Subject-specific outreach programme 2021-2022

We're busy working to provide alternative ways for teachers, schools and pupils to engage with us, alongside our more traditional face-to-face interactions which we hope to return to as the situation allows.  

Please check the website for regular updates and ensure you are signed up to relevant mailing lists as we’ll be keeping everyone up to date via these:

  • Sign up for the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures mailing list by getting in touch using the contact details at the bottom of the page.
  • Sign up to the University's central WP team lists here

We have put together online resources:

We also welcome the opportunity to share best practice with colleagues in schools, colleges and other organisations, to ensure we are providing you and your students with useful information in the most relevant and effective way. Please do not hesitate to get in touch via our contact details at the bottom of this page.     

Subject-specific events & resources

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

American Studies Resources and events

Insight into History & Related Subjects

Audience: Year 12

Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Venue: University of Manchester, Oxford Road Campus, Simon Building

Do you love History? Then this event is for you - there is so much to explore! This day will give you the opportunity to meet academics and students from disciplines including American Studies, Archaeology, Art History, Classics & Ancient History, History, Liberal Arts and Religions & Theology.

For full details and booking form, head to our Insight Days page

Civil Rights Histories for A-Level

KS5 (A-level) - online resource

Our Y1 American Studies students undertook a project with Dr Andrew Fearnley in 20/21. In the past fifteen years, there has been a burst of new and innovative studies of the US black freedom struggle. The outcome of this project is now available - a short booklet that outlines some of the ways in which this scholarship has changed, and which offers fresh approaches for those teaching the subject at A-Level.

Download the resource here.

Online: Lecture on "US Presidents and Civil Rights"

KS5 (A-level)

At a time when international attention is once more focused on the US presidency, and in a year when millions have mobilized in the US and around the world to demonstrate that Black Lives Matter, Dr. Andrew Fearnley considers the role that presidents played in ‘advancing the position of African Americans’ in the period from the US Civil War to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. Contrary to the popular, cinematic depiction of this issue, which generally portrays the president as a primary force in the country’s social and political advancement, Fearnley shows instead how the presidential record in this realm is, with a few notable exceptions, remarkably limited. The lecture is accompanied by a handout which is available for download. All of these materials were produced and recorded in late September 2020. Further details about the University of Manchester's American Studies programme can be found here.

Download the handout (pdf)

This video was recorded on Wednesday, 30 September 2020 - the topic was requested by a local Sixth Form 

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)

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

Archaeology & Egyptology resources & events

Insight into History & Related Subjects

Audience: Year 12
Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2022
Venue: University of Manchester, Oxford Road Campus, Simon Building

Do you love History? Then this event is for you - there is so much to explore! This day will give you the opportunity to meet academics and students from disciplines including American Studies, Archaeology, Art History, Classics & Ancient History, History, Liberal Arts and Religions & Theology.

For full details and booking form, head to our Insight Days page

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: 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   

Online: Podcast "Time's Tall Tales" 

Discover the Department of Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology and Egyptology's podcast, presented by our students and staff. Every story has two sides, or even more, and all versions deserve to be heard. And they will be, here in Time's Tall Tales. We'll talk about everything from Greek mythology to modern fairtytales, and expose the true sides of history's most popular tales and people.  

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 some free online courses

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 resources & events

Insight into History & Related Subjects

Audience: Year 12
Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2022
Venue: University of Manchester, Oxford Road Campus, Simon Building

Do you love History? Then this event is for you - there is so much to explore! This day will give you the opportunity to meet academics and students from disciplines including American Studies, Archaeology, Art History, Classics & Ancient History, History, Liberal Arts and Religions & Theology.

For full details and booking form, head to our Insight Days page

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 

Although the Museum is currently closed for major refurbishment, they are running online activities, exhibitions and events for all ages. Check out their events page for details.

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 resources & events

Insight into History & Related Subjects

Audience: Year 12
Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2022
Venue: University of Manchester, Oxford Road Campus, Simon Building

Do you love History? Then this event is for you - there is so much to explore! This day will give you the opportunity to meet academics and students from disciplines including American Studies, Archaeology, Art History, Classics & Ancient History, History, Liberal Arts and Religions & Theology.

For full details and booking form, head to our Insight Days page

Classics for All

KS 2-5

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.

As of January 2022, we have a new co-ordinator for the Manchester network and will soon be posting updates here. 

The Manchester Classic for All Hub Co-ordinator, Will Mundy, can be contacted via manchesterleedscfa@gmail.com 

Online: Study Day Talks on Roman and Greek History 

KS5

The department ran virtual study days for sixth formers in spring 2021 and 2022, featuring talks by our academics on their specialist subject areas.

Our Augustus Study Day 2021 included the following talks, which can be accessed here: 

  •  Augustus and Virgil: Emperor and Poet (Professor Alison Sharrock) 
  • Cleopatra: Augustus's Public Enemy No 1 (Professor Joyce Tyldesley)
  • Imperial Love, Marriage and Succession (Professor Christian Laes)
  • Augustus and the Common People of Rome (Dr Mary Beagon)
  • An Emperor and his Army (Dr Andrew Fear)  

The 2022 Study Day on the Peloponnesian Wars is here and features talks on: 

  • Counting the Peloponnesian Wars (Professor Stephen Todd)
  • Euripides and the Acceptance of War (Dr Emma Griffiths)
  • The Epigraphy of the Peloponnesian War (Professor Peter Liddel)
  • Mad? Bad? Dangerous to know? Plutarch and Alcibaides (Dr John Taylor)
  • A Southern Front? The Peloponnesian War and Egypt (Dr Nicky Nielsen)

Online: Alevel Revision Sessions for Classical Civilisation

KS5

Give your Classical Civilisations A-Level revision the edge with our department’s free mini-lecture series.

Academic staff at The University of Manchester’s Department of Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology and Egyptology are enthusiastic about encouraging new waves of A-Level students to delve deeper into these fascinating subjects:

  • Ovid revisited
  • Sophocles' Oedipus the King
  • The Prima Porta Statue
  • A Grandmother Taking Care of Small Children
  • Myron's Diskobolos
  • Telemachus

Online: Podcast "Time's Tall Tales"

Discover the Department of Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology and Egyptology's podcast, presented by our students and staff.

Every story has two sides, or even more, and all versions deserve to be heard. And they will be, here in Time's Tall Tales. We'll talk about everything from Greek mythology to modern fairytales, and expose the true sides of history's most popular tales and people.

Online: Classics Clips & Taster Lectures

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

We have also recorded a series of taster lectures:

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

Online: Millennial Classicist on YouTube

Dr Maria Haley, former 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: Manchester Museum 

Although the Museum is currently closed for major refurbishment, they are running online activities, exhibitions and events for all ages. Check out their events page for details.    

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 resources & events

Insight into English & Related Subjects

Audience: Year 12
Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2022
Venue: University of Manchester, Oxford Road Campus, Simon Building

 Do you love English Literature - or do you enjoy delving deep into the structure of the English language? Then this event is for you - there is so much to explore! This day will give you the opportunity to meet academics and students from disciplines including American Studies, Art History, Drama, English Language & Linguistics, English Literature & Creative Writing, Film Studies and Liberal Arts.

For full details and booking form, head to our Insight Days page

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 resources & events

Insight into English & Related Subjects

Audience: Year 12
Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2022
Venue: University of Manchester, Oxford Road Campus, Simon Building

Do you love English Literature - or do you enjoy delving deep into the structure of the English language? Then this event is for you - there is so much to explore! This day will give you the opportunity to meet academics and students from disciplines including American Studies, Art History, Drama, English Language & Linguistics, English Literature & Creative Writing, Film Studies and Liberal Arts.

For full details and booking form, head to our Insight Days page

Words for Your World

A national writing competition for pupils in Years 9-13

Monday, 15 November 2021 until Friday, 22 April 2022

This year's writing competition for UK school students in Years 9-13 is hosted by our Humanitarian Conflict and Response Institute
We will be supporting the competition with online creative writing workshops in February 2022.

For full details and how to enter, see the competition webpage.

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 resources & events

Insight into English & Related Subjects

Audience: Year 12
Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2022
Venue: University of Manchester, Oxford Road Campus, Simon Building

Do you love English Literature - or do you enjoy delving deep into the structure of the English language? Then this event is for you - there is so much to explore! This day will give you the opportunity to meet academics and students from disciplines including American Studies, Art History, Drama, English Language & Linguistics, English Literature & Creative Writing, Film Studies and Liberal Arts.

For full details and booking form, head to our Insight Days page

Online: Mini lecture on rhyme in Ozymandias and When We Two Parted

GCSE

Dr Clara Dawson explores how rhyme can create meaning and add an extra layer of analysis in Shelley's Ozymandias and Byron's When We Two Parted.

The lecture is a contribution to the English Literature GCSE Boost YouTube channel, an initiative by Haili Hughes, English teacher and author     

Dr Dawson's lecture

Letters to a President

A national writing competition for pupils in Years 9-13

This spring the University of Manchester’s programme in American Studies asked UK school students in Years 9- 13 to write “Letters to a President”, to the incoming US presidential administration. The department recorded tie-in resources, such as creative writing workshops and short video lectures on important letters in history.  

The winning entries and online resources can be seen on the competition webpage.

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 

Schools Poetry Competition - winners' showcase   

Presented by the Centre for New Writing and Creative Manchester, the Schools Poetry Competition 2020 was themed around Climate Change, and four Manchester schools participated. Here we showcase the winning poems from each school.

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.

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.

History resources & events

Insight into History & Related Subjects

Audience: Year 12
Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2022
Venue: University of Manchester, Oxford Road Campus, Simon Building

Do you love History? Then this event is for you - there is so much to explore! This day will give you the opportunity to meet academics and students from disciplines including American Studies, Archaeology, Art History, Classics & Ancient History, History, Liberal Arts and Religions & Theology.

For full details and booking form, head to our Insight Days page

Online: Why does History matter, and what do Historians do?

Y10, Y11, Y12

Run in collaboration with Greater Manchester Higher and Scarisbrick Hall School, the Great Hall Lecture Series 2021 featured Dr Eloise Moss from the Department of History at University of Manchester. 

This lecture looks at the detective work of History: how research is done, and how History is written by historians, to ask some fundamental questions about the role History plays in our society: Why does History change? How is it that there are different versions of the same historical events, or that we sometimes realise that we need to change our understanding of the past altogether? Why are some people’s voices silenced, their stories left untold, while other people become the ‘famous faces’ of the past, such as Kings, Queens, and politicians? And what do historians actually do that means their version of History can be relied upon more than others? 

We look together at these bigger questions as well as some specific examples of how the study of History can help us understand historic systems of inequality and discrimination, particularly discussing the Jack the Ripper murders and other major events in the history of crime. We also talk about different ways everyone can get involved in researching and bringing to light the hidden stories of the past, whether through family history, school and community projects, or through blogging and social media, and why doing this is important.

How to watch:

The lecture recording can be accessed here

Online: Our Migration Story - resources for students and teachers

Professor Clare Alexander (UoM Sociology) was involved in a research project that led to a rich resouce for teachers and students: Our Migration Story was designed explicitly with teachers in mind. Recent changes to the National Curriculum in History, and the prioritisation of Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural (SMSC) development across Key Stages, have widened the opportunities for teaching students to understand and appreciate the range of peoples, from all places, who have journeyed to and helped to shape the British Isles.

The site brings together a range of migration stories and supporting sources to make it as easy as possible for you to find material for the classroom and top up your own understanding.

Online: The Black 14 - Sport, Student Protest & Social Justice

Over fifty years ago, fourteen Black football players from the University of Wyoming took a principled stand against racial injustice at great personal cost.

On Monday, 23 November 2020, the Race, Roots and Resistance collective (R3), the History Department and Creative Manchester at The University of Manchester hosted this in-depth conversation with original members of ‘The Black 14’, exploring sport, student protest and social justice in the age of #BlackLivesMatter.

The recording is available on the R3 website.

Warning: offensive language is used at 23:14 as part of a verbatim quote which reflects the language and attitudes of the 1960s

Online: Researching Black British History

In this live event recording of 22 October 2020, academic staff and research students from the University of Manchester share insights into their current research projects on Black British History. They also discuss  partnership with the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre, archives at a local and national level, and how to conduct oral history interviews.

 Online: US History A-level resources

Our Department of American Studies has made Alevel resources available - see "American Studies events and resources" 

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. 

Online: Lockdown Lectures

KS4-5

Watch our Professors of Public History, Prof David Olusoga and Prof Michael Wood, talk about their careers and their research. There is also a q&a with one of our students.   

Online: History workshops by WP Fellows

KS3-5

KS3 - Understanding Manchester's Social History 

In this video, Adam Waddingham, a History PhD student, shares activities with you to help you understand the social history of Manchester, and the benefits of studying History.

Find his workshop on our Talks for Secondary page in the "Understandig Talks" section.

KS4/5 - Should Auschwitz have been bombed?

This workshop, created by PhD student Robert Kanter, is designed to introduce students to an engaging and relevant debate from period of World War II and The Holocaust.

Find the workshop and supporting materials on the Talks for Secondary page in the "Workshops" section 

Online: History of Medicine Digital Resource

KS4

The Museum of Medicine and Health, in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, holds one of the most extensive collections of medical artefacts in England. The museum holds over 8,000 objects relating to the history of teaching and practicing medicine, housed in the Stopford Building where the Medical School is based. 

Our colleagues at the Museum have produced a new History of Medicine digital resource to support home learning as well as satisfy the curiosities of anyone interested in Manchester’s health care past. The resource explores 19th & 20th century medical objects from the Museum of Medicine and Health, and contains thought-provoking questions about the origins and uses of these objects.

Themes in the resource echo the National Curriculum Key Stage 4 History Module “Medicine Through Time” and each object in focus has a local connection to the city of Manchester.

You download the pdf 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.   

Humanitarian Conflict and Response Institute (HCRI) resources & events

Careers in Humanitarianism

KS5 - The University of Manchester, Oxford Road Campus M13 9PL

Friday, 29 April 2022: 9.45am - 2pm

Booking deadline: 19 April, 2022, 12 noon

This day is offered to University of Manchester students and Sixth Formers interested in careers in the humantarian sector. Join us for a fantastic day of presentations, discussion and advice from current leaders in the field. This will be a great opportunity to meet the experts, network and find out what possibilities are open to you. The event  is organised by the HCRI and there is a dedicated panel for sixth formers which introduces them to the BSc International Disaster Management & Humanitarian Response

How to book: 

Booking is on a first-come, first served basis and places are limited. There is no group booking for schools - Sixth Form students should book their individual place via the booking form. Booking deadline: 12 noon 19 April 2022

Sixth Form students may attend without a teacher. However, teachers are warmly invited to attend as well. If you would like to accompany your students, you can book a teacher place by emailing sonja.bernhard@manchester.ac.uk 

Words for Your World

A national writing competition for pupils in Years 9-13

Monday, 15 November 2021 till Friday, 22 April 2022

This year's writing competition for UK school students in Years 9- 13 is hosted by HCRI. It encourages pupils to write a speech or letter, addressed to the UN, on the climate emergency.
We will be supporting the competition with online creative writing workshops and information from our partners UKMed and save the Childlren UK from February 2022.

For full details and how to enter, visit the competition webpage.

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

MOOC: Global Health and Humanitarianism

Free open online course  - KS5

HCRI's massive open online course (MOOC) will discuss the question 'is humanitarianism an effective, justifiable and sustainable response to ill-health, inequality, injustice and war?' The course runs for six weeks (ca 12 hours of work) and next starts on 12 October.  

Although targeted at a wide audience, college/sixth form students interested in our BSc International Disaster Management & Humanitarian Response will find they will gain a really good understanding of the course: the MOOC's main themes are central to our undergraduate programme.

After Maria: Everyday recovery from disaster (online resource)

Free resource - KS3, 4 or 5

After Maria is a graphic novella by Dr Gemma Sou (former HCRI lecturer) 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:

You can download the resource (in English and Spanish) for free on the project website.

 

Online: HCRI podcasts

HCRI engage with students, researchers, practitioners, government and policymakers 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 to share podcasts for some of our talks

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.   

Liberal Arts resources & events

Insight into History, English and Related Subjects

Y12 - 22 June 2022

Venue: University of Manchester, Oxford Road Campus, Simon Building

Liberal Arts is taking part in these taster events for Y12 students. For further details, head to our Insight Days page.     

Liberal Arts Talk and Taster Sessions: "Why study Liberal Arts?"

KS5 - delivered virtually, or face-to-face at your school (see further details) 

Liberal Arts are about the training and development of free and active citizens. They are among the earliest intellectual pursuits, and they focus on a familiarity with principles and ideas that are needed to participate in democratic processes – things like truth, justice, and virtue. Liberal Arts programmes approach these ideas and others in relation to new global contexts and crises, including shifts in industries, the impacts of social media, efforts to combat climate change, and various forms of inequality and deprivation.

Students in Liberal Arts are trained to think about – and critique – the big ideas that shape the world, while reflecting on the difference that they can make in the world. Liberal Arts thus let you explore and specialise in the issues and topics that you’re most passionate about, and, because Liberal Arts are unrestrained by disciplinary boundaries, they offer some of the most choice and flexibility of any degree programme.

In this talk, you’ll be able to find out more about Liberal Arts and how they’re taught at Manchester. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask any questions you have about the subject.

The talk can also be combined with a taster lecture, on any of the following topics (which can be tailored to different lengths as required):

  • Playing God and ‘hubris’
  • Chatbots and human-computer interactions (HCI)
  • Marriage and robots
  • Robots in healthcare
  • Roboethics

Further details & booking:

  • Delivered by: Dr Scott Midson, Lecturer in Liberal Arts, University of Manchester
  • Audience: The talks and taster lectures are aimed at Y12, but might be beneficial for students in Y11 as well.
  • Delivery: Remotely via online platform or in person at your school/college. In-person delivery is only available for groups of 12 students or more, is Covid-permitting and subject to availability of Dr Midson, and is only available to schools/colleges that are within a one-hour travelling radius to Manchester.
  • How to book: The talks are free of charge. You can invite Dr Midson by contacting sonja.bernhard@manchester.ac.uk in the first instance

Modern Foreign Language resources & events

LEAF (Language Education at Alevel and Further)

For Year 12 - Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Venue: University of Manchester, Oxford Road Campus, Samuel Alexander Building

Come and see what studying languages at the University of Manchester might be like - whether you are looking to continue with a language post-Alevel, or fancy starting a new one. LEAF (Language Education Alevel and Further) gives you the opportunity to participate in beginner's language tasters, sessions in the language your currently study (F/G/Sp) and first-year-level lectures on cultural topics. You 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.

For full details and booking information, head to our Insight Days page

The University of Manchester Insight into Languages Programme (UMILAP)

Year 10 - Dates: 14, 15, 16 and 17 June 2022

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.

Download the programme (pdf)

The events are free of charge. 

How to book:

  • Register your interest via this form
  • Registration deadline: 3 May
  • The registration form asks you to indicate which dates your group could attend. We will allocate and confirm places soon after the 3 May booking deadline has passed.

Our events are very popular and usually oversubscribe. We do our best to allocate places in a fair and consistent way, so that as many schools as possible get to attend - if not every year, at least reasonably often. We will therefore prioritise schools that were unlucky at previous events. We further want to ensure that we work with schools that face particular challenges and/or that have a particularly low number of students progressing through to GCSE. Therefore Widening Participation indicators such as % of PP pupils and postcode areas will also be taken into consideration.

Motivational talks in 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   

Explore Languages Online

Why Study Languages?

  • KS 3&4: Our Viva Languages page features our popular "Why Study Languages" talk and presentations from our students and alumni on studying languages and the careers these can open up.   
  • KS 4&5:  Hear from Alina, a PhD student at the University of Manchester who studied an undergraduate degree in Business and French and outlines opportunities for budding linguists at university and beyond. Access her talk on the Why Study... page.   

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. In 2021 the project headed online and you can now explore new languages via 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.   

Music resources & 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 resources & events

Insight into History & Related Subjects

Audience: Year 12
Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2022
Venue: University of Manchester, Oxford Road Campus, Simon Building

Do you love History? Then this event is for you - there is so much to explore! This day will give you the opportunity to meet academics and students from disciplines including American Studies, Archaeology, Art History, Classics & Ancient History, History, Liberal Arts and Religions & Theology.

For full details and booking form, head to our Insight Days page

Liberal Arts Talk and Taster Sessions: "Why study Liberal Arts?"

KS5 - delivered virtually, or face-to-face at your school

Liberal Arts are about the training and development of free and active citizens. They are among the earliest intellectual pursuits, and they focus on a familiarity with principles and ideas that are needed to participate in democratic processes – things like truth, justice, and virtue. Liberal Arts programmes approach these ideas and others in relation to new global contexts and crises, including shifts in industries, the impacts of social media, efforts to combat climate change, and various forms of inequality and deprivation.

Students in Liberal Arts are trained to think about – and critique – the big ideas that shape the world, while reflecting on the difference that they can make in the world. Liberal Arts thus let you explore and specialise in the issues and topics that you’re most passionate about, and, because Liberal Arts are unrestrained by disciplinary boundaries, they offer some of the most choice and flexibility of any degree programme.

In this talk, you’ll be able to find out more about Liberal Arts and how they’re taught at Manchester. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask any questions you have about the subject.

The talk can also be combined with a taster lecture, on any of the following topics (which can be tailored to different lengths as required):

  • Playing God and ‘hubris’
  • Chatbots and human-computer interactions (HCI)
  • Marriage and robots
  • Robots in healthcare
  • Roboethics

Further details & booking:

  • Delivered by: Dr Scott Midson, Lecturer in Liberal Arts, University of Manchester
  • Audience: The talks and taster lectures are aimed at Y12, but might be beneficial for students in Y11 as well.
  • Delivery: Remotely via online platform or in person. In-person delivery is only available for groups of 12 students or more, is Covid-permitting and subject to availability of Dr Midson, and is only available to schools/colleges that are within a one-hour travelling radius to Manchester.
  • How to book: The talks are free of charge. You can invite Dr Midson by contacting sonja.bernhard@manchester.ac.uk in the first instance

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