The Manchester Access Programme (MAP)

by | Jan 29, 2019 | Funding, News, Workshops/training | 0 comments

The Manchester Access Programme (MAP) is now recruiting academic members of staff or PhD students for academic tutors for 2019.

This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to the social responsibility goals of the University whilst also further developing your one-to-one tutoring

What is MAP?

MAP is the University’s flagship widening participation scheme, supporting the progression of talented local sixth form (Year 12) students into The University of Manchester or another research intensive university. You can find out more about MAP on our website.  We are hoping to recruit approximately 640 students on the programme this year, all of whom will have attended state school and have no history of higher education in their family.

In order to successfully complete the programme and earn a two A-level grade reduction (or equivalent) towards an admissions offer from The University of Manchester and a scholarship, each MAP student must complete an academic assignment.  The academic assignment is 1,500 words on a topic of their choice and will help them to develop the essential research and academic writing skills needed to be a successful university student.

MAP Academic Tutors

Being a MAP Academic Tutor involves supporting 1- 6 MAP students during their time on the scheme, and overseeing their completion of the academic assignment. The tutoring process includes two 45 minute one-to-one meetings with each student and the marking of their draft and final assignment.

  • Thursday 2 May –  First Contact Tutor Day – MAP Students will email you to introduce themselves and to arrange a time for the first meeting.
  • Thursday 2 May – Thursday 6 June – First Meeting – To agree on an appropriate assignment title and go through the expectations and learning outcomes of the assignment process. (45 minutes)
  • Wednesday 26 June – Second Contact Tutor Day – MAP Students will email you to contact to arrange the second meeting
  • July – Mark Draft Assignment – Mark the draft assignment through Blackboard. You must provide feedback by Tuesday 13 August. (2 hours)
  • Wednesday 10 July – Tuesday 13 August
  • – Second Meeting
  • To give feedback to the students regarding the draft they should have submitted to you and to highlight areas for improvement.
  • (45 minutes)
  • August – Mark Final Assignment – Mark the final assignment through Blackboard. You must provide assignment marks by Sunday 9 September.
  • (1.5 hours)


Payment is £60 per student you tutor. These are paid in two £30 instalments – one payment after the first meeting and one after the final assessment has been marked through Blackboard.


If you are interested in becoming a MAP Academic Tutor, then please complete the online application form. Application closing date is midnight on Sunday 3rd February 2019. Successful applicants will be contacted by mid-February.

How applications are considered

Although we would hope to offer as many colleagues as possible the chance to work with us, we cannot guarantee that by completing the application you will be able to tutor on the programme next year.

Priority will be given to the following;

  1. Individuals that indicate they can tutor in subject areas that are in demand for the 2019 cohort. (As we are still recruiting students for 2019, we are still unsure of subject demand and how many tutors are required for each discipline).
  2. Individuals that have previously applied to be an Academic Tutor however have not been offered this opportunity.
  3. We will then consider how well an individual has met the person specification on their application.

Person Specification

  • Experience of working with young adults or young people under the age of 18, delivering mentoring, tutoring, outreach or enrichment activities.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written), demonstrating the ability to understand and adapt to different learning styles to communicate in a way that is clear and engaging.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and evidence of developing positive and professional relationships with individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • Ability to offer advice, support and guidance in a constructive, positive and non-judgmental way.

DBS and Training

All new tutors MUST have an up to date Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in order to work as an academic tutor on MAP. This is to ensure we are working in line with the University of Manchester’s Child Protection Policy.  If you are successful in being offered this role, and you do not currently have a DBS check, then you will be invited to complete a DBS check by the MAP team in February.

All new tutors must also attend a compulsory tutor training session. We will be running training sessions for all tutors during February and March and, if we are able to offer you a tutoring role, will be in touch to let you know when they are running.  You will also be supported by the MAP team throughout the process and receive resources to help you.

We look forward to receiving your applications.

Please do not hesitate to contact if you have any queries.

Posted on behalf of: The MAP Team | Manchester Access Programme | Undergraduate Recruitment and Widening Participation| Directorate for the Student Experience | 2.054 The Rutherford Building | Coupland Street | The University of Manchester | Manchester |M13 9PL

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 6505


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