The Widening Participation team is based in SRAIDD (Student Recruitment, Admissions & International Development Division); for a full description of Widening Participation aims and objectives, and the programmes offered to schools and colleges, please see the links below. Widening Participation within the Faculty of Humanities can be described as the following:

 “The Faculty of Humanities is home to eight Schools that together offer a rich variety of outreach activities designed to raise awareness of the diversity of Humanities degrees and the opportunities and benefits that studying these can provide …”

The role of the Widening Participation Award Holders – selected from different subject areas across the Faculty – is to develop and deliver a programme of workshops and events for primary, secondary and post-16 students which offer training and guidance on generic skills required for humanities degree programmes, or which offer a subject specific focus which introduces students to different degree areas.

For the past two academic years I have been the Award Holder (or ‘rep’, if you like) for AHVS Widening Participation. I will be using the blog to update students and staff on WP events and projects, and my progress in promoting AHVS and the Cultural Assets (Manchester Museum and Whitworth Art Gallery) to a younger audience. As we know, AHVS is not a curriculum subject, therefore my aim as an Award Holder is to not only promote AHVS as a degree focus, but to also encourage the study of visual arts and culture within all levels of education and learning.

W.P. Editor

 http://www.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/wideningparticipation/

 http://www.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/schoolsandcolleges/wideningparticipation/

 http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=4294

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