•   Post-16 Learners

Britain’s Sustainable Future

Event providers: The University of Manchester

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This virtual event for your Year 12 pupils will introduce them to the interconnected subjects of Geography, Architecture, Planning and Environmental Management through the theme of sustainability. They will find out how we make sense of our carbon footprints, how an experimental building is helping architects design greener living and work spaces, and how developing more green spaces in our cities can impact wellbeing.


Students from courses at the University of Manchester will be on hand to share their experiences and staff will be there to answer questions on applying to and studying at the University of Manchester.


The event is open to all Year 12 pupils but is specifically targeted to encourage pupils that are from Widening Participation (WP) backgrounds who underrepresented at universities in within the UK. Please share this with pupils you know to be from the following WP backgrounds and encourage them to attend.


Pupils considered to be from WP backgrounds include those who:

  • Are from families with no parental or carer experience of HE;
  • Have spent time in local authority care;
  • Have a disability;
  • Are young carers supporting their parents, carers or other relatives;
  • From a Black, Asian or other ethnic minority background.

In addition to subject taster lectures, the event will feature sessions outlining the extra financial support, access courses and student support available to WP pupils at in particular at the University of Manchester.

Students should sign up to attend individually via this online booking form: https://gck.fm/csltu

If you or your pupils have any queries about this event, please contact Emma Britain – emma.britain@manchester.ac.uk


Outline of the day


1.00 – 2.00: Explore our subjects


Hear from our world-class academics in short inspiring taster lectures. Choose the two subjects that inspire you the most.

  • Going beyond net zero: Dr Joe Blakey (Geography) will discuss how we make sense of our carbon footprints and our responsibilities to reduce them. He will discuss how we need to go beyond ’net zero’, making the case that we need urgent action on our consumption and investment.


  • Architecture and the Environment: Prof Stephen Walker and Dr Kim Förster (Architecture) will discuss how architecture is involved in complex ways with the environment through building case studies; the historic John Rylands Library in Manchester and NEST in Zurich a contemporary building used for experiments in building and environmental techniques.


  • Sustainable Development: Green Space and People’s Health: Dr Razieh Zandieh (Planning and Environmental Management) will introduce sustainable development goals, and focus on the influence of green spaces on people’s health and wellbeing in the city.


2.00 – 2.30: The Manchester experience


Dr Alex Baratta will discuss how can support your wellbeing and can provide practical help such as financial support, laptop loans, academic writing sessions and study skills sessions. This will be followed by a panel session with students discussing their experience of studying their course with an opportunity to ask questions.


2.30 – 3.00: How to apply, access courses and funding


Emma and Demi from our Admissions Team will talk about how to apply for our courses including; entry requirements, financial support available, and our access schemes which prepare you for university-level study and can allow you to receive a reduced offer in the A-level (or equivalent qualification) grades required to study with us.


Event Age Groups IconY12

21 Apr 2021

1pm – 3pm

Online via Zoom webinar

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Booking info

Students should sign up to attend individually via this online booking form: https://gck.fm/csltu

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