Travel Choices Accreditation Scheme – Gold Award

Manchester Met has recently been awarded the Gold Travel Choices standard for its sustained commitment towards promoting sustainable travel.

In its inaugural year, the Transport for Greater Manchester accreditation scheme recognises businesses who have championed sustainable travel and rewards companies that have taken steps to reduce their impact on the environment through work based schemes and improvements.

Transport for Greater Manchester commended the University’s commitment and efforts in helping to improve the health and wellbeing of staff, reducing congestion and improving the air quality for everyone in Greater Manchester.

Some of the University’s achievements include:

  • The reintroduction of the Cycle to work scheme where 150+ cycles have been purchased (a new window will be opening early next month), using local transport funding to increase our cycle parking capacity by 150+ spaces over the last 12 months and supporting a number of bus services to improve the accessibility of the Estate.
  • The proportion of staff driving to work (Manchester Campus) as single occupants has decreased from 31% to 26% over the last 3 years. Otherwise known as the Single Occupancy Vehicle (SOV) rate, the University’s target is to achieve 25% SOV rate (Manchester Campus) by 2020-21.
  • A number of loans and travel  discounts continue to be available to assist those travelling by non-car modes. The Oxford Road Bus Priority works are due to be completed at the end of this week and highlight the wider investment in improving sustainable travel options.
  • Significant investment into Ultra and Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) and infrastructure- Manchester Met now host 36 EV charging points on campus.
  • We have improved our core operational fleet and replaced aging diesel vehicles with low emission and electric vehicles.  Our Mail, Reprographics and Security teams all benefit from having ULEV’s as part of their daily driving routines.
  • All colleagues can take advantage of the Manchester Met Pool Cars for business travel- which means that staff are using low emission forms of travel for their business trips by utilising our fleet of Nissan Leaf EV Pool Cars, rather than their own personal, often less efficient vehicles.
  • Manchester Met’s ULEV investments and initiatives have been recognised by the University achieving Go Ultra Low status.
  • Our partnership work with the Corridor organisations and our neighbours in Hulme has been key in achieving the TfGM Gold Travel Choices standard.   Look out for the forthcoming Corridor Annual Cycle Event.

The University’s Estate continues to evolve, bringing new opportunities and challenges from a travel and access perspective. The Travel Team are working closely with a number of partners to help further improve the accessibility of the Estate, the support and input of colleagues is a critical part of the journey.

Please contact the Travel Team if you require any further information about your travel options or 0161 247 2989.

Andrew Taylor & Jason Smith of the Travel Team receiving Gold Award.


Travel Choices Accreditation Scheme – Gold Award

Sign-up for the European Cycling Challenge 2017

We are supporting the European Cycle Challenge (ECC) and need all Man Met Cyclists to get on the leader boards during May.

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The European Cycling Challenge (ECC) is an ‘urban cycling’ competition taking place between 1 May and 31 May 2017. It started in Bologna, Italy, with around 70 people, but is now one of the biggest European cycling events.  In 2016, 52 cities from 17 countries joined the challenge, and 46,000 people cycled 4,000,000km during the event. The city that ‘cycles the longest total distance’ wins.

This year Greater Manchester is taking part for the first time, and the entry will be led and promoted by Transport for Greater Manchester.

Anyone can join in, it’s easy to take part and you don’t have to be a cycling enthusiast. Any cycling you do counts towards the challenge, only competitive sporting events and static bike miles aren’t included.

 How to join in

– Download Naviki in the app store on your smartphone (follow these instructions to participate without a smartphone).

– Register and Sign in.

– Go to ‘Settings’ on the home page.

– Go to ‘Contests’ and then ‘ECC2017’.

– Select ‘Greater Manchester’ as your team.

– Select ‘Manchester Metropolitan University’ as your sub team.


There will be spot prizes to be won throughout the challenge direct from the ECC, including shopping vouchers of £150, £75 and £50 every week. To qualify for the weekly raffle you just have to have registered and logged a minimum of 10km to be entered.

Sign-up for the European Cycling Challenge 2017

Birley Woodland Biodiversity Survey – get involved!

Manchester Met will be assessing biodiversity value in its own backyard by surveying areas on campus… and we want your help! The aim is to survey plants, herbs, invertebrates and trees and map their locations and species.

We are offering you the opportunity to work alongside staff from Manchester Met and local naturists so you can gain useful survey and species identification skills.

Your work will contribute directly to a survey for Manchester Met, which will be repeated in future years to track populations and communities as changes are made to the campus.

Date: Wednesday 17th May

Time: 10.30am – 4pm.

What to bring: Packed lunch, suitable boots and waterproofs / warm clothing.

So what are you waiting for?! To get involved please sign up here.

Birley Woodland Biodiversity Survey – get involved!

Social Entrepreneurship as Sustainable Development

Dr Tamara Stenn – School of International Training, Graduate Institute, Vermont, USA. Presentation with Q&A.

Friday 23rd June. 10.30am – 12pm. Business School, Room 3.25.

Dr. Stenn, a Fullbright Scholar, presents a holistic way in which to realise the United Nations (UN) 2030 sustainable development goals through the four quadrants of the Sustainability Lens: Resources, Health, Policy and Exchange. As international foci and 2030 sustainable development goals are fast being integrated into EU and UK calls for funded projects. Dr. Stenn’s presentation and discussion will be of interest to a wide range of researchers across disciplines. Dr. Stenn takes an inerdisciplinary and multiple methodological approach. Her interests include indigenous knowledge, Suma Oamana (bian vivir), social entrepreneurism and sustainable ways of being.

For more, check out her website:

Information about Dr. Stenn and her publications can be found here:

Social Entrepreneurship as Sustainable Development

Don’t feed exploitation exhibition

An exhibition exploring the impact of modern slavery and exploitation in the supply chain.

The university’s Fairtrade Steering Group have organised an exhibition around the themes of modern slavery and exploitation in the supply chain to demonstrate the university’s commitment to Fairtrade. Students here at Manchester Metropolitan have created work around this theme which will be displayed in the Link Gallery (Grosvenor – Chatham Bridge) between 2nd – 5th May.

There will be a small event to mark the opening of the exhibition on Tuesday 2nd from 4.30 – 5.30pm. In the spirit of fair trade, there will be Fairtrade refreshment available include Wine. All are welcome, please feel free to share with colleagues and students.


‘Luxury Goods Don’t Come Cheap’ – Antony Cross MA Illustration

Fairtrade Steering Group includes University and Union staff including academics, environment and catering and representatives from the student body. The group develops and oversees the implementation of an action plan to maintain Fairtrade accreditation at the University and The Union.

Don’t feed exploitation exhibition

Give it, don’t bin it; donate your unwanted items to charity!

What is Give it, don’t bin it?

Give it, don’t bin it is a 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 you move out of your accommodation, simply drop your unwanted items at a local donation bank and recycle your waste.

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You make good things happen

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 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.


What can I donate?

To the red British Heart Foundation donation points around campus, Fallowfield & the City Centre:

Clothing, paired shoes, books, CDs & DVDs, clean pots, pans and crockery and small working electrical goods (toasters, hairdryers, radios etc).

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To the Foodbank donation points in MMU Student Living Receptions & Manchester Student Homes office, Fallowfield:

Unopened, non-perishable food items such as long-life milk, pasta, rice, soup, beans.

 GIDBI food


Unfortunately, your duvets cannot be recycled so please take them home with you, or give them to a friend to re-use. Please do not put them in the British Heart Foundation donation points.


Where are my nearest donation points?

Food donations

Donation points are located in Manchester Met Student Living receptions and in Manchester Student Homes, Fallowfield.


British Heart Foundation donations

GIDBI donation

Manchester Campus- All Saints 

  • The Union reception
  • Geoffrey Manton reception
  • Benzie reception
  • Business School reception
  • John Dalton reception
  • All Saints reception
  • All Saints Student Living: external donation point opposite Cavendish entrance, 2 external donation points by Cambridge reception.

Manchester Campus- Birley

  • Brooks Building reception
  • Birley Student Living: all laundry rooms, Vine reception, 2 larger donation points outside Warde townhouses and 1 by the bus stop.

Cheshire Campus

  • Cheshire Student Union reception
  • Booth Student Living reception & outside on the avenue


Fallowfield, Withington, Rusholme & the City Centre

There are loads of donation points across Manchester. Visit to find your closest donation point.


Remember to recycle!

Did you know that by recycling 1 glass bottle, you will have saved enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes?!

Do your bit and remember to recycle as much of your rubbish as possible before you move out.

If you have any questions about recycling – get in touch with us by emailing or visit Manchester City Council’s website.

Recycling Can


Give it, don’t bin it; donate your unwanted items to charity!

Manchester Met maintain certification to international environmental management standard

The university has recently maintained certification to the international environmental management standard ISO14001:2015 – demonstrating our commitment to managing and continually improving our environmental performance.

Back in February 2016 Manchester Met were the first university in the UK, possibly the world, to attain certification to the new and more challenging ISO standard.

The NQA, a leading global certification body, visited Manchester Met in March 2017 to conduct a ‘surveillance audit’ to assess the university’s continued compliance to the  ISO14001:2015 standard. A two-day audit involved two NQA auditors interviewing a range of staff from across the university and undertaking site visits and documentation audits to assess our legal compliance, and approach to continued improvement.

Paul Kingsmore, Director of Services and Chair of the University Environmental Strategy Board added, “We are delighted to have been re-certified to the ISO14001 standard. This reflects our determination to put sustainability at the heart of our university business. We are clearly demonstrating a continued effort to manage and reduce our adverse impacts, and to contribute towards sustainable development at the University, and further afield”.

Manchester Met has developed an innovative approach to its Environmental Management framework in Higher Education by incorporating sustainable development activities undertaken through the formal and informal curriculum and research, in addition to activities and impacts typically identified within an organisation’s Estates and Facilities functions, into its management framework.

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) was one of five key focus areas in this year’s surveillance audit where the NQA auditor interviewed colleagues from the Environment Team in the Estates Directorate, and the School of Environment, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The auditor gained an understanding of Manchester Met’s approach to embedding environmental sustainability and social responsibility into formal and informal learning, and professional development activities, research and partnerships, and effective communications – all through a university-wide ‘Learning for a Sustainable Future’ programme.

Other areas of focus included waste and recycling, sustainable buildings and estates strategy, transport and travel, and carbon and energy management.

Since gaining the ISO standard in 2016, the University has been working with the HE sector to support the implementation and transition of other universities to the newer standard through workshops, advisory services and organisational assessments.

Helena Tinker (Energy and Environment Systems Manager), responsible for the implementation and continued improvement of the ISO14001:2015 at Manchester Met said that “We are extremely pleased to have maintained our certification to the standard; I would like to thank everyone involved in improving our environmental sustainability performance over the last 12 months. The auditors were extremely impressed with our progress, acknowledging, in particular, our enthusiasm and passion for the agenda.”

You can find out more about the ISO 14001:2015 standard at Manchester Met.

Manchester Met maintain certification to international environmental management standard