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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 and/or Y10 - 26 June 2019

We are extremely sorry to announce that this day had to be cancelled, for reasons beyond our control. The Discover History and Related Subjects Day (see below) is a very good alternative - this event will include overviews and workshops related to Archaeology and Classics & Ancient History.    

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 is now open on the Discover Days website

 

Prehistory to Primary Schools Project

KS1-3

June 2019

Prehistory (the ‘Stone Age’ to Iron Age) is now on the national curriculum, but it may seem like quite a daunting or difficult thing to teach, as there are not always resources available to get classes engaged with people living thousands of years in the past. A team of Archaeologists at the University of Manchester have created a set of free resources that can help bring prehistory to life in the classroom, combining information booklets, comics, 3D printed artefacts, digital resources and classroom activities that teachers can use to create flexible and detailed teaching.

Have a look at this short video about our project, and see some of our resources in action. 

Get started with a student ambassador workshop

As part of this ‘Prehistory to Primary Schools’ resource pack, an Archaeology student ambassador will come to deliver an 1 hour workshop introducing ‘Prehistory’ to the class, allowing them to identify the four key periods (The Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age), know the dates for each period, and begin to identify key facts about each period, and how they differ from each other. After this session, our ambassadors will leave our resource pack with you, to continue your exploration into prehistory!
We can arrange student ambassador workshops in June 2019.

How do we take part?
Please email sonja.bernhard@manchester.ac.uk to make arrangements

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

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 and/or Y10 - 26 June 2019

We are extremely sorry to announce that this day had to be cancelled, for reasons beyond our control. The Discover History and Related Subjects Day (see below) is a very good alternative - this event will include overviews and workshops related to Archaeology and Classics & Ancient History.    

Discover History (and Related Subjects) 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. To find out more and to book, please go to the Discover Days website

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

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

 

Understanding money: The history of finance, speculation and the stock market

Age 16+

MOOC - online course

This free, three-week open online course is available from 18/03/19 (check link below for future dates).

What is money? What does money do? How has the understanding of economics changed over the years? On this course, you will learn how literary, cultural, visual and historical studies have offered new ways of understanding money and investment. You will look at popular representations of finance in visual culture and literature and explore the social meaning of credit, debt and the role of the market. You will also investigate financial crises in history and analyse how the media presents this information to the public.

Colleagues in American Studies at the University of Manchester have contributed to this course.

To see more details on the content of this 3-week course and join for free, head over to the Futurelearn platform.

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

 

The Cold War and Jodrell Bank: A study day for KS4

Y9/10 - 26 June 2019

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

***Keywords: Modern History, Cold War, working with sources***

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 free-of-charge study day for KS4 students (aiming mainly at Y10, but Y9 also welcome) 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 co-delivered by Jodrell Bank and the Departments of History and Russian and East European Studies at the University of Manchester.

Read a post about a previous iteration of the event (for Sixth Formers) on our History blog.

How to book

The event is free of charge

Each school can book for up to 20 pupils in the first instance. If more places become available, we will be in touch. 

 

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 be via the Discover Days page.

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

Understanding money: The history of finance, speculation and the stock market

Age 16+ 

MOOC - online course 

This free, three-week open online course is available from 18/03/19 (check link below for future dates)     

What is money? What does money do? How has the understanding of economics changed over the years? On this course, you will learn how literary, cultural, visual and historical studies have offered new ways of understanding money and investment. You will look at popular representations of finance in visual culture and literature and explore the social meaning of credit, debt and the role of the market. You will also investigate financial crises in history and analyse how the media presents this information to the public.

Colleagues in American Studies at the University of Manchester have contributed to this course.

To see more details on the content of this 3-week course and join for free, head over to the Futurelearn platform.

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

After Maria: Everyday recovery from disaster (online resource)

Free resource - KS3,4 or 5

After Maria is a graphic novella by Dr Gemma Sou and John Cei Douglas about a family’s recovery from Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico in 2017.

It is an ideal teaching resource to explore the effect of and responses to tropical storms:  

On 20 September 2017, Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico. Maria devastated the Caribbean island, causing more than $30bn in damage, and an initial death toll of 64 grew to an estimated figure of between 2,975 and 4,645. Many of the deaths happened during the aftermath from treatable chronic illnesses because power outages prevented people from receiving routine medical care – but most of the media had left by November.

Dr Sou visited Puerto Rico five times during the first year after Maria to talk to families about their recovery. One of the results is After Maria, a graphic novella about a fictional family in the neighbourhood of Ingenio that is based on common experiences Sou heard from Puerto Ricans across the island.

How to receive:

  • Pdf: You can download the resource (in English and Spanish for free on the project website.
  • Print:  We also have printed copies and are happy to supply schools with one classroom set free of charge. Please email sonja.bernhard@manchester.ac.uk stating your school & address and the age group you are planning on using the resource with.    

 

If you use the resource for teaching, Gemma would really appreciate your feedback - however brief. gemma.sou@manchester.ac.uk

 

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