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School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Subject-specific outreach programme 2018-2019

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 visits 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

Insight into Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology

Y12 - 26 June 2019

Come and explore what being a student in our Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology Department is like. You will gain an insight into degree content and student life by spending a day with our staff and students and choosing from a programme of different taster sessions that include sessions on classical culture, history, archaeology, artefact handling and Latin (for beginners or advanced).

The day is equally suitable for students who are currently studying these disciplines at A level and those that have no prior experience.

How to book:

The event is free of charge.

Participants should register for the day themselves. Teachers are welcome to attend the event with their group - but we are equally happy for students to come without a teacher, provided they have sought permission for the trip from their school/college.

  • Students: Book online here
  • Teachers: We will confirm the list of students booked onto the event with you. To accompany your group and to book a place for yourself (or colleagues), please contact Paul Murdoch on cahaewp@manchester.ac.uk or Tel 0161 275 3187

Academic Guest Lecture Series

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

Discover History (and related disciplines) Day

Y12 - 28 June 2019

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.

Booking will open in spring 2019 on the Discover Days website

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

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. Staff from our Department of 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 sonja.bernhard@manchester.ac.uk

John Rylands Library Workshops

KS3-5

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. The Learning Team runs a range of workshops for schools and offers tours of the building as well. Of particular interest to Art History/ Art and Design students could be their Bookmaking workshops (open to KS3-5) and their Introducing Special Collections workshop (KS5). For more information on the workshops and how to access them, please see the John Rylands Learning Website

The Whitworth Learning Programme

KS 3-5 (Costs apply)

The Whitworth, our on-campus art gallery, offers a learning programme which includes workshops and masterclasses for students and CPD for teachers. 

For details, please see the Whitworth website    

Discover History (and related disciplines) Day

Y12 - 28 June 2019 

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, Religion and Theology.

The day is free to attend. Booking will open in spring 2019 via the Discover Days website.

Classics and Ancient History events

Upcoming Classics and Ancient History events

Insight into Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology

Y12 - 26 June 2019

Come and explore what being a student in our Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology Department is like. You will gain an insight into degree content and student life by spending a day with our staff and students and choosing from a programme of taster sessions that include workshops on classical culture, history, archaeology, artefact handling and Latin (for beginners or advanced).

The day is equally suitable for students who are currently studying these disciplines at Alevel and those that have no prior experience.

How to book:

The event is free of charge.

Participants should register for the day themselves. Teachers are welcome to attend the event with their group - but we are equally happy for students to come without a teacher, provided they have sought permission for the trip from their school/college.

  • Students: Book online here
  • Teachers: We will confirm the list of students booked onto the event with you. To accompany your group and to book a place for yourself (or colleagues), please contact Paul Murdoch on cahaewp@manchester.ac.uk or tel 0161 275 3187

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 - 28 June 2019

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, Religion and Theology.

The day is free to attend. Booking for this event will open in spring 2019. To find out more, please go to the Discover Days website

Drama events

Upcoming Drama events

Discover English, Drama and American Studies

Y12 - 2 July 2019

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.

The day is free to attend and booking will open in spring 2019, via the Discover Days website.

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

Upcoming Linguistics and English Language events 

Insight into Linguistics and English Language at university

 Y12 - 27 June 2019 

Venue: The University of Manchester, Oxford Road (Samuel Alexander Building)

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, receive information on careers for English language/linguistics graduates and meet current undergraduate language students. The event is open to students of any subject combination and is free of charge.

How to book

The event is free of charge.

Teachers can book for a group, or Sixth Form students may attend unaccompanied by booking via the form for individuals.

Workshop on Language Variation 

KS4 and KS5 

At your school or on campus

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. The sessions can be arranged at your school or on campus. 

For more information, download the flyer.

How to arrange

Contact both Hannah Stanton hannah.stanton@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk and Dr Marije van Hattum marije.vanhattum@manchester.ac.uk.

John Rylands Library Workshops

At the John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH

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. Its education team runs a range of workshops for schools which are particularly suited to students of English, for example:

Discover English, Drama and American Studies

Y12 - 2 July 2019

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.

The day is free to attend. More details will be published here and on the Discover Days page when they are available.

English Literature and American Studies events

Upcoming events

Discover English, Drama and American Studies 

Y12 - 2 July 2019 

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.

The day is free to attend. More details will be published here and on the Discover Days page when they are available.

Discover History (and related disciplines) Day

Y12 - 28 June 2019 

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, Religion and Theology.

The day is free to attend. More details will be published here and on the Discover Days page when they are available.

Centre for New Writing events

Events organised 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. It runs 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

Discover History (and related disciplines) Day

Y12 - Summer 2019

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, Religion and Theology.

The day is free to attend. More details will be published here and on the Discover Days page when they are available.

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. It runs 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

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

International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response Insight Day

KS5 - changed plans 

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Insight event on 26 June 2019 will not be able to go ahead as announced.

There will be an alternative event for schools and pupils, Careers in Humanitarianism, which is due to be held on 10 May and which will take its place. The day will be similar in nature to the Insight Day and teachers will be able to book for a group, or pupils can book individually - and it is also a free event.

Details about the May event and how to book will be shared here as soon as available. In the meantime, please email sonja.bernhard@manchester.ac.uk to register your interest, and you will receive updated information as soon as possible.

Lectures for schools and colleges

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

The academic guest presentation offers your pupils the opportunity to discover more about our unique BSc course in International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response through a presentation from our staff and/or students. This multi-disciplinary course covers topics such as global health, climate change, disaster risk management and sustainable development and humanitarian action. The presentation is designed for pupils from any discipline, however, we have found this year that it has appealed to students who have chosen to study Modern Foreign Languages, Anthropology, Geography, Sociology, History, Politics, Biology and other health-related subjects.

We are more than happy to schedule a date and time at your convenience.

To arrange a presentation, please email or call.

Modern Foreign Language events

Upcoming MFL events

The University of Manchester Insight into Languages Programme (UMILAP)

Year 10/11 - Dates: 10, 11, 12 and 13 June 2019

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:

The event is free of charge. Schools can book for up to 20 pupils by filling in the booking form below.

Booking deadline: 29 March 2019

We will be in touch after the deadline to confirm if we have been able to allocate your school a place. If demand for places is very high, priority will be given to schools who have unsuccessful at securing a place at a previous events and/or who are high priority widening participation schools.      

LEAF - Language Education: A level and Further

Year 12 - Tuesday, 25 June 2019

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 language they are currently studying, 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:

The event is free of charge.

To ease the organisational load for teachers, we ask students to book their own place using the link below. This enables us to liaise with them directly over the sessions they would like to attend on the day.

 

Booking deadline: 3 June 2019

We will keep teachers updated about students from their school/college who have booked onto the event.
Students are welcome to attend the event without being accompanied by their teachers, but we extend a warm invitation to teachers as well. Teacher places can be booked by emailing sonja.bernhard@manchester.ac.uk

 

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.

Email: sonja.bernhard@manchester.ac.uk

Sharing Words

Year 10/11 and 12/13 - Date: November 2018 - March 2019

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 2019

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 2019. Languages available in 2017-18 were Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish and Ancient Greek. We will confirm the range of languages for 2019 soon, but they are likely to include Latin and Portuguese 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.)

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).

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

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

Discover History (and related disciplines) Day

Y12 - Thursday, 28 June 2019

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

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

To find out more and to book places form spring 2019, please go to the Discover Days website.

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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