Student Life

Whatever stage of the journey you’re at, you’ll never be alone at UCEN Manchester. From the moment you start looking at courses with us, to after you’ve earned your qualifications and for as long as you need, we’re here to help.

Regardless of the challenges and barriers you might be facing, you’ll have support along every step of the way from our careers and welfare team. Every single one of our students matters to us, and our team will work tirelessly to provide additional support, guidance and advice wherever it’s needed, to make sure that no-one gets left behind.

For more information on our full offer of support please see the Future U: Student Support Services brochure below. 

To apply for financial support please see our Higher Education Policies page for guidance, terms and conditions and to download an application form.

Contact Information

Openshaw Campus
Ashton Old Road Openshaw
M12 6BA

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Our aim is to ensure that, as soon as you have completed your studies with us, you will have achieved exactly what you need to follow your dream career.

Last year 95% of our students went on to work or further study within 6 months of graduating.*

Our staff are award winning, experienced in their field, and specialists in the advice sector.

They are fully committed to helping each and every one of you, every step of the way, with all the support you may need.

We will help you explore your passions, follow your dreams, take your skills to the next level and prepare yourself for a career you will love.

Whatever your background, whatever your age, and whatever your ability, we aim to inspire and excite you to achieve.

* DLHE 18

UCEN Manchester offers individual information, advice and guidance sessions with qualified advisors from Careers, Employability, and Welfare who are impartial, centred on your needs and will produce a clear action plan for you to keep.

All face-to-face sessions will be held in a welcoming and safe environment. We offer a number of ways to access an Advisor on each of our campuses:

  • Booked appointments
  • Tutorials and group-work
  • Social media
  • Stalls at campus events

Email, phone and online advice: careers& or 0161 203 2100.

This service can be used by all students including distance, part-time and evening students. We have dedicated trained advisors who will respond to emails within 24 hours. In some cases, we may recommend that you attend a face-to-face appointment.

Money is always a concern for students, so we are here to guide you and offer support. If you are struggling with day-today finance, make an appointment with one of our Careers, Employability and Welfare Advisors who will work with you to maximise your income. Together, you can look at ways to improve your situation. This may be seeking part-time work or looking at any Government support you may be entitled to. Staff will guide you through the application process for Student Finance loans and answer any questions you have. 

  • Access Fund 
  • Achievers Scholarship 
  • Recognition award 

Their assessment looks at the financial need of the student and how this can be best addressed using the above funds, where appropriate. Find out more about our bursaries and eligibility. 

We have teamed up with Manchester Student Homes to ensure that if you are moving to Manchester, or are looking at becoming more independent, we can support you to find the best accommodation to suit your needs. 

Manchester Student Homes is a free, university-run housing service for students, offering: 

  • Landlord accreditation - this means all the landlords are approved 
  • Property search - find your perfect student home online 
  • Housing advice - get free, independent housing advice. 

Find out more about accommodation with Manchester Student Homes.

Study skills

Stepping up to Higher Education can feel challenging at first. Teaching to support your study skills is built into all UCEN Manchester courses. For extra support the Library provides you with skills4studycampus an interactive e-learning package. This package is available for you to use throughout your time at UCEN Manchester, it uses the best of e-learning technology to help you work through such modules as Reading and note making, Writing skills or exam skills. Speak to the libraries team on your campus about how to access this service.

Personal tutors 

The Personal Tutorial Model has a vital role to play in enhancing students’ academic, personal and social development and is essential in ensuring students make the most of their time at UCEN Manchester. Effective personal tutoring is about acknowledging the student as a whole and considers both their academic and pastoral needs. Here at UCEN Manchester, we aim to focus on skilled, professional conversations that explore, extend and enrich academic, personal and professional goals, yet offers a personalised, supportive consideration of students’ very busy lives, outside of their academic community.

Disability support

If you have any disabilities that might affect your studies, UCEN Manchester can provide you with the support you need. Our disability team can support you by helping with any adjustments you may need, such as: 

  • Exam concessions 
  • Access to your campus 
  • Assistive technology support 
  • A Disability Officer can meet you and support an application for DSA, once relevant evidence of your disability has been provided.

Find out more about disability support and making a declaration.

Mental Health 

The Counselling Service at UCEN Manchester offer a free and confidential service to all students, throughout the academic year. Counselling provides: 

  • Emotional support 
  • Emotional healing 
  • Emotional growth. 

On-site counsellors are here to promote positive wellbeing on campus, especially if you feel alone or isolated with your problems. Whatever your difficulty, you will be treated with respect. 

We also work with partner agencies to support our students to develop the skills they need to manage their own mental health to counter stress and cope with anxieties, giving them skills for life. 

Got a question?

Our teams are here to help, whatever your query.