The University of Manchester Better World Showcase 2019

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The Better World Showcase, the Faculty of Science and Engineering’s social responsibility awards, took place on Wednesday 6 February in the Great Hall. The event celebrated staff and students who are ‘making a difference’ through projects which benefit society or the environment.

We're pleased to report that Dr. Danny Dresner won an award in the "Outstanding Contribution to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion" category with his Community Security Operations Centre (CSOC) project, the full project breakdown for which can be accessed here.

The Community Security Operations Centre is a two-strand programme consisting of (i) a training and education programme and (ii) dedicated attention from a specialist in training neurodiverse candidates for the workplace and to educate the workplace in how to care and support neurodiverse employees in their employment. In the first six months of the project, 20 unemployed, neurodiverse people (aged 17 to 49) have already engaged with the training, of which 14 have completed training and are now integrated into running the CSOC. The activity of the CSOC itself is a contribution to a more secure digital ecosystem, making it more inclusive for employment and reducing the risk of digital exclusion for vulnerable people who are easy targets to cyber attacks. The appreciation of reduced scale needs of smaller entities who must manage equally-concerning risk-at-scale was the result of a Technology Strategy Board supported research project. CSOC is connected with this earlier collaboration with the University of Worcester which resulted in a commercial spin-off which itself is proud of its diverse employment record.

The Better World Showcase aims to raise awareness of the inspirational activity that goes on in our Faculty relating to Social Responsibility and to demonstrate the important contribution our staff and students make to social and environmental impact, ‘making a difference’, and to hopefully inspire others to do the same.

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