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

Gain skills and expeirences 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


  • Semester 1: Wednesday 17 October 2018, 13:30-16:00, University Place
  • Semester 2: Tuesday 12 February 2019, 17:00-19:30, Univeristy Place



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.

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

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 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).

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 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

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 All-Sector WPE Challenge is one of a developing suite of 'Workplace Ethics Challenges' offered to final year undergraduate students as part of the University of Manchester's 'Ethical Grand Challenges' programme.

This Challenge workshop has been developed in partnership with leading academics and practitioners in the fields of Psychology, Teacher Education, Social Work and Volunteering, and in consultation with leading graduate employers including:

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

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

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

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

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).