Manchester Metropolitan University announced on 10 February 2017 that it will be closing its campus in Crewe, Cheshire, in the summer of 2019.
We remain committed to providing a high standard of teaching and student experience for all our students on the Cheshire campus. Plans have been put in place to continue teaching courses until summer 2019. We advised all new undergraduate students who started courses in September 2016 that they would be able to complete three years of study at the campus (the normal duration of an undergraduate programme).
For those courses which are scheduled to run beyond summer 2019 our priority will be to enable those students to complete their studies with Manchester Metropolitan University. If that should prove not to be possible, our commitment will be to support them in finding an alternative course of action that best suits their individual needs.
Not only do we want to maintain the experience for our students, we are actively working with students to enhance their experience whilst they study on the Cheshire campus.
A Student Experience Group has been created so that students can share their views and provide regular feedback. This group is led by the Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor and consists of student and staff representatives from across the University. We are also working closely with the Students’ Union to gather feedback and keep students informed.
Current students can find regular updates on the investment in student experience, along with the latest events and activities here: www.cheshire.mmu.ac.uk/yourcampus.
We are committed to continuing to work with the trade unions to minimise the potential for compulsory redundancies, and changes to staff numbers at the campus will be a phased process. We will continue to employ both academic and support staff at the campus until summer 2019.
Figures show that only a small proportion of Cheshire campus graduates find graduate-level employment in the Cheshire area. The current academic offer at the Cheshire campus is not well aligned to the needs of the region. While investment from HS2 has the potential to generate demand for higher education provision, the specifics of this demand are unclear and the timeline is long-term.
HEFCE data shows that higher education participation levels in Crewe are below the national average. Last year only 1 per cent of the people in Cheshire who applied to University enrolled at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Cheshire campus.
In addition, HESA data shows that in 2015/16 over 1,300 students that were from Cheshire studied at Manchester Metropolitan University’s campus in Manchester, as opposed to the Cheshire campus.
Manchester Metropolitan University has exchanged contracts and is finalising legal obligations on a deal that means the Cheshire campus will operate under new ownership from September 2019.
A consortium, which includes the University of Buckingham and India-based Apollo Hospital Enterprises, will use the campus as the location for a range of undergraduate courses in the health science arena.
The University remains committed to teaching out its final academic year as planned and to supporting remaining students and staff in the run-up to withdrawal in summer 2019.
If you have any questions or feedback please email CheshireCampusReview@mmu.ac.uk.