Changing lives through social enterprise

Christina, a scholarship recipient and graduate of the Manchester Enterprise Centre, is changing the lives of young people with her award-winning Aim Sky High Company. Start-up businesses are becoming increasingly more important to the UK economy, with 40% of all UK businesses having been set up in the past 3 years. Start-ups employ 12% of Read More…


Why increasing university access is only the start

We’ve made impressive steps in increasing access to university, but it’s increasingly clear we need to do more to help low-income students even after they arrive at university. Access to university has been increasing. In 2016, young people in England were 31% more likely to attend university than in 2006, and despite fears around rising Read More…


Levelling the playing field in the media

Breaking through the ‘class ceiling’ is just one more challenge for many of our students from low income backgrounds. There is a shortage and lack of appreciation of women working in the media. Research conducted by Women in Journalism found that on the front page of our daily newspapers, just 22% of by-lines were women. Read More…


Life changing scholarships: Hamza’s story

Hamza is a shining example of why access to university shouldn’t be restricted by economic background.   In Greater Manchester over a quarter of children are living in poverty and in many communities, most people don’t go on to higher education after finishing school. In Bury, for example, only 27% of pupils who receive free Read More…


Michael graduating

Supporting students through difficult times

Ensuring our students can fulfil their academic potential regardless of unexpected financial difficulties “Without this help, I honestly wouldn’t have been able to get through this tough time and go on to become a doctor.” Financial difficulties can be a source of extreme stress for students, particularly when balancing part time work with exams or Read More…


A year of crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is one of the fastest growing methods of fundraising for business, charities and individuals. One year ago, we set up a platform to allow our staff and students the opportunity to take advantage of this growing market. In 2010, $880 million was raised globally through crowdfunding platforms. Five years later in 2015, that had Read More…


Inspiring female engineers

Only 10% of engineering professionals in the UK are women. Donations to scholarships can help change that. During dogfights in the early part of WWII, there was a serious problem with British spitfires. When entering a nosedive to manoeuvre against an enemy aircraft, the negative G-force would cause the engine to stall. The German aircraft Read More…


Studying after a brain tumour

In July 2014, Megan Crean had a craniotomy to remove a tumour in her brain. Two months later, she began a degree at Manchester. Hydrocephalus is a build-up of fluid in the brain, which can cause a variety of symptoms including blurred vision, headaches and difficulty walking. There are many different causes of the condition: Read More…


Maasai

Fighting climate change

Maasai tribe member Valentin Olyang’Iri has witnessed firsthand the devastation caused by droughts in his home country of Tanzania. Now, thanks to a donor-funded scholarship from The University of Manchester, he’s working to protect the habitat that he calls home.   For centuries, the Maasai communities of East Africa have lived in harmony with the rich Read More…


Students in cafe

Donations change lives: widening access

More students than ever before are coming to Manchester thanks to support from donors. Find out how your support is changing lives for the better. At Manchester, we know what it means to face a challenge. And the same goes for many of our students. Manchester sits in one of the most deprived areas in the Read More…