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Introduction

Over the past year, the University has welcomed many high-profile visitors, including politicians, business leaders and academics.

They are drawn to Manchester Metropolitan because of its size, impact, location and achievements, and they leave with a stronger impression of the University’s strengths, distinctiveness and ambition.

The appointment of Lord Mandelson as the 4th Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan will enable the University to better position and extend its range of influence, both nationally and internationally. Lord Mandelson shares the University’s passion for education and research, and he will be an outstanding advocate for us all.

Our outgoing Chancellor, Dame Dianne Thompson, will remain a firm friend and supporter of the University. Her journey at Manchester Metropolitan was truly remarkable. I can think of no other individual who rose from being a student, to staff member and, ultimately, to Chancellor at the same institution.

The University has sustained robust financial performance over recent years, with the key financial health indicators aligned to the upper quartile for the sector. The outcome of the Referendum on EU membership results in an increase in uncertainty in the short term. However, the University has the ambition, resilience and nimbleness to adapt and thrive in an evolving new landscape.

Extending the numbers of international and postgraduate students will ensure that the University plays its part in enhancing Manchester’s reputation as a global city, characterised by innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. These values define Manchester Metropolitan.

The University has a great deal to look forward to over the next 12 months. We have exciting plans to develop new institutes in sport, fashion and the environment. These will bring together strengths, creative distinctiveness, and enable us to deliver more. By developing our partnerships, nationally and internationally, we will continue to innovate and drive ahead, with our sector-leading approach to degree apprenticeships being a perfect example.

Speaking on behalf of the Board of Governors, I am deeply impressed by the progress made over the last year and the significant opportunities that lie ahead for us as an institution. I am confident that the ambition of the new Strategic Framework will help steer Manchester Metropolitan through the rapidly changing and challenging times ahead, enabling us to flourish regionally, nationally and globally.

Vanda Murray OBE
Pro-Chancellor
Manchester Metropolitan University