Successful graduates

At The University of Manchester, we are committed to producing socially mobile and successful graduates.


Evidence suggests that students from non-traditional backgrounds are disadvantaged in the graduate labour market.

Therefore, targeted work through our Careers Service and with our alumni team, allows the University to actively improve positive graduate outcomes for widening participation students. 

We support students into postgraduate taught qualifications by providing information, advice and guidance, and our Manchester Master's bursary.  

Helping our students

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 careers advice and support.

Impact evidence

In 2020/21, we offered an additional 25 Manchester Master’s Bursaries, enabling us to support 100 students with a bursary of £4,000 who otherwise may not have been able to progress into further study. 

Global Graduates Programme

  • Enabling 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 encourages high participation rates from widening participation 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

  • A big barrier facing widening participation students who are trying to secure work experience is cost, this programme awards bursaries that allow students to take part in work experience through funding items such as travel, accommodation and other subsistence costs.