The Union is run by students for students. All students are automatically members of the Union. Its key objective is to represent its students' academic and welfare interests. It complements the University's provision in terms of support and welfare services.
At the heart of the Students' Union there are eight full-time officers, including an International Officer, supported by four part-time Faculty Officers.
The Union has many societies, providing an ideal way to meet people and develop new skills. It is home to some of the most active student societies in the country, and has more than 100 groups that cater for all interests, talents and hobbies.
The Students' Union Advice and Information Centre has literature on a wide range of issues, and is staffed by two professional advisers and specially trained student officers. The student officers are well-trained, and have general expertise in welfare and academic matters and, in particular, the needs of international, mature and women students.
Whatever your preferred sport, Manchester is more than likely to be able to accommodate you. World class sporting facilities, open to participants of all ages and abilities, include:
- The National Squash Centre
- The North West Regional Basketball Centre
- The National Cycling Centre at the Manchester Velodrome - Britain's primary indoor Olympic cycle track, and widely regarded as one of the World's finest and fastest board tracks. The velodrome is also the home to the Great Britain Cycling Team.
- The Manchester Aquatics Centre, purpose-built for the Commonwealth Games pool events, and now part of our campus
If you'd rather watch, though, there's plenty more to do with two of the biggest names in British football, Manchester United and Manchester City sharing a (mostly) healthy rivalry, and reflecting the city's passion for sport.
But Manchester has the facilities to stage all kinds of world-class events, including:
- Cricket - Lancashire Cricket Club play at Old Trafford, and also regularly host the England cricket team
- Rugby League - as well as Salford Reds, you don't have to travel far to see other world-class teams like Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and St Helens
- Rugby Union - Sale are one of the best teams in the country
And other international sporting events on your doorstep include the Grand National run every year in Liverpool, whilst the British Open golf tournament is regularly held in the North West at Royal Birkdale in Southport at was held at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club.
We welcome people of all ages to our courses and are committed to extending opportunities to adults returning to study.
Many mature students study for degrees or other qualifications with the School, some for career reasons, others to satisfy personal ambitions or interests. Mature students make a vital contribution to the academic and social life of the School.
Meeting mature students
The Burlington Society is the University society for mature and postgraduate students. They have their own facilities in the Burlington Rooms, next to the John Rylands University Library. Facilities include a bar, common room (quiet, non-smoking, with free tea and coffee facilities for members), and a vegetarian cafe.
The Society organises events and activities on Thursday and Friday evenings during term time. In addition there are smaller groups for activities such as theatre and film visits, music, football, and squash.
The Plus 21 Group is an informal network of mature students across the University which meets once a week at lunchtime in the Burlington Rooms, as well as holding occasional evening events.
Students with children
Both the Dryden Street and the Echoes nurseries provide affordable nursery care for children of University students.
Manchester Sure Start Partnership gives up-to-date information about childcare available within the Manchester City Council area. Consult the website or phone the Manchester Family Information Service on 0800 083 7921.
Funding for students with children
A summary of funding issues and financial support for students with children, and links to more detailed information, is available at the Department for Education and Skills website.
You may also want to explore the support offered by charitable trusts, some of which specialise in support for students with children. Contact the Educational Grants Advisory Service in the first instance.
Mature students' advisor
The Mature Students' Advisor works with mature students, staff and services across the University to develop information, advice and support networks.
A drop-in meeting in the Centre for Continuing Education is held every Thursday, 12.30-1.30pm, in Room C1.44, 1st Floor, Humanities Building. Alternatively, contact Phil Eva on +44 (0) 161 275 3298 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.