Higher education presentations, talks and workshops

Our team of knowledgeable staff offer a range of presentations, talks and workshops about different aspects of higher education (HE) to learners in post-16 education. While we inevitably draw on examples from The University of Manchester, each presentation is designed to offer generic information and advice for post-16 learners.

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Higher education presentations

Choosing What and Where to Study This presentation covers the main issues to think about when students are considering their higher education options.
  • Why go to university?
  • What should you consider when choosing what to study and what are the implications on future job prospects?
  • What should you consider when choosing which university to study at?
We'll also introduce resources learners can use to help in carrying out their research into different courses and universities.
30 to 45 minutes Year 12 learners
The Art of Application and Personal Statements This presentation covers the UCAS application process and how to write an effective personal statement. Information includes:
  • key UCAS information (including dates/timescales);
  • the UCAS application form and the process of applying through UCAS;
  • an introduction to the personal statement and how it is used by universities;
  • what to include in a personal statement and tips for students to demonstrate they have the skills, knowledge and experience to succeed on their chosen course.
There is also an option for a classroom-based workshop which is suitable for groups of up to 40 students. Learners will take part in a range of activities which will encourage them to focus on their skills and evidence them effectively, and will have the opportunity to begin structuring their personal statement.

Personal statement leaflets will be given out (to support the information given in the presentation) regardless of whether the presentation-only option is selected or the workshop option.
45 minutes (presentation only)

60 to 90 minutes (presentation and workshop)
Year 12/13 learners
Student Life This presentation aims to excite and enthuse students and give them a taste of student life by introducing them to:
  • our Welcome programme;
  • the Students' Union, clubs, societies, sports and volunteering;
  • accommodation and pastoral support;
  • higher education study methods.
This presentation is delivered by a current student or recent graduate.
30 minutes Year 12/13 learners
Why Manchester? This presentation covers key information about the ‘Manchester experience’ including study opportunities, student life, the city of Manchester and our history and heritage. 30 to 45 minutes Year 12/13 learners and/or parents and carers
Student Finance This presentation covers:
  • tuition fees and tuition fee loans
  • maintenance loans and grants
  • additional types of support available
  • scholarships and bursaries
  • repayment
  • key resources and websites for more information
There is also an option for a classroom-based workshop which is suitable for up to 40 students. This workshop will focus on budgeting while at university and will give top tips for students on managing their money effectively.
45 to 60 minutes (presentation only)

60 to 90 minutes (presentation and budgeting workshop)
Year 12/13 learners and/or parents and carers

Subject enrichment presentations

Academic Guest Lecture Series

The University of Manchester is home to experts in a wide range of academic fields. In order to share this expertise and enrich the curriculum, we offer subject-specific lectures to schools and colleges in a range of academic disciplines. A list of lectures is available online. These lectures will take place in your school or college. You can arrange a date and time that are convenient for you and the academic.

Book online (Academic Guest Lecture Series)

Approximately 60 minutes

Year 10/11/12/13 learners (not all lectures are suitable for all age groups; please contact us for more information)

Group size: Minimum 20 students

"Why Study…" presentations and optional workshops

Looking for a PhD Student to come into your school to share their passion and enthuse your pupils about their subject area? If so, the "Why Study...?" activities may be perfect for you!

The featured subject areas provide an introduction to learners in subjects they may not have encountered yet but are interested in pursuing post-16. Presentations can be combined with an interactive workshop, which aims to give learners a hands-on, interactive taster of the subject area.

Book online ("Why Study…")

Presentation only: approximately 30-45 minutes

Presentation including workshop: approximately 60-75 minutes

Year 10/11/12 learners

Please note that as our Academic Guest Lectures and "Why Study..." activities take place at the host school or college, they are only available to institutions based up to one hour away from of The University of Manchester.

Find out more

Email: schoolsandcolleges@manchester.ac.uk.