MMU Make A Difference


Who are we?

MMU Make a Difference offers Humanities, Languages and Social Science students a variety of opportunities to get involved in that not only makes a difference to the wider community and environment but also to themselves.

Manchester Children’s Book Festival 2016

The Manchester Children’s Book Festival is now an annual event and a fantastic opportunity to gain experience! If you want to work with children, go into writing, editing or publishing, journalism and more this is the perfect opportunity for you to gain work experience to add to your CV.

Recruitment has started for volunteers for the main festival dates (24th June – 3rd July 2016) which you can apply to become a volunteer for here. Or why not sign up to one of our trailblazer events, which are available throughout the year, such as the ‘Monthly Saturday Spectacular Storytelling Sessions’ at Manchester Central Library.

This opportunity is open to all students and there are chances to gain Silver points towards your MMU Futures Award as well!

book fest

Student Press Office

Humanity Hallows is an online magazine run by the Manchester Metropolitan University Student Press Office. Working with the Student Press Office is the ideal way for you to get that all important work experience while at university. This is a fantastic means of getting your voice heard and being published.  Current and previous Student Press Office members have seen their work published in local and national newspapers, magazines and websites and have worked on numerous exciting enterprises such as festivals and documentaries.

The student press office also run monthly Journalism and Online Publishing (WordPress) Workshops with guest speakers which you can sign up to via MMU Futures.

This opportunity is open to students of all disciplines. Download their first e-magazine here.


Create Your Own

Are you passionate about a particular cause or issue and want to do something about it but haven’t found anything in MMU or the wider community to get involved in? Then why not create your own opportunity and lead on your own project ranging from one off fundraising or awareness raising events to film screening and guest lectures or even more! We offer funding and training to make sure that your opportunity really does ‘Make a Difference’!

All create your own projects leaders* are awarded Silver Points towards their Futures Award. Please visit the Make a Difference blog to see examples of student-led projects and how to get involved.

*Only students from the Humanities, languages and Social Science Faculty are allowed to be project leads on this enrichment opportunity strand.


Placements and Internships

Many of you may be thinking of getting a summer job, placement or internship or will be graduating and will be looking for full time employment. Why not visit our HLSS placement services team who can source placement and work based learning opportunities. These include, curriculum and extra-curricular work experiences in the forms of internships (short, medium, long and summer based), placements (3, 6, 9 and 12 months, voluntary and part time opportunities within the UK and overseas!

Sign up to their Facebook group or follow them on Twitter for regular updates on opportunities or email to arrange 1-2-1 personalised job search support.


Make a Difference Awards

Nominations are now OPEN for the Make a Difference Awards 2016!!

This year we are pleased to announce that we now have a Student Choice Award! This is an award to recognise an individual who is as an all-rounded student who has made a positive impact on the student community at MMU, the University and/or the local communities in the Greater Manchester area.

Is this you or do you know a fellow student worthy of the award? Submit your nominations here

Award winners will be announced at the Award Ceremony on Friday the 20th of May. To register your place at the Award Ceremony please visit RSVP via Eventbrite 



The Humanities, Languages and Social Science (HLSS) Ball tickets are now on SALE!!!This year the ball has moved venue and will be held at The Midland Hotel on Friday 27th May 2016.

Tickets are £45 and include a

  • Three course meal
  • Half a bottle of wine (or non-alcoholic equivalent)
  • Entry into the prize raffle (2015 prizes included tablets and festival tickets)
  • An evening of entertainment
  • And entry into an exclusive after-party venue

Tickets can also be purchased via Met Card. To purchase your ticket this way, please visit the Finance Office in the Righton Building where you will be asked to fill in a purchase slip. Buy your tickets here!

Please note that tickets are non-refundable and will be on sale until Sunday 15th May and the dress code is “Formal” – This is a black tie event. 


Monthly Enrichment Newsletter

Want to receive monthly updates on opportunities relevant to your degree in the Humanities, Languages and Social Science Faculty? Then sign up here to be added to the mailing or alternatively email with ‘Enrichment Newsletter’ as the title with your name, student ID, degree title and year of study.


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