“Social responsibility is one of our three core strategic goals in our Manchester 2020 strategy, sitting equally alongside our commitments to world-class research and outstanding learning and student experience”.
However, through the acceleration of commercialisation, the University of Manchester has become a production hub for the most corrupt arms companies supplying oppressive and destructive regimes. In doing so, they have violated many of their policies on ‘social responsibility’.
Within the university’s strategic priorities, they state that they will adhere to ‘Responsible Procurement’:
….We take a net-positive approach to procurement, maximising the positive social, environmental and economic impacts gained through what we purchase and aiming to minimise those that are negative…..
The university’s ‘Code of Good Research Conduct’, under 2.vi…. States:
Researchers should have respect for all participants in, and subjects of, research including humans, animals, the environment and cultural objects. The University expects all researchers to consider the ethical implications of their research and to be aware of their responsibilities to society, the environment, their profession, the University, research participants and the organisation(s) funding the research.
The University of Manchester have signed confidentiality contracts with companies selling controversial items such as arms which puts the university at legal risk when asked to release information about such contracts under
The Freedom of Information Act which protects the public’s "right of access" to information held by public authorities.
UoM argue: "The University believes that access to this information would be likely to prejudice its commercial interests in relation to other HE institutions in the similarly highly competitive market for research funding.”