New student

Welcome to the Faculty of Humanities

Dean’s Welcome Statement

As Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all students in The University of Manchester. The Faculty of Humanities is one of three Faculties in the University and consists of four Schools. We offer an unprecedented range of innovative programmes at undergraduate and graduate level, embracing disciplines as diverse as business and management, social sciences, law, education, languages, arts and environment and development.

This rich mix of opportunities makes study at The University of Manchester an exciting and stimulating experience, where you will benefit from the experience of leading scholars in your field and from being part of a large, diverse and international student community. The city has an international sporting pedigree and one of the richest and most influential arts and music scenes, with a lively, culturally diverse city centre that’s easy to enjoy on a student budget.

As the world recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, we have enjoyed welcoming students back to campus where they can benefit from the diversity our student experience offers. Being at university is not all about what you will learn in the classroom and you will have access to a diverse range of activities to stretch and develop your knowledge, thinking and skills. From field trips and study abroad to volunteering, industrial placements and hundreds of societies. There is also Stellify, a package of some of our most transformative student experiences that enables students to develop beyond their chosen subject. These experiences are why we are the university most targeted by employers.

Within the Faculty we are committed to providing a student experience of the highest standard and making sure you have the support you need along the way.

This handbook will give you information to help you make the most of your time with us. I look forward to seeing you all thrive whilst you are here.

Keith Brown
Vice-President and Dean, Faculty of Humanities
September 2022

Start of Year

Welcome to Alliance Manchester Business School! Please follow the steps below to ensure that you’re fully set-up, connected and ready to settle into life as a student here in Manchester.

Our main means of contact with you is by email so it is essential that you check your University of Manchester email account on a daily basis. Otherwise, you might miss important information, eg. about your timetable, option choices or examinations.

  • Once you've activated your IT account you'll be able to complete the registration process. You need to do this to ensure that you don’t miss out on important information. 
  • Like us on Facebook and Instagram @AMBSUndergrad.
  • Find out about advice and support. It's okay to be nervous, everyone needs to settle in to their new surroundings. 
  • Arriving late? If you know that you will not be in Manchester by Monday, 19 September 2022, please let us know and also let the accommodation office know if you have reserved halls of residence accommodation. 
  • You will be enrolled onto your courses in the next few weeks and then you will be able to see your personalised timetable via My Manchester. Teaching starts on Monday, 26 September 2022. If you have any optional course choices you will be contacted soon about making your choices.
  • Your courses are supplemented by Blackboard - a virtual learning environment. It is essential that you become familiar with this tool as you will rely on it to complete your studies. Read the Blackboard guide.
  • Read about our Student Peer Mentoring Scheme
  • My Learning Essentials will give you sources of information, hints, tips and practical activities to help you develop your study skills and become a better learner.
  • The International Society is an independent, not-for-profit organisation unique to Greater Manchester.  They aim to provide international students with a warm and friendly welcome when they arrive in the city and to make their time in the UK a wonderful experience.
  • Complete the BMAN11230 Health and Safety Induction course via Blackboard.

Prepare for study

Welcome Week timetables

Due to funeral of our late sovereign, Queen Elizabeth the Second, being held on Monday 19th September 2022 we will now not be holding any Welcome activities on that day. We are currently in the process of rearranging the activities and will update the Welcome Week timetables below as soon as possible with the new arrangements.


  • A welcome from the Director of Undergraduate Studies at Alliance MBS - (Link coming soon)

Update your contact details 

Keep us informed of your current semester-time and home addresses. If you move address at any time during the academic year you must inform the University and update your details on the student system (campus solutions) which is best accessed through My Manchester.

Please update term time address (rather than mailing address) on the system and/or your home address depending on which is changing.

If your telephone number changes, you must also update this on the student system (campus solutions).

You must also inform your Programme Administrative Office staff via AMBS 2.091.

If you do not tell us that you have changed your address or telephone number we will not be able to contact you and you could miss vital information about your programme, including examination information. We also need to have an up-to-date emergency contact number.

Undergraduate Services will endeavour to text you if any classes are cancelled. We would therefore ask that you flag your mobile number as your preferred number on the student system (campus solutions) so we can communicate quickly with you where necessary. 

Contact with third parties

There is a contract in place between the student and the University.

A student may authorise a third party to act as his/her agent but unless this authorisation is given in writing then members of staff are not able to discuss issues regarding students (medical, academic or other issues) with third parties.