School children in a lesson.

Schools and colleges

We work closely with local schools and colleges in Greater Manchester to enhance educational opportunities, develop teachers and undertake educational research.

We provide services for all school and college partners, from teachers and students to carers and parents, with a particular priority on those from less advantaged backgrounds.

We aim to inform, support and inspire students to achieve their goals, whatever their background, and we help to develop and equip the next generation of teachers to make a difference.

As part of this commitment, we run the Manchester Access Programme, making sure that talented, capable students in Greater Manchester can benefit from a university education, regardless of their background and identity.

We value working in partnership with teachers, career advisers and young people to engage and support students with up-to-date information and advice on higher education.

On the University campus and in schools and colleges, we devise and deliver a range of exciting programmes, events and activities for:

School Governor Initiative

We also contribute to the strategic direction of state schools and colleges through our award-winning School Governor Initiative.

The University has over 1,200 staff and alumni giving 12,000 days of support to schools each year, impacting approximately 450,000 learners nationally and generating £6 million of economic value.

Teacher training

Our Manchester Institute of Education is rated excellent by Ofsted and supports education in Greater Manchester by training the next generation of teachers through PGCE programmes in primary and secondary education, School Direct and the Teach First programme.

Into University

The University of Manchester worked in partnership with IntoUniversity to open the IntoUniversity Manchester North Centre in autumn 2018.

Each local IntoUniversity centre offers an innovative programme that supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to attain either a university place or another chosen aspiration.