Social Justice Challenge

It's time to tackle social injustice.

The deadline for completing this challenge was 23:59 BST Friday 7 June 2024.  It will open again in September 2024.

At The University of Manchester, we are committed to social responsibility and making a difference to society, which is why we created the Social Justice Challenge. Complete our interactive online activity where you can learn how to play your part as a student. This challenge will get you to think critically about social justice and invites you to explore themes like race, gender, homelessness, mental health, higher education and energy. The Challenge is the second of our three Ethical Grand Challenges and is your chance to get involved with key global issues.

Find out why you should take the Social Justice Challenge during your second year at The University of Manchester.

Tackle social justice issues

Working online through interactive activities, you'll get to explore current themes related to social justice including race, gender, homelessness, mental health, higher education and energy.

Take steps towards the Stellify Award

What’s the Stellify Award you may ask? This is the University’s most prestigious extra-curricular award for undergraduate students. The Social Justice Challenge forms part of this, so by completing it, you’ll be on your way to achieving the award.

How do I complete it?

  • Year 2 undergraduate students: Find the Social Justice Challenge in the “Organisations” section of Blackboard. Available now. If you can’t see the challenge, contact to request access.
  • Year 3+ undergraduate students: If you missed the Social Justice Challenge in your second year, you can still catch up. Sign up by following these instructions.
  • Postgraduate students: You can enrol by following these instructions.

To complete the challenge, you’ll need to work through the introduction and two of the themes (but you can do them all, if you want!). Make sure you complete the short multiple choice tests at the end of each section you complete.


Key Facts About The Social Justice Challenge

How long will the Social Justice Challenge take me to complete?

The Social Justice Challenge should take less than an hour to complete. You can complete the Social Justice Challenge in one go or you can complete it at your own pace in bite-sized chunks.

How do I access the Social Justice Challenge?

Year 2 undergraduates: Log into Blackboard, Scroll down to My Communities and click on the Social Justice Challenge. Available from Monday 18 September 2023.

Year 3+ undergraduates: Self enrol by following these instructions. Available from Monday 18 September 2023.

Postgraduates: Self enrol by following these instructions. Available from Monday 18 September 2023.

You can access the materials via PC, tablet or mobile. Access to headphones or speakers is essential.

Why should I complete the Social Justice Challenge?

By completing the Social Justice Challenge, you will:

  • Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of challenges facing society in the 21st century
  • Enhance your employability skills

  • Explore issues of social justice and hopefully  be inspired to take action on issues of importance to you

  • Contextualise your degree and place it in a wider national and global context


Successful completion of Social Justice Challenge will appear on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report)

If you are an undergraduate student, sompletion of two Ethical Grand Challenges counts towards the prestigious Stellify Award

I can’t access the Social Justice Challenge

If you can’t access the Social Justice Challenge, email with the subject line Social Justice Challenge access.

How can I take action?

At the end of each theme there are suggestions for how you can get involved and take action.

How can I give feedback on the Social Justice Challenge?

We want to know what you think of the Social Justice Challenge content and activities. There is a feedback section at the end of each theme in Blackboard.

When is the deadline for the Social Justice Challenge?

The Social Justice Challenge will close on Friday 7 June 2024.