Our partners work together to deliver a collaborative programme which provides high quality, impartial information, advice and guidance about higher education, with the aim of increasing awareness and raising ambitions amongst targeted learners in Greater Manchester.

For more information please see below or in our programme guide for 2016/17 academic year

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You may also be interested in our University and Me Guide, which contains everything you need to know about higher education and how to get there.


On campus activities

On campus activities

These events all follow the same format and are hosted at one of the universities in the partnership (University of Bolton, The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Salford).


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Year 8/9 Choices Days

This one day event is designed to give Year 8 and Year 9 learners an opportunity to reflect on their options for the future, in advance of choosing their GCSE options. Learners will examine the implication of their choices and how these influence their future. The event includes a workshop, campus tour and the opportunity to speak with current undergraduate students from the various universities. The pupils will also see a drama performance from the performing arts group 2Engage as part of the day.

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University Co-ordinating the Visit Dates

University of Bolton

(learners will also visit   Bolton College)

Wednesday 9th November 2016

Wednesday 16th November 2016

Wednesday 10th May 2017

The University of Manchester

(learners   will also visit Manchester Metropolitan University)

Thursday 2nd February 2017

Friday 3rd February 2017

Thursday 9th Febrary 2016

Manchester Metropolitan University

(learners   will also visit The University of Manchester)

Friday 18th November 2016

Friday 25th November 2016

Fridat 16th June 2017

University of Salford

Monday 23rd January 2017

Tuesday 24th January 2017

Thursday 26th January 2017

Wigan and Leigh College Thursday 20th October 2016

Year 10 Student Experience Visit

These visits provide learners with the opportunity to visit a university or college campus and gain an insight into student life. Pupils will participate in a classroom based workshop, campus tour and a practical activity. Throughout the visit, they will explore the range of options available within higher education and gain an insight into the social aspects of student life and the facilities and support available, including an introduction to the Student’s Union and age-appropriate information about student finance. Pupils will work closely with current students from across the partnership to obtain first-hand information about studying at a higher level.

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University Co-ordinating the Visit Dates

University of Bolton

(learners will also visit   Bolton College)

Wednesday 1st February 2017

Wednesday 8th February 2017

Wednesday 19th July 2017

The University of Manchester

(learners   will also visit Manchester Metropolitan University)

Thursday 23rd March 2017

Friday 24th March 2017

Friday 9th June 2017

Manchester Metropolitan University

(learners   will also visit The University of Manchester)

Wednesday 8th March 2017

Friday 10th March 2017

Friday 17th March 2017

University of Salford

Tuesday 28th February 2017

Wednesday 1st March 2017

Wednesday 26th April 2017

The Manchester College Wednesday 7th June 2017


For all on-campus activities teachers should target pupils who meet at least one of the following selection criteria and who have the potential to achieve at least five A*to C grades at GCSE (or equivalent):

  • Pupils from families where parents/carers have no experience of higher education
  • Pupils from a care background
  • Pupils with a disability
  • Pupils on free school meals
  • Pupils with caring responsibilities

Before the event, for monitoring and evaluation purposes, we will ask the organising teacher to provide the following data for their group:

  • Number of learners on free school meals
  • Number of learners in care/from a care background
  • Number of learners with a disability
  • Number of learners who are young carers

Bespoke Campus Visits

All of the institutions in the partnership are happy to arrange bespoke visits for small groups of young people and their supporters who may require additional support in applying to and studying at university (including learners with disabilities, care leavers, young carers and estranged students) and these can be delivered at any time of year.

In school activities

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Information, advice and guidance (IAG) events

Greater Manchester Higher are committed to attending IAG events in schools to promote higher education to learners in Greater Manchester.

Examples of events we might attend in your school include:

  • Parents' evenings
  • Careers fairs
  • Options evenings

A member of staff or a student ambassador will attend your event with a stand and literature, representing all our partner insitutions and offering generic advice on progression routes and information on entry requirements.

Presentations and workshops

Delivered in your school, these sessions offer an insight in to various aspects of higher education. Presentations last 20 minutes and are suitable for large groups. Workshops last 45 minutes and are suitable for groups of up to 30. Workshops cover the same content as presentations and offer an opportunity to explore the subject matter further through interactive activities.

A representative from the programme can visit your school and deliver the following presentations and workshops:

Y8-9 HE Uncovered presentation

This interactive presentation aims to help pupils understand how GCSEs can impact upon their future in advance of choosing their GCSE options. Includes an overview of HE, and progression routes to FE, HE and employment. Aims to inform decision making and raise aspirations and awareness in relation to HE.

Y10-11 HE Uncovered presentation

Encouraging Key Stage 4 pupils to start thinking about their futures and the decisions theywill soon have to make regarding their education. Includes advice on choosing A-level or other level 3 subjects and degree courses as well as reiterating the importance of GCSEs. Appropriate student finance information for the age group is included. Aims to inform decision making and raise aspirations and awareness in relation to HE.

Intro to HE Parent’s presentation

Provides parents with a general overview of higher education, including the benefits of HE,student finance and how to prepare your young person for decisions at Y8-9, Y10-11 and Y13. Parents will also have the opportunity to chat informally with a member of the Greater Manchester Higher team following the talk.

Student Life presentation or workshop

Find out what student life is really like from a current student, including academic study,extra-curricular activities, accommodation, pastoral support and different types of HE establishments.

Interview Skills presentation or workshop

Supporting students in preparing for college, HE and employment interviews. Delivered by current students who will share their experiences.

Revision Skills presentation or workshop

Supporting students to achieve their potential through effective revision and time management techniques, understanding different learning styles and how the brain processes information. Delivered by current students who will share their own top tips and experiences.

Star Student Board Game

Star Student is a large board game that introduces KS3 students to university and higher education through an exciting team activity. Human counters move around the board as each team answers a series of questions relating to university. Answers are given through mime, drawing, multiple choice questions and spelling, so there’s something for everyone. This can be delivered to a class of up to 30 at a time and takes around an hour to complete. Suitable for years 7-9.

Book us for an event or presentation

If you would like the Greater Manchester Higher team to attend an event in your school, please give at least four weeks' notice in order for us to arrange staffing, contact us to discuss.

Activities for targeted learners

Greater Manchester Higher is committed to supporting under-represented groups in higher education, particularly care-experienced young people and disabled students (including disabilities, learning difficulties, long-term health conditions and mental health conditions).

Schools are encouraged to include these students in cohorts taking part in all activities, however we have also developed an exciting programme of activities to engage with these students. Details of these activities are below, but please get in touch with us for more information or to discuss other groups you would like us to work with.

Bespoke Campus Visits

All of the institutions in the partnership are happy to arrange bespoke visits for small groups of young people and their supporters who may require additional support in applying to and studying at university (including learners with disabilities, care leavers, young carers and estranged students) and these can be delivered at any time of year.  

Young People from a Care Background

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Success4Life project for care-experienced young people (Year 8-10)

This programme brings together looked-after young people to take part in interactive sessions that will develop their confidence and key skills, and raise their awareness of higher education. The sessions end with a graduation to mark the students’ success. A 10 week programme is delivered at The University of Manchester throughout the autumn term for Y8-9 pupils, and we can deliver a condensed version of the programme in a venue within a target local authority for either Y8-9 or Y9-10 pupils.

Step up to Uni (Year 11-13)- Wednesday 12th April 2017

This event is a VIP Open Day hosted by the University of Bolton for young people who are care experienced and considering applying to University. It aims to increase their understanding of the specific support they can access within higher education, both from the local universities and the local authority. The visit includes a workshop with care experienced university students who are able to talk about their educational journey and answer any queries your students may have. There will also be information on the financial support available and how to access it. The days are small and interactive and give your students a chance to ask any questions they may have.

Presentation or Workshop for Young People from a Care Background

Developed in conjunction with care-experienced young people, this 20 minute presentation or 45 minute workshop gives a general overview of higher education as well as specific information about the support available and can be delivered in a venue of your choice.

Activities for young people with disabilities

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Higher Education Visit Days (Year 8-10)

As well as being an introduction to higher education, these days will include information about support available for disabled students, information on the Disabled Students Allowance, as well as the more general financial support available. Pupils will also have the chance to meet disabled higher education students who'll talk about their experiences and provide advice for the learners.

Event Date Venue
Event For Deaf Learners TBC University of Salford
Pre-16 event for students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder Thursday 20th April 2017 Manchester Metropolitan University
Post-16 event for students with Mental Health Conditions Friday 21st April 2017 Manchester Metropolitan University

Prospective Student (Year 11-13) and Parent/Carer Event- Thursday 16th February 2017

This afternoon/early evening event hosted at The University of Manchester will cover the range of additional support available for disabled students who enter higher education and provide information about the financial support available (including Disabled Student’s Allowance). The highlight of the event will be a question and answer panel with current higher education students who have disabilities. There will be the opportunity for attendees to find out more about specific support available from universities and the third sector by visiting a range of information stands during the higher education Fair.

Higher Education Support Presentation (Year 11-13)

In addition to the events listed above, we can visit your school/college to deliver a 20 minute stand-alone presentation that details the kind of support available to disabled learners, how to access it and how to apply.

Young People with Caring Responsibilities

Presentation or Workshop for Young Carers

This 20 minute presentation or 45 minute workshop gives a general overview of higher education as well as specific information about the support available and can be delivered in a venue of your choice.


CPD for teachers and advisors

CPD for teachers and advisors

Greater Manchester Higher is committed to providing relevant CPD sessions for
teachers and advisers across Greater Manchester. These are designed for colleagues who work with pre 16 learners, advising them about their options for the future in relation to higher education.

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Introduction to Greater Manchester Higher

This 20 minute session introduces the network, its aims, and its purpose. You will find out more about the partners and stakeholders of the network and the resources and
activities we provide.

Teacher and Advisor CPD Session

This 45 minute session offers an overview of the HE landscape including
progression routes, student finance, and sources of further information. We will discuss how to relay key message to your students and embed them in school practice in line with the Ofsted framework around careers education and IAG

Advisers and Key Influencers of Targeted Learners

We also offer a range of bespoke events and presentations for key influencers (such as teachers, designated teachers, advisors, social workers and foster carers) of targeted learners. These sessions provide an interactive forum for professionals to find out more about the higher education system and explore how best to support targeted learners on their journey.

Supporting the Supporters (Care-experienced young people)- Wednesday 15th February 2017

This event is designed for adults who support looked after children and/ or care leavers who are thinking about going to University and will help answer questions you might have about how to apply to university, what the benefits are and what support is available for your young people, to ensure you feel confident advising the young people you support. The event will also contain information about post-16 pathways. It will be hosted at either The University of Manchester or Manchester Metropolitan University.

Key Influencer Presentations(Care-experienced young people)

This 20 minute session is suitable for foster carers, social workers and other key influencers of care-experienced young people and gives a general overview of higher education, including the benefits of HE, student finance and how to support young people through the decision points in their educational journey as well as giving specific information about support available. We are happy to deliver this session as part of any training or information events which may be happening locally. We will try to bring along one of our care experienced students who will give their views on higher education and answer questions.

Breaking Barriers (Disabled Learners)- Wednesday 28th June 2017

Breaking Barriers is aimed at staff in the further education sector who support students with disabilities in their transition to higher education. The event will include lunch, networking, workshops and a marketplace with internal and external specialists in disability and student support/guidance. Attendees will learn about the range of support available, how this can be accessed and how they can prepare their students. This event will be hosted at The University of Bolton.