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Manchester Metropolitan University is a university based in the city of Manchestermarker, Englandmarker and Cheshiremarker, United Kingdommarker. It is the fifth largest university in the United Kingdommarker in terms of student numbers.


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 the 1st 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.


The University currently occupies five sites in Manchester and two in Cheshire. It is presently organised into eight faculties:

A £300 million investment programme is under way. It 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 .

Buildings on the MMU Cheshire Alsager campus.
The All Saints Building on the Manchester Campus
In the last academic session, the University had over 34,000 students. The central campus stands to the south of Manchester city centre adjacent to the University of Manchestermarker and the Royal Northern College of Musicmarker. There are a further four campus locations situated in other parts of the city, with one at Crewe and Alsager in Cheshire and one in Didsbury. The University employs approximately 4,400 staff, comprising almost 1,500 full-time teaching staff, 700 part-time teaching staff and 2,200 support staff.

School of Theatre

The Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatremarker 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, Victoria Wood, Julie Walters and Burn Gorman.

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. The Union strives to ensure that the needs and views of our members are at the heart of everything the University does. The union also provide a wide range of services, activities and opportunities to offer the best possible student experiencis.MMUnion is controlled by the Union Officers Group formed of 7 current students and graduates of the university, elected by the students to control the Union on their behalf.

List of 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 are:

  • Edward de Bono
  • Sir Alex Ferguson
  • Mike Jones - Foundation for Management Education
  • Professor Kevin Mackway-Jones - Manchester Royal Infirmary
  • Nicola Shindler - Producer
  • Barney Storey - Paralympian
  • Sarah Storey - Paralympian
  • Gerry Yeung - Yang Sing


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