The Manchester Metropolitan University that stands before us today is the delightful culmination of several mergers with colleges boasting specific specialisms, such as Art, Design, and Technology. In those early days this included Manchester Mechanics’ Institution in 1824 and the Manchester School of Design 14 years later.
The School of Education was unveiled in 1878, before the School of Domestic Science opened its doors for the first time soon afterwards, followed by the School of Commerce in 1889. The school was renamed Manchester Polytechnic in 1970, prior to mergers with Didsbury College of Education and Hollings College seven years on, and City of Manchester College of Higher Education in 1983.
University status arrived in 1992, when it changed name to Manchester Metropolitan University. Upon becoming a university, it absorbed Crewe and Alsager College of Higher Education almost immediately, followed by the Manchester School of Physiotherapy (MSOP) in 2004. MSOP joined as Manchester Met’s Department of Physiotherapy, before becoming the Department of Health Professions.
In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2018, Manchester Met placed 82nd nationally, and 601-800 internationally. It is also ranked in the top-five of new universities in attracting research funds from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, which offers funding for higher education research to be carried out.
Manchester Met is rated in the top 200 young universities in the world, while 85% of its research has been ranked as ‘world-leading’. The university’s business school is an accredited member of AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. And 94% of Manchester Met graduates have gone straight into work or further study within six months of graduating. It is also the proud owner of a Teacher Excellence Framework Silver award.
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There was great delight in October 2017, when the university celebrated playing a major role in Manchester being named as a UNESCO City of Literature. Manchester Met was part of the city-wide consortium that led the bid. UNESCO Cities of Literature are classed as being dedicated to pursuing excellence in literature on a local level, engaging people in the region in a dynamic culture of words, and encouraging the creation and sharing of stories.
Manchester – home to the UK’s first public lending library and a host of iconic writers, is in good company as it joins the likes of Barcelona, Dublin, Melbourne, Prague and Reykjavik in holding the prestigious title.
The university has an enviable alumnus, with a host of innovative, creative and successful individuals having worked and studied there. Iconic painter L.S. Lowry attended after the First World War, when he was taught by impressionist Adolphe Valette. Lowry’s instantly-recognisable style of painting won the hearts of art lovers around the world.
Simply Red singer and songwriter Mick Hucknall, who grew up in the area and is a lifelong Manchester United fan, also studied at the university, as did radio and television personality Vernon Kay, Cold Feet actor John Thomson, Blue Peter presenter Peter Purves, and Stars in their Eyes host Matthew Kelly.