Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester Metropolitan University
Motto Many Arts, Many Skills
Established 1970 (as Manchester Polytechnic)
1992 (gained University status)
Type Public
Endowment £312,000(2009)[1]
Chancellor Dianne Thompson CBE
Vice-Chancellor Professor John Brooks
Students 33,490[2]
Undergraduates 27,265[2]
Postgraduates 6,020[2]
Other students 200 FE[2]
Location Manchester, England, UK
53.47053, −2.23872
Campus All Saints, Aytoun, Hollings, Elizabeth Gaskell, Didsbury, Alsager, Crewe
Colours Blue, turquoise, burgundy, gold
Affiliations University Alliance
Association of Commonwealth Universities
Association of MBAs

Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is a university in North West England. Its headquarters and central campus is in the city of Manchester, but there are outlying facilities in the county of Cheshire. It is the third largest university in the United Kingdom in terms of student numbers, behind the Open University and its neighbour the University of Manchester. It is a member of the University Alliance and is classed as a new university.



On 1 January 1970 Manchester Polytechnic was formed by the amalgamation of Manchester College of Art and Design, Manchester College of Commerce (founded 1889) and John Dalton College of Technology. On 1 January 1977, the polytechnic merged with the Didsbury College of Education and Hollings College, and on 1 January 1983 with City of Manchester College of Higher Education. In 1987 the institution became a founding member of the Northern Consortium. Having previously been a local authority institution, the polytechnic became a corporate body on 1 April 1989, as allowed by the terms of the Education Reform Act 1988.

It was granted university status as "Manchester Metropolitan University" by the Privy Council on 15 September 1992 under the provisions of the Further and Higher Education Act, 1992. The university absorbed Crewe and Alsager College of Higher Education on 1 October 1992 and the Manchester School of Physiotherapy in 2003.


Buildings on the MMU Cheshire Alsager campus.
The All Saints Building on the Manchester Campus

Its headquarters and central campus stands to the south of Manchester city centre adjacent to the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music on Oxford Road. There are a further four campus locations situated in other parts of the city, including Hollings in Fallowfield, Elizabeth Gaskell campus near the Manchester Royal Infirmary, The Manchester Metropolitan Business School in the city centre and the Institute of Education in Didsbury.. Further afield there are campuses at Crewe, known as MMU Cheshire and until Summer 2010 there was the Alsager Campus also in Cheshire. Alsager was closed in September 2010 and most courses and staff transferred to the Crewe campus with small contingent of staff moving to the Manchester School of Art

As of 2010 a £300 million investment programme is under way and will produce the largest physical change to the University's estate since its foundation. The university administration hopes the consolidation from seven to two sites will bring benefits in terms of academic and research collaboration and opportunities for interdisciplinary work and courses.[3] This "rationalisation" will involve the closure of the Elizabeth Gaskell, Hollings and Didsbury campuses and the condensing of the teaching from those sites on the new campus. This will necessitate a significant reduction is available space. The cost of space is considered excessive by the university management. The building of the Birley Fields Campus on an area of green space in the neighbouring Hulme district is being resisted by a considerable number of Hulme residents.[4]


The University is led by the Board of Governors which is responsible for the character, educational direction and policy of the university. The University's Vice Chancellor is Professor John Brooks, who, with the directorate and executive are responsible for the implementation of the vision across the university and the operation and management of university. The Directorate comprises the Pro-Vice Chancellors and Deans of faculties.

It is organised into eight faculties:

  • Art and Design
  • Health, Psychology and Social Care
  • Humanities, Law and Social Science
  • Science and Engineering
  • MMU Business School
  • MMU Cheshire
  • MMU Institute of Education
  • Hollings Faculty

The Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre is a drama school, which trains students to become professional actors. The course offered is a BA (Hons) in Acting. The school is one of the 22 members of the conference of drama schools and the National Council for Drama Training, which means the course is a nationally acclaimed programme. Students who complete the course successfully are eligible for full equity status. The school has links with many local theatres and television companies, such as Granada and the BBC. Graduates from the school of theatre include Amanda Burton, Steve Coogan, Richard Griffiths, Graham Fellows, Julie Walters and Burn Gorman.

In the last academic session, the University had over 34,000 students. The University employs 4,400 staff, comprising almost 1,500 full-time teaching staff, 700 part-time teaching staff and 2,200 support staff.


MMU has eight research institutes:

  • Dalton Research Institute (DRI)
  • Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI)
  • Healthcare Science Research Institute (HSRI)
  • Institute of Humanities and Social Science Research (HSSR)
  • Institute for Performance Research (IPR)
  • Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD)
  • Research Institute for Business and Management (RIBM)
  • Research Institute for Health and Social Change (RIHSC)

Students' Union

The Students' union has buildings on the All Saints, Crewe and Alsager campuses. The Students' Union MMUnion exists to represent all members at the Manchester Metropolitan University and students on accredited external courses. MMUnion is controlled by the Union Officers Group formed of seven students and graduates of the university, elected by the students to control the Union on their behalf.

Notable alumni

This partial list of alumni of Manchester Metropolitan University includes those who attended institutions which became part of present-day MMU. MMU's Alumni website provides profiles of its most notable alumni.

Honorary graduates

2009 honorands were:

Reputation and rankings

UK University Rankings
2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993
Times Good University Guide 98th[5] 95th[6] 90th[6] 92nd=[6] 90th[6] 97th 75th 73rd 69th 75th 71st 69th= 69th= 71st= 74th= 75th= 66th= 68th= 53rd= 61st=
Guardian University Guide 104th[7] 97th[7] 92nd 96th 73rd 100th 88th 62nd
Sunday Times University Guide 78th[8] 78th[9] 84th=[10] 86th[11] 85th[12] 75th 65th 67th 68th 66th= 64th 65th 70th
The Complete University Guide 89th[13] 82nd[14] 88th=[14] 98th[15]
The Daily Telegraph 98th 59th
FT Good University Guide 70th[16] 73rd[17] 70th[18] 62nd[19]


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  2. ^ a b c d "Table 0a – All students by institution, mode of study, level of study, gender and domicile 2006/07" (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 11 April 2008. 
  3. ^ Manchester Metropolitan University. "Birley Fields Campus Proposals". MMU. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Birley Fields". Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Watson, Roland; Elliott, Francis; Foster, Patrick. "Times University Guide". The Times (London). Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d Watson, Roland; Elliott, Francis; Foster, Patrick. "Times University Guide". The Times (London). Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "The Guardian University Guide 2011". The Guardian (London). 4 June 2010. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "The Sunday Times University Guide 2010". The Times (London). 
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  10. ^ "The Times University Guide 2009 – Heriot-Watt". The Times (London). 31 May 2009. 
  11. ^ "University ranking based on performance over 10 years" (PDF). The Times (London). 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  12. ^ "The Sunday Times University League Table" (PDF). The Sunday Times (London). Retrieved 3 November 2007. 
  13. ^ "The Complete University Guide 2011 University League Table". London. 
  14. ^ a b "The Independent University League Table". The Independent (London). 
  15. ^ "The Complete University Guide – Heriot-Watt". London. 
  16. ^ "The FT 2003 University ranking". Financial Times 2003. 
  17. ^ "FT league table 2001". FT league tables 2001. 
  18. ^ "FT league table 2000". FT league tables 2000. 
  19. ^ "FT league table 1999-2000". FT league tables 1999–2000. 

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