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. 


MAP is 10

Scroll down to read more about what we have achieved in our first 10 years.

The Future Of MAP

Supporting local students who come from under-represented backgrounds in both their preparations for and in accessing higher education is an important part of the University’s widening access work.

In the future, the University will continue to work with local students studying at colleges in Greater Manchester supporting their progression in to The University of Manchester or another research-intensive university. We are currently in the early stages of developing a programme of activities for those students who live outside of the local area and we plan to expand our reach to work with students from across the UK - giving all learners a platform on which to demonstrate their potential for university study and also the opportunity to engage with The University of Manchester in advance of starting an undergraduate degree course.

Get Involved

If you are a member of staff or a student at The University of Manchester who would like to get involved in the programme please contact the MAP team at:

If you are a graduate of The University of Manchester and would like to support the programme please visit:

Should you wish to find out more about the Manchester Access programme you can visit the MAP website which contains information on the following:

  • Aims of the programme
  • The Benefits
  • MAP Activities
  • Academic and Background Criteria
  • How to Apply