Manchester Gateways Programme for Years 7-11

Teachers and careers advisers based within Greater Manchester secondary schools could get their students involved in our Manchester Gateways Programme.

The University of Manchester Gateways Programme allows learners in Years 7 to 11 to participate in a series of academic enrichment and higher education (HE) awareness activities.

It is targeted at talented local pupils who have the ability to progress into HE, and are from backgrounds that are currently under-represented. 

Manchester Gateways enables your students to: 

  • find out more about University life;
  • explore our range of degree courses;
  • develop a range of skills that will aid success at GCSE and beyond. 

Manchester Gateways aims 

  • Raise awareness of HE teaching, studying and living environments.
  • Broaden learners' horizons with regards to HE and the range of HE institutions.
  • Raise awareness of the variety of subject disciplines available in HE.
  • Introduce learners to real students to build up a true vision of what student life is like.
  • Develop students’ skills in team-working, independent enquiry, self-management, reflective learning, effective participation and creative thinking.
  • Provide information and advice to enable informed decision-making about GCSE and post-16 choices.
  • Provide up-to-date careers information and show the value attached to degrees by employers.

For more information about the Gateways programme please contact

COVID-19 update

Due to the COVID-19 related national and regional lockdown policies, we'll be delivering Gateways virtually this year. We can’t run full event days online with the usual IAG content and academic enrichment workshops, so we have created an alternative delivery programme of two hours IAG sessions and are encouraging teachers to source academic enrichment activities via other University of Manchester outreach opportunities.

  • Pupils in Year 8, 9 and 10 will be asked to attend two virtual Gateways sessions per year group this year. The first will be a two hour IAG session; the second will be a one hour student ambassador led Q&A.
  • Pupils in Year 11 will be invited to attend a two and a half hour virtual conference in December 2020.

We're still hopeful that we may be able to deliver a version of the Year 7 day on-campus at The University of Manchester, so information on the Year 7 days (which normally take place in May and June) will be provided once a decision about delivery method is confirmed.