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Handbooks and other publications

To assist with the support and development of students, the University has developed a wide range of publications spanning general guidance and help for new students arriving at the University and the City of Manchester, Faculty information, policies and procedures, programme regulations, specific and detailed programme information, etc.

The full list of publications is given below with an indication of the targeted audience and a brief comment on the contents. These publications are in some cases available electronically on the University or Faculty web pages.

Students have also access to dedicated on-line resources, the 'Student Intranet' and the Students' Union website, which provide further links for support and guidance. A number of services offer help on various issues that affect students' lives and studies such as health, finance or careers.

Other web pages offer guidance and support for specific groups of students, e.g. the International Office and the Alumni Relations Office pages.



Publication/ Guide 

Main targeted student audience

Brief indication of contents

Where you can find it

UG and PG prospectuses


Description of all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on offer, including content, teaching and learning, entry requirements, coursework and assessment, career opportunities, length of study, annual intake, staff research interests and research opportunities. 
Also includes information on the University, graduates' personal perspectives on leisure and entertainments, the City of Manchester, student life and learning, tuition fees, funding, living costs, etc. 


On-line programme information 

Registration guide


Tuition fees, loans and grants, registration arrangements.

On-line information from Student Support on the Welcome to Manchester microsite

Student Guide


Academic matters, finance, careers, computing service, counselling, housing, health, religious support, international students, rules and regulations.

The Student Support Advice microsite is produced by Student Services.
Tel: 0161 275 5000

Welcome guide and

International students

Practicalities of coming to live and study in a different country.

On-line information about International students.

Campus and City maps


Campus map, City Centre map, Visitors'
Centre information

On-line information about maps and travel.

Student Accommodation

Current and

Student halls, campus, Leased houses, Manchester Student Homes, guarantee, family and partners, how to apply, etc.

On-line information about accommodation.



Magazine, Donors, News, Legacy Brochure,  Reunions, Groups and Overseas Alumni.

On-line information about alumni.

Mature Students

Mature, current and Prospective

Advice and support for mature students (ie those over 21 years of age on entering the 
Univ), weekly drop-in the Centre for Continuing Education and study advice.

Information for adults returning to education.

Study Abroad Handbook

Prospective, Exchange or visiting coming to the University

The University, campus, the city and the region, former student profile, information for students outside the EU/ for Socrates-Erasmus & visiting from the EU (e.g. tuition fees, accommodation, expenses, English language proficiency, Japan Office, orientation course and welcome guide, etc.), academic information.

On-line information about study abroad.



Library sites, opening hours, collections, books arrangement, joining the library, library catalogue, borrowing information, enquiries, liaison with Schools, support for teaching and research, contacts, service points, subject librarians, regulations, subject information, eLearning support, etc.

On-line information about the library.

IT Services Student Guide


Getting started, public clusters, cluster software, faculty support units, getting connected, IT training, specialist computing, hints and tips, contacts, rules and regulations, copying and sharing files.

On-line information about IT services.

Calendar, Vision, governance

Current, prospective

Official documents (mission statement, origins of the university, academic structure, charter, governance, statutes, general ordinances, general regulations), Principal Officers and Authoritative Bodies (Officers, Deans of faculty, Senate, Council, the Assembly, Faculty Policy, Planning and Resources committees), general information (academic services, student services, residential accommodation, conference facilities), staff lists.

Discover the University, including:

General Regulations


Student Fees Handbook

Current, prospective

University ordinances, payment methods, discounts, instalment options, temporary registration, refunds, late registration charge, fieldwork, fee status, Socrates and Erasmus schemes, visiting students, staff fee remission, affiliated colleges, external fees, short course transfer to degree programme, accreditation for prior learning, Loyalty bursary scheme, scholarships, joint programmes, Faculty fee levels.

Tuition fees information from Student Support

The cost of a programme

Current, prospective

Tuition fees, living expenses, medical care, assessment of tuition fees to be charges to students (home or overseas).

Finances information from Student Support

Data Protection Act 1998


Reasons for the Act, consent, definitions, players in the Act, principles, obligations, exemptions, good practice advice, Freedom Information Bill 1999.

Data Protection website produced by the Information Governance Office.

For more information, see government website.

Faculty Handbooks


General information on Faculty, conduct and discipline, graduation, attendance and absence, date of semesters, complaints procedure, computer misuse, Data Protection Act 1998, tuition fees, harassment, John Rylands University Library, regulations, student progression, assessment, student support and guidance, student feedback and representation, etc.

Contact Faculty/ Schools Administrators

Programme Handbooks


Programme information: unit list and content, aims, learning outcomes, assessment, pre-requisites, regulations, work and attendance, recommended reading lists, etc.

Contact Schools administration offices