Visiting the University

Teachers can arrange for their post-16 students to visit The University of Manchester campus to support them with the Extended Project qualification for their students.

To help manage the number of visit requests we receive, we have scheduled dates throughout the year where teachers can bring groups of students onto campus. These visits can include a research skills workshop, or a library visit - or both. We try to accommodate the requests we receive, but this is not always possible, particularly at busy times of the year.

Research skills workshop

Key stats

More than 900 students from 40 different schools and colleges attended our workshops in 2017/18.

Teachers stated that 100% of students left with an improved understanding of what was involved in the research process, and 100% of teachers observed that students left the session with an improved understanding of how to conduct research efficiently.

Our research skills workshop is led by staff and postgraduate students from our University. The workshop introduces students to academic research through a series of interactive activities and group work.

This session adopts a step-by-step approach, providing tips and advice so that students can conduct effective research into their chosen subject. We encourage students to think about the range of sources they can access and how to assess their usefulness through critical examination. We also discuss the importance of note-taking. 

The workshop is two hours long and runs from 10am to 12pm, or 1pm to 3pm.

Library session

Our library session is led by University of Manchester Library staff, and gives students an introduction to locating materials – both books and online resources – for their assignments. Afterwards, students have independent research time where they can make use of the extensive resources our library has to offer.

When you request a library visit only, a member of library staff will contact you to arrange a suitable time.

Example schedule

A standard full-day visit, including the workshop and library session, would follow the schedule below:

9.45am Arrival
10am Research skills workshop
12pm Break for lunch
12.45pm Library induction
1pm Independent research time
3pm Departure