Talks for post-16

These talks have been specifically designed with post-16 students in mind.

We'll continue to add to these resources over time. 

Discovering talks

Discovering humanities

Hear from Charlotte Hoyland, one our PhD students about the benefits of studying Humanities degrees.


Why study presentations

Why study Architecture?

Diana Osmolska, a PhD student in the Manchester School of Architecture, breaks down what it’s like to study Architecture.


Why study Biological Sciences?

Hear from some of our PhD students about what makes Biological Sciences an interesting subject to study. 

Jason Chu


Katie Sadler


Why study Business?

Charlotte Hoyland, one our PhD students, talks about the benefits of studying a Business degree. 


Why study Chemistry?

James Beswick, a Chemistry and Biological Sciences PhD student, outlines the benefits of studying Chemistry. 


Why study Medical Biochemistry?

Charlotte Mellor talks about benefits of studying a Medical Biochemistry degree and key things to consider.


Why study Medicine?

Hear from Lior Saad, one of our medical students, as he talks about studying Medicine and provides information about the admissions process. 


Why study Microbiology?

Hear from Elisabeth Trinh, one of our PhD students, as she talks about what Microbiology is and what makes it an interesting subject to study.


Why study Modern Languages?

Alina McLellan, a PhD student in French and Linguistics, tells you why she chose to study Modern Languages as part of her undergraduate degree.


Why study Linguistics?

Here Alina McLellan, a PhD student in French and Linguistics, discusses the benefits of studying Linguistics.



Workshop: Biology – Dying to live

Charlotte Mellor presents a fascinating and challenging workshop for KS5 pupils on Chemotherapy and Cancer. Pupils can complete a supporting worksheet. Teachers can download the worksheet and a lesson plan:


Workshop: Criminology – Tackling environmental crime (and harm)

This interactive workshop aims to introduce the next generation of environmentalists to green criminology and the concept of environmental harm.

After defining ‘environmental crime’ and introducing a range of criminal and legal environmentally harmful activities, this workshop explores the main industries contributing to environmental harm. With an optimistic twist, this workshop ends by outlining various ways in which individuals can reduce environmental harm, inspiring young people to start thinking about sustainable lifestyle choices.

Teachers can access a lesson plan and everyone can view the worksheets:


Workshop: Forensic Linguistics

Alina McLellan delivers a workshop exploring forensic linguistics and how this process can help solve criminal cases.


Workshop: Medicine – Can you die of a broken heart?

Medical student Lior Saad delivers a workshop exploring heart disease and the link to emotional trauma. Pupils can do these quizzes while watching the workshop video:

Teachers can download the supporting lesson plan, worksheets, quiz sheets and answer sheets:


Workshop: Philosophy – Should animals have human rights?

Join Matthew Wray Perry for this interesting and challenging workshop exploring the concept and application of human rights; and whether similar rights should be extended to animals and the consequences of such actions. Pupils can complete a workshop during the workshop:

Teachers can download the supporting lesson plan and worksheet:


Workshop: Physics and Medicine – Proton therapy

NHS England has recently opened their first high-energy proton therapy centre at the Christie hospital in Manchester. In this workshop, Bethany Rothwell helps pupils find out how we can use radiation to treat cancer, and how the physics behind protons could have the potential to improve outcomes for patients. Pupils can complete a proton activity sheet and x-ray activity sheet. They can also keep score if they're playing with other pupils:

Teachers can download the same supporting worksheets, plus workshop instructions and a lesson plan:


Understanding talks

Understanding research in space

Ioana Mosneag, a PhD Student in Neuroscience usually researches drugs for stroke (brain attacks) and the blood vessels in the brain. But, she also has a passion for space medicine and has created a workshop to shar some of the amazing facts about space and research.

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Understanding social marketing

Charlotte Hoyland, PhD candidate in our Alliance Manchester Business School, talks through students through a set of activities that outline what social marketing is and how it impacts your everyday life.