Fairtrade Art Show: Your Art Needed

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, we want to see your artistic reactions to the uncomfortable reality that so much of what we consume is a product of Modern Slavery and Exploitation.

From the production of our clothes to our coffee in the morning, so many of the products we rely on have been touched by exploitation and modern slavery. We want to know if this invokes a reaction from you, if it does then we are asking you to create a piece of art expressing this for our art show to be displayed 2nd – 5th May in the Link Gallery to raise awareness. Please share any existing work or create a new piece that relates to the theme.

Why get involved?

  • Have your work displayed on campus in a university show
  • £50 in art supply vouchers to be awarded
  • Attend the launch party, the chance to network and enjoy Fairtrade wine and refreshments
  • Make people aware that modern slavery and exploitation are unseen parts of their lives
  • Raise awareness for Fairtrade Fortnight

If you’d like to be involved let us know by 13th March

Email: environment@mmu.ac.ukj000310_headline_assests6

Fairtrade Art Show: Your Art Needed

Monthly Cyclist Breakfast – 5th April

Our Cyclists’ Breakfast events reward current cyclists and actively encourage newcomers.

All staff from the Universities, Central Manchester NHS, RNCM and the Manchester Science Partnerships are welcome to join us for a free cyclists’ breakfast at a location on the Oxford Road Corridor, every first week of the month. Come along for breakfast, receive the latest news and meet fellow cyclists.

Next event:

  • Wed 5th April 2017 – Central Manchester NHS (Children’s Hospital)

Register for your free breakfast here.


Monthly Cyclist Breakfast – 5th April

Public Lecture: From Paris to Manchester: Challenges to Adapting to a Changing Climate

Join MMU Engage for the fourth in the 2016-17 series of public lectures. February’s talk is from Walter Leal, Professor of Environment and Technology.


Refreshments will be available from 17:30 with the talk starting at 18:00. This will last around 45 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A session and a drinks reception.

Please email engage@mmu.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Register here

Public Lecture: From Paris to Manchester: Challenges to Adapting to a Changing Climate

Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

Don’t feed exploitation this Fairtrade Fortnight (27 February – 12 March).

Fairtrade Fortnight begins on the 27th Feb and we are looking to you to help us show support for farmers and workers who grow our food in developing countries. Manchester Met and The Union have been a Fairtrade certified since 2008 and each year we get together to celebrate and show our support. Get involved this year…


‌Organise your own event! 

Be part of Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 by organising an event with friends or colleagues. Anything from a Bake Off to a Break, get together and show your support for Fairtrade. Got something planned we would be happy to support you, get in touch at environment@mmu.ac.uk.

Put Fairtrade in your Break (Manchester)

Tuesday 28 February, 2pm. Business School Catering Atrium.

Tuesday 7 March, 2pm. Brooks Building, Ground Floor.

Join us for our Fairtrade Tea & Coffee Break, take some time out with friends and colleagues to enjoy a free Fairtrade product (while stocks last) and show your support for Farmers. Not able to join us, have a break where you are and don’t forget to share a photo on social media for a chance to win a Fairtrade Hamper just use #MMUFairtrade.

Contact: Ryan Waugh r.waugh@mmu.ac.uk


Put Fairtrade in your Break (Cheshire)

Tuesday 28 February, 9.30 – 10.00. Student Zone.

Thursday 9 March, 11.00 – 11.30. Student Zone.

Join us for our Fairtrade Tea & Coffee Break, take some time out with friends and colleagues to enjoy a free Fairtrade hot drink and show your support for Farmers. Not able to join us have a break where you are? You can still share a photo on social media for a chance to win a Fairtrade Hamper just use #MMUFairtrade.

Contact: William Dunleavy – w.Dunleavy@mmu.ac.uk



Photo Competition. Share a photo of your Fairtrade Break on social media using #MMUFairtrade and be in with a chance to win a Fairtrade Hamper to share with your friends or colleagues.


Pop Swap – Clothing & Book Swap 

Wednesday 1 March, 12.30 – 2.30pm. Grosvenor Gallery. 

Get involved in our regularly clothing and book swap and take time to consider those who made our clothes. Modern slavery and exploitation are commonplace in the production of fast-fashion but there are alternatives from swishing to purchasing from organisations who are transparent about their supply-chains. Don’t fund exploitation this Fairtrade Fortnight. Check out the Facebook event for more info.


Free Film Screening: Fairtrade & Blood Diamond (Cheshire)

Thursday 2 March, 7pm. Student Zone.

Join us for a short film about Fairtrade followed by a screening of the 2006 film Blood Diamond which highlight a number of the issues linked to the theme of exploitation in supply chains and explores the effects of ‘conflict diamonds’ on South Africa. Everyone is welcome to attend this event. A free Fairtrade bag of sweets and a drink will be provided on arrival. More info: www.tiny.cc/BloodDiamondCheshire

Contact: William Dunleavy – w.Dunleavy@mmu.ac.uk

Cheshire Staff vs Students Fairtrade Football Match

Wednesday 8 March, 4-6pm. 3G Pitch. Cheshire Campus.

BalaSportsUK have provided Fairtrade footballs stitched in Pakistan.There will be Fairtrade half-time snacks and a hamper for the winning team.

Contact: If you would like to join a team contact Garry Pheasey  g.m.pheasey@mmu.ac.uk

Cheshire Staff vs Student Fairtrade Netball Match

Wednesday 1 March, 3-5pm. Cheshire Sports Hall.

BalaSportsUK have provided Fairtrade netball stitched in Pakistan.There will be Fairtrade half-time snacks and a hamper for the winning team.

Contact: If you would like to join a team contact Natasha Jaworski (student) S.U.Sacheshire@mmu.ac.uk  or Sam Oldfield (staff) S.J.Oldfield@mmu.ac.uk 

Face Fairtrade at Crewe Library

Tuesday 28th Feb & Thursday 9 March. 12 – 2pm.

Can you guess the Fairtrade Mug Shot? Pop-in to the Library Seminar Room for a chance to win a Fairtrade food & drink hamper, kindly donated by the Co-operative.


Faitrade Inspired Art Show 

Raise awareness through your creativity and share or create a piece of art for a show being held in the Link Gallery during May around the themes of Modern Slavery and Exploitation. The call for art is going out throughout Fairtrade Fortnight with the show to follow later in May to serve as a reminder of the efforts of Fairtrade Fortnight. More information can be found here.

To be involved email environment@mmu.ac.uk by 13th March.

Food & Drink Offers 

MMU Food & Drink will have a number of offers on food and drink products over Fairtrade Fortnight at every catering outlet across campus.

  • Ooh ‘av a Banana – Buy any Fairtrade tea or coffee and get your banana half price
  • Break Open your Kit Kat with a friend – Buy any 2 small Fairtrade tea or coffee and a 4 finger Kit Kat for only £3.20
  • Take a Break with a Cake £2.50 + Get double points
  • Buy a Small Fairtrade Coffee or Tea between 9.45am – 11.00am or 2.15 – 3.45pm to earn double loyalty points

*Don’t forget, during Fairtrade Fortnight, all Fairtrade snacks and Fairtrade Fruit will earn you 50 loyalty points.  



Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

Pop Swap March 1st 2017

Our next free clothing and book swap will be taking place on Wednesday 1st March, 12.30-2.30pm in the Grosvenor Gallery, Grosvenor Building, All Saints Campus.

Join our Facebook event page to get all the latest updates.


What is Pop Swap?

Pop Swap is a pop-up clothing and book swap held termly on Manchester Metropolitan University’s campus run by the Environment Team in collaboration with our Student Sustainability Ambassadors.

Open to all, we have been celebrating second-hand, promoting zero waste and discouraging buying new since 2013. We also support local charities through donations ensuring nothing leftover is wasted or thrown away.

How can I get involved?

Bring any clean, intact, unloved items of clothing, shoes, accessories and books (up to 15) and receive tokens to exchange for new (well new to you). Swapping will begin at 12.30pm; items can be exchanged for tokens from 12pm.

What happens to the leftovers?

Leftover items will be donated to support local charities including Goodstock on Oxford Road and the British Heart Foundation.

More information about our swap and how you can get involved can be found here www.mmu.ac.uk/bigimpact/popswap

Alternatively join our Facebook event page here.

Check out photos from our previous swaps:

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Pop Swap March 1st 2017

Win cinema tickets & £300!


Recycling checks happen once a term in MMU owned Student Accommodation. The Environment Team will come into your kitchens, score your bins and leave you a feedback card (and sweets if you’ve done well!) The team will also be checking if you have the correct bins, so that you can recycle properly.



Your bins are scored by using six criteria (see picture below), so make sure that your recycling is correctly sorted. If you have any missing bins, speak to someone at your Student Living reception.




The recycling checks will take place on the following dates between 3-7.30pm.

6 March – Booth Student Living

7 March  – All Saints Student Living

10 March – Birley Student Living



The flats that score over 20 points (out of 30) will be left sweets. Flats with the highest score will be entered into a prize draw to win cinema tickets or a top prize of £300.


Good luck and see you all soon!

Win cinema tickets & £300!