WORKPLACE ETHICS CHALLENGE - ALL SECTOR

Enhance your employability & join final year students from across the university in an interactive workshop which explores contemporary ethical challenges relevant to every graduate workplace.

The Workplace Ethics Challenge - All Sector is one of the Ethical Grand Challenge options for Year 3 - Final Year students.  

Gain skills and experiences that will help you stand out in a crowded graduate job market by taking part in a workshop that explores ethical challenges relevant to all sectors. Interactive scenarios, group exercises and discussions will challenge you to reflect on your own, and others’, ethical responsibilities and decision making in the workplace, such as harassment, bullying and discrimination, and privacy and confidentiality in an age of online communication.  

Find out more about the Workplace Ethics Challenge - All Sector

IN 2018-19 WORKPLACE ETHICS CHALLENGE - ALL SECTOR WORKSHOP WILL TAKE PLACE:

  • Semester 1: Wednesday 17 October 2018, 13:30-16:00, University Place
  • Semester 2: Tuesday 26 February 2019, 17:00-19:30, Univeristy Place

 

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Key Facts About The Workplace Ethics Challenge - All Sector

What is the workshop about?

The real-world practical ethical dilemmas at the core of this workshop will provide you with the opportunity to explore what responsible and ethical behaviour in any workplace might look like.

The topics covered will include an exploration of your own, and others’, ethical responsibilities in the workplace in relation to:

- Harassment, bullying and discrimination

- Privacy and confidentiality in an age of online communication

- Being an active bystander

The themes explored in this workshop are relevant to any graduate workplace. 

*Please note that, if you have already completed the Workplace Ethics Challenge - Online, then much of the content of this workshop will be familiar to you. 

Who is the workshop for?

The controversial and contemporary topics covered in this workshop, and insights into real-world practical decision making, are relevant to all graduate workplaces, and will be of interest to students from any discipline.

The workshop is available to Year 3 to final year University of Manchester Students only.

What will I get out of it?

The workshop offers an opportunity to challenge yourself, and to explore your own ethical decision making, in a constructive learning environment, supported by real-world practitioners.

Taking part will also improve your employability by providing you with insights and experiences you can draw on in job applications and interviews.  

You will also gain valuable experience of working, and making decisions, in multi-disciplinary groups.

Attendance at the workshop will be listed on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report).

For students who began the First Year of their undergraduate studies in September 2016 or later, completing a WPE Challenge also counts towards the Stellify Award.

How can I sign up?

The workshop is completely free for Year 3 - Final Year students at the University of Manchester. 

Spaces are limited so, to register for a workshop, sign up now to take part.  

If aren’t able to attend, see the EGC Workplace Ethics Homepage for details of other WPE Challenges available in this academic year.

Once you've registered, look out for a confirmation email from EGC@Manchester.ac.uk to let you that you have a place. The email will also provide further details and joining instructions.

If you’re currently a 1st or 2nd year student, and would like to register your interest in taking part in a WPE Challenge in your final year, please email EGC@manchester.ac.uk

What do other students say about the workshop?

Students that have taken part in a WPE Challenge-All Sector told us* that found the workshop interesting and stimulating (100%) that the workshop explored topics differnt to their degree programmes, and they enjoyed taking part (89%). They all valued the opportunity to work with students form other disciplaines and reported that they were more aware of their ethical responsibilities in the workplace after taking part in a WPE workshop (67%).

Students also told us the workshop provided skills and experience they would find useful in their future career (94%).

 

*Feedback from x18 students from 8 programmes, across 3 faculties.

 

"The interactive discussion-based nature was good, the scenarios discussed were stimulating."

"I liked hearing other points of view on scenarios and thinking together how to go about them."

"Challenging scenarios, intellectually stimulating environment, chance to communicate and engage."

"Very friendly, interesting topics of discussion and a good opportunity to unpack and answer questions ourselves instead of just being told."

"I liked that we covered a range of topics which were interesting and provided a good discussion. The content was relevant to what a work place is like now!"

 

Who helped create the workshop?

The content of this Challenge workshop has been developed in partnership with graduate employers, academics and practitioners including:

Professor Steve Pettifer, Director of Teaching Strategy, Computer Sciences. (Chair)

Dr Dawn Edge, University Academic Lead for Equality & Diversity, Senior Lecturer & Winston Churchill Fellow, Psychology & Mental Health, FBMH

Dr Karen Niven, Work & Equalities Institute, Alliance Manchester Business School. 

Katherine Bond, Student Recruitment Manager (North), Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC)

Steve Connor, CEO, Creative Concern (leading Manchester media design agency)  

Dr Margaret Emsley: Reader, Management of Projects Group of Programmes, MACE

Professor Ismail Eturk: Senior Lecturer in Banking & AMBS Director for Social Responsibility and Engagement.

Janine Watson Cottingham: Former Assistant Chief Executive (Comms & Customer Engagement) Stockport Council, & Chair of UoM Alumni Association (2007-2017).

 

 

How can I find out more?

The resources listed below include links to sources of support, training and guidance available to you which are related to the themes explored in this Workplace Ethics Challenge workshop. 

The University of Manchester has a dedicated 'Report and Support' website, containing links through which you can:

  • Report bullying, harassment or discrimination that you have experienced or witnessed at The University of Manchester (anonymous).
  • Speak to an advisor
  • Find guidance on being an ‘active bystander’
  • Sign up to become a Speak Up Stand Up Champion 
  • Links to:
    • The University of Manchester Counselling Service
    • The University of Manchester Students’ Union Advice Service

The University of Manchester Careers Service ‘Equality and Diversity in Employment’ web pages provide guidance for students and graduates on common equality and diversity issues you may face, sources of support, and employers looking to recruit a diverse workforce.

Disability Rights UK website features a factsheet called Telling people you’re disabled: clear and easy guide for students.

Citizens Advice, and ACAS websites  provides a wealth of guidance about discrimination in the workplace, including how to identify unlawful discrimination at work and what you can do about it.

How can I take action?

Volunteering is great way to make a difference and gain valuable insights and experience relevant to any workplace.

The Volunteer Hub lists a wide range of volunteering opportunities with organisations that provide support and guidance for people experiencing many of the issues explored in this Workpalce Ethics Challenge, which include discrimination, harassment and bullying. 


A few example organisations, which recruit voplunteers throughout the year are listed below, all of which support people experiencing bullying, harassment or discrimination and the mental health problems that can develop as a result of such experiences:

  • Greater Manchester Nightline is a confidential listening and information service run for students by students. They offer anonymous, non-judgmental and non-directive support for all callers
  • Citizens Advice work with over 23,000 highly trained volunteers, across the UK, in a variety of roles, to help thousands of people to resolve their legal, money, and a huge variety of other, issues by providing free, independent and confidential advice every year.
  • Samaritans provide a confidential and non-judgmental listening service that can help people explore their options, understand their problems better.