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WATCH: Improving outcomes for talented students from all backgrounds

20 Nov 2019

How we make it happen – new film shows impact of our Widening Participation work and you can read more in our annual report 2018/19

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Our University’s Widening Participation annual report 2018/19 is now online, demonstrating our commitment to improving outcomes for students from backgrounds underrepresented in higher education – and revealing the impact of the work that we do.

Widening Participation (WP) is key to our goal of social responsibility and firmly embedded into how we run our institution. We believe there should be no barriers to studying and no boundaries to learning.

You can watch how this is evidenced in the report:

Our work has been recognised, with our Diversity Champions Manchester winning the Equalities category of this year’s Spirit of Manchester Awards. The project, established after the surge in hate crimes which followed the Manchester Arena attack, seeks to improve awareness of hate crime among young people and give them the skills they need to tackle it in their community.

Our School Governor Initiative – now boasting 1,000 staff and alumni volunteers – also won a Spirit of Manchester Award for Best Employee Volunteering.

And we have been awarded University of Sanctuary status by the Cities of Sanctuary initiative for our inclusive approach to welcoming asylum seekers and refugees.

But the most important commendations come from the communities we’re helping and the youngsters we’re inspiring:

“This trip has been a life changing experience and I can’t wait to start making the changes I want to see in the world,” Diversity Champion, Loreto High School

“I am extremely grateful for the Bursary as it has meant that I can undertake master’s study. This means that I am more likely to be accepted onto a PhD next year and contribute to the field that I have loved from a very young age. Thank you!” Manchester Master’s Bursary recipient, MSc Mathematics.

“My son has really enjoyed the IntoUniversity experience and has had lots to tell us when he gets home from school every day. He has even chosen what he wants to do at university in the future,” parent, Crosslee Community Primary School.

Read the report

To read the report, visit:

Get involved

If you want to get involved in our rewarding widening participation work, or have any questions, please contact:

Or if you have your own widening participation story, share it with us at: