Foreword from Stephanie Lee - Head of Widening Participation and Outreach

The Manchester Access Programme (MAP) is the University’s flagship widening access programme, supporting the progression of young people living and studying in Greater Manchester into the University. Targeted at students in their first year of sixth form from backgrounds under-represented in higher education, the programme develops their preparedness for studying in a research-intensive institution by giving them first-hand experience of student life.

The first MAP students joined the programme in 2006 and since then the cohort has grown from 100 participants to over 600 students in 2015. The growth of the programme has been made possible by all the different people who support it and their contributions are recognised through the case studies that are featured on this website.

1,344 MAP students have entered the University between 2007 and 2015 and many of these students have now graduated and are employed in a range of professions or undertaking further study. The impact of the programme on participants and the benefits it has brought are shared by the students themselves in the ‘What MAP means to me’ section of this website.

The programme embodies the University’s goal of delivering an outstanding learning and student experience, with no boundaries or barriers. It also epitomises the University’s goal to be a socially responsible institution, making a difference to the communities around it. I hope that during the next 10 years we will continue to see the life-changing impact of the Manchester Access Programme, as more and more young people experience its benefits and take advantage of the opportunities the programme opens up to them. 

Case Studies

People are at the heart of MAP and it’s their energy and enthusiasm that make the programme so successful. Throughout the next year we will be profiling a range of case studies to showcase the success stories of MAP students and to provide an insight in to the contributions and support from University staff, students and alumni donors.

  • All
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Academic Tutors
  • Graduates
  • Donors
  • MAP Link Coordinators
Case Study Maimoona Khan

Maimoona completed the Manchester Access Programme in 2007. She studied English Language at   The University of Manchester and is now an English teacher at Manchester Communications Academy.

Case Study Dr. Lynne Hampson

Dr Lynne Hampson is a lecturer in the Institute of Cancer Sciences and  has been a MAP Academic Tutor for many years.

Academic Tutor
Case Study Ilyas Nagdee

At school, Ilyas had never even thought about applying to university. But after being introduced to the Manchester Access Programme (MAP) he was more prepared to consider his options and was supported to apply to Manchester. Now well into his degree, Ilyas is proud to be a MAP ambassador, supporting other students like him to consider university.

Case Study Scott Clayton

Scott Clayton completed the Manchester Access Programme in 2010 before progressing in to the University to study Ancient History and Archaeology. Throughout his  studies Scott has  been a very active Student Ambassador, acting as a mentor to many MAP students and supporting them in their transition in to undergraduate study. Watch the video for Scott’s story!

Case Study Hira Nazir Graduate
Case Study Steven Jones Academic Tutor
Case Study Joanne Boyes map link coordinators
Case Study Albert Pattison Donor
Case Study Rebecca Hardman Ambassador