University recognised by THE for social responsibility work, with award dedicated to Paul Maccabee

The University of Manchester’s work on social responsibility has been recognised through an Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community trophy at the sixteenth annual THE Awards. This completes a record hattrick of awards in this category over the past decade.

The THE Awards – widely referred to as the ‘Oscars of higher education’ – are the biggest celebration in the UK HE calendar, attracting hundreds of entries from individuals, teams and institutions from all corners of the country.

The award recognises the social and community impact created through the construction of the Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) in partnership with Balfour Beatty.

Working with Greater Manchester Growth Company’s The Works, Manchester City Council and a range of local charities, £19.7 million of social value has been created for local communities – a record for any construction programmes in UK higher education. Successes included creating 182 jobs and apprenticeships for local people, some of whom were previously homeless or in the prison system; awarding £60,000 of cash grants to local community groups and charities; pro bono work with a local women’s refuge, an LGBT centre and food bank; and a maximum 45 out of 45 in the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

Dr Julian Skyrme, Director of Social Responsibility, said: “We are delighted to see our work with Balfour Beatty get this national recognition. Many groups and individuals made this project a success, but we’d all like to dedicate it to our former colleague Paul Maccabee, who played such a central role in advancing our University’s social responsibility agenda through construction projects. Paul cared deeply about local communities – particularly those who can be marginalised – and this success reflects the characteristic commitment, professionalism and compassion he applied in all of his work.”

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