At The University of Manchester, widening participation is firmly embedded into how we run our institution. A key ambition for teaching, learning and the student experience is for there to be no barriers to studying and no boundaries to learning.
Widening participation addresses patterns of under-representation in higher education. To do this, we target prospective students from groups that are currently under-represented, including students:
- from low income backgrounds and low socioeconomic groups;
- from postcodes where participation in higher education in low;
- who are the first in their generation to consider higher education;
- who attend schools and colleges where performance is below the national average;
- who are care experienced;
- who have a disability;
- who are young carers;
- from under-represented ethnic backgrounds.
We identify and attract the most talented students to Manchester, regardless of their backgrounds. Our research shows that there are no significant differences in the entry qualifications, nor in the degree attained, between students from widening participation backgrounds and the rest of the student populace.
You can find out more by exploring our 2017 Widening Participation Annual Report (PDF document, 3.33MB) which provides concrete examples of the wide range of work we're involved in across the student lifecycle.
Alternatively, you can view the video below to see some of the key highlights of our most significant programmes within widening participation and outreach at The University of Manchester.
ReachOut charity programme celebrates first-ever graduation
Approximately 70 pupils and their teachers from five schools attended the very first ReachOut graduation ceremony on campus to celebrate their achievements.
Lighting the way: Success4Life and the power of persuasion
Part of the University’s extensive widening participation offer, Success4Life focuses on looked-after children from Years 7 to 11 in Greater Manchester.
MAP students take first steps into corporate world
Students from the Manchester Access Programme attend a two-day insight event at the KPMG offices in central Manchester.
University Library wins award for community engagement
The University of Manchester Library’s contribution to widening participation has been recognised with a Blackboard Catalyst Award.
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health awarded national honour
Manchester wins a Health Education England award for its research into the performance and experience of widening participation students.
Community Festival opens the University's doors to the public
Approximately 2,000 people from the local and wider community are welcomed onto campus for the first University-wide Community Festival.
If you would like to learn more about widening participation and outreach at The University of Manchester, we would love to hear from you.
Please contact Stephanie Lee, Head of Widening Participation and Outreach
Teachers and advisers
If you’re a teacher or adviser working in a school or college and would like to know more about how you can engage with the University, please visit our teachers and advisers webpages.
Engage with the University
If you’re a prospective student and would like to know more about how widening participation could help you, please visit our aspiring students webpages.