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Widening participation in higher education

We want to identify and attract the most talented students to Manchester, regardless of their educational background – and we need your help to do so.

At The University of Manchester we seek excellence, inclusivity and impact in everything that we do. Widening participation in higher education – in particular, enabling fairer access to a Manchester education for talented students regardless of their background – is central to our values as a world-class university.

We're proud to lead the Russell Group in having the highest number of students from areas of low participation in higher education and from lower socioeconomic backgrounds combined.

Watch our video below for examples of our broad range of work towards widening participation.

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You can find out more by reading our 2017 annual report on widening participation (PDF document, 3.33 MB) which highlights some of our most significant programmes across the student lifecycle.

You can also discover our range of widening participation programmes for local secondary schools, and help your pupils to raise their awareness of higher education environments and culture, get information and advice on study programmes, institutions and career opportunities, and enhance their academic, study and personal skills.