Can you identify harassment and bullying in the workplace? How should you respond? What are the limits of privacy and confidentiality in workplace online communication?
Join final year students from across the university in an interactive workshop which explores contemporary ethical challenges relevant to every graduate workplace.
No matter where you work, the business, public or third sector, the insight and experiences you will gain from this workshop will be valued by all employers.
The Workplace Ethics Challenge - All Sector is one of the Ethical Grand Challenge options for Year 3 to Final Year students.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!"
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).
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:
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.
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: