Manchester Metropolitan University
Monday 22 July 2013
Overall ranking: Ranked 88th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide for 2014.
History: Started out as Manchester Mechanics' Institution. Merged with colleges of art, commerce and technology to become Manchester Poly in 1970, gobbling up a college of education and two institutions of higher education on way.
Address: Three campuses in Manchester, soon to be one by September 2014, plus one in Cheshire on the edge of Crewe.
Ambience: Young, groovy- many students pick MMU for its party-friendly atmosphere.
Who's the boss? Professor John Brooks, vice-chancellor. A big supporter of national educational opportunity for all, he has served on the Board of Universities UK and is a former chair of the Equality Challenge Unit.
Prospectus: 0161 247 6969 or order one online here.
UCAS code: M40
What you need to know
Easy to get into? Varies: entry requirements range from 80 to 320 UCAS points depending on the course, but the average intake tariff is well over 300 now. MMU also takes mature students without traditional A-levels from access courses.
Vital statistics: One of the largest universities in the UK, with around 34,000 students, of whom approximately 27,000 are undergraduates. It has one of the largest business schools in the country. University is centred on the biggest educational complex in Western Europe, including the HQ of Manchester University. It is the largest public sector provider of accountancy training in the North West.
Added value: A £350 million investment programme is now under way to develop the campus. Brilliant sports facilities. Best outdoor facilities are at Crewe and Alsager. The MMU Cheshire Consortium was included in the official London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Pre-Games Training Camp Guide as a multi-sport venue. The £350 million investment programme has provided new teaching and learning facilities as the university undergoes the largest physical change to its estate since its foundation and consolidates from seven to two campuses.
Teaching: Came 101st out of 124 in the Complete University Guide.
Research: Came 74th out of 124 in the Research Assessment Exercise.
Graduate prospects: 93rd out of 124 with 55.3 per cent finding graduate level employment.
Any accommodation? Yes, a choice of seven different halls in Manchester and four in Crewe. Room rents range from £86 to £118 in Manchester and from £70 to £80 in Crewe.
Cheap to live there? Quite. A room in a shared flat in Manchester cost students between £65 and £78 per week last year.
Transport links: Modern tram system. Big airport on the doorstep. Crewe and Alsager are close to rail and motorway links.
Fees: All undergraduate degree courses in 2013/14 will cost £9,000 per year.
Bursaries: First degree undergrads paying full fees with a household income of up to £25,000 receive £3,000 in first year and £1,000 in second year. An Academic Achievement Bursary of £1,500 spread-out over three years is available for new students paying full fees who attain AAB or ABB at A-level or equivalent.
The fun stuff
Nightlife: Much merrymaking at the main Students' Union, which contains two large, noisy bars and boasts a packed programme of club and dance nights. As for the city itself, Manchester's nightlife surely needs no introduction.
Price of a pint: £2.95 on average across Manchester but don't fret- there are many student nights, both in the city and on campus, offering great drinks deals.
Sporting reputation: Not great but could be worse- 60th in the BUCS league.
Notable societies: Cocktails and Mocktails is popular with drinkers and non-drinkers alike. You can try alls sorts here, from ultimate frisbee and ice hockey to pole dancing and skydiving. Plenty of arty societies too.
Glittering alumni: Steve Coogan, comedian; Julie Walters, actress; Mike Turner, former chief executive BAE Systems; Richard Griffiths OBE, actor; Bernard Hill, actor; Gethin Jones, TV presenter; Peter Saville, graphic designer, art director and co-founder of Factory Records; Marsha Thomason, actor, Lost; Terry Christian, TV and radio presenter; Mick Hucknall, singer; L S Lowry, artist; Gruff Rhys, musician, Super Furry Animals; John Thomson, actor; Richard Woolfe, former controller for Channel Five; Mark Cueto, rugby player, Sale Sharks and England; Gordon Taylor, chief executive, the Professional Footballers’ Association; Roberto Martinez, football manager.
Alternative prospectus: See how current and former students rate their university experience at Manchester Metropolitan on What Uni? here. The truth outs about courses, lecturers, accommodation, city life and eye candy!
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