Directorate for the Student Experience


Student Recruitment and International Development

We play a key role in the very beginning of a young person’s journey into higher education. Part of the team work closely with prospective learners from primary school age upwards, teachers, parents and guardians as well as colleagues across the University in support of the University’s widening participation and student recruitment ambitions. Elsewhere, we focus on international partnerships and relationships to promote global collaboration opportunities.

Widening Participation and Outreach

The Widening Participation team delivers higher education awareness raising activities with targeted learners from primary school through to adults returning to education. Activities include visits to campus, summer schools, mentoring and taster days providing information advice and guidance to students currently under-represented in higher education e.g. students from low-income families and low socio-economic groups, young people who have been in care and some black and ethnic minority groups. The team is responsible for coordinating the University's Access Agreement with the Office for Fair Access. This sets out how the University invests a proportion of its higher fee income to support students from widening participation backgrounds.

Home/EU Student Recruitment

The team offer advice and guidance to students nearing university age by visiting schools and attending education fairs. They also organise on-campus events such as Open Days and campus tours for potential undergraduates and postgraduates, and provide offer holders with targeted and in-depth information to ensure Manchester is their first choice of University.

The International Office

The International Office plan and implement recruitment activities overseas including supporting the production of key publications, attending events overseas, providing guidance on international qualifications and conducting pre-departure briefings. The team supports academic schools by sharing knowledge and providing information about the international market, and manages the University’s international agent portfolio and relationships with key international government sponsors.

International Relations

The International Relations team is responsible for the support of Arrival and Welcome, Equity and Merit Scholarships, and sponsor engagement. The International Programmes Office part of the team promotes the positive and valuable experiences that studying abroad can deliver and encourage students to take the opportunity (if appropriate to their studies). They provide information, advice and guidance on the various programmes available and handle the administration of the Exchange, Erasmus and Study Abroad programmes.

The overall International team support the development and implementation of the Internationalisation Strategy.

Student Communications and Marketing

The Student Communications and Marketing Team works with colleagues across the University to provide students with high quality and consistent information from first enquiry through to graduation and beyond. The Team is responsible for a number of central communications channels - including the prospectuses, e-newsletters, My Manchester, and Crucial Guide Live.

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