Teaching and learning

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

Before the pandemic we were already committed to improving our blended learning provision, as our students tell us that the most effective learning comes from a mix of both on and off campus experiences.

We’re ready to deliver the best blended teaching and learning experience possible. 

How will you learn?

  • In Semester 1 all lectures will be delivered online, allowing you to work at your own pace, where and when it suits you, whether that’s at your home-made desk or on the sofa.
  • We'll deliver other teaching activities face-to-face to smaller, socially distanced groups in lecture spaces – think seminars, tutorials, practical and lab work. This means that you'll still benefit from some time in person with your fellow classmates and teaching staff.
  • We’ll revisit these arrangements during Semester 1 to see if more face-to-face teaching can be introduced safely.

What is blended learning?

Peter Green, Head of Education in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, explains what blended learning is. 


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’re launching an IT Access Scheme to provide laptop loans to help get online. We will be sending out more information over the summer months about the type of support available and how to apply.

A student's perspective

Final year History and Sociology student Ella shares her experience of blended learning. 


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.