Festival of Social Science event at Manchester Metropolitan University


‘Deal with each other in the spirit of Ubuntu’

Place: Brooks Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Bonsall Street, Manchester M15 6GX Reception tel: +44 (0) 161 247 2646

Time: 2-5pm

Date: 9th November 2016

This creative programme of activity brings together a world-class social scientist with students from Manchester universities and two community artists. An exhibition, a walking tour, and creation of a collaborative artwork, will help to create a unique experience themed around global citizenship and the idea of ‘community’ that will shine a light on the ways in which social sciences and the creative arts can come together.

This event is completely free and open to all.

Please use the following link to sign up to attend:



Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti: Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change, at the Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Vanessa has extensive experience working across sectors internationally in areas of education related to international development, global citizenship, indigeneity and social accountability.  Her work combines poststructuralist and postcolonial concerns in examining educational discourses and designing viable pedagogical pathways to address problematic patterns of international engagements, flows and representations of inequality and difference in education. Many of her publications are available at: https://ubc.academia.edu/VanessadeOliveiraAndreotti.

Kerry Morrison – Environment Artist and In-Situ Director

Kerry Morrison merges art with ecology to produce intriguing interventions in the everyday landscape of our urban lives. Through a conspicuous process of walking, talking, listening, drawing, collecting, and performance, she explores people’s connections with the environment: how we move through it, take from it, and add to it. Her approach is durational and transitory whereby art is a verb: a process of action, dialogue, and performative patterns resulting in new, shared experiences and unfolding narratives. She co-founded InSitu, a not-for-profit artist-led organization based in Pendle, East Lancashire. In Situ nurtures into existence art that addresses local issues with the aim to make a positive difference to people’s lives and the environment.

Mary Courtney – visual artist and poet

“I like to experiment with drawing and different visual art forms, to play with words and ideas and bring out creativity in others”.

Mary has been artist in residence at Warwick University Chemistry Department during 2016, leading art workshops for staff and students and scripting and producing a chem-art film called “Planet Biscuit: Into the Micronosphere”. She’s organised giant community map-making events, with hundreds of participants, including the “Mappa Magnificellaneous” this year. Art-poetry combinations have been exhibited at Compton Verney, Tate Modern and MediaCityUK. She has received poetry awards from the National Poetry Competition, the International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine and Cambridge University.


For more details contact:

Alicia Prowse at Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Manchester Metropolitan University, a.prowse@mmu.ac.uk

Valeria Vargas at Faculty of Science and Engineering, Manchester Metropolitan University, v.vargas@mmu.ac.uk

Susan Brown, School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester, Susan.A.Brown@manchester.ac.uk


Audiovisual material in teaching – ESD-

You are warmly invited to attend the next Sustainability in the Curriculum meeting  (Manchester Met in collaboration with UoM)


Wednesday, 22nd June,  2 to 4pm Manchester Metropolitan University, John Dalton Building, Room JD E419



We will be exploring with Dr Vitalia Kinakh (School of Dentistry)  how audiovisual material (video clips, films and images) can be used to present/engage students with sustainability issues. Dr Kinakh will  discuss how she  is using audio visual materials to present sustainability related issues  in dentistry.

You are invited to ‘bring’ to this meeting any audiovisual materials you (staff and students)  use for the purpose of engaging others with sustainability issues. These will form a part of our explorations.


Discussion questions may include the following (alongside any questions/related topics that you would like to discuss in relation to this topic):

  •       Do educators from different faculties/schools make use of audiovisual resources in their teaching to illustrate issues of sustainability?
  •       Does the use of audiovisual resources help students to make emotional connection to sustainability?
  •    Who should be responsible for selecting audiovisual resources for use in lectures/ seminars?


Hope to see you there. All welcome, staff and students

Festival of Learning and Teaching: Programme Available Now!

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CELT is very pleased to share the programme of the Festival of Learning and Teaching for June 2016! There are over 50 events, workshops and talks taking place, so there is something for everyone.

We’ve categorised the events to 6 themes –

It is easy to select events according to which campus you’d like to attend on as well. Simply select Crewe or Manchester to filter the results.

We’ll be offering a prize draw entry to anyone who attends three or more Festival sessions. You can also use attendance at the Festival sessions to form a basis for aFLEX portfolio which you can use for credit towards a PGC in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, or an MA in Higher Education, or to support an application forHigher Education Academy professional recognition. Collaborative partners and other guests are welcome to attend sessions.

Go to www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/festival/ to see all the events and to book.

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Creative Support for Reflection and Assessment – Complexities in Assessment –  Skills Fair –  How to… set up your first digital portfolio – Academic Study Skills: Critical reading and writing –  Distance Working –  Interdisciplinary Collaboration –  Academic Study Skills: Presentation Skills –  Digital Portfolios –  What’s your curriculum for? Embedding Sustainability –  An Introduction to Moodle 3 –  Delivering an Inclusive Curriculum –  Augmented Reality – a concept too far? –  Learning Through Objects –  Making your Moodle areas more student-friendly –  Personalising Education –  Academic Study Skills: Masters Level Writing –  Induction Challenge –  Extending Your Practice – Learning & Teaching in Computing, Maths & Digital Technology –  Supporting Transitions –  Interdisciplinary Teaching –  How to … use video with your students –  Play your Mods Right –  Stand and Deliver? –  OMG Manchester –  Steps to Internationalisation –  Academic Study Skills: Planning Demystified –  Pedagogic Research in HE drop in session –  A will to learn … –   Academic Study Skills: Exam Techniques – Planning for PARM (Preparing your documentation) –  CARPE Learning Lab –  Ready Steady Teach –  Academic Study Skills –  Novel approaches – What’s your story: using collaborative story-making to enhance learning –  How to… do basic video editing for your teaching

The role of education institutions in tackling climate change

Friday 13th May, University of Manchester, 11am-3.30pm. A UCU / NUS event exploring the role of education institutions in tackling climate change in the light of the Paris global agreement, focussing on education, research and finance. Speakers include Lisa Nandy MP (Shadow Energy Minister) and Energy UK.

Source: The role of education institutions in tackling climate change

Call for Papers: Symposium “Universities and Climate Change: the Role of Higher Education Institutions in Addressing the Mitigation and Adaptation Challenges” Manchester, United Kingdom, 1st -2nd September 2016

Dear Colleagues,


Many universities across the world perform state- of-the art research on matters related to climate change, both in respect of

mitigation, and adaptation. Yet, as shown by the latest 21st Conference of the Parties of the UN Convention on Climate Change
(COP 21), held in Paris in December 2015, there is much room for improvements in the role played by universities in the negotiations and in influencing decision-making on a matter of such a global importance.

There are unfortunately relatively few events where a multidisciplinary overview of university-based research efforts and projects on climate change can be show cased, and where researchers from across the spectrum of the natural and social sciences have had the opportunity to come together to discuss research methods, the results of
empirical research or exchange ideas about on-going and future research initiatives focusing on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

It is against this background that the Symposium “Universities and Climate Change: the Role of  Higher Education Institutions in Addressing the Mitigation and Adaptation Challenges
is being organised  by Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and HAW Hamburg, Germany, under the auspices of the  International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP).
It will be held in Manchester, United Kingdom, on 1st -2nd September 2016.

The Symposium will involve researchers in the field of climate change in the widest sense, not only
from traditional climate science, but also from the fields of environment, human geography, business and economics, arts, administration and media studies.

The Symposium will focus on the role of higher education institutions in addressing the
mitigation and adaptation challenges and will contribute to the further development of this fast-growing field.  All papers will be peer-reviewed and the accepted ones will
be published in the “Handbook of Climate Change Research at Universities: addressing the mitigation and adaptation challenges”. This will be a unique, state-of-the-art publication, which will document and promote the research on climate change taking place at universities across the world. The publication will be  part of the award-winning
“Climate Change Management Sustainability Series” (launched in 2008), published
by Springer, one of the world´s top five scientific publishers.

Selected papers presented at the event, will be published in a special issue of the International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, which is a fully indexed journal. The call for papers can be seen
here: http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/call_for_papers.htm?id=6464.
Please note that no ad hoc submissions are possible. Only papers presented at the event and discussed,
may be considered.

If you are working and/or publishing on climate change, this is an event not to be missed.Further details can be seen at:

Walter Leal


Blog post contributed by Prof. Walter Leal

ESD meeting next week

Next week our ESD meeting with colleagues from Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Manchester, will take place at the Geoffrey Manton Building Room GM233 2-4pm on Wednesday 16 March. You are very welcome to join us.

The session will be led by Jane Mörk, Senior Research Assistant- Carbon Literacy, School of Science & the Environment.

Please find below an outline of the session:

Keywords: Carbon Literacy, Climate change, extracurricular vs curricular, transferable skills, employability

 The Carbon Literacy project is a world’s first unique training programme that stems from Manchester’s Climate change action plan– Manchester a Certain Future (MACF). According to MACF, everyone that lives works and studies in Manchester should have access to one days’ worth of Carbon Literacy training.

Carbon Literacy is defined as:

“An awareness of the carbon costs and impacts of everyday activities

and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions on an individual,

community and organisational basis.”

 The aim of this workshop is to share Manchester Met’s experience of delivering Carbon Literacy to students. The workshop will start off with a presentation that covers:

  • Background to the Carbon Literacy Project.
  • Background to Manchester Met’s involvement with the Carbon Literacy Project.
  • Manchester Met’s new Carbon Literacy scheme: Carbon Literacy for Students (CL4Ss) and Carbon Literacy facilitator programme.

The presentation will be followed by a discussion covering topics such as:

How can a University support the Carbon Literacy Project?

Should Carbon Literacy be embedded in the curriculum or should it be delivered through extracurricular activities?


Related links: The Carbon Literacy Project- website  – Carbon Literacy in a single side




“Public Interest in Accounting” and “Activism and Accounting for Radical Change”

 “Public Interest in Accounting”

A presentation by Professor Ken McPhail on 4 February in Room BS4.44 at 5.30pm.


“Activism and Accounting for Radical Change”

A presentation by Professor Ian Thomson on 9 February in Room BS4.44 at 6pm.

Ken McPhail is Professor of Accounting and Associate Dean of Social Responsibility at The University of Manchester Faculty of Humanities.  Prior to joining the University of Manchester he was Professor of Accounting and Head of Department at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, a position he held from September 2010 and before that he was Professor of Social and Ethical Accounting at the University of Glasgow.

He is on the editorial board of both the Accounting Auditing & Accountability Journal and Critical Perspectives on Accounting. He is co-editor of the Journal of Business Ethics Education and the Sustainability, Accountability, Management, and Practice Journal. He has held an Honorary Professorship at Deakin University from February 2006 and I sat on the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland’s Ethics Committee prior to moving to Melbourne. Since 2013 he has been a member of the United Nations PRME Working Group for Business and Human Rights.

His research interests lie principally in the area of corporate accountability and his publications include a four volume research master work on Accounting Ethics published by Sage in 2013 and two special journal issues, one on Accounting and Human Rights and the other on Accounting & Theology. Recent speaking engagements have included presentations to The United Nations Association of Australia and the CPA Australia Kate Stanton Annual Research Lecture on Accounting & Human Rights.  In 2011 he was awarded an honorary membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia for his work on accounting, ethics and human rights.


Ian Thomson is a Professor of Accounting and Sustainability at Birmingham Business School and his research is concerned with how accounting and other forms of evidence impacts in organizational decision-making and operations which have a social and/or environmental impact. His current projects include shadow accounting, carbon accountability and sustainable outcome measurement. In 2012 he was elected as convener of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research.

He has been called as an expert witness to the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Infrastructure & Capital Investment Committees, Special Policy Advisor to the Scottish Parliament’s Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee, Budget Advisor to the Scottish Parliaments’ Cities and Infrastructure Committee and was a member of the expert stakeholder panel for the Sustainable Development Commission (Scotland).

Until recently he was Professor of Accountancy at Heriot-Watt University and prior to this position was Professor of Accounting at Strathclyde Business School. He is a Chartered Management Accountant and before becoming an academic held senior accounting positions in NHS Scotland and BBC Scotland

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