Subject-specific outreach programme 2019-2020

Coronavirus notice:

We are carefully reviewing all of our recruitment events in light of the developing coronavirus outbreak. View the latest updates on measures we are taking.

Currently, all our face-to-face recruitment activity on and off-campus has been suspended for the remainder of the academic year.

In the meantime, we want to support you and your students as much as possible, so we've put together online resources:

  • For SALC subject-specific resources, see the subject headers below
  • Our central Outreach and WP team has put together this list of resources
  • The University is running a Virtual Open Week from Monday, 15 to Friday, 19 June 2020.    

If you would like to be added to the SALC outreach mailing list, please get in touch using the contact details at the bottom of the page.

Subject-specific events

Most of our events are free to attend unless otherwise stated.

Archaeology & Egyptology events

Upcoming events

Online: Virtual Visit Day - Meet the department 

KS5, KS4

Our Department of Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology and Egyptology has put together a virtual visit day. Come and meet us online: explore our degree subjects and watch our lecturers present their research specialisms. This content is geared towards Sixth Formers interested in studying the ancient world and/or ancient languages at degree level, but could also be of interest to Y11 students considering Ancient History, Classical Civilisation or Classics at A level.

Online: Podcast "Discovering the Ancient World" 

Discover the Department of Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology and Egyptology's podcast with fascinating new research about the ancient world. 

Online: Archaeology Taster lectures 

Hear about our academics' research and explore the type of content our Archaeology students engage in:

  •  Ancient Egypt: Dr Nicky Nielsen tells us about his fieldwork at Tell Nabasha in Egypt.
  • Vikings in Scotland: Dr Hannah Cobb shows us her amazing Viking finds from Western Scotland.

  • Life and Death in Neolithic Britain: Professor Julian Thomas discusses his ongoing fieldwork project investigating a Neolithic monument complex over 5500 years old.
  • Hot Topics in Greek Prehistory:Dr Ina Berg tells us about some of the exciting current research taking place in the Mediterranean.
  • Bog Bodies in Britain: Dr Mel Giles gives us an insight into her work with Iron Age Bog Bodies, including her new research on ‘Worsley Man’.

Online: Free Egyptology Courses

Our colleagues in Egyptology offer free online courses including a course for primary school KS2. 

Online: Prehistory to Primary Schools Project

KS1-3

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.

Details  & Resource Download

Explore the project in more detail and access our resources here   

University of Manchester Library Visits and Resources (partly online)

Our library offers reference facilities to north-west sixth form and mature students and their teachers to help with A-level, AVCE and Access course work. Furthermore, teachers can arrange for their post-16 students to visit The University of Manchester campus to support them with the Extended Project Qualification for their students. 

For further details and to explore their online learning resources, please see our library's Widening Participation page.   

Art History events

Upcoming events

Online: Taster Lecture

For a taste of Art History at The University of Manchester, Chrisoula Lionis has prepared this sample lecture:

"An Introduction to Humour and Contemporary Palestinian Art"

Online: The Whitworth at Home 

Explore our art gallery's online activities.    

Online: Manchester Museum in Quarantine

Our on-campus museum also has online exhibits and more on their "in quarantine" website.   

University of Manchester Library Visits and Resources (partly online)

Our library offers reference facilities to north-west sixth form and mature students and their teachers to help with A-level, AVCE and Access course work. Furthermore, teachers can arrange for their post-16 students to visit The University of Manchester campus to support them with the Extended Project Qualification for their students. 

For further details and to explore their online resources, please see our library's Widening Participation page.   

Classics and Ancient History events

Upcoming Classics and Ancient History events

Online: Virtual Visit Day - Meet the department 

KS5, KS4

Our Department of Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology and Egyptology has put together a virtual visit day. Come and meet us online: explore our degree subjects and watch our lecturers present their research specialisms. This content is geared towards Sixth Formers interested in studying the ancient world and/or ancient languages at degree level, but could also be of interest to Y11 students considering Ancient History, Classical Civilisation or Classics at A level.

Online: Podcast "Discovering the Ancient World" 

Discover the Department of Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology and Egyptology's podcast with fascinating new research about the ancient world.

Online: Millennial Classicist on YouTube

Dr Maria Haley, Hub Co-ordinator for Classics for All Manchester, produces videos for her own (university) students, as well as sixth formers. Explore Greek tragedy, academic skills and more on the Millennial Classicist YouTube channel.

Online: Classics Clips & Taster Lectures

Staff in the Department of Classics and Ancient History have recorded short taster lectures, which you can explore here

We have also recorded a series of taster lectures:

  • Ancient History 1: Dr Peter Liddell on Herodotus and the Ionian Revolt 
  • Ancient History 2: Prof Christian Laes on what a Latin incription can tell us  
  • Classics 1: Prof Alison Sharrock examines the story of Pyramus and Thisbe in Ovid's Metamorphoses 
  • Classics 2: Dr Tom Phillips discusses Sappho's lovesongs 

Online: Manchester Museum in Quarantine

Our on-campus museum has online exhibits, resources and more on their "in quarantine" website.     

Classics for All

Funded by the national charity Classics for All, Manchester Classics for All (MCfA) is a scheme that provides access to Latin, Ancient Greek and Classics in state schools across North West England. The project is run in partnership with the Manchester Classical Association and the University of Manchester.

Manchester Classic for All Hub Co-ordinator: Maria Haley, email: maria.haley@manchester.ac.uk.  

University of Manchester Library Visits and Resources (partly online)

Our library offers reference facilities to north-west sixth form and mature students and their teachers to help with A-level, AVCE and Access course work. Furthermore, teachers can arrange for their post-16 students to visit The University of Manchester campus to support them with the Extended Project Qualification for their students. 

For further details, please see our library's Widening Participation page.   

Drama and Film Studies events

Upcoming events

 

Martin Harris Centre programme

The Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama is our venue for a host of inspirational Music and Drama performances. (Charges apply to some events)

University of Manchester Library Visits and Resources

Our library offers reference facilities to north-west sixth form and mature students and their teachers to help with A-level, AVCE and Access course work. Furthermore, teachers can arrange for their post-16 students to visit The University of Manchester campus to support them with the Extended Project Qualification for their students. 

For further details, please see our library's Widening Participation page.   

English Language and Linguistics events

Upcoming events 

Online: Our Dialects & Multilingual Manchester

KS4 & 5

Students can learn about the lexical, phonological and syntactic variation in the English language across the UK with our interactive maps (use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge to see the maps) or explore the many different languages spoken in Manchester with the Multilingual Manchester Data Tool. There is also the LinguaSnapp app which allows you to contribute to this.

 Online: Taster Lecture "What is Linguistics?"

KS4 & 5

Find out what the discipline of Linguistics is concerned with and explore our department's approach to it in this short taster lecture by Dr Wendell Kimper.    

Online: Why Study Linguistics

KS4 & 5

Alina, one of our students, talks about what we mean by "Linguistics", what studying Linguistics and/or English Language at university entails and what careers this could lead to. 

Find her talk on our Why Study... website   

University of Manchester Library Visits and Resources (partly online)

KS5 

Our library offers reference facilities to north-west sixth form and mature students and their teachers to help with A-level, AVCE and Access course work. Furthermore, teachers can arrange for their post-16 students to visit The University of Manchester campus to support them with the Extended Project Qualification for their students. 

For further details, see our library's Widening Participation web page.   

English Literature and American Studies events

Upcoming events

Online: Star Lectures 

KS 4 & 5

Dr Jerome De Groot: Shakespeare's Cultural Legacy  

Watch a recording of Dr Jerome De Groot's lecture on Shakespeare and his cultural legacy here

Dr Ingrid Hanson & Dr Douglas Clark: Frankenstein - Inheritance and Legacy

This lecture explores the sources and ideas that influenced the creation of Shelley’s work and traces the impact this immensely popular story had upon a later generation of writers and artists.

Online: Centre for New Writing 

Poetry Competition

Deadline: 21 June 2020

The Climate themed Poetry Competition with Creative Manchester is open to all and chiefly takes place on Twitter. Writers are invited to try their hand at micropoetry and to tweet their climate-themed poems along with the hashtag #Micropoem20 for a chance to win the top prize of £500. The deadline for submissions is 21 June 2020.

Centre for New Writing Podcast

Updates about our extremely talented and inspiring CNW Staff, student and alumni latest publications and reviews and information about the Centre for New Writing Podcast which you can tune into online here.

Online: American Studies @ Manchester Podcast

Our new American Studies podcast explores US literature, history, culture and politics through the eyes of students and lecturers at the University of Manchester. Episodes highlight our current research and interviews with visiting speakers. Access the podcast on Soundcloud

University of Manchester Library Visits and Resources (partly online)

Our library offers reference facilities to north-west sixth form and mature students and their teachers to help with A-level, AVCE and Access course work. Furthermore, teachers can arrange for their post-16 students to visit The University of Manchester campus to support them with the Extended Project Qualification for their students. 

For further details and to explore online resources, please see our library's Widening Participation page.   

Age 16+

MOOC - online course

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.

History events

Upcoming events

Online: Star Lectures

KS3-5

Prof David Olusoga: Keynote Lecture at the KS3/4 Black History Study Day 2019

Watch our Professor of Public History, David Olusoga, give a fascinating insight exploring British Black History.   

Dr Chris Godden: British Propaganda during WWI (KS5)

As part of the WW1 centenary, Dr Chris Godden examined the ways in which British men and women understood the war while it was being fought, as well as analysing the role played by British government propagandists. Watch online here

University of Manchester Library Visits and Resources (partly online)

Our library offers reference facilities to north-west sixth form and mature students and their teachers to help with A-level, AVCE and Access course work. Furthermore, teachers can arrange for their post-16 students to visit The University of Manchester campus to support them with the Extended Project Qualification for their students. 

For further details & to explore the online resources, please see our library's Widening Participation page.   

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

Age 16+ 

MOOC - online course 

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, check future dates and join for free, head over to the Futurelearn platform.

Past events

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

Online: HCRI podcasts

HCRI engage with students, researchers, practitioners, government and policy makers through our talks, seminars, workshops and conferences. Our events take place throughout the year and are open to students, staff and the general public from the UK and abroad.

From February 2019, we started share podcasts for some of our talks

HCRI links with schools and colleges

At HCRI, we facilitate outreach opportunities for educators who recognise the importance of our research and would like their students to consider HCRI as a future place of study. If you would like more information on how to collaborate, please email hcri@manchester.ac.uk

University of Manchester Library Visits and Resources (partly online)

Our library offers reference facilities to north-west sixth form and mature students and their teachers to help with A-level, AVCE and Access course work. Furthermore, teachers can arrange for their post-16 students to visit The University of Manchester campus to support them with the Extended Project Qualification for their students. 

For further details and to explore their online resources, please see our library's Widening Participation page.   

Modern Foreign Language events

Upcoming events

Online: Why Study Languages? A talk for Y7-9 

We have recorded our most popular talk for pre-GCSE students and have made this available online, alongside some downloadable resources on our MFL video page.      

Online: Language Taster Videos

Languages XP is a widening participation project delivered by our modern foreign language students in local schools. After attending training sessions, our students plan and teach four beginners' taster sessions in a local school or college. We asked them to share their experiences in a short film and give us a sample of their work.

Each video is supported by extension materials and can be enjoyed as a short beginners' taster lesson. The films also give you a flavour of the type of outreach work our students get involved in.  

Check out the videos on our MFL video page

The University of Manchester Library Visits and Resources (partly online)

Our library offers reference facilities to north-west sixth form and mature students and their teachers to help with A-level, AVCE and Access course work. Furthermore, teachers can arrange for their post-16 students to visit The University of Manchester campus to support them with the Extended Project Qualification for their students. 

For further details, please see our library's Widening Participation page.   

Spanish Embassy Education Office @ Instituto Cervantes

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

Online: University of Manchester Music Department on YouTube

Our department's YouTube channel features online concerts. You can also watch a  talk by our admissions tutor and a welcome from our Head of Department here.   

Online: 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).

University of Manchester Library Visits and Resources (partly online)

Our library offers reference facilities to north-west sixth form and mature students and their teachers to help with A-level, AVCE and Access course work. Furthermore, teachers can arrange for their post-16 students to visit The University of Manchester campus to support them with the Extended Project Qualification for their students. 

For further details and to explore their online resources, please see our library's Widening Participation page.   

Religions and Theology events

Online: Virtual Visit Day 

KS5, KS4

Online

Our Department of Religions and Theology has put together a virtual visit day which includes presentations on our degree subjects and what they entail, a careers talk and two taster sessions. This content is geared towards Sixth Formers interested in studying Religions and Theology at degree level, but could also be of interest to Y11 students considering RS or Ethics at A level. 

 

Online: A Virtual Guide to the World of the New Testament

KS4 & 5

"Entering Early Christianity via Pompeii"

This learning resource is intended for members of the public and for students interested in early Christianity and the New Testament. It uses the remarkable remains of Roman buildings at  Pompeii to reconstruct the social world of early Christian communities.

You can access the resource here

Feedback: Please consider completing our short online questionnaire after using the resource. It’s even more valuable to us if you can complete both our before and after questionnaires.

University of Manchester Library Visits and Resources (partly online)

Our library offers reference facilities to north-west sixth form and mature students and their teachers to help with A-level, AVCE and Access course work. Furthermore, teachers can arrange for their post-16 students to visit The University of Manchester campus to support them with the Extended Project Qualification for their students. 

For further details and to explore the online resources, please see our library's Widening Participation page.   

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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