At the University we're committed to producing socially mobile and successful graduates.
Evidence suggests that students from non-traditional backgrounds are disadvantaged in the graduate labour market and so targeted work through our Careers service and with our alumni team, allows the University to actively improve positive graduate outcomes for our widening participation students.
This also includes supporting students into postgraduate taught qualifications through information and guidance and our Manchester Masters’ bursary.
The latest five year average for employability outcomes for graduates from Low Income Households shows the gap between widening participation and non-widening participation cohorts continues to narrow.
Here are some of the ways our careers service are supporting our students to become successful graduates:
- Manchester Gold Mentoring: a six month mentoring programme where University of Manchester students are matched with alumni and employers for career advice and support.
- Global Graduates Programme: this enables groups of students to travel internationally and meet with a range of employers and alumni to learn more about their industries, businesses and roles. This programme was highlighted as an example of best practice by the Bridge Group in their report on Careers Services and Social mobility16.
- Student and Graduate Internships: the University runs several internship programmes and ensures high participation rates from WP students and graduates. Student Experience Internships (SEIs) are for pre-final year undergraduate students and offer work placements within the University and charities across Greater Manchester. The Manchester Graduate Internship Programme (MGIP) is for new graduates and identifies internships with a variety of organisations and businesses, including the University.
- Work Experience Bursaries for WP students: a big barrier facing WP students who are trying to secure work experience is cost - this programme awards bursaries that allow them to take part in work experience through funding items such as travel, accommodation and other subsistence costs.