Manchester Metropolitan University

Pre-16 Primary and Secondary Schools Activities

The Widening Participation team offer a range of activities to learners in Year 4 through to Year 11. All our activities aim to work with targeted learners within Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

The activities we offer:

Primary Activities: Visiting Manchester Met · Transition project · Curriculum events

Primary Festival 6th – 17th June 2016

We offer full or half day visits to our Manchester Campus so learners can get a real feel of University life.  Whilst on Campus, learners can take part in the following activities:

PRE WORKSHOP: Before every campus visit to Manchester Met, student ambassadors will come to school to deliver a 1.5hr workshop as an introduction to ‘University’ covering such topics as; courses, what student life is like, what a university campus is like and what to expect.

MEET THE STUDENTS: Meet and interview current MMU students about their courses, their experience at university and their backgrounds.

CAMPUS TOUR: Take a tour of our Manchester Campus, led by student ambassadors, to find out lots of interesting facts and have the opportunity to ask questions along the way.  Pupils will get the chance to see some of the All Saints Campus including the new 75 million Business School, new Students Union, the Aquatics Centre and other subject buildings around the campus.

SUBJECT SESSION: We have a number of student ambassadors who have developed subject sessions to deliver to primary school pupils.  These provide an introduction to different subject areas in an interactive way.

The visits can each be half day (10.00am-12pm) or 12.30pm-2.30ppm) and a full day 10.00am-2.30pm.

Transition Programme
a shock absorber project for pupils in Year 5 and 6

Working with Year 5 or 6 pupils, the programme aims to encourage pupils to build relationships with pupils in Year 7 before they make the transition to their secondary school. Working with our student ambassadors, pupils engage in workshops to reflect on different aspects of the transition and to highlight the differences between primary and secondary school.

Other transitions in education are also explored such as the transition between secondary school, further and higher education. Student ambassadors help to facilitate sessions, which enables them to share their own experiences of these transitions and also talk to pupils about higher education in an informal setting.

Curriculum events

We provide a range of curriculum related activities for learners from year 4-6. Our events include:

  • Art and Design
  • Science and Engineering
  • Geography and the Environment

Secondary Activities: Visiting Manchester Met · Mentoring and Summer School · Curriculum events

Visiting the University

Our Widening Participation Team organise visits to the university campus for learners from Greater Manchester and Cheshire. Learners will have the opportunity to meet with current students and take part in a range of workshops. Our workshops can also be delivered off site at school.

Mentoring and Summer School

Our mentoring aims to raise the aspirations of young people. Our students mentor learners in school on a weekly basis. The programme covers a range of topics:

  • Setting goals for the future.
  • Life after Year 11 looking at the range of Further and Higher Education.
  • Student Life and Finance
  • Study skills and CV writing.

Learners who take part in this scheme are also encouraged to apply for our Summer School. This is a unique opportunity for learners to find out more about university life and what student life is really like.

Curriculum Events

We provide a range of curriculum related activities for learners in Secondary school. Our events include:

  • Business Enterprise
  • Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences
  • Social Care and Social Work
  • MetMunch
  • Science and Engineering
  • Healthcare Science
  • Science and Environment
  • The Centre of Aviation, Transport and the Environment
  • Computing, Mathmatics and Digital Technology
  • Art and Design
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Sociology
  • Outdoor Studies

Greater Manchester Higher: University visits · Activities in schools · Professional development for teachers · Events for targeted learners

Greater Manchester Higher is a partnership programme between higher education providers (8 universities and 5 colleges) in Greater Manchester. The programme provides high quality, impartial information, advice and guidance about higher education, with the aim of increasing awareness and raising ambitions amongst talented learners in Greater Manchester. Greater Manchester Higher offers the following range of events to schools:

On campus activities

Year 8/9 Choices Days: This one day event is designed to give Year 8 and Year 9 learners an opportunity to reflect on their options for the future, in advance of choosing their GCSE options. Learners will examine the implication of their choices and how these influence their future. The event includes a workshop, campus tour and the opportunity to speak with current students from across the partnership. The pupils will also see a drama performance from the performing arts group 2Engage as part of the day.

Year 10 Campus Visits: These visits provide learners with the opportunity to visit a university campus and gain an insight into student life and the range of courses available. The visit will consist of a University Uncovered workshop, focusing on the differences between school and higher education and student finance, followed by a campus tour. The visit will also introduce pupils to the Student’s Union and showcase the impact it has on student life. Throughout the visit, pupils will work closely with current students from across the partnership to obtain first-hand information about studying at a higher level.

These events all follow the same format and are hosted at one of the universities in the partnership (University of Bolton, The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Salford).

To book a place, or for further information about Choices Days and Campus Visits please visit:

In school activities

Support for IAG events:

Greater Manchester Higher are committed to attending IAG events in schools to promote higher education to learners in Greater Manchester.

Examples of events we might attend in your school include:

  • Parents' evenings
  • Careers fairs
  • Options evenings

A member of staff or a student ambassador will attend your event with a stand and literature, offering generic advice on progression routes and information on entry requirements to a wide range of courses.

Presentations and workshops:

A representative from the programme can visit your school and deliver the following presentations:

  • Student Life (delivered by current students)
  • Year 8/9 Choices
  • Year 10/11 Choices
  • General HE presentations
  • Revision Skills

Star Student game:

Star Student is a large board game that introduces Year 8 and 9 students to university and higher education through an exciting team activity. Human counters move around the board as each team answers a series of questions relating to university. Answers are given through mime, drawing, multiple choice questions and spelling, so there’s something for everyone. This can be delivered to a class of up to 28 at a time and takes around an hour to complete. The game will be delivered in schools by our student ambassadors, who will also talk about their university experience.

For more information or to request our attendance at an event please visit:

Events for Targeted Learners

Greater Manchester Higher is keen to support under-represented groups in higher education, particularly young people from care and disabled students. Over the past few years the partnership has developed an exciting programme of activities to engage with these target groups. Below are some examples but please visit: for the full programme of events with targeted learners.

Success4Life project for care-experienced young people

This programme brings together looked-after young people from years 8 and 9 to take part in interactive sessions that will develop their confidence and key skills, and raise their awareness of higher education. The sessions end with a graduation to mark the students’ success. A 10 week programme is delivered at The University of Manchester and we can deliver a condensed 5 week version of the programme in a venue within the target local authority.

Visit Days for Disabled Learners

As well as being an introduction to higher education, these days will include information about support available for disabled students, information on the Disabled Students Allowance, as well as the more general financial support available. Pupils will also have the chance to meet disabled university students who’ll talk about their experiences and provide advice for the younger learners.

Teachers, Advisers and Key Influencers

Teacher and Adviser CPD

Greater Manchester Higher is committed to providing relevant CPD sessions for teachers and advisers across Greater Manchester. These are designed for colleagues who work with pre 16 learners, advising them about their options for the future in relation to higher education. The topics will cover relevant issues in HE and how this information can be relayed to your pupils. Each session will last 1.5 hours and the topics covered include:

  • Student finance
  • A beginners Guide to UCAS
  • Progression Pathways

Targeted Learners

We also offer a range of events and presentations for key influencers (such as teachers, designated teachers, advisers, social workers and foster carers) of targeted learners. These sessions provide an interactive forum for professionals to find out more about the higher education system and explore how best to support targeted learners on their journey.

All of the above sessions can be delivered in school/the local authority or on campus, either as standalone activities or as part of a training session. Content can be tailored to suit the particular needs and interests of the audience.

For more information about these activities please visit:

Pupil selection criteria

For all Manchester Higher events taking place at Manchester Metropolitan University or The University of Manchester , teachers should target pupils who meet at least one of the following selection criteria and who have the potential to achieve at least five A*to C grades at GCSE (or equivalent):

  • Pupils from families where parents/carers have no experience of higher education
  • Pupils from a care background
  • Pupils with a disability
  • Pupils on free school meals

After the event, for monitoring and evaluation purposes, we will ask the organising teacher to provide the following data for their group:

  • Number of learners on free school meals
  • Number of learners in care/from a care background
  • Number of learners with a disability

Higher Horizons

The Widening Participation team are working in partnership with Higher Horizons Network. The network members include Manchester Metropolitan University (Cheshire Campus), The University of Chester, The University of Derby, Staffordshire University, The University of Oxford – Somerville college, Harper Adams University, Macclesfield College, Reaseheath College and the lead institution – Keele University. As a partnership, we offer the following activities.

Campus Higher Horizons Activities and Events

HEI Partnership Days: Year 10 learners are invited to visit the campus of the host member institution to take part in a variety of interactive subject tasters delivered by all the institutions, as well as experiencing fun activities led by current students.  These will focus on key skills and raise awareness of the issues that young people need to think about when considering higher education.

Uni 4 Me Days: The WPCG work closely with Virtual Heads from their local authorities to provide a campus visit specifically for pupils who have been or are currently in care, and accompanying foster carers, social workers, key workers and local authority staff. This day is focused specifically around raising aspirations by taking part in interactive subject tasters from each WPCG Member University. We also provide a session on Care Leaver Support for the accompanying adults to attend.

Year 8/9 Choices Days: This one day event is designed to give Year 8 and Year 9 learners an opportunity to reflect on their options for the future, in advance of choosing their GCSE options. Learners will examine the implication of their choices and how these influence their future. The event includes a workshop, campus tour and the opportunity to speak with current students from across the partnership. The pupils will also see a drama performance from the performing arts group 2Engage as part of the day.

Year 10 Taster EventThis event is a chance for Year 10 pupils to consider their course choices and their routes into University. They will have the chance to experience taster sessions in various courses and a campus tour. This is an ideal opportunity to interact and engage with current Higher Horizons students and use the opportunity to learn more about University life. 

Campus Visit for Young Carers and Young Adult Carers: Working with The Carers Trust and Cheshire Young Carers, we invite Young Carers to come to campus to experience University to help make choices about their future. This day includes a chance to hear about how the University supports Young Carers, and to speak to students who are carers to find out first hand their experiences at MMU. Depending on size and preferences of the group we can tailor the workshops to suit group interests.

Exercise and Sports Science Festival Day: A day of taster sessions in different areas of Sport Science, coaching, physiology, field testing and team building. A chance to experience Sport at MMU and generally in a Higher Education setting to look at different careers in this field. Pupils will be expected to have an interest in Sport and Exercise Science to attend this day.

Making Foreign Languages and Option Day: This day focusses on four different languages, French, Italian, Spanish and German. Pupils have a development session in a language they already study, then a taster session in a language that they are not taught. Either students who are studying the language deliver the sessions or are native speakers. They will discuss with pupils the benefits of studying a language, what their course involves and career prospects.

The days are designed for pupils who have not yet taken their GCSE options.

For more information or for booking, please contact the Higher Horizons Network Manager – Anthony Sutcliffe

Access Agreement

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to fair access and to supporting those from disadvantaged backgrounds progress to and succeed at university, and the above activity is delivered as part of that commitment.

The University's access agreement submitted to the Office of Fair Access (OFFA) outlines the outreach work we will continue to deliver for underrepresented groups and the financial support we will offer to students who progress to Manchester Met, as well as retention and employability interventions for target students.

This agreement is reviewed on an Annual basis and the most recent versions can be downloaded below:

Students are covered by the Access Agreement for the year in which they start their undergraduate course at Manchester Met.

Schools Outreach Activity

Read more about our range of activities for learners in Primary, Secondary and  Post-16 education:
Schools Outreach Activity for 2017-18 

Get in touch

For more information on how our Widening Participation Team can help you and your students, please email

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