Explore current ethical challenges relevant to every graduate workplace.
Learn how you can contribute to creating an inclusive and supportive workplace, and enhance your employability, by completing the Workplace Ethics Challenge - Online. 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.
The Workplace Ethics Challenge – Online is available from Monday 23 September 2019.
The final deadline for completing the Workplace Ethics Challenge – Online is midnight on Friday 05 June 2020. Please note that to ensure access, you must sign up to the Workplace Ethics Challenge - Online at least 24 hours before the deadline.
The Challenge is delivered entirely online, in Blackboard, and takes about an hour to complete. It is divided into four sections, each with a short multiple choice quiz which you need to pass in order to complete the challenge.
If you complete the Workplace Ethics Challenge - Online, you can still sign up to attend one of the face to face Workplace Ethics Challenge workshops.
The topics covered will include an exploration of your own, and others’, ethical responsibilities in the workplace in relation to:
The real-world, practical, ethical dilemmas at the core of this Challenge are relevant to any graduate workplace.
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 students only.
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).
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.
To access the Challenge you need to complete a short online form and follow the instructions provided.
It is delivered via Blackboard and, once you have registered, will be available to you in the ‘My Communities’ list on your Blackboard homepage.
“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.”
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 Teaching, Learning and Student Development coordinates the development and delivery of all 'Ethical Grand Challenges' activities.