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Manchester Access Programme (MAP) now recruiting for academic tutors

11 Jan 2018

An opportunity for you to contribute to the University's social responsibility goals while also developing your one-to-one tutoring skills and boosting your income


Manchester Access Programme (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. There will be approximately 600 students on the programme this year, all of whom will have attended state school and have no history of higher education in their family. 

We are looking for both academic members of staff and PhD students to tutor these students.

In order to successfully complete the programme and earn a two grade reduction 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.

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

Payment is £60 per student you tutor. Application closing date is midnight on Sunday, 4 February 2018 and successful applicants will be contacted by mid-February.

Key dates 2018

First Tutorial Meeting: Students will contact their tutor in April to arrange their first meeting which must take place between the middle of April and end of May.

During the first meeting assignment targets and titles are set.

Submit Assignment Draft: A draft of their assignment must be submitted to their tutor by the middle of July.

Second Tutorial Meeting:  After a draft assignment has been submitted, students must meet with their tutor for a second time by the start of August.

During the second meeting students receive feedback on their draft assignment.

Deadline for Final Assignment:  The deadline for submitting the final assignment is Thursday, 30 August 2018

Assignment grading: The deadline for assignment grading is Sunday, 9 September 2018.


Payment is two £30 payments for every MAP student you tutor – one payment after the first meeting and one after the final assessment has been made.


All new tutors must attend compulsory tutor training. We will be running training sessions for all tutors during February and March. You will also be supported by the MAP team throughout the process and receive resources to help you.

If you are interested, please complete the application. Although we hope to offer as many colleagues as possible the chance to work with us, we cannot guarantee participation. As we are still recruiting students, we are not sure of their subject demands. By completing the survey you will highlight your interest in working with us, and we may be able to offer you tutoring work on other projects this year.

If you complete the above application, we will be in touch mid-February regarding your interest in working on MAP.  

For any queries, contact: