The Widening Participation team deliver a wide range of outreach activities for Primary and Secondary schools designed to raise aspirations and awareness of Higher Education opportunities. Through our Outreach activity, we aim to increase the number of students from under-represented groups who progress on to and are successful within Higher Education.

The activities we offer:

Primary Activities: Campus visits and Curriculum events

Primary Festival (For Years 4-6)

The Primary Festival takes place between May and June each year and is a unique opportunity for pupils in Years 4-6 to visit the University, meet positive role models and find out what student life is really like!

Pupils will have the opportunity to learn more about Higher Education by engaging with Student Ambassadors through two interactive events:

In school pre- workshop: Student Ambassadors will come to school to deliver a one and a half hour workshop as an introduction to University covering topics such as; courses, what student life is like, what a university campus is like and what to expect.

Campus Visit: Schools are invited to our Manchester Campus for either a half day or full day visit where they will participate in interactive workshops, a campus tour and a ‘graduation’

Curriculum events (For Years 1-6)

We work with our academic faculties to offer a wide range of curriculum related events and support for primary schools including Support for Creative Art & Design projects, STEM related workshops, Sustainability Tours and Science Poetry workshops.

Further information can be found in our Schools Outreach Activity Brochure- please download at the bottom of this page.

Secondary Activities: Campus visits, In-school IAG support, Mentoring, Summer schools, Curriculum events

Campus Visits (For Years 7- 11)

We can arrange for your students to visit our central Manchester Campus for either a half-day or full day experience of University Life. Visit programmes can be tailored to the needs of the learners but will typically include an interactive introduction to HE workshop, a campus tour and a Q&A panel with current students.

Curriculum events (For years 7- 11)

We work with our academic faculties to offer a wide range of curriculum related events and support for secondary schools including Business Enterprise Days, STEM related events, Healthcare and Forensic Science Taster sessions, Art Saturday Clubs and Summer schools.
Further information can be found in our Schools Outreach Activity Brochure- please download at the bottom of this page.

In school IAG support

We can offer a wide range of support for enhancing in-school IAG provision including attending careers events with a stand to provide information about HE progression and delivering presentations on a range of topics from GCSE options to Student Life.

Mentoring (For year 10)

Our group-mentoring programme aims to raise aspirations, self-confidence and awareness of Higher Education. Trained Student Ambassadors will visit students weekly over a set period to complete interactive workshops focused on future options and goal setting.

Summer Schools (For year 10)

Each year we deliver a residential summer school programme for local Year 10 students to give them an opportunity to experience University life. Students stay in our halls of residence, participate in a wide range of academic workshops and social activities.

Events for targeted learners

We offer a range of events and programmes to support under-represented groups in Higher Education, particularly young people from care and disabled students. These include a 6-week group-mentoring programme for young people in care and tailored campus visits for students with ASD.

Teacher and Advisor CPD

We can provide CPD support around topics such as student finance, progression pathways and UCAS for staff members who engage with pre-16 learners.

Access Agreement

We are 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 are available on out website.

Download our access agreement

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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