Other ways to get involved

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre is part of the University of Manchester. Please find below other ways you and your learners can get involved!

Department of Physics and Astronomy outreach

The University of Manchester Department of Physics and Astronomy runs a number of outreach events throughout the year for Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, and Colleges.

Click here to be taken to their site.

Work experience (16+)

Work experience placements at the Department of Physics and Astronomy are organised as part of the Nuffield Foundation’s work experience scheme.

This scheme offers over 1,000 four to six-week summer placements in STEM subjects each year, giving students over 16 the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists.

Visit the Nuffield Foundation website for more information and how to apply.

Improving university access: Manchester Access Programme

The University of Manchester’s Manchester Access Programme (MAP) aims to help Year 12 students who (a) live locally to the University’s campus and (b) meet specific criteria, to secure a place at The University of Manchester, or another research-intensive university.


MAP participants complete a portfolio of work that demonstrates specific knowledge and skills. Tasks include completing an academic assignment (with the full support of a University staff member or postgraduate researcher), attending a two-day University Life Residential and participating in a number of workshops based on individual interests.


If you successfully complete MAP, there are lots of benefits:

  • Receive advice and guidance for your UCAS application and personal statement.
  • Receive an early decision on your UCAS application (if you decide to apply to The University of Manchester).
  • Be awarded the Undergraduate Access Scholarship (currently £1000), if you start an undergraduate course at The University of Manchester. Students from households where the income is below £25,000 per year will receive the award for each year of their study.
  • Receive a reduced offer of up to two A-Level grades (or equivalent, depending on the qualifications you study) below the standard entry offer at The University of Manchester.
  • Enhance your skills, such as your time management, communication and team working abilities.
  • Prepare for different types of teaching and learning at university.
  • Gain information about the different types of university courses available and what it’s like to be a university student.

Application Instructions

Applications are open from November to December. You can find the application form and further information on the MAP website.

If you have any queries, please get in touch with the MAP team at map@manchester.ac.uk or 0161 306 6505.

The MAP team is hosting a live webinar at 4.30pm on Wednesday 28 November 2018. A member of the MAP team will be talking about the benefits of the programme, what it entails and how to apply. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask any MAP-related questions you may have, which will be answered in real-time by a member of the team. You can register for the webinar here.

Studying astrophysics at Jodrell Bank

Jodrell Bank is part of the University of Manchester. Undergraduate students on the Physics with Astrophysics course get the opportunity to come to Jodrell Bank; to work in the labs, make observations with some of our radio telescopes, or use optical telescopes at night.

You can find out more at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics site.

The University of Manchester offers many more physics courses. Find out more on the School of Physics and Astronomy site.

Get a feel for what it’s like studying physics at Manchester…

The Great Science Share (Primary)

Do you want to raise the profile of science in your school and celebrate your pupils’ curiosity? The Great Science Share for Schools is about children communicating something that they have been investigating…starting with a question that they are interested in answering.

Since 2016, over 100,000 young people have taken part and shared their scientific investigations with their peers; we are excited to invite you to be part of the 2020 campaign.

By promoting child-centred learning in science, the campaign gives young people a great chance to communicate their scientific questions and investigations to new audiences – in their own words and ways. To find out more, be inspired and to register your interest visit www.greatscienceshare.org or email at GreatSciShare@manchester.ac.uk

Greater Manchester Engineering Challenge (KS2 & KS3)

The Greater Manchester Engineering Challenge brings together primary and secondary school students and opens up engineering through inspirational people and activities.

The Greater Manchester Engineering Challenge encourages pupils between the ages of 7-13 to put their engineering skills to the test to solve a problem. Each year the challenge has a theme that looks to tackle key issues found in society today. Students can benefit from taking part in GMEC as by following the engineering design process and Engineering Habits of Mind, they can develop their problem solving, communications and iterative design skills by building a solution to the problem set by the challenge.

Any school can get involved, click here to find out more!

Teacher CPD from SEERIH

SEERIH is the University of Manchester’s Science and Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub. We offer a learning programme that increases teachers’ access to knowledge, skills and like-minded professionals.

Click here to be taken to their site.

Manchester Museum

Manchester Museum is also part of the University of Manchester, with their own exciting learning programme for schools.

Click here to be taken to their site.

John Rylands Library

John Rylands Library is also part of the University of Manchester, with their own exciting learning programme for schools.

Click here to be taken to their site.

Whitworth Art Gallery

The Whitworth Art Gallery is also part of the University of Manchester, with their own exciting learning programme for schools.

Click here to be taken to their site.