Workplace Ethics Challenge

What ethical challenges will you face in your career?

Get to grips with ethical dilemmas in the workplace, whatever your career plans. No matter which Workplace Ethics Challenge workshop you choose, you will gain skills and experience that will improve your confidence and help you stand out in a crowded graduate job market. 

Complete the challenge individually online through Blackboard, or join other students in a face-to-face workshop to explore issues related to your specific interests and aspirations. For undergraduate students, you only need to complete one of these challenges as part of the Stellify Award.

Although we aim to run these workshops face to face, if restrictions are put in place, we will run the workshops on Zoom instead.

“Discussed topics that are relevant even though sensitive"

"Made me think more deeply about my role as an individual in wider society”

“Interactive and explorative, accessible to people from all disciplines”

Choose a Workplace Ethics Challenge

Workshops take place in the first half of each semester and places are limited. Please follow the links below to find out more and sign up.

ONLINE
Complete interactive scenarios on Blackboard and learn how to make decisions surrounding issues like harassment, bullying and discrimination, privacy and confidentiality.

Find out more or sign up

BULLYING AND HARASSMENT
Thursday 13 October 2022, 5-7pm and Thursday 16 February 2023, 5-7pm

Can you identify harassment and bullying in the workplace? How should you respond? Gain insights and experiences valued by all employers.

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SAFEGUARDING
Tuesday 18 October 2022, 5-7pm and Wednesday 15 February 2023, 2-4pm

Are you planning to work with children or vulnerable adults in teaching, social work, the law, or as a volunteer? Explore how you can best protect people from harm.
Find out more or sign up


GLOBAL
Wednesday 2 November 2022, 2-4pm and Wednesday 22 February 2023, 2-4pm

Develop your inter-cultural awareness and learn more about how to overcome the kinds of challenges you will face in multi-cultural workplaces.
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HEALTHCARE
Friday 17 and 24 February 2023, 10am-12noon 

Join students from a range of healthcare programmes to explore the impacts of unconscious bias on peer to peer discrimination in the workplace, and on patient care. 
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Key Facts About The Workplace Ethics Challenge

When is the deadline for the Workplace Ethics Challenge?

The Workplace Ethics Challenge deadline is different for each year group. Please check your deadline below:

  • Year 3+ undergraduate students: Face-to-face workshops finish in February 2023. The online version is available till 23:59 on Wednesday, 31 May 2023. 
  • Postgraduate students: Online version available till 23:59 on Friday, 16 June 2023. 

Note, to ensure access to the online version, you must sign up for access at least 24 hours before the deadline.

When do Workplace Ethics Challenge face-to-face workshops take place?

Semester 1 Workshops:

Semester 2 Workshops:

Sign up here to take part.

 

All these workshops are face-to-face. You can alternatively take the challenge individually online via Blackboard.

Can I sign up for more than one Workplace Ethics Challenge option?

You can sign up for one face-to-face Workplace Ethics Challenge workshop and also complete the Online Blackboard version if you wish.

For students who began the first year of their undergraduate studies in September 2016 or later, completing one Workplace Ethics Challenge option also counts towards the Stellify Award

If you want to complete more than one Challenge workshop, note that you will be added to a waiting list, as priority will be given to students who have not yet completed a Challenge workshop.

 

 

How will completing a Workplace Ethics Challenge enhance my employability?

Graduate employers want to recruit people whose values and behaviour fit with what is expected in the organisation. 

The opportunity to work through real-world workplace situations in the Workplace Ethics Challenge will help build your confidence when faced with the kinds of situational judgment tests used in recruitment. Through discussion with other students in a workshop, or through the interactive activities in the Workplace Ethics Challenge - Online, you will gain new perspectives on current ethical challenges, and examples you can draw on in interview. The content of each Workplace Ethics Challenge option will also introduce you to key workplace rules and regulations.

 “Employers really care about values, ethics, and everything linked to corporate responsibility, and doing the right thing and, if you’re able to show you’re taking that topic seriously, and you’ve proactively done something to learn more about it a further your knowledge, that’s going to  really help you in the employability space.  I’d really recommend participating.” - Katherine Bond, Student Recruitment Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers

 “I would urge every student to consider taking the Ethics Challenge. No matter what the sector, the scenarios explored are recognisable, and being given the opportunity to discuss them in a safe, constructive environment will inevitably make graduates feel much more comfortable in their places of employment.” - Sophie Parkes-Nield, Head of Client Advocacy, Creative Concern

“For anybody going into the workplace . . . it is really important that you’ve got a very strong personal ethic, you know your own values, and your own line in the sand” - Sir Peter Fahey, Former Chief Constable, Greater Manchester Police. 

What year do I need to have started to qualify for the Stellify Award?

You will qualify for the Stellify Award if you began your first year undergraduate studies in September 2016 or later. 

Can I still complete the Sustainability Challenge & Social Justice Challenge if I missed it?

Yes you can! 

The Sustainability Challenge is currently available to undergraduate and postgraduate students.
For more info: http://www.egc.manchester.ac.uk/sustainability/

The Social Justice Challenge is currently available to Year 3+ undegraduates and postgraduate students.
For more info: http://www.egc.manchester.ac.uk/socialjustice/

Please note that if you are a postgraduate student, you can still complete the challenges but they will not count towards the Stellify Award.

Who can complete the Workplace Ethics Challenge?

The Workplace Ethics Challenge is available to Year 3+ undergraduate students and postgraduates.

Please note that postgraduates can only complete the online version.