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