Get involved

The University of Manchester has a number of initiatives that enable staff and students to make a difference in the local area.

Find out more about the work that is taking place and how to get involved.

The University of Manchester School Governor Initiative

The University of Manchester School Governor Initiative provides opportunities and support for staff across the University to become Local Authority or Community Governors.

If you would like to use your skills and experiences to support the Board of Governors in a local school, email Alison Gregory (

Manchester Access Programme

The Manchester Access Programme (MAP) is the University’s flagship widening participation scheme that supports local Year 12 students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in higher education. This includes:

  • students who are the first in their family to study at university;
  • students living in postcodes with low progression rates to higher education or a high level of deprivation;
  • specific personal circumstances such as the experience of local authority care, being a young carer, estranged from their family or a sanctuary-seeker.

MAP aims to support entry to The University of Manchester, or another research-intensive university, through the completion of a portfolio of work that includes an academic assignment completed under the supervision of an academic tutor.

Each year we recruit and train over 100 members of staff and postgraduate research students to work as academic tutors for our MAP students.

This paid opportunity involves supporting students in choosing a research topic, meeting with them while they write the assignment and then marking the finished version.

We recruit our MAP tutors each January, with the programme officially launching in April. Staff or PhD students can register their interest in applying to become a MAP tutor at any point in the year. 

If you would like to find out more, please email:

Widening Participation Fellows

This opportunity invites non-final year PhD students to deliver outreach activities in local schools. We recruit students from all three faculties to act as inspiring subject experts for a range of learners, from primary school pupils through to sixth form students.

This is a paid opportunity and full training will be supplied for successful applicants. We usually run an information session in June, with applications running until early July.

Students can register their interest in becoming a Widening Participation Fellow at any point in the year.

If you would like to find out more, please email:

IntoUniversity Manchester North (IUMN) centre

IntoUniversity Manchester North is a local learning centre that is supported by donations to the University.

There are a wide range of volunteering opportunities for our staff and students at the centre in Blackley, including mentoring, guest lectures and ongoing support at after school clubs.

Staff or students interested in volunteering at the centre should email:

The Brilliant Club

The University works in partnership with The Brilliant Club, an educational charity that mobilises PhD and early career researchers to engage pupils in non-selective state schools in university style learning. 

Training with The Brilliant Club and working as a Scholars Programme tutor enables researchers to communicate their research to a non-specialist audience, gain valuable teaching and public engagement experience and deepen their knowledge of the UK education system. The University has a collaborative target with The Brilliant Club in their Access and Participation Plan.

If you would like to find out more, please email: