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Support for secondary school subject areas

At Manchester, we offer a range of opportunities and experience to enrich your secondary school 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.

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 about our STEM activities for 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  

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

Biology and healthcare related subjects

Our Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health at The University of Manchester works with schools and colleges offering a range of activities with the aim of raising 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 KS3/KS4 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 may have to offer.

Find out more about the range of resources available to support applications to Healthcare courses.

For further information about STEM academic enrichment contact


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 may have to 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

Activities delivered in your school

Why Study presentations with optional workshops


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 some of the most competitive and demanding subject areas in higher education and encourage students to aspire to study them.

We can deliver these presentations at schools within one hour's drive of The University of Manchester. Talks are flexible and generally last between 30 and 45 minutes.

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).


Find out more about Why Study Talks.

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.

The majority of these lectures are aimed at Post 16 students, but some can be adapted to suit younger pupils. Please check the age range information provided by each lecture to see if it’s suitable for your students before booking.

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.