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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

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 - 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

Insight into Art History and Visual Studies 

KS5 - 15 October and 19 November 2018 

These days, held at the Oxford Road Campus and at the award-winning Whitworth Gallery, will give students in Y12 and Y13 a good insight into the discipline of Art History - as well as a thorough look behind the scenes of a gallery with an exploration of different careers within a gallery setting. 

The days are free of charge and entail:

  • An introduction to how Art History and Visual Studies is studied at university 
  • Two short  taster lectures focussing on current Whitworth exhibitions 
  • An opportunity to meet current Art History undergraduate students   
  • Activities in the Whitworth Gallery, which will include an art interpretation workshop using the techniques learnt in the taster lecture and activities with gallery staff (curators and/or conservators)    

Download the programme

How to book:  

The events are free of charge. Places are limited, up to 40 students can attend each day. Teachers can book for a group, or Sixth Form students may attend unaccompanied by booking via the form for individuals. 

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

Discover History (and related disciplines) Day

Y12 - June 2019 (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, Religion and Theology.

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

as long as everyone is happy to run it  

Classics and Ancient History events

Upcoming Classics and Ancient History events

Initiating Latin at KS 3 (and earlier)

A Classical Association Teaching Board & Manchester Classics for All INSET/CPD

University of Manchester, Saturday 13th October 2018, 10am-4.30pm

In recent years, organisations including Classics for All and the Iris project have enjoyed inspiring success in promoting the learning of Latin at primary and secondary schools where provision of classical languages had been non-existent or endangered. Building on the work of the Manchester Classics for All Project and previous CATB INSET events, this training day aims to promote the teaching of Latin (and Greek and Classics broadly) at an early stage of the school curriculum, not only for its own intrinsic interest and importance, but also for the transferable skills and possibilities that it makes available to young people. The event will appeal to several groups:

    • Schoolteachers of any subjects (humanities and sciences) who are interested in starting up Latin classes in their institutions;
    • Schoolteachers who have a desire to learn Latin with a view to introducing it to their schools; no previous knowledge of Latin is required!
    • Schoolteachers with experience of the classical teaching (in particular those who specialise in its history and culture) who are hoping to introduce Latin;
    • Those teaching – or planning to initiate-- pre-GCSE qualifications (OCR ELC; WJEC Level 1 certificate) or extra-curricular classes; at KS3 or earlier
    • Anyone who supports the teaching of Latin in schools in any form.

We anticipate that our event will include lectures on workshops on the following themes:

  • purpose and vision: the value and importance of Latin for underpinning and enhancing other subjects from literacy to science, and for building young people’s communication skills and hence their self-confidence and aspirations;
  • content and practicalities;
  • Latin teaching at KS 3 and earlier;
  • OCR’s Entry Level Certificate and WJEC Level 1;
  • introductory Latin-learning sessions;
  • methods of teaching Latin and classical pedagogy;
  • regular and special (enrichment) sessions, during and after school, on and off timetable lunchtime clubs; after-school events.

Speakers include: Steve Hunt (Cambridge University); John Taylor (University of Manchester) and other pioneering teachers of languages at KS 3. We hope that the major exam boards and publishers of classical textbooks will be represented at the event; there will be contributions from representatives of schools that have recently initiated Latin classes.

How to book:

A registration fee (£4 unwaged; £8 waged) will be levied to cover costs.

Registration is open now: https://initiatinglatin.eventbrite.co.uk

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Manchester Classics for All, the University of Manchester and the Classical Association Teaching Board.

For more details please contact: peter.liddel@manchester.ac.uk or jessica.coatesworth@manchester.ac.uk

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 - June 2019, 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, 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 - June 2019 (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.

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 

Workshop on Language Variation 

KS4 and KS5 - by arrangement, from spring 2019

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 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:

Insight into Linguistics and English Language at university

 Y12 - June 2019 (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, 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. Booking will open in spring 2019, via links to booking forms on this website. If you are a teacher and would like to be put onto our mailing list for English Language/Linguistics events and to be alerted when booking is open, please email sonja.bernhard@manchester.ac.uk   

Discover English, Drama and American Studies

Y12 - summer 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 - summer 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 - 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.

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 - June 2019 (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. 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.

Booking will open in spring 2019 and links to the booking forms will be made available here. If you are a teacher and would like to be put on our mailing list for HCRI events, please email sonja.bernhard@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

¡Viva Languages!

Year 8/9 – Dates: 7, 8, 9 and 10 January 2019

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:

The event is free of charge. Schools can book for up to 20 pupils and priority will be given to widening participation high-priority schools.

Booking will open in autumn 2018. If you would like to be put on our mailing list to recieve notification when the booking forms go live, please email sonja.bernhard@manchester.ac.uk 

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. 

Booking will open early on in 2019. If you would like to be put on our mailing list to recieve notification when the booking forms go live, please email sonja.bernhard@manchester.ac.uk

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 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 last year's programme - the 2019 schedule will look similar (pdf)  

How to book:

The event is free of charge.

Booking will open early on in 2019. If you would like to be put on our mailing list to recieve notification when the booking forms go live, please email 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 Portugese 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

Insight into Religions and Theology

Y12/13 – (21 Sept 2018) ***THIS DATE CANCELLED, POSTPONED DATE NOV/DEC 2018 TBC IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS***

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. The event is designed to introduce students to the breadth covered by this discipline and in our department: it includes a lecture on Holocaust theology and smaller group workshops on theology & climate change, AI/robots and representations of the afterlife. Students will also meet and work with current undergraduate Religions & Theology students. The event is open to students of any subject combination.

Please note that we are postponing the event to a late November or December date - the rearranged date will be announced soon.   

How to book:

The event is free of charge. Please note that we are postponing the event to a late November or December date - the rearranged date will be announced soon.   

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

Discover History (and related disciplines) Day

Y12 - Thursday, 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, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, 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