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The University of Manchester is the largest campus-based university in the UK. It aims to not only be known worldwide as a place where the highest academic values and educational innovation are cherished, but where research and teaching make a real difference.

In November 2011, the University of Manchester published its 2020 strategic plan spearheaded by Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor. It is based around three core goals of world-class research, outstanding learning and student experience, and social responsibility.

Social responsibility describes the way the University is making a difference to the social and economic well-being of its communities and wider society through our research, teaching and public activities.  Five priorities have been identified – research with impact; socially-responsible graduates; engaging our communities; responsible processes; and environmental sustainability. The overall aim is that, ultimately, social responsibility will be completely embedded in all aspects of what the University does. As part of its social responsibility agenda, the university has published a guide that describes the five priorities in depth.