The power of partnership: SDG 17 and university partnerships to achieve the goals (2022)

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are the world’s call to action on the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing humanity and the natural world. Universities around the world play a key role in developing partnerships to address all of the SDGs. The University of Manchester currently leads the world for impact on the SDGs. Like other universities we have significant local, national and global partnerships, and we would like to use these to prompt conversation about how university partnerships help our sector to tackle global development challenges. The event will feature a local partnership from our pioneering BeeWell project; a national partnership from our UK Productivity Institute; and a global partnership discussing our work with the Association of Commonwealth Universities. We will then finish with an open invitation for organizations around the world to partner with us in addressing the SDGs through our University Living Labs initiative.

To access the University Living Labs partnership opportunity, click here:

Organizer: The University of Manchester


Dr Julian Skyrme, Director of Social Responsibility, The University of Manchester (Chair)

Neil Humphrey, Head of Manchester Institute of Education, from the BeeWell project

Nicola Pike, Engagement & Operations Director, from The Productivity Institute

Bright Amanful from our Association for Commonwealth Universities Queen Elizabeth Scholar initiative

Dr Jennifer O’Brien, Academic Lead for Sustainability Teaching and Learning, The University of Manchester