Student services and opportunities

There’s a host of services and opportunities available to you at Manchester, all to help you get the most from your student experience.

Access Manchester

At The University of Manchester, we aim to ensure that there are opportunities for all applicants irrespective of personal circumstances or background. Find out more about the different Access Manchester schemes which aim to inspire and support students who are from backgrounds that are underrepresented in higher education. These schemes including: Contextual AdmissionsManchester Access Programme (MAP)Manchester Distance Access Scheme (MDAS)Pathways to Law; and Pre-University courses in Social Sciences

If you are care experienced, we can offer support to help make the transition to university smooth and straightforward. This includes help with accommodation, finances and practical day-to-day assistance.

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Careers Service

Our Careers Service supports students and graduates from day one of their University experience through to two years after graduation. We have an expert team of careers consultants who work in Faculty teams and have sector-specific knowledge. The University is the UK’s most targeted university by top graduate employers.

The Disability Advisory and Support Service

The Disability Advisory and Support Service (DASS) supports a variety of different people, whether student, staff or supporter. We want to help you succeed –in your studies, work, and the rest of your University experience. You'll be able to find out more about our services, who is eligible for support, and how to access support. In addition, visit The University of Manchester’s Independent Disability Support Assessment Centre, who help eligible students get support from Disabled Students’ Allowances.

What is disability support at university?

How to register with the Disability Advisory and Support Service

When should I get in touch?

However you get in touch, we would encourage you to do this early in the application process, as this gives you the best chance of getting all support that you need in place before you start your course.

We will then ask you to register with us before arranging a University support plan appointment to discuss the support you need.

What should I do when applying?

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree, the easiest way is to tick the disability box when completing your UCAS form.

Postgraduate students can declare their disability on their University application.

If you’d rather not do this, you can contact us directly.

What do you mean by disability?

We know that not everyone uses our services thinks of themselves as disabled. We use the term ‘disability’ as it’s used in Equality Law.

Within this legislation, a disability is defined as any condition which has a significant, adverse and long-term effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

Can you give me some examples?

We see students with a range of difficulties including but not limited to:

  • autism spectrum disorders or Asperger's syndrome;
  • dyslexia, dyspraxia and other specific learning difficulties;
  • mental health difficulties;
  • mobility impairments;
  • sensory impairments;
  • unseen disabilities like epilepsy, HIV, AIDS and chronic fatigue.

Want to speak to us?

You can email dass@manchester.ac.uk or call us (0) 161 275 7512, leave a message and we’ll call you back. 

Ethical grand challenges

Ethical Grand Challenges is a unique programme for our undergraduate students that gives you the opportunity to explore three of the biggest challenges facing the world in the 21st century:

  • Sustainability
  • social justice
  • workplace ethics

The aim of the programme is to help you become informed, thoughtful, critical and socially responsible graduates and citizens of the world, while at the same time enhancing your employability. Ethical Grand Challenges is part of our Stellify programme and completion of all three challenges contributes to the Stellify Award, the University’s most prestigious extra-curricular accolade.

The sustainability challenge

The social justice challenge

The workplace ethics challenge

Student finance

Precise details regards the support available to students commencing their studies in 2021 are not due to be released until later in the year. For the latest information, please visit our dedicated student finance section, where you’ll find information on what loans are available; how and when to apply; how much you might expect to receive to support living costs; an estimate of the cost of living as a student in Manchester; information on repaying the loans and lots more.

If you live in the UK, there may be variations in the funding available, you can check the latest information with your relevant Student Finance office: Click on the relevant link below to access additional information: 

If you’ve got the ability, we believe that finance shouldn’t be a barrier to you coming here and being successful. That’s why we’ve invested in our financial support packages. Approximately a third of all our undergraduate UK students will receive bursaries of up to £2,000 per year. Further details of our support packages can be found on our bursaries and scholarship section

If you have a question relating to student finance then please email the University’s Funding Team: funding@manchester.ac.uk who will be happy to assist you.

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History and heritage

As a potential student to Manchester, you'll already be aware that the University has made exceptional and long-lasting contributions to the world. We are England’s original civic university, founded in the world’s first industrial city. Our pioneering figures broke the mould of higher education, bringing the world ground-breaking innovations such as flash photography, nuclear energy and the computer.

Hear about the inspirational history of the University from one of our history guides

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For general enquiries about our history and heritage, email heritage@manchester.ac.uk or follow us on Twitter (@UoMHeritage). 

IT Services

IT Services look after much of the technology that powers The University of Manchester, and the support services that come with it.  We have all the services you’d expect, such as Wi-Fi, email, printing and online learning, plus other services that you may not expect, such as our lecture podcast service and 24/7 telephone support. 

Re-play your lectures 

Most lectures are automatically recorded and will be available for you to view in your own personalised area of our video portal. It’s a service which is extremely popular with our students, and is a great help with revision. 

Widespread Wi-Fi 

Fast and secure Wi-Fi is available all across campus and in University owned halls of residence with the eduroam network, and there’s no extra charge for it. 

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24/7 tech support 

You’ll benefit from free IT help and support for University services and your own tech, through our 24/7 telephone helpline, walk-up support desks and our online support portal. 

We also have a team of representatives in halls of residence who can visit you to help get you online, whether you’re studying, browsing, downloading or gaming. 

Free software 

You’ll be able to download Microsoft Office on your own computer or mobile devices for free. Other software is also available for free or at a discount. 

On-site facilities 

We’ve got thousands of computers and hundreds of printers all over the campus for students to use. 

Online resources 

You’ll be able to easily access your study materials, news, timetables and many other systems online through your computer, phone or tablet, wherever you are. 

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Language Centre

Would you like to continue or learn a language? As a registered student of the University, you have the opportunity to take a wide range of languages with the University Language Centre

Parents and supporters information

We recognise that parents, carers and supporters will want to be involved in the process of applying to Manchester, and will naturally be concerned for students’ welfare once they arrive, so we've addressed some of your queries and concerns.

Peer support

Peer support ensures all of our first-year undergraduate students are supported by trained higher-year students. We embody four key values within our programme: support, development, engagement, and having an inclusive community.

Every first-year undergraduate student at The University of Manchester is allocated either a Peer Mentor or a PASS Leader to support their transition into university life. This is a promise made by the University which is upheld through the Peer Support programme.

Peer Mentors and PASS Leaders are higher-year students who have volunteered to mentor first-year students on the same degree programme as them and who are trained to share their experiences of first-year, host events and small academic group sessions to support both academic and personal development, and to offer advice and support.

When you start at Manchester, you'll be introduced to your PASS Leader/Peer Mentor as well as meeting other students from your programme. You’ll also have the opportunity to become a Peer Mentor or PASS Leader from your second-year onwards and through this you'll receive training, development opportunities, and become part of the Peer Support community of volunteers who all share a passion for helping others.

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Study abroad

Study abroad allows you to undertake part of your undergraduate degree outside of the UK at one of our exchange partner universities. We have partnerships with many institutions throughout Europe and across the globe  and our network continues to grow. 

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UoM Sport

Playing sport at the University is a great way to stay fit, make lifelong friends and enjoy life outside of your academic studies. There are a number of different programmes you can get involved in ranging from beginner through to our next aspiring Olympian or Paralympian. 

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Students’ Union and societies

The University of Manchester’s Students’ Union is run by students, for students. The biggest Students’ Union in the UK, it will provide you with the space, resources and support to make the most of your time at Manchester.

The University College for Interdisciplinary Learning (UCIL)

The University College for Interdisciplinary Learning offers a wide range of interdisciplinary units that you can study as part of your degree. UCIL introduces you to new topics and ways of thinking, tackling the key questions facing society in the 21st century – for example, the digital revolution, globalisation and mental health. Our units equip you with invaluable knowledge and skills, which will complement your studies and increase your employability. We provide a unique learning experience by giving you the chance to meet and study with students from different degree programmes across the University. UCIL is also part of Stellify, our transformational academic and extracurricular activities programme. 

Enhance your degree with UCIL

The Library

The Library

The Library is here to support your learning throughout your University experience.

We work with your course leaders to provide the books and resources you need, many of which are available online. Our collection is one of the biggest in the UK, but if we don’t have the resource you need we’ll order it for you.

  • Use our Library Search tool to explore our collection. Just type keywords into the purple bar.
  • Explore current reading lists for courses you’re interested in. 

We provide study skills support to help you adjust to university-level study.

  • Explore our online resources, which cover topics including referencing, critical thinking and presentation skills.

 We also offer spaces to study if you’re on campus. 

Got a specific question? Talk to one of our friendly librarians using Library Chat on our website (just click the yellow button on the right side of the page to open a chat).

Hear from the team

Hear from some of the Library team about the services they provide for students.

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Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to enhance your University experience, a way you can share your passions, make new friends and become part of the local community here in Manchester.  It’s also a brilliant way to develop new skills and experiences, which will look great on your CV when you start job hunting. 

Student volunteering week 2020

There is a wide range of opportunities to get involved in with charities and not-for-profit organisations in the Manchester community and a whole team of people at the University to help you find your perfect role. Maybe you have an organisation you are already involved in and want help to find the local branch? Or perhaps you have never volunteered before and fancy trying out one of our Volunteer Days to have a taster of what volunteering involves? The team will help you shape your volunteering experience to suit you. Further afield from Manchester we have an exciting programme of overseas opportunities for your summer holidays and lots of support to take part.

Hear from our students about their volunteering experiences