Manchester Metropolitan University

Our Faculty’s statement of purpose is:

Transforming lives, businesses and communities.


For students, this means we provide a transformative education experience that positively impacts on their personal and professional development, helping to ensure they will succeed in a modern business and professional world.

For businesses and communities regionally, nationally and internationally, we are using our in-depth knowledge (in the widest sense of the word) and ground-breaking research to develop practical solutions to real-world problems.

Find out more about how we are transforming lives, businesses and communities in this video:

The Faculty's strategy reflects Manchester Metropolitan University’s five strategic pillars of Place, Ambition, Partnership, Community and Sustainability:

Place: A university with all the drive and spirit of a great global city

Strategy page - Place

Thirty seven per cent of our students come from the Greater Manchester and East Cheshire region and our most recent graduation destination data shows that 39% of students graduated and obtained employment within the region.

We share in Manchester’s heritage as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, tracing our history back to the formation of the Mechanics Institute in 1824 and the School of Commerce in 1889. We align our provision to the training and education needs of the city region, as set out, for example, in the Local Industrial Strategy and the Independent Prosperity Review.

We are committed to playing our part in meeting the aims of reducing social inequality, driving up wage growth and boosting productivity. We will do this by widening access, providing forward-looking curricula that are designed in collaboration with employers, and supporting our students in developing the skills, flexibility and resilience that they will need to succeed in our fast-moving world.

Manchester is a global city and we will contribute to the city and its communities in the widest possible sense through our global partnerships and welcoming students from across the world.

Our Research and Knowledge Exchange Centres: Future Economies; Decent Work & Productivity, make a significant positive economic and social impact on the region through the applications of their world-class research.

Ambition: Setting the bar higher to make more of an impact

Strategy page - Ambition

Forty per cent of our students are the first in their family to go to university and 48% are from areas in the two highest quintiles for indicators of multiple deprivation. For our students, higher education is a truly transformational experience and we are proud of the added value gained from their studies with us. Through initiatives such our embedded Mental Toughness framework, tailored employability coaching and live industry projects integrated within our curricula, we support our students in building the cultural and social capital that will enable them to compete in the world of graduate level employment and to make a positive contribution to their communities.

We continue to build on our leading market share of high quality Degree Apprenticeships, providing an alternative route through higher education.

Our achievements are recognised through our accreditations by AMBA, AACSB and the Small Business Charter.

Partnership: Reaching out to push the boundaries of the possible

Strategy page - Partnership

We work with our students in a spirit of partnership to develop, deliver and review our educational provision. Students participate in the governance of the Faculty with representation on a range of committees and groups, such as Education Committee and the Pro-Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Group. Our academics have extremely strong connections with practice and the professions in the region and are generous in sharing these with our students for the benefit of their learning and development.

Our international partnerships are increasingly creating opportunities for our students through exchange, study tours and projects with students in other institutions. These partnerships also expand and strengthen our research activities. Working with regional development organisations, particularly in collaboration with the Faculty of Science and Engineering, we make a significant contribution to the eco-system of support for local SMEs.

Manchester Metropolitan was a pioneer of the sandwich degree with a placement year and the Faculty has a long tradition of working in partnership with employers to deliver the skills, knowledge and attributes they need. This ethos of work-based learning continues today in our nationally leading Degree Apprenticeship programmes.

Community: Making a contribution not just to one community, but to many

Strategy page - Community

We endeavour to build a sense of belonging for staff and students so that all individuals feel themselves to be valued members of our community.

More broadly, our students make a positive contribution to the community of the city region. We structure our courses to facilitate this in ways that apply their learning within their discipline; for example, pro bono work by our Law students, fund-raising by our Events Management students and the formation of social enterprises by our Business Management students.

We also continue to grow and work with our vibrant alumni communities, which include a 1,000 small business leaders, a significant legal network in Hong Kong SAR and successful business professionals across the globe.

Sustainability: Working hard now and in the future to help craft a better world

Strategy page - Sustainability

We recognise that higher education is vital to developing a sustainable and inclusive global economy and society. As a signatory of PRME, we are committed to embedding the principles of responsible management education into our curricula. All of our programmes specify learning outcomes with regard to ethics, sustainability and global citizenship.

We are innovating in sustainability education, for example, our joint MSc Sustainability, Technology and Innovation Management with the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

We also help drive forward sustainability through our research and knowledge exchange activities, for instance, our key contributions to the UN Investment Policy Framework that helps to support sustainability in a wide range of countries and the work of the Institute of Place Management, to support stakeholders in reinvigorating town centres and high streets.

Follow our news pages for the Business School and Law School, or our social media feeds below, for regular updates about our Faculty’s transformative work.

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