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Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University (often abbreviated MMU) is a public university located in Manchester, England. The university traces its origins to the Manchester Mechanics Institute and the Manchester School of Design, which formed Manchester Polytechnic in 1970. Manchester Polytechnic then gained university status under the government's Further and Higher Education Act, becoming the Manchester Metropolitan University in 1992. Today, it is headquartered in the city of Manchester, with additional facilities in Cheshire.

Manchester Metropolitan University is an accredited member of the Association of MBAs, and member of the University Alliance, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the North West Universities Association, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and the European University Association.

Today, it is also home to the Manchester School of Art, the Manchester School of Theatre, as well as the Manchester School of Architecture (MSA) administered in collaboration with the University of Manchester. The University's logo is derived from the upper part of the shield of the university crest, with six spade-irons positioned together, suggesting hard toil and entrenchment.

They are a great, modern university, in a great global city, they have a driving ambition to discover and disseminate knowledge, to make higher education accessible and beneficial to all those with the passion and ability to succeed.
Their campus is designed around the student experience, providing their students with high quality teaching in a friendly and supportive environment and with some of the best learning facilities in the UK.

Their excellent teaching quality has been recognised with a Teaching Excellence Framework Silver award.
Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that Manchester Metropolitan University delivers high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.

What is TEF?
The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) was introduced by the Government to recognise and reward high-quality teaching in higher education. It aims to give students clear information about where teaching quality is the best and where students have achieved the best outcomes. Through the TEF, the quality of teaching is assessed and rated, encouraging a stronger focus on this area.
Manchester Metropolitan University is led by the Board of Governors, Academic Board and the University Executive Group. The University has 6 faculties, research centres across key disciplines and a range of departments, schools and professional support services that support the work of the University.

The University is committed to good governance and conducts its affairs in a responsible and transparent way, taking into account the requirements of the Higher Education Code of Governance; the Seven Principles identified by the Nolan Committee on Standards in Public Life, which are selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership; and the Office for Students Public Interest Governance Principles.
There are three main bodies that are crucial to governance and decision-making.

The Board of Governors
The Board of Governors is responsible for determining the educational character and mission of the University, for oversight of its activities and for the efficient use of resources. It appoints external auditors, safeguards the University’s assets and approves the annual estimates of income and expenditure.

University Executive Group
The University’s senior leadership team.
Led by the Vice-Chancellor, the University Executive Group (UEG) is responsible for managing the University, developing and delivering strategic and operational plans, agreeing policies and ensuring implementation.

Academic Board
Academic Board advises the Vice-Chancellor on the University’s academic and other activities. In particular it considers and advises on matters relating to awarding taught and research degrees. To help it carry out its duties, the Board delegates responsibility for some matters relating to quality management to its committees, as well as to Assessment Boards and Programme Committees.
Academic Board Committee Structure Chart

Terms of Reference
to the provisions of the Articles of Government, to the overall responsibility of the Board of Governors, and to the responsibilities of the Vice-Chancellor, the Academic Board is responsible:

  • for general issues relating to the research, scholarship, learning and teaching and courses at the institution, including criteria for the admission of students; the appointment and removal of internal and external examiners; policies and procedures for assessment and examination of the academic performance of students; the content of the curriculum; academic standards and the validation and review of courses; the procedures for the award of qualifications and honorary academic titles; and the procedures for the expulsion of students for academic reasons, such responsibilities shall be subject where appropriate to the requirements of validating and accrediting bodies;
  • for considering the development of the academic and related activities of the University and the resources needed to support them and for advising the Vice-Chancellor and the Board of Governors thereon;
  • for advising on such matters as the Board of Governors or the Vice-Chancellor may refer to the Academic Board.

Manchester Met was developed from mergers of various colleges with various specialisms, including technology, art and design. Its founding can be traced back to the Manchester Mechanics Institute, and the Manchester School of Design latterly known as the Manchester School of Art. The painter L. S. Lowry attended in the years after the First World War, where he was taught by the noted impressionist Adolphe Valette.
Schools of Commerce (founded 1889), Education (f. 1878), and Domestic Science (f. 1880) were added alongside colleges at Didsbury, Crewe, Alsager and the former Domestic and Trades College (f. 1911). The school renamed itself as Manchester Polytechnic in 1970, which was followed by series of mergers with the Didsbury College of Education and Hollings College in 1977, as well as City of Manchester College of Higher Education in 1983. In 1987, the institution became a founding member of the Northern Consortium, and became a corporate body on 1 April 1989 as allowed by the terms of the Education Reform Act.
On 15 September 1992, Manchester Polytechnic finally gained university status under the wide-sweeping Further and Higher Education Act 1992, and has since rebranded as Manchester Metropolitan University.
After earning university status, Manchester Met absorbed Crewe and Alsager College of Higher Education, and the Manchester School of Physiotherapy (MSOP) in 2004: an institution officially formed in 1991 through the amalgamation of the Manchester Royal Infirmary (M.R.I.) and Withington Hospital Schools of Physiotherapy. MSOP was previously affiliated with the Victoria University of Manchester, which conferred degree-level courses by extension until the final Class of 2005. MSOP joined Manchester Metropolitan University as the Department of Physiotherapy in 2004, and was later renamed as the Department of Health Professions. Today, it offers undergraduate and postgraduate studies, a three-year undergraduate honours programme, and National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) programmes for unqualified support workers in the field of physiotherapy.

According to The Complete University Guide, Manchester Met is ranked #57 out of 119 within the UK, based on overall rating, entry standards, research quality, and graduate prospects. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings dropped Manchester Met's national ranking from #64 to #82 in 2018, and continued to rank the university in the #601-800 tier internationally.
The Economist has ranked MMU #92 out of 124 within the UK in degree value, based on statistics from the Department for Education, which indicated MMU degrees having a negative effect on graduate prospects.
In terms of research, Manchester Met is ranked fourth within new universities attracting research funds from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, one of several institutions that fund higher education research programmes. The university has thirteen research centres:

  • Advanced Materials and Surface Engineering
  • Bioscience Research Centre
  • Centre for Applied Computational Science
  • Centre for Creative Writing, English Literature and Linguistics
  • Centre for Decent Work and Productivity
  • Ecology and Environment
  • Education and Social Research Institute
  • Future Economies
  • Health, Psychology and Communities
  • History Research Centre
  • Manchester School of Art Research Centre
  • Musculoskeletal Science and Sports Medicine
  • Research Centre for Applied Social Sciences
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