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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 - Thursday 28 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

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

Discover History (and related disciplines) Day

Y12 - 28 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, Religion and Theology.

The day is free to attend. To find out more and to book, please go to the Discover Days website

 

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

Discover History (and related disciplines) Day

Y12 - 28 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, 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 - 27 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 & Linguistics.

The day is free to attend. For more details and how to book, go to 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 - 29 June 2018 

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 Year 12 students may attend unaccompanied by booking via the form for individuals. 

Workshop on Language Variation 

KS4 and KS5 - by arrangement, from May 2018

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 Hannah Stanton hannah.stanton@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk or 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 - 27 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 & Linguistics.

The day is free to attend. For more details and how to book, go to the Discover Days website.

English Literature and American Studies events

Upcoming events

Discover English, Drama and American Studies 

Y12 - 27 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 & Linguistics.

The day is free to attend. For more details and how to book, go to the Discover Days website

Discover History (and related disciplines) Day

Y12 - 28 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, Religion and Theology.

The day is free to attend. To find out more and to book, please go to the Discover Days website  

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 - 28 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, Religion and Theology.

The day is free to attend. To find out more and to book, please go to the Discover Days website.

 

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 - 27 June 2018
  • Venue: University of Manchester, Oxford Rd Campus, Mansfield Cooper Building 

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. You’ll then attend a lecture and two smaller group workshops, delivered by HCRI academic staff, which will give you an insight into the course and into the field of humanitarianism and conflict response more generally. You will also have the opportunity to meet with current students. 

How to book

The event is free of charge.

Teachers can book for a group, or Year 12 students may attend unaccompanied by booking via the form for individuals. Please note: teachers will be able to book for a maximum number of 20 students in the first instance. If any additional places are available, we will let you know.

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 University of Manchester Insight into Languages Programme (UMILAP)

Year 10 - Dates: 8, 11, 12 and 13 June 2018 *** FULLY BOOKED ***

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.

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 2018 programme outline (pdf)  

How to book:

The event is free of charge.

To ease the organisational load for teachers, we ask students to book directly as this enables us to liaise with them over the sessions they would like to do on the day.

  • Students: Book via this online form
  • 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 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.

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).

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.)

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.  

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)

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 A-level 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 - Thursday 28 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.

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