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School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Subject-specific outreach programme 2016-2017

How to book

Invitations to events are sent out to schools on our contacts list a few months in advance and booking starts then. If you would like to be put on our contacts list, please get in touch using the contact details at the bottom of the page.

Bespoke visit or talks for any subject

We are always happy to arrange campus visits for school groups, or send out student ambassadors to deliver talks in schools or colleges. Please contact us to discuss possibilities.

Subject-specific events

Most of our events are free to attend, unless otherwise stated.

Archaeology events

Upcoming Archaeology events

Academic Guest Lecture Series

Invite a member of staff from our Archaeology Department to your school or college via the Academic Guest Lecture Series.

 

Past Archaeology events

Whitworth Park Community Archaeology & History Project

Summer 2011 - 2014

Whitworth Park located on the edge of the University Campus is much loved by staff and students. This exciting project has investigated the long-­-term social, material and natural histories of the Park. At the same time the project has also used archaeology as a way of engaging contemporary residents and local schools with their urban heritage.

Art History events

Upcoming Art History events

Insight into Art History and Visual Studies

Held at the University and at our art gallery, The Whitworth.

Sixth Form Students - 9 November 2016

This day is aimed at aspiring undergraduate students who are interested in the subject area, but who may not yet know exactly which course to choose. The event is specifically pitched at Year 12 students or students in Year 13 who have yet to make their UCAS application.

Are you interested in art? Would you like to know more about how to study visual culture and how artworks are exhibited and cared for in galleries? Our Insight Day will introduce you to the study of Art History at university and give you a chance to cast a behind-the-scenes look at the award-winning art gallery, The Whitworth. The day includes a taster lecture which will show you techniques on how to 'read' a work of art, a chance to meet Art History undergraduate students and a tour and activity at the art gallery.

How to book:

Please use the links below. Teachers can book for a group, but Sixth Form students may also attend unaccompanied by booking via the form for individuals.

Booking deadline: 1 November 2016

Art History Careers Day

Sixth Formers – 29 October 2016

Arranged by the Association of Art Historians and held at the University of Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery, the careers day is aimed at recent graduates, undergraduates, sixth-form students and all those who are interested in pursuing a career in the increasingly competitive arts and heritage sector.

The Careers Day will bring together a wide range of speakers from different fields within the arts and heritage sector, who will share professional expertise and experience in areas such as curatorship, conservation, arts journalism, gallery marketing and education, and research.

Sponsored ticket offer: This event is chargeable. We have a contingent of free tickets to give away to Sixth Form students on a first-come, first-served basis. We can offer up to five tickets per school. To obtain free tickets, teachers should email sonja.bernhard@manchester.ac.uk, stating the school/college, the student’s/students’ full name(s) and year group (Y12 or Y13).

Please note: If you reserve free tickets, we expect you to use them. To avoid block booking, we reserve the right to charge your school the full ticket price (£12) for every reserved, unused ticket.

Art History subject talks

Most suitable for sixth form students - available from autumn 2016

Art History is an exciting and flexible programme, designed to cater for pupils studying English, History, Art, Art History, Classics, Religious Studies and other cognate subjects in the Humanities and the Sciences. Dr Colin Trodd, Undergraduate Admissions Tutor for Art History and Visual Studies, will be pleased to visit your school and talk to your students about what the subject entails at degree level. To arrange a talk, please contact Dr Trodd directly.

Past Events

ARTiculation Workshop

KS4 and 5  27 September 2016

The ARTiculation Discovery Day is run by the Roche Court Educational Trust and hosted at the Whitworth Art Gallery. The workshop is designed to develop and support students’ understanding and engagement with art. For further information and booking details, please visit the Roche Court Educational Trust website.

Classics and Ancient History events

Upcoming Classics and Ancient History events

Ancient History insight day

Date: 21 March 2017

Age group: KS3

Venue: The University of Manchester and the Manchester Museum, Oxford Rd M13 9PL

This free of charge event will give pupils the opportunity to explore Roman Manchester and the ancient world at the Manchester Museum and find out about studying Ancient History and Classics at university. The day includes talks by academic staff and undergraduate students and a Latin taster so pupils can get a flavour of university life. Pupils then move to the Manchester Museum where they use the ancient worlds gallery to explore life in Roman Manchester and ancient trade.

Download the programme (pdf)

How to book:

Due to limited capacity in the museum workshops, each school can book for a maximum of 10 pupils in the first instance. Please email sonja.bernhard@manchester.ac.uk, stating the number of pupils and the year group (Y7/Y8/Y9) they are in.

Outreach Lectures, Classics for All and other activities

Staff in the Department of Classics and Ancient History offer talks in schools and a series of outreach projects, including the Classics for All initiative which facilitates Latin/Greek/Classics clubs in local schools. For more details on these activities, please see the Classics and Ancient History schools outreach pages.

Drama events

Upcoming Drama events

Martin Harris Centre programme

The Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama is our venue for a host of inspirational Music and Drama performances. (Charges apply to some events)

English Language and Linguistics events

Insight into Linguistics and English Language at University

Y12- 28 June 2017 

This event gives Y12 pupils an opportunity to sample life as an English language/ linguistics student at the University of Manchester. Pupils will undertake subject taster sessions, will receive information on careers for English language/linguistics graduates and will meet current undergraduate language students. The event is open to students of any subject combination and is free of charge.

Download the programme

How to book: 

Please use the links below. Teachers can book for a group, but Sixth Form students may also attend unaccompanied by booking via the form for individuals.
Booking deadline: 12 June 2017

Linguistics and English Language workshops at your school or on campus

KS4 and KS 5 - by arranagement  

Invite our  academics or our students to your school, or arrange to come onto campus for workshops on a variety of topics. The workshops are free of charge.

Available Topics:

Workshop 1: Variation in English

Suitable for KS4 or 5 and available from 3 April 2017 

Sociolinguistics -- the scientific study of how language varies across social groups and changes over time -- is dedicated to documenting and explaining variation in language. To bring this subject alive for your English Language pupils, students of sociolinguistics at the University of Manchester are offering 1 to 2 hour interactive classroom sessions on dialects and accents of English.

For more information, download the flyer

How to arrange:

Workshop 2: A CRASH course in Linguistics - What onomatopoeia can tell us about how language works

Suitable for KS5, available spring/summer 2017

Onomatopoeia (Greek ὄνομα ‘name’ + ποιέω ‘I make’) are words that imitate the sound they describe, such as WOOF-WOOF and PITTER-PATTER. They are a common phenomenon in many languages and may even constitute a separate word class with unique grammatical characteristics, which can tell us a lot about how a certain language works. In this workshop, we are going to explore the grammar of onomatopoeia in various languages and introduce basic concepts in linguistics, from the study of phonetics & phonology, morphology and syntax.

For more information, download the flyer

How to arrange:

Workshop 3: How to study language change? - A corpus-based workshop for A-level English language students

Suitable for KS5, available spring/summer 2017

We all know that the English language changes all the time: new words are being coined, words start meaning new things, grammatical constructions that were not possible or allowed become normal usage. On the flipside of the coin, words and grammatical constructions also fall out of use, and some words don’t mean the same as they did x number of years ago. This workshop introduces A-level English language students to one tool that linguists heavily depend to study questions about language change: diachronic corpora.

For more information, download the flyer

How to arrange:

English Literature events

Upcoming events

Centre for New Writing events

Events organized by our Centre for New Writing include "Literature Live" and "In Conversation with Jeanette Winterson". The website also has podcasts of past events. Check the CNW website for details. (Charges apply)

  • Visit the Centre for New Writing website

History events

Upcoming events

 

The Russian Revolution - a study day for sixth form students

Date: 10 February 2017

Age group: KS5

Venue: The University of Manchester, Oxford Road M13 9PL 

Marking the centenary of Russia’s 1917 February Revolution, this study day for Sixth Formers combines taster lectures and workshops which will further your students' understanding of the key events of the February Revolution.

The event is free of charge. 

 Download the programme

How to book:

We welcome bookings from individual students, as well as group bookings by teachers.

Teachers:

Each school can book for up to 15 pupils in the first instance. Please email sonja.bernhard@manchester.ac.uk to request places, stating how many pupils you would like to bring and whether they are Year 12 or 13. 

Individual pupils: 

Please fill in the online booking form.  

Star lecture: The excitement of History - Professor Michael Wood

Date: 8 February  2017

Age group: KS4

Venue: The University of Manchester, Oxford Road M13 9PL

Professor Michael Wood will be lecturing on the joys and wonders of historical study and research using examples of his work and experiences in his long and distinguished career as a scholar and documentary film maker. Pupils will also have chance to ask Professor Wood their own questions in a post-lecture Q&A.

Illustrated with clips from over thirty years of making history documentaries, Michael Wood  talks about some of the different ways of looking at history, from world events  to local history, and from the British in India  to the Industrial Revolution in Manchester. 

With fascinating stories and exciting pictures, Michael makes a passionate defence of  the study  of history  at school and beyond. 
“As well as being an enormous pleasure in itself," he says, "History quite simply gives meaning and value to the present- without it how can we understand the increasingly complicated world  around us?”

Please go to the Star Lecture page to find booking links and further details

Ancient History insight day

Offered by the Department of Classics & Ancient History and the Manchester Museum

Date: 21 March 2017

Age group: KS3

Venue:  The University of Manchester and Manchester Museum, Oxford Road M13 9PL

This free of charge event will give pupils the opportunity to explore Roman Manchester and the ancient world at the Manchester Museum and find out about studying Ancient History and Classics at university. The day includes talks by academic staff and undergraduate students and a Latin taster so pupils can get a flavour of university life. Pupils then move to the Manchester Museum where they use the ancient worlds gallery to explore life in Roman Manchester and ancient trade.

Download the programme (pdf)

How to book:

Due to limited capacity in the museum workshops, each school can book for a maximum of 10 pupils in the first instance. Please email sonja.bernhard@manchester.ac.uk, stating the number of pupils and the year group (Y7/Y8/Y9) they are in.     

Past events

The Cold War and Jodrell Bank: A study day for sixth form students

Date: 27 January 2017

Age group: KS5

Venue: Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9DL 

The Cold War played out right here in the North West of England – Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire was deeply involved in monitoring the early space race between the USA and the Soviet Union. This study day for Sixth Form students combines taster lectures outlining the US and Soviet perspective on the Cold War with an active workshop which will see your students delve into source materials to explore the observatory’s role against that backdrop. 
The day will be held at the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre in Cheshire and will be co-delivered by Jodrell Bank and the Department of History at the University of Manchester.

This heritage event is part of the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre 'First Light' Project which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

WW1 centenary

The University and the War.

You can explore the impact of WW1 on the University on the WW1 Centenary website. Our Department of History produced the film Dear Professor Tout which gives a moving account of the correspondence between some of the Manchester History students who went to the front and their favourite Professor.

Humanitarian Conflict and Response Institute (HCRI) events

The HCRI, which offers a new BSc in International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response, offers a range of activities for schools. These range from distinguished lectures at the university to lectures at your school/college and informal interviews for interested students.

For details of the institute's full range of activities, please see their website.

  • Visit the HCRI website

International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response Insight Day

KS5 - 29 June 2017

Venue: University of Manchester, Oxford Rd Campus

This free event will give Year 12 pupils the opportunity to explore the exciting topic of International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response. At the start of the day you will be given an insight of what to expect from the BSc International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response from the Programme Director. You’ll then attend three different workshops led by postgraduate students on the themes of; Key Concepts in Humanitarianism,Disaster Management and Global Health. You will have the opportunity to meet with students studying the BSc course and take an optional tour of the University of Manchester campus.

How to book:

Teachers can eiter book for a group of pupils, or pupils may book on as individuals. Please use the booking links on the events page.   

Lectures for Schools and Colleges

Our lecturers will be happy to visit your school/college to give lectures to your students. Dr Lisa Ficklin and Dr Gemma Sou are available to give talks or carry out workshops with your students around the themes of disaster management and humanitarian response. They would present case studies of how humanitarian aid has been deployed in recent disasters e.g. the Ebola outbreak and UK response, and the Typhoon Haiyan in Haiti.

To arrange a lecture/workshop, please email or call.

Modern Foreign Language events

Upcoming MFL events

Sixth Form and GCSE Japan Day: a global perspective, a door to new opportunities

KS4 and 5 - NEW DATE: 31 March 2017 at the University of Manchester's Oxford Road campus

The Japan Society, in association with The University of Manchester, is pleased to invite KS 4 and sixth form students to attend its popular FREE one-day course about Japan, its culture and its role in the global community.

The day is designed to give students an insight into aspects of Japan, traditional and modern, through lectures and practical workshops. It is aimed at students who are studying Japanese, but will also be of interest to those who have not had the opportunity to do so formally at school, but who are considering Japanese studies at university in the UK or applying to do other subjects at university in Japan.

How to book: 

Students may attend on their own or accompanied by a member of staff. Further information and booking instructions can be found on the Japan Society website 

University of Manchester Insight into Languages Programme (UMILAP)

Year 10/11 - Dates: 18, 19, 20 and 21 April 2017

Structured campus visits for KS4 pupils. The aim is to raise aspirations and awareness of studying languages at post-16 and university level. Pupils will use their language creatively in a subtitling activity, will try a new language and will meet current students. They will also be introduced to the university environment, learn more about course provision and future employment possibilities.

How to book: 

Schools can book for up to 20  pupils by filling in the online booking form below. We will ask you to pick a selection of date preferences and will be in touch with your confirmed date soon. 

Booking form (Deadline for booking: 6 March 2017)  

LEAF - Language Education: A level and Further

Year 12 - 26 June 2017

This event gives Y12 pupils an opportunity to sample life as a language student at the University of Manchester. Students will undertake sessions in language and cultural topics of the subject they are studying at AS level (or equivalent) as well as tasters in 'new' languages. They will also receive information on careers with languages and will meet current undergraduate language students. The event is also accessible to students who are not currently studying languages, but are considering starting a language from scratch at degree level.

How to book:

To ease the organisational load for teachers, we operate an online booking system for students. This enables us to liaise with students directly over the sessions they would like to do on the day. Please encourage your students to book via the link below by the deadline of 1 June 2017. We will be in touch with you to confirm the list of students who have booked onto the event.

N.B: Students are welcome to attend this event without their teacher (provided that they ask for permission from their college to be absent for a day).

Teachers who wish to accompany their students can email sonja.bernhard@manchester.ac.uk to book a teacher's place for themselves.

Booking form for students - booking deadline: 1 June

Motivational talks to schools

Any year group, all year

Presentations on the theme of "Why study Languages" and "Careers in Languages", delivered by students and staff to schools and colleges across the region. Please email Sonja Bernhard to arrange.

Routes into Languages

Year 8

We are part of the Routes NW consortium and host regular events for Y8 pupils, which are announced and booked via the Routes into Languages website (Costs apply for some events)

Chinese language and culture tasters

Any year group, all year

The Confucius Institute at The University of Manchester has a resource centre in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, and offers taster sessions in Chinese language or culture to schools. (Costs apply for some events).

  • Visit the Confucius Institute website

Languages XP

Year 8 and 10 - Date: March 2017

This is a widening participation project aimed at WP priority schools.

Final Year languages students will come to your school to deliver four fun language taster sessions at beginners' level in March 2017. Languages available in 2015-16 were Arabic, Russian, Portuguese and Latin - we will confirm the range of languages for 2017 soon. Languages XP will enable your pupils to meet university students, to find out about HE study and to gain an insight into a new language and culture. (N.B. Due to the nature of the project, we will only be able to work with schools that are no more than 45 mins distance from the university by public transport.)

Sharing Words

Year 10/11 and 12/13 - Date: November 2016 - March 2017

This is a volunteering project for incoming Erasmus students, who are native speakers. The volunteer assistants come into Manchester colleges/schools once a week to support conversation classes at Sixth Form and GCSE level. (N.B. Due to the nature of the project, we will only be able to work with schools that are within a reasonable distance from the university by public transport - 45 mins distance at the most).

Music events

Star Lecture: "Ghosts in the Machine: 9/11 and Music Technology" Dr Kevin Malone, Reader in Composition  

KS5

Date: 23 November 2016, 6pm to 7.15pm

Venue: The University of Manchester, Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama

Kevin Malone’s compositions about 9/11 are based on oral histories of witnesses recalling the events. Using a variety of sources from broadcast news bulletins to recording his own interviews with witnesses, Kevin has listened carefully to how people related their experiences – their exclamations, hesitant recollections, pensive asides – and then notated the music within their voices. He captured their pitches, rhythms and phrases to make instrumental melodies.
“Eighteen Minutes”, the core work of this cycle, was listed last month as one of the top 20 recommended tracks for September 2016 by Naxos, the world's largest classical music label. Naxos chose Eighteen Minutes from 1.9 million tracks.
The lecture includes historical background of the events, video and audio examples of the music, explanation of the technique, ethical issues, and a live demonstration with audience interaction on how this works.

Booking:

The event is free, but booking is essential. We welcome bookings from individual students, as well as group bookings by teachers.

For full details and links to the booking forms, please see the Star Lecture website.

Society for Music Analysis - Educational Video Podcasts

Our Music Department has contributed to the SMA Video Podcasts. These films provide an accessible route into analysis for anyone from teachers looking for engaging resources to students, academics or musicians seeking tools to gain a deeper appreciation of musical texts. Each episode provides an introduction to a different application of, or approach to analysis. This could range from covering the basics of a particular theory or analytical method to demonstrating how close analysis can inform broader historical, ideological or socio-cultural arguments.

Manchester Opera Project (MOP): “Mysterious 44” workshops

KS3,4, and 5

MOP are offering 5-day workshop projects around Kevin Malone’s innovative new opera “Mysterious 44”. Dr Malone is an international composer and Senior Lecturer in Composition at the University of Manchester. (Please note that the workshops are not free of charge.). For further details, contact Jenna Ashton.

Martin Harris Centre programme

Our Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama is the venue for a host of inspirational Music and Drama performances. (Charges apply to some events).

Religions and Theology events

Academic workshops at your school

GCSE and A-level groups

Invite Dr Scott Midson, a member of staff in our Religions and Theology department,   to deliver a workshop tailored to A level or to GCSE groups. The focus of the workshop is on curriculum enrichment and to give your pupils an insight into new aspects of the subject.

Scott's research looks at religion, technology, and theology. He has developed the following interactive workshops:

  • Introduction to 'Hubris' - or, what does religion say about big-headedness? In this workshop, we will look at one of the most controversial questions in theology, relating to the idea of 'playing God'. We will touch on why this is such an important question, with an emphasis on the significance of this topic for philosophy (and ethics) more generally.
  • Who am I (talking to)? Conversations are a mundane but fundamental part of everyday life: we talk to each other about everything from the weather to politics; from soaps and TV shows to academic topics. Conversations become perhaps more significant or interesting when we reflect on the human nature of them: are they something that only humans do? What would happen if we could talk to animals, or machines…? What might we learn, or question, about ourselves from these conversations?

To book a workshop for your school, please contact Sonja Bernhard or Cathryn Owen.

Insight into Religions and Theology

Y12 – 27 June 2017

This event gives students interested in Religions and Theology an opportunity to sample life as an undergraduate of this discipline at the University of Manchester. Pupils will undertake subject taster sessions, will receive information on subsequent career opportunities and will meet current undergraduate Religions & Theology students. The event is open to students of any subject combination.

How to book: 

Please use the links below. Teachers can book for a group, but Sixth Form students may also attend unaccompanied by booking via the form for individuals.
Booking deadline: 12 June 2017

Contacts

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

Cathryn Owen
Schools Outreach Assistant, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Room A19, Samuel Alexander Building
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
Manchester
M13 9PL