Clubs & Societies

What is PASS?

By: Florian Forster

“Where am I and what exactly am I doing here?” – the first weeks at University can be a little overwhelming, but thankfully we have great systems in place to ease you in. The Peer Assisted Study Scheme (PASS) is one of them and here’s how it works!


PASS was introduced as a Supplementary Instruction (SI) in the early seventies in the US to support students in notoriously tough courses and has since spread around the world. It is an approach to learning by brainstorming with different students. To get the ball rolling, each session is led by two PASS leaders who introduce the day’s topic to a group of students.

Personally, the scheme is extremely beneficial as it allows the students to share their

thoughts on a given topic and act  as a first point of contact at university to find friends as well as support.

The leaders also benefit from the experience as they undergo professional leadership Pic3courses and have a chance to put their skills into practice at the weekly sessions. The scheme is run by a handful of coordinators in each school who set agendas, supply resources and keep improving the scheme.

The scheme also allows leaders to bring new ideas to the table, which ensures we’re always innovative with the programme. Recently, I worked with my peers on a student guide to course selection for the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science.

This just shows that schemes like PASS are not just beneficial to the students, but also to their leaders. PASS has taught me to not be afraid of taking up new projects, , making the most of the time at University and meeting new and interesting people.

Come along and get involved!




Into the wild with University societies

By: Jake Jones

Looking for some adventure in your life?  Keen to escape the urban sprawl and get into the wild?  The University’s large number of outdoorsy student societies makes it easier than ever to get out of the city and try something new.

Many choose to get involved with the outdoorsy clubs to relax and unwind from their studies.  As well as being a great chance to exercise, travel and enjoy some natural beauty, spending time in the outdoors has been proven to help reduce stress levels and improve mental wellbeing.

Many of Manchester’s students turn to the outdoorsy clubs for a dose of adrenaline to shake off the work-week.  Thrill-seekers can choose to spend their weekends climbing snowy peaks, kayaking down roaring white-water rapids, and exploring ancient underground caverns.  Manchester has something for everyone  – this article introduces a few of the most popular.

For hard-core hikers and those seeking picturesque views:pic1

The University of Manchester Hiking Club (UMHC) is one of the biggest University clubs, and has trips every weekend exploring the mountain regions of the UK.  UMHC travels far and wide, from the tranquil waters, lovely villages and green rolling hills of the Lake District, to the rugged, wind-swept wilderness of the Scottish Highlands.  The club caters to people of all levels of fitness (provided they have an appropriate coat and boots!), so whether you want a relaxed walk in the nature or a big 20 km day of summit-bagging and scrambling, UMHC has something for you!  UMHC also has fell-running and climbing groups, weekly socials and pub nights, and is very popular with international students as a way to travel to the more remote parts of the UK.

To find out more about UMHC, check out their Facebook page


For vertical thrill-seekers:pic2

For those who prefer their mountain climbing to be on the more vertical side, the Manchester University Mountaineering Club (MUMC) is the first choice.  MUMC has weekly trips to Manchesters’ many climbing walls, such as Rockover and Manchester Climbing Centre. It also organises an annual winter skills trip where you can learn the basics of winter climbing and other mountaineering techniques.  In the warmer months MUMC also run climbing trips to the Peak District, as well trips to Wales.

Interested? Learn more about MUMC here

For aquatic adventures:pic3

If you’re more drawn to exploring the rivers and rapids of the British countryside, the Manchester University Canoe Club (MUCC) runs trips kayaking all over the UK.  MUCC is suited to all abilities, from beginner paddlers to white-water warriors, and have gentle river trips as well as technical white-water adventures.  If you’re new to kayaking,  MUCC have skills sessions as well as weekly canoe polo practises, socials and circuit training.

Check out the society Facebook here

To discover the world beneath our feet:

For a truly extraordinary subterranean experience, the Manchester University Speleology Club (MUSC) can introduce you to caving, where you can explore underground rivers, marvel at spectacular stalactites and abseil into ancient caverns.

Society Facebook page

For social city running:

For some mid-week outdoors recreation, Run Wild puts on weekly runs around the city’s parks and footpaths, as well as participates in races such as the Great Manchester Run (10 km) and the Manchester Marathon.

Society Facebook page

For a chilled out day slacklining:

If you’d prefer a more chilled-out day in one of Manchester’s green spaces, the Slackline Society is a great way to hone your balance and core strength whilst enjoying sunshine and nature.

Society Facebook page


Getting involved with the UoM outdoors clubs has brought me health, happiness and friends, and is definitely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!


University… What’s it actually about?

Wow, hasn’t that year flown by. 9 months ago I started my adventure in Manchester, armed with boxes and anticipation and now, I sit here having finished my first year!! You always hear people saying “enjoy your first year whilst it lasts” and having just finished mine… I would say this is a good bit of advice!

“After all, no one can have too many friends!”


Drama Society’s production of Breathing Corpses at Antwerp Mansion

When a man has lost all happiness, he’s not alive. Call him a breathing corpse’– Sophocles

For most University of Manchester students, Antwerp will hold some pretty interesting connotations, including being one of the city’s most dilapidated nightclubs (you should see the toilets, honestly), however at half past six on a freezing Friday evening, my friends and I were attending Antwerp for a totally different reason. My friend Jemima had told us about a play by the drama society: Breathing Corpses- a chilling, cyclical tale where a body is discovered, which leads to a series of morbid revelations: how well do you really know yourself, and the people around you? We all agreed it was an opportunity it would be totally stupid for us to pass up.

“As a University of Manchester student, there are so many things to do in a city that truly never sleeps…”

The play’s summary? A hotelmaid. A dog. A box. A knife. Seven people pretending to be other people- How did they get where they are? These people like you and me? How did they get where they are, and where are they going?

The play. Breathing Corpses. A dark comedy. That’s not funny.


Manchester Ballroom and Latin Society hits Blackpool

There are so many clubs and societies for you to get involved with at Manchester! Whatever your hobby, chances are you can find like-minded people to share your passion with! Throughout my undergraduate degree I was involved in ballroom and Latin American dancing and was thrilled to find that I could continue with it here in Manchester…

“Whatever your passion be sure to take the time away from your studies to do what you love…”

The Manchester University Ballroom and Latin society meet once a week for lessons of all standards covering all the graceful ballroom and the sexy latin dances. Throughout the year we practice hard and often at weekends there will be a friendly competition against dancingother University teams where we can glam up and strut our stuff on the dancefloor. The highlight of our year though is the Inter-Varsity Dance Competition in the world famous
Empress Ballroom in Blackpool Winter Gardens; though an elegant affair in beautiful surroundings there is all the excitement and noise as a football match, sequins wherever you look and afterwards we know how to party! 😉 So here’s what went on during IVDC weekend!


Hello! Hola! Bonjour! Dia dhuit!

Student quote of the day – ‘If everyone else is thinking outside the box, the best thing to do is to think inside the box’

“Oh I’m not a language person”. That despairing declaration that I hear so often said by those who have struggled or are currently struggling to grasp a new language. Here in the UK the majority of people don’t go out of there way to try and acquire a second tongue, finding ourselves lost amongst verbs, rules and reasons why what we just said was utter nonsense. But is it really that difficult? Can this task which sometimes seeme impossible to overcome be conquered? The easy answer is yes, but here’s the key:

Integrate it into your life.

“…you can receive 2 classes a month for only 1 pound for the entire year! Don’t miss out on this opportunity!”


Women in STEM groups in Manchester

If you’re thinking about coming to Manchester for a science course and are keen to promote women and minorities in what is often a male-dominated area, then Manchester really is the place for you! The University is renowned for promoting equality among research staff and students and has been the recipient of the Athena Swan Silver award because of its contributions to the cause. If you’re looking for an inspiring role model who better than our Vice Chancellor Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell who runs not only a successful research lab but also the entire University!

“If you love science, learning new things and meeting new people then Manchester certainly has lots to offer you”