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Subject-specific outreach programme 2017-2018

How to book

Click on the subject you are interested in to see the planned events for this academic year. Once booking opens - usually 3-4 months before the event - links to registration forms will be made available under each listing.

We also send out email notifications to schools on our contacts list to alert them when booking for an event goes live. 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

Discover History (and related disciplines) Day

Y12 - late June/ early July 2018 (date tbc)

This day will give you the chance to explore the variety of degrees and course options available within the study of History at Manchester, as well as gain information on the diverse range of potential career opportunities open to History graduates.

The day includes the following disciplines: American Studies, Archaeology, Art History, Classics, History, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, Religion and Theology.

To find out more and to book, please go to the Discover Days website

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

ARTiculation Workshop

KS4 and 5 - 26 September 2017

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 of and engagement with art. For further information and booking details, please visit the Roche Court Educational Trust website.

Insight into Art History and Visual Studies 

Held at the University and at the Whitworth Art Gallery

Sixth form Students – 18 October 2017 

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 Whitworth Art Gallery. 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.

Download the programme (pdf)

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: 13 October 2017

 

Art History subject talks

Most suitable for sixth form students 

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 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.

Classics and Ancient History events

Upcoming Classics and Ancient History events

Graeco-Roman Egypt Study Day

Year 12 - 15 Nov 2017 (10am - 3pm)

Venue: The Manchester Museum

Give your students an understanding of daily life in the Graeco-Roman period of ancient Egypt. Using archaeological and textual evidence, students will create a film 'autobiography' for individuals in our painted portraits gallery and handle museum artefacts to inspire them. As well as handling real Museum objects during the day, your students will get the chance to work with University students from the Department who will support activities and talk about their direct experience of studying Classics and Ancient History at degree level.

For further details, please see an entry on the Museum learning blog  

How to book: Please email catherine.lumb@manchester.ac.uk to book places at this free event. 

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.

Discover History (and related disciplines) Day

Y12 - late June/ early July 2018

This day will give you the chance to explore the variety of degrees and course options available within the study of History at Manchester, as well as gain information on the diverse range of potential career opportunities open to History graduates.

The day includes the following disciplines: American Studies, Archaeology, Art History, Classics, History, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, Religion and Theology.

To find out more and to book, please go to the Discover Days website (n.b. booking will open in spring 2018)

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

The World of Language, Languages of the World

Any age group - 10 November 2017 (2pm - 6pm and evening session for teachers from 7.30)

Venue: Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann's Square, Manchester, M2 7DH

This celebration of languages & linguistics  features two events:

  • 2.00-6.00pm: An interactive exhibition showcasing linguistics research on languages, and language taster sessions. There will be contributions from lecturers, PhD and undergraduate students from The University of Manchester.
  • 7.30 - 9.00pm: An evening workshop/panel discussion for teachers of Modern Foreign Languages on “Bridging the gap between linguistics research and the language classroom”.

For further details and booking information, please see the ESRC Festival of Social Science website.

Linguistics and English Language workshops at your school or on campus

KS4 and KS 5 - by arrangement

Invite our academics or our students to your school, or arrange to come to 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 spring 2018)

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 one to two hour interactive classroom sessions on dialects and accents of English.

For more information, download the flyer

How to arrange: Contact Dr Marije van Hattum marije.vanhattum@manchester.ac.uk

Workshop 2: English through time

(Suitable for KS5)

This workshop introduces students to older forms of English by comparing Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English and contemporary versions of the same text; an excerpt from the nativity story in the New Testament. Students are challenged to discover which features of English changed in the course of time by working with the material in groups. At the end of the session, students will have been introduced to the main orthographic, syntactic and morphological features that characterise Old, Middle and Early Modern English.

How to arrange: Contact Dr Tine Breban tine.breban@manchester.ac.uk

Workshop 3: Using corpora to study language change

(Suitable for KS5)

This practical workshop teaches students how to use a corpus to study language change. The specific topic explored is the entrance and development of new words into the English language. More general information is provided on what kind of other topics can be studied using corpora. This workshop requires computer facilities.

How to arrange: Contact Dr Tine Breban: tine.breban@manchester.ac.uk

John Rylands Library Workshops

Our beautiful John Rylands Library on Deansgate houses one of the world's finest collections of rare books and manuscripts in a neo-Gothic building. Their education team runs a range of workshops for schools which are particularly suited to students of English, for example:

Insight into Linguistics and English Language at University

Y12- June 2018, date tbc 

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.

How to book: 

  • Booking will open in spring 2018 via links published on this site. If you would like to be put on our mailing list to be made aware of bokking opening, please email sonja.bernhard@manchester.ac.uk 

Discover English Day 

Y12 - June 2018

The Discover English Day will give you a taste of the variety of opportunities available within the study of English as well as the diverse range of potential career opportunities that this degree will open up to you. It will cover the disciplines of English Literature and Creative Writing, American Studies, and English Language and Linguistics.

For more details and how to book, go to the Discover Days website. (Booking will open later in the academic year, in spring 2018)

 

English Literature and American Studies events

Upcoming events

Star Lecture: Doing Shakespeare

Y12/13 - 29 November 2017, 12:00-3:00pm

Delivered by Dr Jerome De Groot, Senior Lecturer, Department of English Literature, American Studies and Creative Writing.
This lecture will look at how we approach the study of Shakespeare and, in particular, the different ways of thinking about his work. We will at a scene from Hamlet and discuss the various ways it might be interpreted. We’ll also discuss why we read Shakespeare at all, and how students might approach their own reading of his work.
Booking for this event is essential, and we welcome bookings from individual students, as well as group bookings by teachers.

For booking details, please go to the Star Lecture website

Discover English (and related disciplines) Day

Y12 - June 2018 (date tbc)

The Discover English Day will give you a taste of the variety of opportunities available within the study of English as well as the diverse range of potential career opportunities that this degree will open up to you. It will cover the disciplines of English Literature and Creative Writing, American Studies and English Language & Linguistics.

For more details and how to book, go to the Discover Days website. (booking will open later in the academic year, in spring 2018)

Discover History (and related disciplines) Day

Y12 - June 2018 (date tbc)

This day will give you the chance to explore the variety of degrees and course options available within the study of History at Manchester, as well as gain information on the diverse range of potential career opportunities open to History graduates.

The day includes the following disciplines: American Studies, Archaeology, Art History, Classics, History, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, Religion and Theology.

To find out more and to book, please go to the Discover Days website  (booking will open later in the academic year, in spring 2018)

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).

John Rylands Library Workshops

Our beautiful John Rylands Library on Deansgate houses one of the world's finest collections of rare books and manuscripts in a neo-Gothic building. They run a range of workshops for schools which are particularly suited to students of English. Explore their offer and get in touch with their education team via the John Rylands Library website. (Charges may apply)    

History events

Upcoming events

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

KS5 - 26 January 2018 

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

Did you know that 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. The event is free of charge. 

How to book

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

John Rylands Library Workshops

KS5

Our beautiful John Rylands Library on Deansgate houses one of the world's finest collections of rare books and manuscripts in a neo-Gothic building. They run a range of workshops for schools which introduce students to working with archives, primary sources and special collections.

Explore details on the John Rylands' Post -16 website

Discover History (and related disciplines) Day

Y12 - June 2018

This day will give you the chance to explore the variety of degrees and course options available within the study of History at Manchester, as well as gain information on the diverse range of potential career opportunities open to History graduates.

The day includes the following disciplines: American Studies, Archaeology, Art History, Classics, History, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, Religion and Theology.

To find out more and to book, please go to the Discover Days website  (booking will open later in the academic year, in spring 2018)

Past events

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 the unique BSc International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response, offers a range of activities for schools. Most of these run in late June 2018 - if you would like to be added to our emailing list to receive alerts when booking opens, please email sonja.bernhard@manchester.ac.uk 

International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response Insight Day

KS5 - June 2018 (date tbc)

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 and you will have the opportunity to meet with students studying the BSc course and take an optional tour of The University of Manchester campus.

Click to download the 2017 programme (pdf) - the 2018 programme will take a similar format

 Booking will open in spring 2018 via online forms here.

Young People in Humanitarianism 

KS3/4 - June 2018 (date tbc)

As part of the Humanitarian Case Studies module, Humanitarianism and Conflict Response MA students organise an annual Young People in Humanitarianism Conference.

Booking will open in spring 2018 - check here for details

Discover History (and related disciplines) Day

Y12 - June 2018 (date tba)

This day will give you the chance to explore the variety of degrees and course options available within the study of history at Manchester, as well as gain information on the diverse range of potential career opportunities open to History graduates.

The day includes the following disciplines: American Studies, Archaeology, Art History, Classics, History, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, Religion and Theology.

You can find out more and book on the Discover Days website

Lectures for Schools and Colleges

Our lecturers will be happy to visit your school/college to give lectures to your students. 

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

Modern Foreign Language events

Upcoming MFL events

The World of Language, Languages of the World

Any age group - 10 November 2017 (2pm - 6pm and evening session for teachers from 7:30) 

Venue: Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann's Square, Manchester, M2 7DH

This celebration of languages features two events:   

  • 2.00-6.00pm: An interactive exhibition showcasing linguistics research on languages, and language taster sessions. There will be contributions from lecturers,  PhD  and undergraduate students from The University of Manchester. 
  • 7.30 - 9.00pm: An evening workshop/panel discussion for teachers of modern foreign languages on “Bridging the gap between linguistics research and the language classroom”.

 For further details and booking information, please see the ESRC Festival of Social Science website.   

¡Viva Languages! ***fully booked***

Year 8/9 – Dates: 8, 9, 10 and 11 January 2018

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

¡Viva languages! is a fun, motivational event to raise awareness of the value of languages. It is therefore specifically aimed at students who are about to choose their GCSE options. Activities will consist of a "Why Study Languages/Careers" talk, a taster session in a new language and the production of a filmed role play with a student ambassador in a language your students currently study (we can support French, German, Spanish and also Russian, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Arabic and Japanese). The role plays will be filmed and watched at the end of the day.

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. (Priority will be given to widening participation high-priority schools).

  • Booking form (for waiting list) This event is now fully booked. If you would like to be put on the waiting list, please fill in the booking form and we will alert you should any more places become available)     

 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.

Read a blog post by a student from St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School, Wigan, who invited us in to talk to their Year 8s.

Email: sonja.bernhard@manchester.ac.uk

Sharing Words

Year 10/11 and 12/13 - Date: November 2017 - March 2018

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).

Email: sonja.bernhard@manchester.ac.uk

Languages XP

KS3-5 - Date: March 2018

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 2018. Languages available in 2016-17 were Arabic, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Italian and Ancient Greek - we will confirm the range of languages for 2018 soon, but they are likely to include German and Latin as well as the above. 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.)

 University of Manchester Insight into Languages Programme (UMILAP)

Year 10 - Dates: 8, 11, 12 and 13 June 2018 (TBC)

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.

Download the programme (pdf)

How to book:
Booking will open later in the year. Schools can book for up to 20 pupils by filling in the online booking form, which will be made available here as soon as booking is open.

LEAF - Language Education: A level and Further

Year 12 - 25 June 2018

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.

Download the 2017 programme (pdf) - the 2018 one will be very similar and will be published closer to the event 

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)

Visit the Routes into Languages website


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

Spanish Embassy Education Office @ Instituto Cervantes

External to the University  

Are you aware that the Spanish Consejería de Educación has an Education Advisor here in Manchester? Carmen Santos Maldonado is able to provide support for schools (primary, secondary and post-16) in terms of Spanish language teaching. She can offer advice for teachers and workshops at your school.   

Carmen Santos Maldonado
Asesora Técnica de Educación en Manchester/ Education Advisor
Consejería de Educación en el Reino Unido/ Spanish Embassy Education Office
Instituto Cervantes
326-330 Deansgate
Manchester M3 4FN
Tel: 0161 6614211
email: carmen.santos@mecd.es

You can find out more about this on the Spanish Consejerjería de Educación website  - especially the teaching materials they make available online.      

Music events

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

KS5

Date: 5 December 2017, 6:00 – 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 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.

 

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

Student talks at your school or college (from autumn 2017)

A-level groups

Would you like to give your Alevel students a chance to find out more about what a degree in Religions and Theology entails? Invite one of our students to talk to your class about the experience of studying Religions and Theology at (Manchester) University. The talk will also include a short taster session on a topic that our students have studied as part of their degree course and which relates to interests appropriate to the school. Manchester students will have worked on a range of topics from among Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Biblical Studies, Philosophy and Ethics.

N.B: Our students are usually able to visit your school between October - December and February - June. 

To book a talk, please get in touch with sonja.bernhard@manchester.ac.uk 

Staff talks at your school or college

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 – June 2018 (date tbc)

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:

Booking will open in spring 2018 via online booking forms made available here. If you would like to be added to our contact list to receive an email invitation, please contact us. Teachers will be able to book for a group, or Sixth Form students may also attend unaccompanied.

 

Discover History (and related disciplines) Day

Y12 - June 2018 (date tbc)

This day will give you the chance to explore the variety of degrees and course options available within the study of History at Manchester, as well as gain information on the diverse range of potential career opportunities open to History graduates.

The day includes the following disciplines: American Studies, Archaeology, Art History, Classics, History, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, Religion and Theology.

To find out more and to book, please go to the Discover Days website (booking will open in spring 2018)

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