Your Stellify journey - what you can do

With Stellify there are lots of opportunities available to get involved in a range of transformational extracurricular activities. Here's what you can get involved with:

Note: Activities marked with an asterisk (*) contribute towards The Stellify Award. 

University College for Interdisciplinary Learning (UCIL) 

Learn without boundaries - take a unit outside of your degree with UCIL

Do you want to learn more about mental health? Fancy developing your language skills? Have a desire to explore the impact of climate change or discover if aliens exist? At Manchester, there is no limit to your learning.

If you are an undergraduate student, you can use your free choice options to take a unit outside of your degree subject with the University College for Interdisciplinary Learning (UCIL). The UCIL units are created and run by leading academics and will equip you with valuable knowledge and skills.

Taking a UCIL unit demonstrates to future employers you have acquired transferable skills such as team work, critical thinking and effective communication; all of which will enhance your career prospects.

Explore the range of UCIL courses and choose from over 30 face-to-face and online units.

Ethical Grand Challenges*

Understand the issues that matter - explore the Ethical Grand Challenges

Our Ethical Grand Challenges take place in each year of your study. They allow you to explore three of the biggest challenges facing the world in the 21st century - Sustainability, Social Justice and Workplace Ethics. Each challenge helps you to discover how we can create a more sustainable world, tackle social injustices and learn how to navigate ethical workplace dilemmas in your future career.

Completing two Ethical Grand Challenges contributes towards the Stellify Award.

Find out more about how Ethical Grand Challenges contribute to the Stellify Award


Make a difference - volunteer

Use your time at Manchester to make a difference by volunteering. Whether it's mentoring young people at home or abroad, fundraising for charities, planting trees or supporting local food banks, there are hundreds of volunteering opportunities available.

Volunteering is the perfect way to make new friends, enhance your skill set and confidence, whilst making a difference and contributing to your community - at a local and international level.

Completing 25 hours of verified volunteering that benefits the wider community contributes towards the Stellify Award.

Find a volunteering opportunity on Volunteer Hub. 

Leadership roles*

Step up and lead - student leadership roles

Challenge yourself to become the best leader you can be. Leadership is a key skill which is highly desired by employers and can only be strengthened with practical experience. At Manchester there are lots of opportunities available for you to develop your leadership skills e.g. as a Student Academic Representative, coordinating Peer Support sessions, organising events in your halls of residence as part of the Residents Association, becoming a Wellbeing or Volunteering Champion or teaching as a Peer Led Basic Life Support Instructor. 

Undertaking two 'Step Up and Lead' roles contributes towards the Stellify Award - find out what leadership roles you can get involved with

  • Peer Mentor
  • PASS Leader
  • Peer Support Student Coordinator
  • Student Rep
  • Athletic Union Executive, Committee Member, Sports Coach or Session Leader
  • Students' Union Club or Society Committee Member
  • University Halls Residents Association or Junior Common Room Committee Member
  • Student Wellbeing Champion
  • Volunteering Champion
  • Peer Led Basic Life Support Instructor
  • Nightline Listening Volunteer
  • University of Manchester Physics Outreach Leader
  • Non-sabbatical Officer (also known as Part-time Officers)
  • Manchester Mates Peer Mentor

Create your future

Make the most of Stellify to gain skills and become the best graduate you can be.

Visit and engage with the Careers Service as part of your university experience.