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School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

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Schools and community engagement

Our aim is to increase public understanding and support for arts and languages and communicate their significance for the wider community.

We foster relationships with businesses, employers, the general public, alumni, local schools, other universities and institutes of higher education and service providers.

Schools engagement

The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures has a dynamic programme of activities for secondary and further education students.

We invest in potential students, and work closely with schools across the Northwest to host taster sessions, deliver lectures and provide school volunteering opportunities.

We are always happy to send our students and staff to talk to pupils about the value of the study of arts, languages and culture.

Subject-specific outreach activities

We run a variety of outreach events for secondary school pupils, sixth form and college students in our subject areas, ranging from History and related disciplines, English and Languages to Drama and Music. Explore our activities.

Schools and community history

The Department of History enjoys strong links with schools and colleges in Manchester and the surrounding regions, and also further afield. We aim to establish and maintain collaborative relationships which enable us to share knowledge and skills. Our academics regularly visit schools and colleges, and are often invited to speak at school history societies and other educational forums.

A number of our academics have also been involved in public-engagement projects and workshops with schools and other community History projects; this activity, for example, includes recent contributions to projects on post 1945-immigration and on changes within local Manchester communities since the 1980s.

In addition, we also welcome visits from school and college groups into the University and the Department of History. These are designed according to the requirements of the visiting group, and can often involve attending talks on studying history, sitting in on undergraduate lectures, tours of the campus (including the library and the department), and the opportunity to talk to both academic and current undergraduate students.

In other cases, school and college groups visit us to collaborate on a project and can gain access to scholarly expertise and some of the university's exceptional resources (such as our computer labs and electronic databases). Furthermore, every year The University of Manchester holds two Manchester History Days which offer a series of workshops and talks to large school groups. 

Horrible Histories school quiz

Children at William Hulme's in Whalley Range devised their own history quiz and made their own film. They were helped by Professor Hannah Barker of the University of Manchester who runs the Horrible Histories after school club at the School and Sinead Lynch, a student on the MA in Children's digital media at the University of Salford.

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Activities involving all our subjects

In collaboration with the University's central Schools and Colleges Liaison Team, we run a series of 'Discover Days' to get school pupils interested in our subjects. We also participate in their Academic guest lecture series, which enables schools to invite academics to deliver talks about a variety of topics.

Contact for schools engagement

Sonja Bernhard
Schools Outreach Officer, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Room A19, Samuel Alexander Building
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
Manchester
M13 9PL

Cultural engagement

We have close relationships with a variety of artistic and cultural bodies, both inside and outside the University, and host a variety of cultural events which are open to the public. These include: