Manchester Metropolitan University

Mailing address: 
Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints Building, Grosvenor Square, Manchester, M15 6BH
0161 247 2000
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Name: 
Professor Malcolm Press
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Title/Position: 
Vice Chancellor
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Email:
Focal point 1 - Name: 
Professor Richard Greene
Focal point 1 - Title: 
Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Exchange)
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Focal point 2 - Name: 
Professor Liz Price
Focal point 2 - Title: 
Head of Department of Natural Sciences
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Focal point 3 - Name: 
Sam Gray
Focal point 3 - Title: 
Head of Research Environment and Impact
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Please provide a brief description of your academic structure: 
Manchester Metropolitan University is a large, modern university with circa. 36,000 students, having and 3,600 staff. It was established in 1992 but can trace its routes back to 1824. Over 300,000 alumni are living and working in over 170 countries. The University has formal education and exchange partnerships with 170 institutions across the globe. The University is headed by the Vice Chancellor supported by a Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost, and a Chief Operating Officer. There are 5 faculties: Arts and Humanities; Business and Law; Education; Health, Psychology and Social Care; and Science and Engineering. Each is led by a Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor. There are 3 Thematic Pro-Vice-Chancellors (Research and Knowledge Exchange; Education and International). A unified Professional Services Division is headed by the Chief Operating Officer.
Please describe briefly any activities your institution is already carrying out, which are relevant to UNAI and its principles: 
Manchester Metropolitan University’s particular strength in relation to the UNAI principles include: (i) Widening higher education participation, (ii) making higher education accessible and beneficial for All,(iii) outstanding learning and student experience engaging with UNAI principles and UN SDGs, (iv) lifelong learning opportunities, (v) impactful world-class research addressing global challenges, and (vi) embedding and mainstreaming social responsibility and sustainability across all higher education aspects and activities of the University. Access to Higher Education and Outreach: The University is at the forefront of widening access to higher education and social mobility by promoting diversity, equal access and inclusivity of disadvantaged groups currently underrepresented in higher education. The University has now the second highest share amongst English universities of students from low participation districts and one of the highest share of students from the BAME communities and from low income families. This is underpinned by a variety of outreach programmes and support schemes helping students from a variety of backgrounds to access and succeed in higher education. This includes our long tradition of working with local schools and colleges especially in low participation districts and deprived neighbourhoods, our flagship First Generation scheme (whole support system, incl. financial support) for young people in Greater Manchester who are the first in their family to go to university, and our Student Support Package scheme, supporting over 9,000 new full time undergraduate students from low income families, as well as inclusive curriculum development and assisted learning schemes to raise attainment levels of underrepresented groups. The University offers a range of access routes for students from non-traditional education backgrounds, such as Foundation Year programmes and our innovative Degree Apprenticeship scheme. We support our Student Union training and mentoring programme helping refugees and asylum seekers to transition into higher education. Education Programmes and Curriculum: We offer undergraduate, postgraduate and professional programmes in a wide range of areas that intersect with the UNAI guiding principles and SDG challenges, such as Global Leadership, Ecology and Conservation, Politics and International Relations, Food Science and Innovation, Microbiology, Environmental Science, Global Business and International Development; Sustainability, Technology and Innovation Management, Law, and Education. Beyond, and supported by the University’s Teaching Academy, we are at the forefront of mainstreaming education for sustainable development and social responsibility, reflected in formal and informal curriculum, teaching and practices across all university programmes and courses. Our recent student survey on Learning for Sustainable Futures, highlights that nearly 80% gained skills, knowledge and understanding of global sustainable development issues. Coupled with our formal and informal curriculum Global Citizenship Learner initiative and our curriculum internationalisation, we contribute to transformative higher education along UNAI principles. Sustainability and Social Responsibility: Spanning many UNAI principles and SDGs, Manchester Metropolitan University is at vanguard in the higher education sector in championing and embedding sustainability, social justice and social responsibility throughout its strategies, policies and activities (whole institution approach) in all aspects of learning and teaching, research, engagement activities, leadership, governance, campus life, through to ethical investment policy. This is reflected in our national and international rankings and accolades. We are ranking in the top three of the People and Planet University League Table for the past seven years. We were one of the first higher education institution in the country to gain Responsible Futures accreditation for our commitment and enabling environment to embed sustainability and social responsibility throughout all aspects of student learning experience. We hold several Green Gown Awards in recognition of exceptional sustainability initiatives in higher and further education. This includes our contribution as a main partner in the Greater Manchester Carbon Literary Project delivered to citizens, students and businesses in the region (to date, 14,000 certified participants and engaging 1,200 local organisations), and which is recognised by the UN as a TAP100, one of 100 worldwide Transformative Action Programs. We operate the Global Initiative Reporting (GIR) Sustainability Standards. The Business School is signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education. Student engagement, extracurricular activity and civic service are a key part of our education strategy and we operate a host of successful schemes to support student involvement relevant to UNAI principles and SDGs. These include our award winning Carbon Literacy Programme for Students (over thousand gained the certificate over the last few years), Student Sustainability Ambassador Scheme (paid opportunities to deliver a range of sustainability campaigns and initiatives), involvement in peer mentoring and peer assisted learning schemes for BAME and disabled students. Big Impact Scheme and Community Volunteering Programmes, partnering the University and its students with local community projects and fundraising events for charities and civil society organisations. Our business incubator Innospace supports our students and graduates to start their own business. This includes various successful student-led social enterprises, such as the award winning MetMUnch student food network, having engaged over 75,000 people last year alone on sustainable food, health and nutrition. The Law School’s Pro Bono Network provides students with opportunities to gain work experience and make a difference, by engaging them in legal projects for low income clients and working alongside local, national and international NGOs, charities and human rights organisations. In 2019, 720 law students signed up to the Pro Bono Network. Research Centres: We have 14 University Research Centres for Research and Knowledge Exchange (UCRKEs) across key disciplines (e.g. Future Economies, Ecology and the Environment, Centre for Bioscience, Health, Psychology and Communities, Business Transformation, Advanced Materials, Education and Social Research Institute), housing a range of outstanding researchers with international reputations. All work towards the guiding principles of UNAI and the UN SDGs, addressing grand challenges and some of the biggest questions facing society and the planet. International research promoting progress towards UN SDGs: We conducted high profile international research projects in partnership with 875 universities and research institutes around the world over the last five years. Many of these cut across UNAI principles and contribute directly to solutions to the SDG challenges faced by middle-low and low income countries and beyond. Notable examples: Improving sustainability of ecosystems in conservation areas; disease monitoring in crops, improving soil fertility, precision agriculture; conservation of heritage sites; preservation and revitalisation of traditional and marginalised crafts and cultural industries in the context of sustainable development and social benefits; sustainable urbanisation and smart cities; restauration of damaged ecosystems by climate and population changes; biodiversity and wildlife protection in the context of poverty and development; climate change and low carbon futures; application of new advanced materials and microbiology in prevention and halting of diseases, such as Zhika virus; microbiology and improvement of international food standards; poverty and re-engagement of vulnerable, displaced and refugee youths through education; development of new diagnostics for age-related and degenerative diseases; reducing CO2 emissions and sustainable aviation; transforming legislation and international debate on gender, race, LGBTQ equality. Research in areas such as counter terrorism, harnessing FDI and multinationals for sustainable development, education and global futures; equality laws, social justice and human rights in relation to LGBTQ communities also has impact in the UN system, informing and shaping policy frameworks and action programs at UNCTAD, UNIDO, UNDOC, CTITF, UNHRC and beyond.