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 of the quality of your learning experience and we will ensure that the learning outcomes of your course are met.

How will you learn?

  • In Semester 1, we will be retaining some in-person teaching on accredited and professional programmes; for on-campus laboratory, clinical and practice-based teaching , where it is safe to do so.
  • All other teaching will move online, including Academic Advising and most small group sessions, allowing you to work safely at your own pace from home. 
  • These arrangments will be in place until 30 October 2020, but will be reviewed on 23 October to see if more face-to-face teaching can be introduced safely.

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.

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.