Tuesday, 29th January 2013
Home Secretary meets to discuss HS2
Potential important role for MMU?
HOME Secretary Theresa May was in Crewe this week to support the Government announcement of the high speed HS2 rail.
At a private meeting, Dennis Dunn, Dean of MMU’s Cheshire campus, discussed the training and skills development needs to support the twenty year project costing over £32bn.
Dennis said, “This is perhaps the largest engineering project we will see in the UK within our lifetimes and during the meeting with the Home Secretary I was keen to impress upon her the important role that MMU can play in developing the skills base needed, across many subject disciplines, to support construction and operation of HS2.
“Our £70m of investment at the Cheshire campus in Crewe is a statement of our confidence in the sub-region and the announcement of Crewe as part of the Manchester link further supports the University strategy to be centred in both Manchester and Crewe.”
Manchester Metropolitan University is one of the most extensive higher education centres in Europe with 37,000 students and more than 1,000 undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses. The University educates and trains large numbers of legal and business professionals, scientists, engineers, teachers, health workers and creative professionals.
The University is in the top three nationally for environmental sustainability and has an 85% research impact rated world-leading and internationally excellent.