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The University of Manchester hosted SUPI

Manchester Research Gateway

Principal Investigator: Professor Timothy O'Brien

Title: The University of Manchester Research Gateway for Schools and Colleges

Lead school: Altrincham Grammar School for Girls (Altrincham, Cheshire)

Original project proposal

The University of Manchester's RCUK School-University Partnership work will create and embed a Research Gateway for Schools and Colleges to support secondary schools, colleges and the University to work together in bringing contemporary research to life with young people from all backgrounds.

Examples of projects to be delivered include:

  • Dr Nick Bojdo demonstrating the principles of flight and talking about his research with secondary students at Altrincham Grammar School for GirlsA single online ‘brokerage’ service that links trained 'public-engagement active' research staff with schools and colleges who seek the input of researchers into areas of the curriculum.
  • Using the collections and objects in the University's public spaces such as the Manchester Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery, John Rylands Library and Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, to bring young people into contact with PhD and early career researchers.
  • A programme of interactive and practical activities, delivered on campus and in school, showcasing the institution's breadth of discipline areas*.
  • Web-based resources providing young people and their advisers with exciting, relevant and age-tailored information on research as a career.
  • Support for learners undertaking the Extended Project Qualification to get an early taste of the research process through undertaking primary research inquiries.

The University will work in partnership with a diverse range of schools and colleges across the region, including its partner Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, four other local Teaching Schools and institutions targeted as part of its extensive widening participation strategy.

The Research Gateway for Schools and Colleges will also build an infrastructure of training, reward, evaluation and dissemination to embed this work within the institution.

Recent activities

  • Training and funding programme for PhD students and Early-Career Researchers
  • Portal for teachers and researchers to connect with each other
  • Upcoming Teacher CPD opportunities, including a Sustainability Seminar and conferences for teachers of Maths and Sciences

Project contacts: Roz Webster (, Project Officer, and Edward Trotman (

Also: Stephanie Lee (, Head of Widening Participation and Outreach

Project website:

Project video:

* The image shows Dr Nick Bojdo demonstrating the principles of flight and talking about his research with secondary students at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls

Associated case study: 
From Bugs to Drugs: Pharmacy Research Experience Day
Extended Project Qualifications: Mathematical Modelling and Problem Solving
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Case studies