On campus

Staff and students in SEED have a longstanding reputation for developing collaborative partnerships with schools and colleges within Manchester, across the North West, and internationally.

Continued engagement with the education community is a vital part of ensuring The University of Manchester’s commitment to high-quality teaching, research and social responsibility.

SEED work closely with a range of University of Manchester initiatives that engage with schools and colleges to widen access to higher education, including campus-based activities. These include:

Discover Manchester

  • Date: Thursday 27th June 2024
  • Venue: Roscoe Building, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL
  • Audience: Year 12

Come along to Discover Manchester: Education to learn all about studying at the Manchester Institute for Education within our School of Environment, Education and Development.

The day will give you an insight into our BSc Education, BSc Educational Psychology and BA Education, Leadership and Culture courses, as well as give you the opportunity to meet academics and students from those disciplines.

You’ll have the opportunity to discuss career pathways with our team of experts and take part in taster sessions.

In the morning, you will have an introduction to the University and the undergraduate courses outlined above.

You will then attend 2 interactive workshops giving a taste of topics you will learn about as well as have the opportunity to meet academics, alumni and current students.

There will also be an opportunity for a guided campus tour with our student ambassadors.

Please come along to the event, particularly if you are considering careers in primary and early years education, secondary education, youth work, special needs teaching, community education, education policy development or related areas.

Download the event draft programme here.

How to book

The event is free of charge.

Booking is on a first-come, first served basis and places are limited.

Y12 students should book their individual place via this form.

Teachers will receive an automated email alert when a student books.

Y12 students may attend without a teacher.

However, teachers are warmly invited to come along.

If you would like to accompany your students, you can book a teacher place by emailing emma.mcdougall@manchester.ac.uk.

Travel bursaries

We recognise that the cost of travel to campus can be a barrier to some candidates from taking part in our on-campus events.

To help overcome this, for eligible students we offer to pay bus, train or coach travel to attend these days. You are eligible if you:

  • are currently or have previously been in receipt of free school meals;
  • are currently in receipt of the 16-19 bursary;
  • are currently enrolled on the Manchester Access Programme (MAP);
  • are care-experienced or have refugee status.

Further information on how to receive this support will be given on receipt of your booking.

Booking deadline

12pm on Monday, 24 June 2024.

Campus visits

If you’re interested in bringing your students to visit the School of Environment, Education and Development, please contact Tom Donnai at Thomas.donnai@manchester.ac.uk.


Manchester Institute of Education hosts its annual ‘Inclusion and Inspiration’ conference, aimed at trainee teachers and school staff from across our partnership of schools.

The conference is open to all however, with a wide range of keynotes and workshops connected to the themes of inclusion and social justice. 

In 2023, over 300 delegates attended two keynote lectures delivered by the University of Manchester’s Chancellor Nazir Afzal OBE, author and broadcaster Jeffrey Boakye and educational psychologist David Lamb.

Breakout session topics ranged from managing stress and anxiety, the effect of poverty on learning, LGBTQ+ rights in schools to critiquing the concept of British Values, teacher wellbeing and cultural capital.

The expertise shared by all guest speakers provided delegates with opportunities to discuss and reflect on the need for social justice in education and learn about inclusive practices to enhance classroom experiences for themselves and their pupils.


SEED staff deliver lectures and talks to visiting groups of school students and staff on a wide range of topics.

This provides students (and teachers) with the opportunity to experience teaching in the university environment and to take advantage of our academic staff’s varied and diverse range of expertise. Recent talks and lectures have included:

  • Broadcaster and author Jeffrey Boakye speaking to large groups of students and staff from local schools about identity, anti-racist education and decolonising the curriculum.
  • Dr Alex Baratta delivering a lecture about how we change our accent and language to fit the environment we are in and how this could be beneficial or detrimental to our identity.
  • Researcher Callum Campbell delivering a lecture the relationship between placemaking and urban regeneration, using the Manchester-based developer Urban Splash as a lens. The talk examined how the role of urban design has become a key tool in shaping everyday places.
  • Professor Michael Wigelsworth presenting an intriguing lecture aimed at demonstrating how psychology is used within the context of educational research and practice. Participants considered different approaches in psychology (eg behaviourism, humanism) and critically evaluated their relative use in the context of an applied case study.