Alongside our programmes of study, Humanities, Languages & Social Science facilitates a diverse set of community outreach projects and extra-curricular activities.
The Manchester Children's Book Festival is an annual event hosted by the Humanities, Languages & Social Science and The Manchester Writing School. The festival has a variety of events running throughout the summer, these include events with children's writers, artists and performers at many of the city's major cultural and educational venues, and an extended programme of projects and activities for schools and communities.
Established in 1998 within the Department of English, The Manchester Writing School is one of the most successful literary centres running in the UK today. The School’s Creative Director is Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, and she teaches alongside a team of distinguished practising writers and critics.
The Manchester Writing School hosts the annual Manchester Writing Competition with prizes awarded to the writer of the best portfolio of poetry, and the writer of the best short story.
The festival is a program of the Centre for Historical and Contemporary Documentary Practice and supported through the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Man Met Engage Arts & Humanities offers students the opportunity to get involved in many aspects of university enrichment. Opportunities include; the schools outreach programme, student media, work experience/placements and becoming a make a difference ambassador.
Part of Man Met Engage Arts & Humanities:
The Make a Difference project is a platform that provides students with a range of opportunities and activities to get involved in that not only make a difference to others and the environment but also to themselves.
Opportunities involve schools outreach programs, becoming an ambassador, the student press office, volunteering opportunities and a variety of work experience and placements.
The Placement Team are on hand to support all placement and work-based learning opportunities. The team build and maintain strong links with industry, facilitate excellent work experiences for our students, and enhance employability skills – aiding our students on the path to their chosen career!
The Faculty hosts the Manchester Metropolitan University Student Press Office and its website/magazine, Humanity Hallows. The press office offers students the chance to write content on a range of issues or to become involved with the editorial and social media team.
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities train current students to work alongside academics or to lead workshops so that pupils in schools can find out exactly what studying Humanities at Higher Education actually entails.
The current schools program which students become ambassadors for takes the theme of ‘Walking in Their Shoes’ – the idea that you never really know anything or anyone until you have worn their shoes and walked around in them a while. The theme has been chosen because of its relevance to all of our subject areas studies in the faculty, which include: English, Creative Writing, History, Politics & Public Services, Philosophy, Sociology & Criminology, Information, Technology & Communications, Languages, Linguistics & TESOL.
RAH! is the new public engagement programme of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Manchester Met. It builds on the enormous success of the ‘Humanities in Public’ (HiP) Festival, which has run since 2013/14.
Routes into Languages North West is led by Manchester Metropolitan University (Faculty of Arts and Humanities), in partnership with the University of Manchester, University of Salford, University of Central Lancashire, University of Liverpool, University of Lancaster, Edge Hill University and University of Chester. The project aims to promote and facilitate the teaching and learning of modern foreign languages, and also community and lesser-taught languages, in both mainstream and supplementary schools. We work to promote languages and to encourage students to continue with their language learning throughout school and into university.
Routes into Languages North West is delighted to launch The Language League: Kick Off resources for teachers and pupils. The Language League: Kick Off is a creative and unique initiative for young people to develop and enhance their language skills. It offers an attractive and creative approach to language learning linked to the game of football. Using classroom based learning activities and on-pitch football sessions pupils are enthused and encouraged to put their language skills into play.
Mother Tongue Other Tongue is a national Laureate Education Project, led by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. The competition is co-ordinated by the Routes into Languages North West team in the Faculty of Humanities, Languages & Social Science. Award winning boxer, Amir Khan, launched the competition in 2015, watch the video to find out more.
The Manchester Children’s Book Festival and the Faculty of Humanities, Languages & Social Science are delighted to join forces with The Co-operative to launch ‘Poetry Together’. Under the direction of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, this brand new cross-generational competition invites children and young people to pair up with a parent, grandparent, carer, older sibling or friend, to share their ideas and create brand new poetry. The project’s aim is to bring people together creatively, whilst also raising awareness and fundraising for The Co-operative’s Charity Partnership with the British Red Cross, to tackle loneliness in communities across the UK.
Based in the Department of Languages, Information and Communications, the Language Centre offers a variety of commercial language courses and language-related professional training.
Operating out of the Department of Languages, Information and Communications’s ‘pop- up newsroom’, The Northern Quota is an online magazine run by Multimedia Journalism students, with guidance from tutors. The website acts a platform for students to showcase their developing skills in reporting, editing and online publishing.
The Sasca Newspaper is produced by staff and students in the Department of Journalism, Information and Communications, working alongside the Somali Adult Social Care Agency (SASCA). The newspaper aims to bring Sasca News to the Somali community living in south Manchester and beyond.