Widening Participation

At The University of Manchester we have developed a comprehensive and exciting programme of activities for prospective students and their influencers. This consists of work with primary, secondary and further education students as well as teachers, careers advisers and parents.

Widening Participation is placed prominently in the University's strategic plan, the 'Manchester 2015 Agenda', as one of nine core strategic goals. We aim to be the UK's most accessible research intensive institution by 2015.

Our work is informed by the following aims:

  • To promote opportunities for progression to higher education generally, wherever that might be;
  • To identify and attract talented students to Manchester from all educational backgrounds.

Our work in Engineering and Physical Sciences is to raise the awareness of Sciences, Maths and Engineering qualifications that can be obtained by doing a degree within our Faculty, not only with young people themselves, but also with parents, teachers, careers guidance workers, mature learners, family, friends and community leaders. By working to raise awareness of, and aspiration to, higher education amongst individuals from underrepresented groups, the University aims to encourage applications from the most gifted and talented individuals regardless of geography, school, socio-economic status or ethnic grouping.

Our activities are targeted so that work is mainly focused with individuals who have the potential to succeed at University, but for a variety of reasons, may not have considered higher education a possibility.

What does Widening Participation involve?

Across our Faculty, which includes nine different Schools, academics and students work with the Widening Participation team to excite and enthuse more young people to consider taking physical sciences/engineering in HE. We want to open up their own potential and work in partnership with teachers to help raise aspirations and particularly attainment in the physical sciences. We hope they will see how a degree in these subjects can often lead on to an enjoyable and stimulating career. Often it is only when people study these subjects post-16, and particularly at university, do they realise how enjoyable they are.

We work closely with local schools and colleges to promote science and engineering, through our Gateways Secondary School Programme - but we also tie in with large-scale events such as National Science and Engineering Week and the Manchester Science Festival. We offer a variety of activities, from Star Lectures to hands-on workshops and work with young people from Primary age all the way through to Year 13.

For more information, please contact emma.lewis@manchester.ac.uk

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