At Manchester we work closely with secondary school teachers, careers advisers and students, providing creative and interactive activities, programmes and resources to inform and inspire the next generation of university students.

Our extensive work with secondary learners aims to raise their awareness of higher education teaching, learning and living environments; provide information and advice on study programmes, institutions and career opportunities; and enhance their academic, study and personal skills. 

Activities and resources for secondary schools include: 

  • our Gateways programme for local learners, including a range of activities that develop skills and raise awareness of higher education opportunities;
  • various activities and events to support the take-up of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects;
  • events, talks and taster sessions promoting the learning of languages;
  • various activities and events connected to the school curriculum. 

Young Persons University of Manchester 

The Young Persons University of Manchester is a website for secondary school students and teachers that acts as an interactive, web-based introduction to study and research at Manchester. 

The website includes interactive challenges relating to the main subject disciplines at Manchester. Within each challenge, students can discover more about studying related subjects at university and their future career options. 

A regular blog highlights research being undertaken by our widening participation fellows; these are PhD candidates from across the University who work to engage young people with university life and study. The blog also features information about research developments and our engagement with the public.