Post-16 study subject and academic enrichment support

At Manchester, we offer a range of opportunities and experience to enrich your school or college curriculum, designed to stretch and challenge learners to reach their full potential. Our offer includes activities delivered on our campus, as well as our Why Study Talks and Academic Guest Lectures which can be delivered at your school or college.

Discover Days

Discover Days at Manchester offer potential applicants the chance to gain real insight into degree programmes they might study at the University. They provide a great opportunity for pupils in Year 12 to gain first-hand experience and make informed decisions about their university choices before the start of the UCAS application process.

For more information and to book please visit the Discover Days website

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Our STEM offering includes an on-campus celebration for British Science Week, as well as subject specific events for Engineering, Maths and Computer and many other subject areas.

To be kept updated of our STEM activities for KS5 pupils and teachers, sign up to our STEM Newsletter.

Our colleagues in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and their Academic Schools, also run events, so please do take a look at their webpages to see what else they may have to offer:

For further information about STEM academic enrichment contact Emily.Cooksey@manchester.ac.uk  

Find out more about our STEM activities and resources including: British Science Week, Manchester Science Festival, and cryptography and animation competitions.

Biology and Healthcare related subjects

Our Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health works with schools and colleges offering a range of activities to raise awareness and interest in healthcare subjects such as Medicine, Nursing, Psychology and Midwifery. Some of our activities are targeted to specific schools or students.

To receive updates of Healthcare-related events and activities for pupils and teachers, sign up to our STEM newsletter.

Our colleagues in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, and their Academic Schools, also run events, so please do take a look at their webpages to see what else they offer. 

We have a range of resources to support applications to Healthcare courses.

For further information about STEM academic enrichment contact Laura.Cragg@manchester.ac.uk

Humanities

We teach over 90 different Humanities courses at Manchester, and provide enrichment activities that celebrate the breadth of Humanities degrees we offer, including Law, History, English, the Social Sciences, Geography, Business, and Languages.

To be kept updated about our Humanities activities for pupils and teachers, sign up to our Humanities Newsletter.

Our colleagues in the Faculty of Humanities, and their academic Schools, also run events, so please do take a look at their webpages to see what else they offer:

Our School of Arts, Languages and Cultures also runs specialist language activities. They work with secondary schools and colleges across the North West, offering teachers assistance in promoting languages to pupils through events, talks and taster sessions.

Activities include:

  • Sharing Words - linking native foreign speakers to local sixth formers.
  • A range of educational events supporting GCSE and A-level languages.

Find out more about languages outreach .

For further information about Humanities academic enrichment contact Emma.Britain@manchester.ac.uk

Activities delivered in your school

'Why Study?' sessions

Our 'Why Study?' series of presentations provides up-to-date information, advice and guidance (IAG) to young people, so that they can make informed decisions about their future. They aim to raise awareness of, and aspiration to, some of the most competitive and demanding subject areas in higher education.

Where: We can deliver these presentations at schools based within one hour's drive of The University of Manchester. Talks are flexible and may last from 30 to 45 minutes.

When: You can arrange a date and time that are mutually convenient for you and our academic. We will try our best to meet your request.

Cost: All lectures are free of charge.

All presentations:

  • provide information on popular disciplines available at university, which are not taught, or are less widely taught, in the 14-19 curriculum;
  • demonstrate some of the skills developed by studying a degree in this subject area;
  • explore some of the careers that graduates from these subject areas could progress into;
  • inform learners of any specific progression information, if appropriate (eg any preferred or mandatory GCSE or A-level subjects);
  • raise awareness of additional opportunities available through degree courses in this subject area (eg study abroad or industry placement opportunities).

See a full list of the talks available

To make an enquiry about holding a Why Study? talk in your school or college complete our Why Study? booking form.

If you have any questions about our 'Why Study?' talks or any of our other activities please email: schoolsandcolleges@manchester.ac.uk.

Academic guest lectures

The University of Manchester is home to world-class experts in a wide range of academic fields. In order to share our expertise and enrich your curriculum, we offer subject-specific lectures to students in local schools and colleges in a range of academic disciplines. 

Where: Most lectures take place in your school or college.

When: You can arrange a date and time that are mutually convenient for you and our academic.

Duration: The guest lecture is approximately one hour.

Cost: All lectures are free of charge.

Location: Schools and colleges must be based approximately one hour’s travelling distance of The University of Manchester. We will try our best to meet your request.

Group size: Minimum 20 students.

Find out more about Academic Guest Lectures