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Manchester Access Programme (MAP) now recruiting for academic tutors for 2016

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to contribute to the social responsibility goals of the University whilst also further developing your one-to-one tutoring skills and earning some money at the same time.

MAP is the University’s flagship widening participation scheme, supporting the progression of talented local sixth form (Year 12) students into The University of Manchester or another research intensive university. You can find out more about MAP on our website. There will be over 600 students on the programme this year, all of whom will have attended state school and have no history of higher education in their family. We are looking for both academic members of staff and PhD students to tutor these students.

In order to successfully complete the programme and earn a two grade reduction towards an admissions offer from The University of Manchester and a scholarship, each MAP student must complete an academic assignment. The academic assignment is 1,500 words on a topic of their choice and will help them to develop the essential research and academic writing skills needed to be a successful university student.

Being a MAP Academic Tutor involves tutoring 1- 6 MAP students during their time on the scheme, and overseeing the production of their academic assignment. Communication with the student will be via email and the tutoring process includes two 45 minute one-to-one meetings with each student and the marking of their draft and final assignment.

Key dates 2016:

  • First Tutorial Meeting: Students will contact their tutor in April to arrange their first meeting which must take place between the middle of April and end of May. During the first meeting assignment targets and titles are set.
  • Submit Assignment Draft: A draft of their assignment must be submitted to their tutor by the middle of July.
  • Second Tutorial Meeting: After a draft assignment has been submitted, students must meet with their tutor for a second time by the start of August. During the second meeting students receive feedback on their draft assignment.
  • Deadline for Final Assignment: The deadline for submitting the final assignment is Monday 29 August 2016
  • Assignment assessment: The deadline for assignment assessment is Monday 12 September 2016.


Payment is two £30 payments for every MAP student you tutor – one payment after the first meeting and one after the final assessment has been made.


All new tutors must attend a 1.5 hour compulsory training session and further Blackboard Training session. We will be running training sessions for all tutors during March and, if we are able to offer you a tutoring role, will be in touch to let you know when they are running. You will also be supported by the MAP team throughout the process and receive resources to help you.


If you are interested can you please complete this online application. Please note that, although we would hope to offer as many colleagues as possible the chance to work with us, we cannot guarantee that by completing this survey you will be able to tutor on the programme next year. As we are still recruiting students for 2016, we are not yet sure of their subject demands, which means that we cannot say for certain how many tutors we will need for each discipline. However, by competing this survey you will highlight your interest in working with us, and we may be able to offer you tutoring work on other projects in 2016.

If you complete the above application, we will be in touch in the new year regarding your interest in working on MAP. Please do not hesitate to contact map@manchester.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Manchester Access Programme, Undergraduate Recruitment and Widening Participation, Directorate for the Student Experience, The University of Manchester

MAP Enquiries:
Tel: +44 (0)161 306 6505
Email: map@manchester.ac.uk
Web: www.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/map/

Manchester Access Programme Recruitment – 2015 Cohort

I am contacting you with regards to the University of Manchester’s Manchester Access Programme (MAP) as we will soon be recruiting for our 2015 cohort of MAP students and we would like to request your help in spreading the word to any eligible students or teachers you may come into contact with through your own activities.

The Manchester Access Programme (MAP) is The University of Manchester’s flagship widening participation scheme for local post-16 students who meet specific academic and background criteria. The aim of the programme is to support entry to The University of Manchester, or another research-intensive university, through the completion of a portfolio of work and participation in a number of events which demonstrate specific knowledge and skills. At Manchester we want to recruit students who will be successful at the University regardless of their educational and social background. In view of this, we have developed the Manchester Access Programme to target and support talented students from backgrounds currently under-represented in higher education.

The main benefits of MAP include:

  • A differential offer of 40 UCAS points towards a course at The University of Manchester.
  • A scholarship (currently £1000 a year) for the duration of the student’s undergraduate study at The University of Manchester. (This in addition to any other financial support).
  • A supported admissions process which includes support with personal statements, interviews and an early decision on the student’s application to The University of Manchester.

Other benefits include, increased knowledge of university and the application process and the development of academic and transferable skills.

Essential criteria: To be considered for the Manchester Access Programme a student must meet all of the following Essential Criteria:

  • Be in Year 12 (lower sixth) and resident in Greater Manchester and studying at a state-maintained post 16 institution or studying at a state-maintained institution in Greater Manchester;
  • Have attended a state high school (i.e. did not have to pay for their education);
  • Be studying a two-year Level 3 qualification;
  • Have at least 8 A* to C grades at GCSE (or equivalent, eg GNVQ, BTEC Certificate) including English Language and Mathematics and a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A*/A or B.
  • Their parents/carers did not attend university and have not obtained an undergraduate degree or equivalent level qualification in the UK or abroad.

If a student meets all the essential criteria, their application is then considered against the following Priority Criteria:

  • Their home postcode is defined as in a ‘disadvantaged’ or ‘low participation’ neighbourhood;
  • They have experience of Local Authority Care;
  • They are in receipt of a 16-19 bursary from their current institution;
  • They have received Free School Meals (FSM) at whilst in Secondary School.
  • They have took part in The University of Manchester’s flagship pre 16 initiative Gateways
  • They have attended a Secondary school where the Key Stage 4 performance is lower than the national average.
  • They are currently attending an institution where Key Stage 5 performance is lower than the national average.

There are two separate application routes and different application forms depending upon which subject area a student is interested in pursuing at university.

  • The first route is for applicants who are interested in studying Medicine, Dentistry or Pharmacy at university. (Students are advised to look carefully at the GCSE entry requirements should they decide to apply to one of these subject strands.)
  • The second route is for applicants who are interested in studying any other course at university.

For further information on the eligibility criteria for MAP, the benefits of the programme and MAP activities you can visit: www.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/map 

Application Process
The MAP online application form is available on the MAP website and the deadline for applications is Monday 15 December 2014.

Please do not hesitate to contact me email: jamie.bytheway@manchester.ac.uk or tel: + 44 (0)161 275 2214 if you have any questions or require further information. We can provide hard copies of the brochure attached if required and also attend events to speak about the programme if appropriate dependent on staff availability.

Posted by Jamie Bytheway,  Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Coordinator (MAP)| Directorate for the Student Experience, The University of Manchester