First Generation

The campaign to transform 1,000 lives

First Generation will bring together a complete student journey of support.

The First Generation campaign funds a programme that targets young people who will be the first generation in their family to go to university.

It aims to change the lives of 1,000 young people and is already inspiring people across the region – staff, students, alumni, businesses and partners – to support the campaign. 

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“First Generation is about waking up ambition and allowing people to achieve their personal best.”
Professor Malcolm Press, Vice-Chancellor and campaign donor, explains how the First Generation scheme will transform lives and make a difference to society.
Hussain El-Amin talks about being a First Generation student at Manchester Metropolitan University.
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Vanda Murray OBE, Pro-Chancellor and campaign donor, on why she is supporting First Generation.
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Mike Perls, MC2 Chief Executive and corporate campaign donor discusses why businesses should back First Generation.
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Transforming lives

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to being a fully inclusive institution, open to all with the talent to succeed, regardless of background. We believe that a university experience can change a person’s life and provide new opportunities.

First Generation shows young people how universities can change their lives by helping the brightest young people from Greater Manchester to secure an undergraduate place at university and then provides financial, professional and personal support throughout their studies and into their careers. By bringing our existing and new activities into one scheme, we are able to provide more support for First Generation students taking part.

“I've seen first-hand the effects of poverty and lack of opportunity, especially in BME communities. First Generation will break down so many of the barriers to success that young people face.”
Mohammad Habeebullah OBE JP, First Generation Donor and alumnus

Complete student journey of support

Those that take part are the first generation in their family to go to university and have excelled in their GCSEs and then progressed to Year 12 at a local college.

The scheme starts with pre-entry, including a residential summer school, support with applications and peer mentorship from students with similar life experience.

During their studies, those that choose to come to Manchester Metropolitan will benefit from an academic and professional (graduate) mentor, the chance to help the next generation as a Student Ambassador, a Year 1 work-place residential experience and a First Generation bursary.

The result for students is a scheme that breaks down barriers before, during and after university.

The result for Manchester and the UK is talent unlocked, potential achieved, and lives changed.

“I was the first in my family to go to university. Thanks to my education, I have had a wonderful career and I want everyone else, whatever their background, to have the same opportunity.”
Dame Dianne Thompson DBE, First Generation Donor, University Chancellor from 2011-16, honorary graduate and alumna

How you can help

There are many ways for you to make a difference.

All administrative costs are funded by the University. Your support directly benefit students by funding a place on the Year 1 work-place residential (£1,000) and a £1,000 bursary.

Manchester Metropolitan University has exempt charity status, which means you may be able to take advantage of tax-effective giving as a private individual or corporate donor.

First Generation can only happen with the generous and visionary support of our alumni, friends and partners. We are also calling on our inspirational network of alumni and business contacts to provide mentorships, expertise and professional contacts.

First Generation