Academic enrichment

We are committed to working with gifted and talented young people, and providing academic enrichment opportunities.

We aim to enrich their experience of learning by enabling them to take part in educational activities outside the classroom and meet lecturers and students from higher education. Our activities don't just give learners more of the same, they enable independent learning and creative thinking in a unique environment. 

Every academic year, we offer a specific programme of activities to stretch and challenge learners from all educational backgrounds. 

We teach over 90 different Humanities courses at The University of Manchester and provide enrichment activities that celebrate the breadth of Humanities degrees we offer, including Law, History, English, the Social Sciences, Geography, Business, and Languages. 

To be kept updated of our Humanities activities for KS3/KS4 pupils and teachers, sign up to our Humanities Newsletter or contact our Academic Enrichment Officer for Humanities, Emma Britain. 

On-campus activities 

The University offers a range of campus activities for schools and colleges.  

Below is a list of just some of the events we have previously run:

  • Social Science in the news: Why numbers matter
  • Insight into Law
  • WW1 star lecture: Heroism and national identity in the Great War
  • Insight into Politics
  • Insight into Geography
  • Insight into Archaeology and Classics
  • Insight into Languages and Linguistics
  • Interactive performance with John Hegley 
  • Conflict: Making sense of war 
  • Greco-Roman Egypt 

Many of our on-campus activities are advertised in our Humanities newsletter, but you can also check the webpages of our academic Schools for events:

In-school activities 

Academic guest lecture series 

The University of Manchester is home to world-class experts in a wide range of academic fields. In order to share our expertise and enrich your curriculum, we offer subject-specific lectures to students in local schools and colleges in a range of academic disciplines. 

Where: Most lectures take place in your school or college.

When: You can arrange a date and time that are mutually convenient for you and our academic.

Duration: The guest lecture is approximately one hour.

Cost: All lectures are free of charge.

Location: Schools and colleges must be based approximately one hour’s travelling distance of The University of Manchester. We will try our best to meet your request.

Group size: Minimum 20 students. 

'Why Study?' talks 

Our 'Why Study?' series of presentations provides up-to-date information, advice and guidance (IAG) to young people so that they can make informed decisions about their future. They aim to raise awareness of, and aspiration to, some of the most competitive and demanding subject areas in higher education.

We can deliver these presentations at schools based within one hour's drive of The University of Manchester. Talks are flexible and may last from 30 to 45 minutes.