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Teachers at INTO Manchester

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Your INTO teachers are here to help you every step of the way. They are all dedicated to supporting international students in their preparation for university success.

Classes are interactive to encourage participation with e-learning materials available to compliment studies. 

Progress reports will encourage you remain on track to achieve your academic ambitions. 

All of our English language courses are accredited by the British Council, and all of our academic programmes are accredited by NCUK

Damian Owen INTO Manchester

Damian Owen

International Diploma Programme Manager

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Meet Damian Owen, who is the Programme Manager for International Diploma, and also teaches economics content on the course.

“I think one of the great advantages within the International Diploma is the range of staff to deliver on the course are also international; they’ve had international business experience. We’ve got staff from Ghana, we’ve got staff who have worked in Germany, Russia and China, so we’re able to fully understand students’ backgrounds.

“We make sure is that students get a very hands-on approach to the subject matter. The research techniques that we give to students are appropriate for undergraduate level, and we coach and mentor our students to make sure that they are fully ready for their second and third years at university.

“Often in the first year at university you can be lost in a huge lecture theatre. At INTO, we’re able to have a lot of one-to-one support and allow students to use their presentation and team-working skills within the course.

“We always say that the advantage in coming to INTO Manchester is the high level of support. Our students have a huge benefit, particularly for research, and are applied in areas of narrow, niche content that they wouldn’t normally get within the university framework.

“I think the biggest thing that I notice when students from arriving here to leaving INTO is the confidence levels that they have, the confidence to interact with local students within Manchester or within the UK.

“In so many respects, it sets them up for the rest of their life, because we are moving into times where students are going to have globalised jobs, multinational jobs and be used to dealing with several languages.

“I think the whole journey that the students have here at INTO really does set them up for an international business lifetime.”

Nia Faulder INTO Manchester

Nia Faulder

Programme Manager for Science and Engineering

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What is your background?

I spent three years working in the pharmaceutical industry as a microbiologist and also in research and development, before re-training as a teacher. I also volunteer for the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. I also give careers talks and advice about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects to school and college students throughout the North West.

What can students expect from you as a lecturer at INTO Manchester?

I aim to provide students with exciting lessons using a range of methods to ensure everyone can participate and lots of support. We offer a fabulous practical programme in university laboratories to complement the theory lessons. Students love hands-on, messy science; like dissections. These sessions are fun and help students visualise things which we cannot easily show with diagrams and pictures. Students see the anatomical structures, such as the heart, for instance.

What are the university laboratory facilities like?

The labs are big, well designed and very well equipped. We have support from a wide range of technicians – from cell biologists to anatomists, and they use their own expertise to ensure our labs are technically challenging and exciting. Of course, the universities know what students need to study to access their degree courses; so our practical sessions are highly relevant to degrees in life and health sciences, as well as more general science degrees. Time flies by when we are working in the lab!

Why do you think a student should choose to study at INTO Manchester?

Manchester is a fantastic city – with lots of history, culture, a rich music and sport scene and plenty to keep you amused. INTO Manchester teachers are so hard working and caring; you will definitely enjoy living and studying here.

Do you have any advice for students coming to study at INTO Manchester?

Bring a positive attitude with you. A raincoat, some Wellington boots and an umbrella might also come in handy.


INTO Manchester Soon Kiat Ker from Malaysia

Soon Kiat Ker
from Malaysia

"Without the effort and support of my professional tutors, I would absolutely never have obtained such a marvellous result to progress to university."

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Meet Soon Kiat Ker from Malaysia who:

  • completed the International Year One programme with INTO Manchester
  • graduated with first in BSc International Business and Economics from The University of Manchester
  • is now studying a MPhil in Technology Policy at The University of Cambridge

"The International Year One programmes are developed in partnership with leading universities in the UK, such as the University of Sheffield and The University of Manchester. Teaching is incorporated with visual aids, useful resources in the library and online assistance. This gave me alternative options to improve my understanding of the subject.

"Before starting this course, I was worried about the programme structure as I had to study 8 modules in my initial year. However, my tutors turned around my concerns by always giving me support wherever I had a problem in a particular subject.

"The teaching team are formed of professional elites, and I am glad that I was taught by those specialists who have an in-depth knowledge of the subject. They gave full explanations patiently to ensure that their students understand the subject completely without any difficulty.

"I would definitely recommend others to study at INTO Manchester, especially someone who unfortunately doesn’t meet the English standard requirements of the university."