Teaching and learning

We're proud of our teaching and learning at Manchester and the industrious ‘Manchester spirit’ which drives it forward.

We understand that many of you will be worried about your studies, but we are ready to deliver the best teaching experience possible. Although more of our activities will be delivered online, our campus remains open. This change won’t impact the quality of your learning experience and we will ensure that the learning outcomes of your course are met.

How will you learn?

Our aims for Semester 2

We’re committed to an on-campus experience as part of our blended, flexible learning model and are therefore keen to offer teaching activities on campus when we can safely and practically deliver them, alongside our high-quality online teaching and learning.

On that basis, and provided that external factors are favourable, our aim is to deliver teaching in Semester 2:

  • with all of your lectures online – but remember that lectures are just one aspect of your teaching and some other teaching will be delivered in-person on campus where we can;
  • by planning to deliver an average of two hours’ in-person, on-campus teaching per week for every student present in Manchester, where it is safe and feasible to do so;
  • by prioritising laboratory, clinical and practice-based teaching because those tend to be essential for particular programmes. Your Faculty will work with your programme team to figure out the right mix of on-campus and online for you;
  • with academic advising and project and dissertation supervision activities taking place online, with an on-campus option should you require and request this, or where in-person supervision is essential (for example, for some laboratory-based projects).

Operating in this way will also mean that our Library and on-campus study spaces will aim to further extend their opening hours into the evenings and weekends, and PC Clusters (our suites of on-campus computers) will be accessible in-person, in addition to via remote log in. 

To ensure everyone stays safe, we must also be prepared to adapt in response to the changing situation, should we need to.

Online learning

  • Online teaching will be delivered through a combination of our virtual learning environment Blackboard, and video software like Zoom and Microsoft Teams.
  • The exact methods of delivery will vary from course to course, and you’ll receive more about this from your School, but whatever you’re studying, you’ll have the tools to learn, communicate and collaborate with your classmates and teaching staff, wherever you are.
  • Our IT Services team can provide you with the technical support you need to make the most of your online learning. If you don’t have access to a computer or the financial means to purchase one, we’ve launched an IT Access Scheme to provide laptop loans to help get online.

Learning support

You’ll benefit from individual learning support to help you take control of your learning and develop your confidence.

  • Our Library offers a variety of training and skills resources to support your studies and research, from academic writing and other academic skills to referencing, copyright and research skills. 
  • If you’re an undergraduate student, you’ll be assigned an academic adviser by your School at the start of the year. They will be there to give advice about any academic issues you experience during your course and can help you tackle practical issues such as registration for course units, exam preparation and time management.
  • Our Peer Assisted Study Scheme (PASS) will give you the opportunity to build on your existing knowledge through discussion with fellow students, in an informal and support environment, where you can compare notes, analyse, criticise, ask questions, and talk through ideas.

Additional support services

We provide a range of support services, including:

  • the Disability Advisory and Support Service, which will help if you have additional needs arising from a medical condition, a physical or sensory disability, a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, or a mental health problem that affects your study; 
  • the Counselling Service, which provides professional and confidential counselling for students with personal problems affecting their work or sense of wellbeing;
  • the Students’ Union Advice Service, with full-time advisers who can assist with issues such as housing or finance;
  • the Student Services Centre, which is the central point of contact for all administrative services once you enrol at the University.