Outreach and Widening Participation

High school students being taught by a lecturer at a Salford visit day

At the University of Salford, we are committed to breaking down traditional barriers to Higher Education, ensuring that our student cohort reflects the diversity in society. Our Outreach team offer a variety of on-and-off-campus activities for school and college groups, and we also work with teachers, careers advisors and parents to ensure that students are receiving the right information about university study.

Secondary school students in class

Work with us

We work with future applicants of all ages to raise aspirations and deliver information, advice and guidance about progression within education. We also target groups who come from backgrounds under-represented in higher education. See the below information for an overview of the types of events and activities we can deliver.

Our events and activities

On-campus activities

Our on-campus activities are a great way to engage students with our University, and enable them to discover more about their opportunities for the future.

We can provide a bespoke programme to suit your needs, which may include:

  • Aspiration-raising talks
  • Choices in education workshops
  • Campus tours
  • Subject taster sessions
  • Student ambassador Q&A panels and sessions

Secondary school visits

If you’d prefer our Outreach team to visit your school, we can deliver a programme of events to meet your requirements, including:

  • Aspiration-raising talks
  • Choices in education workshops
  • Subject taster sessions
  • Student ambassador Q&A panels and sessions

To find out more, get in touch using the contact details provided at the bottom of the page.

Specialised activities

We can work with you to create specialised activities for:

Care leavers

This is an area of particular expertise, and we are recognised nationally for our work with care leavers. We would be happy to organise bespoke activities to suit your needs.

Student carers

We recognise that students with caring responsibilities require additional support throughout their studies, and can deliver bespoke activities for student carers.

Disabled students

We work with colleagues in Disability and Learner Support to provide unique activities around progression to higher education.
Please get in touch to discuss your requirements by e-mailing outreach@salford.ac.uk.

For further information about the support we offer to care leavers, student carers and disabled students, please visit our student support service, askUS.

Greater Manchester Higher

Greater Manchester Higher is a collaboration of five universities and eight further education colleges from across Greater Manchester, who are working together to provide high-quality outreach activities for local schools and colleges as part of the HEFCE funded National Networks for Collaborative Outreach project.

GM Higher aims to improve the provision of information, advice and guidance about progression routes to higher education (HE) and improved information about the variety of HE options for learners and their key influencers.

Activities with Greater Manchester Higher

Year 8 and 9 choice days

These one-day events are designed to give year 8/9 learners an opportunity to reflect on their options for the future, in advance of selecting their GCSE options. Learners will examine the implication of their choices and how these influence their future. These days are hosted at our MediaCityUK campus.

Full details of upcoming events and booking information can be found on the GM Higher website.

Year 10 taster days

Taster days provide learners with the opportunity to visit a university campus and gain an insight into student life, as well as explore the range of courses available. Throughout the visit, pupils will work closely with current undergraduate students to obtain first-hand information about studying at a higher level. These days are hosted at our Peel Park Campus.

Full details of upcoming events and booking information can be found on the GM Higher website.

In-school activities

Greater Manchester Higher are committed to attending information and guidance events in schools, to promote higher education to learners in Greater Manchester. Examples of events we might attend include:

  • Parents' evenings
  • Options evenings

We also offer a wide range of presentations and workshops including:

  • Student life presentations
  • Year 8/9 choices presentations
  • Year 10/11 choices presentations
  • General HE presentations (for parents)
  • Revision skills workshops for year 11
  • Star Student board game for year 8/9

Full details of the presentations and workshops we can deliver and how to book in a representative can be found on the GM Higher website.

Get in touch

To find out more information about our events and activities, or to discuss your individual requirements, please contact us by e-mailing outreach@salford.ac.uk.