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Manchester: Science City

MANCHESTER has launched its new strategy to become one of the UK’s first Science Cities.

Under the proposals announced by Chancellor Gordon Brown, Manchester and five other cities will be at the forefront of the UK’s ambition move from a service to a knowledge economy by 2015.

Manchester Science City will unlock new, global market opportunities and tackle ‘real world’ issues such as clean aviation, nuclear energy, health inequalities and sustainable design.

Manchester Metropolitan University, with the Universities of Manchester and Salford, played a significant role alongside industry and government in developing the plans which establish six ‘Innovation Partnerships’.

Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering Professor Maureen Neal and Head of the University’s External Relations Division Dr Marilyn Wedgwood, were on the working group which set the strategy.

Research for Industry

Dr Wedgwood said: “Manchester’s universities have a great reputation for research and for the application of new knowledge to industry and entrepreneurship. The city has an opportunity to build a new economy and a better, cleaner, more equal future for local people.”

Manchester’s strategy is based on four unique strengths:

- the quality of its science, educational and industry expertise
- its large scale – with 35,000 people in the knowledge-based sector
- its creative, partnership approach
- its focus on inclusion and social benefits for all

The six Innovation Partnerships are
Shaping Future Healthcare (Chair: Professor Sir Martin Harris, Chair of Manchester Knowledge Capital)
Clean Aviation (Chair: Professor Callum Thomas, Centre for Air Transport and the Environment, Manchester Metropolitan University)
Personal Broadcasting (Chair: Dr Brenda Smith, Dep Chair ITV Granada)
Design for Sustainability (Chair: Mike Ingall, Chief Executive of Allied London)
Future Fabrics (Chair: Anil Ruia, Chief Executive of Wrengate Ltd)

Best new ideas
The Minister for Science and Innovation, Lord Sainsbury said: “The government is committed to making the UK the best place in the world for science.

“Science Cities such as Manchester will be focal points for transforming the best of British ideas and discoveries into new products and services.”

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For more information about MMU’s contribution to Science City, contact Sarah O’Donnell, Regional Office, Manchester Metropolitan University on 0161 247 3386/3429 s.odonnell@mmu.ac.uk

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