Greater Manchester Higher

The University of Manchester is part of the Greater Manchester Higher collaborative network.

Five universities and 12 further education colleges across Greater Manchester are working together to deliver a collaborative programme which provides high quality impartial information, advice and guidance about higher education to increase awareness and raise ambitions among targeted learners in Greater Manchester.

The network includes the following institutions: University of Bolton, The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, RNCM, University of Salford, Ashton Sixth Form College, Bolton College, Bury College, Holy Cross College, Hopwood Hall, The Manchester College, Salford City College, Stockport College, Tameside College, Trafford College, University Campus Oldham and Wigan and Leigh College.

Collaborative activities for all Greater Manchester schools

  • University visits
  • In-school activities including IAG stands, presentations, workshops and the Star Student board game
  • Professional development for teachers
  • Events for targeted learners


Greater Manchester Higher is also one of 29 organisations to have secured Government funding via the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP). The NCOP mission is highly targeted at Year 9–13 learners from specific electoral wards where there is lower-than-expected progression into higher education (based on GCSE attainment). This work will contribute towards the Government’s goal of doubling participation in higher education among those deemed to be from ‘disadvantaged backgrounds’.

Our targeting is based on learner postcodes. Our Postcode Tool will help you determine which of your pupils are from our target wards.

Additional activities open to NCOP learners

  • Subject-specific taster sessions
  • Summer schools
  • Mentoring

How to get involved

To find out more information, view the calendar of events and book onto activities, please visit the Greater Manchester Higher website.

Download a Greater Manchester Higher programme:

Contact us

Greater Manchester Higher

tel +44 (0)161 247 1019

The University of Manchester

tel +44 (0)161 275 5654