice of eating insects – has been growing in recent years as people look for a more sustainable alternative to meat. Insects are extremely high protein, readily available, and already eaten in more parts of the world than they aren’t. MetMUnch saw Science In The City Late as the perfect opportunity to introduce Manchester’s eager, culturally engaged public to a new delicacy.

Staff and students worked hard in the Man Met lab to hand-make nigiri and nori with buffalo worm, mealworm, cricket and grasshopper fillings. MetMUnch found the key factor putting people off insects was their appearance, so wrapping them in sushi was a great way to adjust their image.

And the hunch was right – visitors couldn’t wait to sample the artisanal arthropods.

One thousand people passed through the doors of the museum in just over three hours – and fourteen MetMUnchers engaged with every visitor to discuss the health and environmental benefits of crunching on some creepy crawly critters.

The aim of the night was to have visitors answer this question: What diet would you choose if we had a global food shortage? Options ranged from veganism to flexetarianism to eating insects, and every visitor deliberated hard before making their choice on MetMUnch’s survey boards.

There was lots of debate on which diets would have the most benefit to the environment, and what sacrifices people were willing to make for the good of the planet – showing sustainable food is already a big issue for the people of Manchester.

“Thank you for an incredible event!” said Manchester Science Festival Creative Producer Carole Keating. “The Insect Sushi Bar went down a storm – it looked fantastic (I loved the boats!), your students were brilliantly enthusiastic and knowledgeable, it really got people talking and there was such a great buzz about it overall – if you’ll excuse the pun!”

Paul Kingsmore, Director of Services, said: “Our new strategic framework puts our partnerships and community engagements at the heart of Manchester Metropolitan University.

“The creative commitment of MetMUnch to ESOF16 and Manchester as the European City of Science has demonstrated how their multiplatform model for learning, teaching, research and outreach can attract, enhance and inspire the imagination of the public and our partners in Manchester and beyond.

“The broad expertise of MetMUnch in Sustainability Education as part of the University Environment Team, also enables our students to not only  become alert and empowered global citizens, but also future leaders in sustainability deployment and impact.”

MetMUnch will follow up the event with their research findings on people’s sustainability-influenced dietary choices, and whether insects could form one of the answers to global food shortages.

And Manchester’s overwhelming verdict on edible insect? “They’re alright, actually!”

You heard it here first – watch out for insects on a menu near you soon.

Find out more about MetMUnch at and @MetMUnch on Twitter.

Science, Sushi and Insects with MetMUnch