Your time at Manchester is only just beginning. Make the most of your time here by getting involved in as many activities as you can.
With so much to choose from, it might be hard to know where to start. It might be helpful to think of one thing you’d love to do, change or create. Do you want to understand something more deeply, or make a difference? Do you want to lead those around you, or try something outside of your academic discipline?
Whatever you choose to do, we’ll record it for you as part of your transcript at graduation.
Taking part in some of these activities will take you one step closer to gaining the Stellify Award.
Learn without boundaries - UCIL
So you’re an engineer. But are you also a humanitarian? You’re a historian. But are you also vital to developing new technology? The only limit to learning at Manchester is your own curiosity.
Look beyond your core academic discipline and take advantage of our flexible learning environment. We offer a wide range of interdisciplinary and international course units and extra-curricular opportunities, so you can develop fresh ways of looking at the problems you face and a new awareness of what inspires you.
- Sign up for an academic course unit through the University College for Interdisciplinary Learning (UCIL). Study modules such as: the search for extra terrestrial life, becoming an inspirational individual, from Sherlock Holmes to CSI: a history of forensic science and medicine, understanding mental health or learn a language.
Understand the issues that matter - Ethical Grand Challenges
You are part of a wide and wonderful world. What part will you play in its future?
At Manchester we’re conscious of the effect that our actions have on the world around us. We seek to inspire others and have a positive impact across everything we do.
This is your chance to become ethically, socially and politically informed on global challenges that matter to local communities. Open your mind to alternative ideas, work with new people and hear their views. Our Ethical Grand Challenges will help you tackle problems relating to equality and diversity, environment and sustainability, ethics and social justice.
- Take part in the Ethical Grand Challenges – work with students from across disciplines to understand and tackle real-world problems in sustainability, social justice, and workplace ethics throughout your first, second and final years.
Make a difference - volunteer
We’re all unique individuals, yet we work better together. What impact will you have on society?
You’ll find a huge range of volunteering and outreach opportunities for you to get involved in here. Develop new skills, confidence and talents through philanthropic work, and discover what you’re capable of contributing to the world.
- Student Volunteering – thousands of volunteering opportunities and ideas for Manchester students, from educational outreach to charity and fundraising work within Manchester, across the UK and overseas
Step up and lead - societies, course rep, residents' association
Confidence comes from self-knowledge, rooted in the trial of experience. Do you have the courage to try, fail and learn in order to succeed?
At Manchester we recognise that we all have the potential to inspire others through our actions, passions, commitments and achievements.
Challenge yourself. Try your hand at student representation, entrepreneurship, project management, public speaking – you might be surprised by what you can achieve.
- Students’ Union elections – your chance to campaign for roles in our Students’ Union and the National Union of Students
- Student societies – the UK’s biggest SU has hundreds of societies with varied positions of responsibility in which you could test and develop your leadership skills
- Student Reps – represent fellow students on your course or in your research group
- Residents’ Association elections – if you’re living in student halls, nominate yourself for a role in your Residents’ Association or Junior Common Room
Create your future - careers
Ambition requires inspiration, success requires action. What dreams could you unfold and explore today?
Manchester is the most targeted university by the UK’s top graduate employers – and for good reason.
Whether you have a clear vision of your future or not, you’ll discover plenty of chances to explore your options, gain skills and experience, make informed decisions and set realistic goals while you’re here. We offer some of the UK’s best student career development opportunities, illuminating your path to new adventures.
- Three essential actions – your first year is definitely not too early to think about what you want to do after graduating