Will your career take you to different countries? Will you work in international teams or organisations? Have you considered the ethical challenges you’ll face in such globalised workplaces?

If you're interested in a career working in an organisation with a global workforce or outlook, from business to international development then this virtual workshop is for you. Interactive scenarios, group exercises and discussions will challenge you to reflect on your own, and others’, ethical responsibilities and decision making in diverse international and multicultural workplaces. 

Workplace Ethics Challenge - Global

  • Wednesday 2 November 2022, 2-4pm
  • Wednesday 22 February 2023, 2-4pm

Find out more about the Workplace Ethics Challenge - Global

“The different scenarios and workplace ethics cases are very interesting and challenging, eg. Gender inequality etc. which actually happen in real life. I've learnt how to deal with these issues and looked at them from different perspectives.” (Student Feedback)

Key Facts About The Workplace Ethics Challenge - Global

What is the workshop about?

The workshop focuses on real-world practical ethical dilemmas, and real-world practical decision making, relevant to any multi-national or multi-cultural workplace.

The controversial and contemporary topics covered will draw on topical challenges for globalised workplaces and provide you with the opportunity to explore your own, and others’, ethical responsibilities in diverse workplaces.

Who is the workshop for?

This workshop is for you if you’re planning to work in the either the business or international development and humanitarian aid sectors or, indeed, any role where you will be working with people from different backgrounds and cultures.

The workshop is available to year 3+ University of Manchester undergraduates 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 Workplace Ethics Challenge also counts towards the Stellify Award.

How can I sign up?

Fill out this short online form to take part.  

If aren’t able to attend, see the Workplace Ethics Challenge Homepage for details of other Workplace Ethics 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.

What do other students say about the workshop?

“I enjoyed the thought-provoking content.”

“The different scenarios and workplace ethics cases are very interesting and challenging, eg. Gender inequality etc. which actually happen in real life. I've learnt how to deal with these issues and looked at them from different perspectives.”

“Different scenarios that I could relate to having done a placement abroad.”

“It is about real situations that happened to real people and are very likely to occur in our future career.”

“I liked that the scenarios were diverse and covered a range of topics and areas. I liked that there were people from different faculties.”

“Listening to other people's viewpoints made me realise how sometimes I can jump to the conclusion before having all of the data I need.”

“It gave me the opportunity to question my biases and assumptions in a way that's safer than if I had done it elsewhere”

“Really good examples/scenarios very thought-provoking, challenged/brought to life own assumptions.”


Who helped create the workshop?

The Workplace Ethics Challenge - Global 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 graduate employers, academics and practitioners including:

Dr Mark Batey: Senior Lecturer in Organizational Psychology and Creativity, Innovation & Leadership Specialist at Alliance Manchester Business School. Mark regularly provides coaching on creativity and culture change  to business leaders around the world. 

Megan Price: Learning & Development Partner at The University of Manchester. Prior to joining UoM, Megan worked in similar roles with the United Nations Development Programme, Save the Children UK and Action Aid International. 

Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC): A leading professional services network, with offices in 158 countries employing more than 236,000 people.

Creative Concern: An ethically driven Manchester media and design agency with clients in across Manchester, the UK and the world. Creative Concern is also a member of DNS – a European network of like-minded agencies, linked by their ethical and sustainable outlook.

How can I find out more?

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

The University of Manchester Global Development Institute website is a portal to world-class, interdisciplinary research that achieves real impact. Explore their latest research projects and publications and find out about public talks.

The International Labour Organisation provide a wide range of resources which can be searched by topic or sector, including a number of infostories.

The ODI and Reliefweb websites are great sources of information about ongoing debates in development and humanitarian aid.

Learn how to avoid perpetuating stereotypes, both on your own social media and NGO campaigns, on the brilliant Radi-Aid website.

To explore many of the topics covered in the workshop in more detail, you could take a free short online course. Here’s a selection from FutureLearn:

How can I take action?

Volunteering is a great way to engage with diverse communities across Manchester through volunteering. The Volunteer Hub lists a wide range of volunteering opportunities with organisations across the city region.

If you’re interested in volunteering overseas, The University of Manchester Volunteering & Community Engagement Team has put together some guidance on finding your own international volunteering opportunity which will help you ensure your volunteering is ethical, safe and genuinely supportive. The team has also identified a range of trusted partners, all of whom are international volunteering organisations with whom we have well established links.

To take action to challenge discrimination at the University of Manchester, you can sign up to become a Stand Up! Speak Up! Champion, on The University of Manchester Report & Support website. The site also provides information on how to anonymously report incidents of discrimination you’ve experienced or witnessed, and links to sources of support and guidance.