Free Electric Cargo Bike Loan Scheme for staff

Let an electric cargo bike take the load.

You or your team can borrow one for free to use around Manchester!

Electric Bike Triangulum

There are so many benefits of using electric bikes for travel or transporting items:

  • Travel quickly with your tools/equipment/packages on board.
  • Carry up to 250kg load.
  • Park easily with no restrictions.
  • Beat traffic congestion.
  • Help improve air quality in central Manchester.

Supported by Triangulum, the European Union funded sustainability project, Manchester Bike Hire has electric assist cargo bikes available for short-term hire, free-of-charge to organisations, universities and businesses in and around the Oxford Road corridor (this includes Manchester Met).

Book your free electric cargo bike demonstration now to have the opportunity to try out different designs and sizes to suit you and your operational needs.

Cargo bike induction and familiarisation provided.

For more details, please contact Manchester Bike Hire:

T: 0161 769 5050 E:


Free Electric Cargo Bike Loan Scheme for staff

Staff Team Building Opportunity at Birley Campus Woodland

Woodland Workshop

The Environment Team are working with Hulme Community Garden Centre over the summer to deliver Woodland Workshops at Birley Campus.

The Community Woodland at Birley is an area for everyone to relax and reconnect with nature, whilst creating a sanctuary for wildlife, an area for urban foraging as well as an educational resource.

Staff are invited to get involved with the woodland this summer as a team building activity.

Each workshop lasts for two hours (1.30pm to 3.30pm) and will include aspects of plant identification, urban foraging and planting.

These activities are suitable for everyone and provide excellent and varied opportunities for socialising and bonding whilst enjoying the outdoors, discovering nature and learning new skills on campus.

At the end of each session, your team will receive a certificate and a packet of seeds for each participant.

The dates over summer are:

  • 5 July
  • 6 August
  • 23 August
  • 6 September

If you are interested in reserving a date for your team, or you want to find out more, please email

Staff Team Building Opportunity at Birley Campus Woodland

Getting local school children interested in sustainability!

As part of Widening Participation’s Primary Festival 2017, The Environment Team and MetMUnch delivered three activities to over ninety local Primary School children last week at Birley Campus.

Healthy Herbs Workshop

MetMUnch volunteers ran three exciting nutritional workshops that introduced children to the herbs that are growing at Birley Campus, such as lavender, rosemary, chives and fennel.

The workshops enabled the children to explore different uses of herbs in a creative, fun and educational fashion, from eating to relaxation. They also contained key nutritional messages around fruit and vegetables consumption, with added information about usage and preservation of freshly harvested herbs from Birley Campus.

The children all went home with a fresh bag of Manchester Met herbs to experiment with their families.


Pond Dipping & Herb and Mini-beast Identification

The Environment Team employed and trained sixteen student ambassadors from across the university to deliver twelve pond dipping and herb and mini-beast identification sessions to the local schoolchildren. The student ambassadors were able to gain skills in outdoor and environmental education, as well as enhance their experience working with primary school children.

Birley Campus has a wetland area and an herb garden, which are both full of ladybirds, bees, snails, water boatmen, bloodworms and many other creatures. The children had a great time out of the classroom, learning about nature, life-cycles and mini-beasts.

You can see some photos from the week below:

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Getting local school children interested in sustainability!

Nutrition student explains the benefits of a weekly veg box

Veg Box People has been supplying weekly bags of locally-grown veg to staff and students at Manchester Met since the start of this academic year. Each week we have customers excited about our super fresh, local, organic produce, as well as sharing top recipes and discussing the world of food. So rather than keeping it to ourselves, we thought we’d let one of our lovely customers tell you why they love being a Veg Box Person and why you should be one too!

Andrew Sheffield is a Nutrition student at Manchester Met and has been a Veg Box People customer for 7 months now. Andrew came across us following an inspiring lecture about local veg box schemes and, after researching a number of schemes, felt that we looked like the best one (we agree!).

Andrew Sheffield
Andrew collecting his veg bag. 

Since getting the veg box Andrew said he has learnt both to appreciate seasonality and to cook with different veg “there is more excitement – I looking forward to seasons changing which you don’t get when everything is accessible all the time”

Andrew’s favourite veg is Purple Sprouting Broccoli and favourite recipes that he’s cooked with our veg so far have been Cauliflower fritters in a curry spiced batter and Sauerkraut. Cabbage was a bit of a challenge at first he told us, but this is no longer the case after discovering Sauerkraut! And if he’s ever stuck, he turns to “Leiths veggie bible” (a cook book by Polly Tyrer).

Andrew feels it is important to support a local veg box co-operative, to support local farmers and community, but also to secure the sustainability of British farming and produce and to protect the environment too. He sees a future where there is an injection of young academics with nutritional knowledge working with the farming and agricultural sector, to create more efficiency for small scale farmers – to make it a viable living and more accessible (sounds good to us!).

Andrew thinks this model of farmers and customers working together is definitely replicable across the UK. ‘I’ve told everyone on my course about it. People need to be supported in building motivation to cook and to learn about seasonality’. Andrew feels sure that as more people become informed about it, it will spread quickly – so a big thanks to Andrew for helping us do just that!

To follow Andrews advice you can sign up to receive a lovely box of fresh, local, organic veg on our website, or come and visit us  on Thursdays to find out more (we’re at Birley Campus from 11.15 -12.30 and All Saints outside the Business School from 1 – 2.30). We look forward to seeing you soon!

Veg Box People

Nutrition student explains the benefits of a weekly veg box

Surveying a success at Birley Woodland

Since Birley Campus opened back in 2014, the Environment Team have worked closely with Hulme Garden Centre, a local, not-for-profit community-led organisation and charity to deliver a number of on-going and one-off projects.


One of these projects, commissioned back in 2015 were two woodland areas. We were interested in how we could enhance existing areas on campus and create on-going opportunities for our students, staff and communities to engage with the space.

Consequently, the Garden Centre commenced a woodland development project, which to date has introduced a range of edible and medicinal plants to the areas through planting days, seen the creation of pathways and more accessible spaces, and the installation of additional habitat spaces, including our very own insect hotel.

Most recently, on 17th May, the Environment Team and Garden Centre held a biodiversity survey day, open to students, staff, and the public. A range of students came along to offer their time and skills to help identify the plants.

Across the day, Kath Gavin, Sustainability Co-ordinator, Hulme Garden Centre, worked with our students and staff to introduce plant surveying and identification techniques and methods.

Some of our students were already very familiar with these techniques, coming from the ‘Wildlife Biology’ course, other less so, studying courses unrelated to the surveying activities. It demonstrated that no matter what your level of knowledge or experience, all participants with guidance and support, were able to identify a range of species across the woodland areas.

In just one of the woodland areas, our students identified 55 varieties of plants including shrubs, grasses, perennials, creepers, climbers and trees.

bio surveys

The data collected will contribute towards Manchester Met’s annual biodiversity surveying, which ultimately provides the means to understand how we manage, maintain, enhance and protect species and habitats across the University’s estate.

The surveying already undertaken and the next phase of surveying in the Birley woodland areas will provide invaluable information, which could reveal a wealth of wildlife and habitats in these areas.

Natacha, first year Wildlife Biology student commented “it was good to get some more hands-on in the field type of experience. I was surprised by the amount of habitats around the Birley campus- I wasn’t aware that MMU did that much to provide some valuable islands for wildlife and plants here in the city. I would most definitely come to another event”

The outcomes and benefits of developing the Birley Woodland areas to date have been plentiful, and there will be further opportunities in June through to September to get involved in the continued development and maintenance of the area, as well as plant and wildlife surveying.

If you are interested in getting involved, see our up and coming events

Surveying a success at Birley Woodland

Corridor Manchester’s Annual Cycle Event

Save the date!

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The 2017 Corridor Manchester’s Annual Cycle Event (ACE) is being hosted by the University of Manchester and will take place at University Place on Thursday 15 June, 8am-3pm.

The well-established event is now in its 11th year and will play host to a variety of stalls, activities, competitions, entertainment, demonstrations, workshops and retailers all aiming to support current cyclists and encourage people to take up cycling to improve well-being and reduce carbon emissions. Join us to find out more about the Oxford Road transformation, there will be bike sales and competitions, a plant sale and musical performance from Corridor Partner RNCM’s students.

The event has been organised to coincide with National Clean Air Day, something very relatable to cycling. There will be plenty of information available on the day surrounding National Clean Air Day and the event is a part of TfGM’s wider National Clean Air Day activities across Manchester.

So whether you’re already a keen cyclist or you’re a complete novice looking to get started, pop down and get involved in our fun packed day. It’s open to all members of staff from the University and Corridor Group partners. For more information and to register your free place visit ACE 2017.

Don’t have a bicycle? The University’s Cycle2Work scheme returns on the 5th June until 16th July for more information about the scheme and its benefits visit here.

Corridor Manchester is an Innovation District, south of Manchester city centre, running the length of Oxford Road from St Peter’s Square to Whitworth Park, and West from Higher Cambridge Street to Upper Brook street in the East. Partnership include University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester Science Park & Central Manchester University Hospitals.

Corridor Manchester’s Annual Cycle Event




Give It, Don’t Bin It is a Manchester Metropolitan University and city-wide campaign which encourages you to donate your clothes, books, electricals and unopened, non-perishable food to charity to help those in need.

When students move out of accommodation, they can simply drop unwanted items at a local donation bank to donate to the British Heart Foundation and Manchester Central Food Bank.

This term Pop Swap joins forces with GIDBI to save even more from the bin and give staff and students the opportunity to swap unloved items before they are donated. Having a clear out why not drop of any unwanted items and we will donate it to help those in need. We will also be collecting for Manchester Central Foodbank, if you have any unopened, non-perishable food items that you can donate to help the most vulnerable in Manchester please bring them along. We will be accepting the usual clothing, shoes, accessories & books for swapping

Join us on Wednesday 24th May for an afternoon of swapping from 12.30 – 2.30pm in Room 1.22 Business School. More information here:

Your items go to the British Heart Foundation and Manchester Central Foodbank to raise funds and redistribute food to the people who need it.

Last year staff and students donated an amazing 124 tonnes of items to the British Heart Foundation (BHF), which raised a massive £230,723 to help support lifesaving research and treatments. Students also donated the equivalent of 1360 meals, which helped local people experiencing food poverty.

For more information about the campaign, visit: