Social Justice Challenge

It's time to tackle social injustice

The Social Justice Challenge introduces you to ways of thinking about social justice and invites you to explore themes like: race, migration, homelessness, mental health and higher education. It only takes around an hour to complete and it’s available in the My Communities section of Blackboard. 

The Social Justice Challenge is available to the following groups of students:

  • Year 1 undergraduate students: Available from Tuesday 22 September 

         Take the Social Justice Challenge

  • Year 2 undergraduate students: Available from Monday 28 September 

         Take the Social Justice Challenge

  • Year 3+ undergraduate students: Available from Monday 28 September

         Take the Social Justice Challenge

  • Postgraduate students: Available from Monday 5 October

         Take the Social Justice Challenge

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

How to complete the challenge

If you’re a Year 1 or 2 undergraduate student, you have been automatically enrolled in the Social Justice Challenge. You can find the Social Justice Challenge in the “My Communities” section of Blackboard. If you can’t see the challenge here, contact to request access. 

For Year 3+ undergraduate students and postgraduate students, you will need to self enrol using the links provided at the top of the page

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.

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.


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?

If you're a first or second year undergraduate student, you can access the Social Justice Challenge via Blackboard. Scroll down to the 'My Communities' section below your current list of courses and click on EGC: Social Justice Challenge.

If you're a year 3 + undergraduate stduent or a postgraduate student, you will need to self enrol in the Blackboard course, using the links at the top of the page.

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)

Completion of all three 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.