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Academic enrichment activities

We offer a range of opportunities and experience to enrich the curriculum, many of which are designed to stretch and challenge learners. These take activities take place both on and off campus.

On-campus activities

Your school can take advantage of a wide range of academic enrichment activities here on campus.

Activities delivered in your school – 'Why Study?' presentations with optional workshops

The 'Why Study?' series provides up-to-date Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) to young people so that they are able to make informed decisions about their future. This suite of presentations is delivered in schools, and raises awareness of, and aspiration to, some of the most competitive and demanding subject areas.

The presentations are flexible and may last from 30 to 45 minutes. All of the talks will:

  1. Provide information on popular disciplines available at university, which are not taught, or are less widely taught, in the 14-19 curriculum;
  2. Demonstrate some of the skills developed by studying a degree in this subject area;
  3. Explore some of the careers that graduates from these subject areas could progress into;
  4. Inform learners of any specific progression information if appropriate (eg any preferred or mandatory GCSE or A-level subjects);
  5. Raise awareness of additional opportunities available through degree programmes in this subject area (eg study abroad or industry placement opportunities).

The presentations can be combined with an interactive workshop should the school timetable allow. The workshops have been designed by post-doctoral researchers and postgraduate students at the University, who are at the forefront of research in their respective fields.

The workshop aims to give learners a hands-on, interactive taster of the subject area. This may last 60-75 minutes, depending on the time available. The featured subject areas provide an introduction to learners in subjects they may not have encountered yet but are interested in pursuing post-16. The subjects currently on offer include:

  • Chemistry
  • Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Health Care
  • Law
  • Life Sciences
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Psychological Sciences
  • Social Sciences

If you are interested in making an enquiry about a Why Study?' talk, please complete the Why Study? booking form.

Please note that as the Why Study? activities takes place at the host school or college, they is only available to institutions based within approximately one hour's travelling distance of The University of Manchester.

If you have any enquiries about the above activities please contact schoolsandcolleges@manchester.ac.uk.