Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Design


European universities collaborate on new design project in Leeds

June 28th, 2017

We are delighted to announce Design for Social Impact, a new School of Design project in partnership with mHabitat and Mannheim University of Applied Sciences (MUAS) in Germany.

The collaboration enables MUAS students who are studying a joint Masters degree Design Future Society to apply design thinking to address social challenges in Leeds where they are based as part of an Erasmus+ funded exchange programme. Following the initial call, projects will begin in late September and be completed by early December 2017.

15 students from MUAS will work directly with the local community, NHS, public and third sector organisations.

Mike Sheedy, Deputy Head of the School of Design at the University of Leeds, said:

“The students from Mannheim will be the first exchange students to come and live, work and study in Leeds as part of the joint degree MA Design Future Society. The collaboration with mHabitat will create a fantastic opportunity for them to engage with international problems and test their ability as designers to transcend cultural, social and economic differences. It is a crucial element in their studies as masters students and we hope that the impact will be two–way; life changing impact for our communities and also for the future of design.”

Find out more about the Design for Social Impact initiative and how groups and organisations with a social purpose can apply to join.

We are currently recruiting for January 2018 entry onto MA Design Future Society. For full details visit our Postgraduate pages.


MA Design Future Society

MA Design Future Society


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