Welcome to MANCENT.

The Manchester Continuing Education Network (MANCENT), is a loose network of independent lecturers and students with a firm belief that Continuing Education at a high level should be available to all who want it.

It tries to match interested students with highly qualified and experienced Continuing Education and University lecturers in the Arts and Sciences.

Latest News:

23 December:  The Spring programme is now completely online and can be found under the relevant subject headings or can be downloaded here: 
onlineMANCENT programme Spring 2024 -__ online version

Please note, the Eventbrite links are only available on the website, not in the Pdf brochure.

How it works:

MANCENT operates as a loose network allowing independent self-employed lecturers to choose their own fees and venues, while offering students the convenience of a one-stop shop when looking for courses in their field of interest, by offering a joint listing of all events.

Face-to-Face and online

Our Face-to-Face courses take place in various locations throughout Greater Manchester and Cheshire, with day trips further afield.  Of necessity they address themselves to a mostly British audience – although if you are in the area as a tourist or on business you are very welcome

We also have online courses, known as: 

MANCENT School of the Air
—–Online courses for everyone -everywhere. 


MANCENT School of the Aircomplete with our very own project mascot: Kylie. Since 2020 we enjoy the company of a large number of you and your friends from all over the world who have come together in our various courses using Zoom, to learn about languages, literature, history and politics. 
Over the last four years our online courses have gone from strength to strength and we are looking forward to continuing them into 2023/4.  

All courses can be booked by completing the MANCENT booking form and accompanying it with a cheque for the correct fee to the course lecturer (or – if that is not possible – to the Course Director).

Some of our online courses have also Eventbrite links that allow you to pay safely online – alternatively, contact your course lecturer for BACS or Paypal details. 

If you want to register from outside the UK, we recommend the Eventbrite links provided or alternatively, contact the course lecturer to send you a PayPal invoice. 

Our Privacy Notice can be found Here: MANCENT Privacy Notice.

Payment via Eventbrite:
Please note, that if you choose to pay via Eventbrite your personal data will be handled by them in accordance with THEIR privacy policies. MANCENT itself does not send any data to Eventbrite. If you wish to avoid giving your data to Eventbrite, please contact your lecturer to arrange other forms of payment.


24 thoughts on “Welcome to MANCENT.”

  1. Dear All,
    Please note that from the 21 June to the 4th July the office will be closed. If you have urgent inquiries about Zooming through the Past or the Novel Discussion Group, both of which continue during this period, please contact either Alan Sennett (a.sennett@open.ac.uk) or Creina Mansfield (creina.m@hotmail.com Tel: 01625 511581).
    Our Office will open again in time for the start of our Summer School courses (July- Sept 2021) on Monday July 5th.

  2. We are now adding the Spring 2021 courses on a daily basis. We hope to have the full programme available by December 5th.

  3. After discussions with Wilmslow Parish re requirements to keep the Parish Hall safe from Covid-19 for its users it has been decided by all parties not to proceed with the Classroom courses in Wilmslow.
    The courses will be available as an online courses, please, follow the links in the menu.

  4. COVID -19 Update
    Dear all,
    We are currently monitoring the situation closely and all our lecturers have been briefed on the situation. At the moment, we continue our courses as normal, however, should the government advise closing schools etc, we will, of course, follow government advice and will then post this here and inform you.
    If you feel that you need to withdraw from a course you are booked on, please advise your lecturer or the MANCENT office of this.

  5. Dear all,
    The Summer 2020 Programme is now nearly fully online. We hope you find it of interest. The paper version will follow in a few days.

  6. The Spring 2020 programme is now fully online. We hope you find it of interest.
    Season’s Greetings and best wishes for 2020 from the MANCENT team.

  7. Please note, that our Literature Course: “Hopkins the Poet” is now full. We apologize for any disappointment this may cause.

    Yours sincerely,
    Birgitta Hoffmann
    MANCENT Course Director

  8. Hello,
    We have finally managed to fix our problem with the Webpage and hope you enjoy the new look and the new courses.
    Once again our apologies for the break in service, which was unfortunately beyond our control.
    Yours Sincerely,
    Birgitta Hoffmann,
    MANCENT Course director

  9. We are currently experiencing problems with the site. Our programme will be posted as soon as possible.

  10. Most of the Autumn 2018 courses are now online and can be booked. We are going to add the downloadable .pdf and (hopefully) two more courses in the next few days. I hope you enjoy what is on offer.

  11. The first of the Summer 2018 are now online. I hope you find them of interest.

  12. Due to the adverse weather conditions this week, a number of courses had to be cancelled, we are in the process of rescheduling these lectures and will advertise the new dates here.
    The day school “Ramesses the Great – Pharao of the Exodus” on Saturday 3rd has been moved to Saturday 24th March.
    There are still places available on this course.

  13. Merry Christmas!
    All courses for Spring 2018 are now online and can be booked in the usual way. We look forward to seeing you in the new year.

    Birgitta Hoffmann
    MANCENT course administrator

  14. Dear All,
    As of today we are adding the Spring 2018 courses. Ancient World, Archaeology and Latin are now online. More will follow in the next few days.
    We hope to have the paper catalogue with you before the holidays.

    All the best,
    Dr. Birgitta Hoffmann
    MANCENT course director

  15. Hi Birgitta,
    Once again, thanks for the fantastic courses and study days! I’m really looking forward to them. Please can you kindly tell me how to book for the
    2017 MANCENT conference: Rivers, Roman Harbours and the Roman Army, on 23rd December? Also, do you ever run classes for beginners’ Latin, and will there be a study day on the Archaeology of Iceland, in the Winter?
    Julie C.

  16. Unfortunately, we were just informed that Martin Jervis will have to take a sabbatical this autumn. We wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to his return next spring.

    Birgitta Hoffmann
    MANCENT Course Director

  17. As of today we are adding the Autumn 2017 (September to December) courses to the web site. This should take about 10 days, please come back to see if your subject has already been added.

  18. Hello Julie,
    Yes, there will be a course on the archaeology of Orkney this autumn, I hope the date suits you.

  19. Dear Birgitta,
    What fabulous courses! A big thank you to you and all the Mancent lecturers. Will you be running a study day on Orkney archaeology? Myself and a friend would be interested.
    Julie C.

  20. All the summer 2017 courses are now online. I hope you find something that interests you and look forward to seeing you at one of our future meetings.

  21. As of today, we are adding the details for the Summer 2017 courses (April to June 2017).
    The summary and further links can be found at:
    Please, come back over the coming two weeks to see the programme develop.

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