The only event of its kind, our third annual Co-operative Education and Research Conference 2017 is taking place on 5 and 6 April 2017 at Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University. This unique event is your opportunity to join in the conversation, increase your knowledge and network with a broad range of co-operative thinkers.

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The theme of our conference is Learning for Co-operative Transformations with a focus on:

• young people
• communities
• society

We are currently living through a period of rapid global change where the socio-economic and political landscapes are transforming and there is a widening gap between the rich and poor. Within this there is an appetite for an alternative to traditional capitalist models, be they co-operative, social enterprise or other collaborative, collective solutions.

The conference will focus on the ways in which co-operative learning, whether formal or informal, in schools, universities, workplaces and communities can challenge inequalities and contribute to building co-operative authenticity, sustainability and resilience around the world.

The format of the conference will be varied including research presentations, panel sessions and interactive workshops.


The Co-operative Education Conference 2017 will be held in the Geoffrey Manton building, on the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) Manchester Campus, just off Oxford Road opposite Manchester Aquatics Centre.

Geoffrey Manton building
Oxford Road
M15 6LL

The building is easily accessible by public transport and is walking distance from Oxford Road train station. Main entrance is located at the rear.
For more information on how to get to MMU Manchester Campus, visit the university’s website here.
You can also download a map of the campus here. Geoffrey Manton building is number 13.

geoffrey manton building - copyright MMU

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