We’re a healthy college!

We’re recognised by the government as a ‘healthy college’. This means we’re committed to helping you lead a healthy life.

Does that mean there’s only salad in the canteen?

Healthy living isn’t just about eating your greens! ‘Health’ can mean your physical, sexual, mental or emotional health. Health is as much about good self-esteem and happiness as it is about avoiding illness or harm.

Why do we need healthy colleges?

No one chooses to be unhealthy, but bad habits can make us less healthy over time. Sadly, Manchester has some of the worst health statistics in the country. The good news is we can change this by working together as a healthy college.

You’ll have lots of opportunities to improve your health and wellbeing while you’re at the college. Make the most of them! You’ll make a big impact on your life in the short term and for the future.

How can the college help me?

There are plenty of ways we can help you keep healthy. These include:

  • sports facilities and gyms
  • tasty, healthy food in our canteens
  • staff who can give you help and advice on wellbeing
  • sexual health clinics at most campuses
  • fun, healthy activities
  • classes on health topics, like alcohol abuse, personal hygiene and emotional resilience
  • regular Being Healthy events
  • regular Staying Safe events
  • Fit4Fun days with fun fitness activities, BBQs, health checks, quit smoking advice and more!

Most of these activities and services are free or cost much less than they would outside college. If you don’t like what’s on offer, you can suggest ideas to your youth workers, sports makers, tutors or Student Council. If you would like to volunteer, e.g. for coaching, please contact your tutor, the sports department, or the Guidance and Welfare Service.

Smoking policy

We don’t allow smoking (including e-cigarettes) in any part of the buildings, including toilets, refectories and common rooms. We can support you if you’d like to stop smoking.

Mental health

Your mental health is important to us. Mental health problems are common and can happen to anyone. It’s a good idea to speak to your tutor if you’re having mental health difficulties that are affecting your studies.

Please be sensitive to anyone at the college who is suffering symptoms of mental ill health.

Coming to college can be a big step but try not to feel daunted. Our students tell us that the college is a respectful and safe environment.

Healthy environment

Looking after our environment is part of our work as a healthy college. A better environment is a step towards better health for us all. We’ve won awards for our environmentally-friendly buildings. We provide recycling bins and bike parks in all our main campuses, making it easier for you to take care of your environment.

Good sexual health isn’t just about preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancy. It’s about making choices about your relationships and sexual practices, free from coercion and exploitation (being forced or taken advantage of).

Sexual health is about you making the right choices for you.

We want you to have easy access to the information and resources you need to make informed decisions. We want your decisions to keep you safe and healthy. The information we give you takes into account how it will affect you as a whole person.

We work with other organisations, like Brook (a free and confidential sexual health advice and services charity), to make sure we’re offering you the best service.

Why does the college give sexual health information?

Manchester has one of the highest rates of unplanned pregnancies amongst young people. We’ve done a lot recently to help lower these figures, along with other organisations. Unfortunately some students still drop out of their courses because of unplanned pregnancies.

Manchester also has very high rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), which can affect your fertility, making it harder for you to have children in the future. Poor sexual health practices put you at greater risk of contracting HIV and other STIs, and can damage your general health and wellbeing.

How can the college help me?

You’ll probably learn about sexual health, general health and social relationships in your tutorial programme. There are trained youth workers at all our campuses who can talk to you about sexual health. They can also register you for the C‑Card scheme so you can get free condoms. Brook runs weekly sexual health clinics at our large campuses. You can drop in to the clinics to see a nurse.

We’ve written a health and safety policy to help keep you safe and well at college. Health and safety may sound like a dry subject, but it’s important that you read the policy at least once. There’s a copy in the main reception at each campus.

We ask you to:

  • co-operate with any health and safety instructions we give you
  • report any hazards you see to a member of staff
  • keep the area you’re in tidy
  • not put yourself or anyone else in danger


If you discover a fire, sound the alarm by finding the nearest ‘BREAK GLASS’ fire point. Don’t wait for someone else to do it. Break the glass, press the button and then leave the building.

If the alarm bells are making a continuous sound (no gaps), you must:

  • follow the instructions from a tutor and/or fire warden

  • leave the building immediately by the nearest exit, in a calm and orderly manner
  • go directly to your assembly point, which is clearly marked at all campuses. Do not use the lifts.
  • Remember, never run!

To do: Find out the location of your nearest fire assembly point. Practise walking from your classroom(s) and find the quickest and safest way there.

People with disabilities

Wheelchair users and people with mobility restrictions who need help and who are not based on the ground floor should be taken to a safe enclosure. All doors on all levels must be closed. A volunteer should remain with the person and their location reported to the senior fire warden.

Those on the ground floor who need help should be taken to the nearest assembly point.

People with sight impairments or hearing impairments should be assisted by a volunteer to the assembly point.

Reporting accidents

If you’ve been involved in an accident or a violent/aggressive or dangerous occurrence, you must report this to your tutor. Your tutor will complete our internal report form.
 (A dangerous occurrence can include an incident that does not necessarily involve a personal injury, such as ‘a near miss’. These incidents must still be reported.)

Look after your stuff

Keep your personal belongings with you at all times. If you leave your property in a classroom you may not be able to collect it later. Classes move around and other people may be using the room, or the room may be locked.

If you do lose anything, contact the reception at your campus. This is where any lost property will be handed in.

If you have valuable possessions, like a mobile phone or a bike, it’s a good idea to insure your belongings. 
Insurance is also a good idea if you’re living away from home. Some companies offer a special student rate. This is often only a few pounds per month for peace of mind.

Please note that The Manchester College cannot be held responsible for any accidental loss, theft or damage to your property while you are on college premises or business.

Always know where your belongings are and keep them safe.