Supporting school children

A world-class education can increase not just a person’s earning potential, but also their overall life chances and wellbeing.

Some areas of Manchester are within the top 1% of deprivation in the UK. That’s why it’s essential to identify, encourage and mentor students from a young age to ensure they’re able to reach their full potential. We want to ensure students are not limited because they lack the confidence to apply for university, or are put off by the financial burden.

The Manchester Access Programme

At The University of Manchester we run a number of programmes to encourage those students who may not otherwise attend university to apply.

Our Manchester Access Programme (MAP) is an innovative social mobility initiative that identifies talented students at age 16 who come from an underrepresented background at universities.

Our aim is to raise their aspirations and increase their confidence. MAP provides these students with a two-year programme of workshops, seminars, help with the application process, opportunities to meet current students, and much more.

Once they complete the programme, and as long as they get their grades, students are guaranteed a place at The University of Manchester.

Year 10 summer schools

School students involved in a University of Manchester outreach project

Each year, we bring 60–70 young people from the poorest parts of the city onto campus and give them a taste of university life. We invite them to live in student halls, meet current students and tackle mini projects.

These summer schools provide students with a chance to picture themselves studying at university, something which they might not have previously thought possible.


In partnership with the charity IntoUniversity, we want to establish an after-school centre in Harpurhey, east Manchester, one of the poorest neighbourhoods in the UK. This centre will run a range of programmes to raise aspirations and improve academic attainment for children aged 7–18.

Every year, up to 900 primary and secondary school pupils will be introduced to higher education through a tailored programme of workshops, out of school study, aspirational coaching and personal support sessions.

Find out more about our plans for an IntoUniversity centre and how you can help.