Explore current ethical challenges relevant to every graduate workplace.

Available from Monday 18 September 2023.

Learn how you can contribute to creating an inclusive and supportive workplace, and enhance your employability, by completing the Workplace Ethics Challenge Online via Blackboard. 

Interactive scenarios will challenge you to reflect on your own, and others’, ethical responsibilities and decision making in relation to issues such as harassment, bullying and discrimination, privacy and confidentiality.

The Workplace Ethics Challenge - Online is one of the Ethical Grand Challenge options for Year 3 to final year students.

Play the film to find out more about the Workplace Ethics Challenge - Online

How do I complete the challenge?

Follow the instructions above to enrol in the Workplace Ethics Challenge. Once you have enrolled, it will be available to you in the ‘My Communities’ section on your Blackboard homepage. To complete it, you’ll need to work through all four modules and a short multiple choice quiz at the end of each section.


Key Facts About The Workplace Ethics Challenge - Online

What is the Challenge about?

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

  • Unconcious bias 
  • Harassment, bullying and discrimination
  • Privacy and confidentiality in the age of online communication
  • Being an active bystander

The real-world, practical, ethical dilemmas at the core of this Challenge are relevant to any graduate workplace.


Who is the Challenge for?

The topics covered in the online Challenge are relevant to all graduate workplaces, and provide insights into real-world, practical decision-making that will be useful to students from any discipline.

The Challenge is available to Year 3 to Final Year University of Manchester Undergraduate students and postgraduate students.

What will I get out of it?

The Challenge offers an opportunity to challenge yourself, and to explore your own ethical decision making, in an online learning environment. The content has been developed in consultation with graduate employers and University of Manchester experts in psychology and equality in the workplace.

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

Completion of the Workplace Ethics Challenge will be listed on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report).

Completing a Workplace Ethics Challenge also counts towards the Stellify Award.

How can I sign up?

The Workplace Ethics Challenge is now closed until September 2023. 

What do other students say about the Challenge?

“It covers topics I had never seen before, being an engineering student, and has been very interesting and useful.”

“Easy to navigate, very useful videos and support materials, interactive and easy to follow.”

“I really enjoyed being able to think about important and difficult issues in real life scenarios. It helped me to gain a better understanding on how to deal with these issues.”

“It helped me challenge my own unconscious biases and assumptions. It also gave scenarios that are very likely to occur in the workplace, but are also not black and white. It really made me have to think. I also liked how simple it was to follow and how the multi choice tests were not too difficult.”

“I liked that it was interactive, that the issues it covered were current and relevant, and that it was cut into bite sized pieces that made it easy to follow and stopped it from becoming boring.”

“Very interactive with a lot of challenging examples provided.”

“It made me think critically about my own views.”

Who helped create the Challenge?

The content of the Workplace Ethics Challenge - Online has been developed in consultation with graduate employers, academics and practitioners including:

Professor Steve Pettifer, Director of Teaching Strategy, Computer Sciences.

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

Dr Karen Niven, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Psychology, 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 University of Manchester Division of Student and Academic Services coordinates the development and delivery of all 'Ethical Grand Challenges' activities.