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Freshers Rise Round Up: The best opportunities to build skills and make new friends this year

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Featured image: Matchday Live, Joshua Fielding and Maxine Douglas-Morgan
By Leonie Kellar

Man Met Rise is an extracurricular programme that gives you the opportunity to gain a wide range of experiences, skills and qualifications, all while meeting new people and potentially earning extra credits towards your degree. Featuring self-study programmes, workshops, internships and volunteering opportunities, there is plenty to get your teeth stuck into. We round up some of our favourite Rise highlights this month.


There is no denying that fashion is a huge part of everyday life but with fast-fashion on the rise, why not team up with Stitched Up to help make fashion more sustainable? Stitched Up is a not-for-profit community benefit society inspiring communities across Greater Manchester to take action on sustainable fashion. They offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities including helping in their shop, sewing projects, preparing for campaigns, workshops and more.


Whether you want to impress your future employers or develop your Microsoft or Adobe skills for your course studies and assignments, these courses are for you. They are fully-funded opportunities (worth up to £600) to gain external certification from Microsoft or Adobe, which evidences your competency to use their software. Both courses offer a completely flexible self-study and examination process.


Interested in sports journalism and broadcasting? This unique project provides students with the opportunity to broadcast MMU BUCS sports games weekly. The Manchester Met sports livestream show was launched last year at the university’s Platt Lane sports hub in Rusholme. The team have built a sector-leading broadcast system from scratch, with remotely-operated cameras indoors and outdoors showing live coverage of university sports teams playing football, rugby, basketball, volleyball, netball, lacrosse and futsal. The show goes out live from a dedicated studio, created by student volunteer presenters, commentators, producers, camera operators, sound and vision mixers, marketing assistants and more.


It is no secret that podcasts are becoming increasingly popular, have you ever wondered if you could create your own? This self-directed learning course teaches you how to plan, record and create your own podcast. With six modules you will look at the different styles of podcast, technical requirements for production and the practical elements required such as equipment, structure and relevant content.


This is a great opportunity for anyone who is looking to build their skills and gain experience within the Health and Social Care sector. You will be supporting the Recovery Service and Home from Hospital volunteers, which enables patients to return home with confidence and support. You might help with their shopping, collecting prescriptions, or just being a listening ear while people begin to develop their independent skills again. Your role will involve elements of lone working and building a relationship with those you visit, which is hugely rewarding for both you and the people you support.


This self-study course caters to people with no (or very limited) prior knowledge of a range of languages spoken across the World, including French, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese. You will learn and practice beginner level words and phrases, and explore how language learning can enhance your employability, as well as the various opportunities that are available to you for learning a language at Manchester Met.

Visit and follow @ManMetRise for year-round opportunities.

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