Our £139 million Brooks building on the Birley development opened in September 2014 and is home to the Faculties of Education and of Health, Psychology and Social Care.
Brooks building won the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors North West Award for Regeneration (2015). It is one of the most impressive developments of its kind, with outstanding facilities including four lecture theatres; sports facilities; performance spaces and cafes, alongside specialist areas for training teachers in computing, science, maths, design and technology, drama/dance, music and art. The second floor features a drop-in student resources centre and creative resources area where students can work independently, practice their classroom or making skills or work on small group projects.
Outside there is an attractive and green public space with a modern ‘piazza’ feel, alongside accommodation for up to 1,200 students in ultra-modern, environmentally sustainable townhouses and traditional en suite apartments.
Birley features leading-edge environmental design and technology, with landscaping to support biodiversity and urban ecology. We are committed to developing a Zero Waste, Zero Energy and Zero Water development.
Education students have full access to the main university library, open 24/7 during term time, the new Students’ Union and the Student and Employability Hub.
Manchester is a lively, cosmopolitan city with many leisure and cultural amenities and excellent transport links by road and rail. The international airport is approximately 20 minutes’ away.
Situated in the thriving town of Crewe, 36 miles from Manchester, Cheshire campus is renowned for its green spaces and creative, cultural, sports and social facilities.
The campus has recently undergone a £70 million development programme. Specialist facilities for Education students, include a creative resources centre where trainee teachers can practice their classroom and making skills and a well-equipped library. Students also have access to a state-of-the-art sports centre, performing arts centre, refectory and shops.
Students can enjoy a wide range of fun-loving events, club nights, societies, day trips, outdoor pursuits and volunteering activities organised by the Students’ Union.
There are excellent transport links, including close proximity to the M6 and mainline train service to London, Manchester, Stoke-On-Trent, Birmingham and Liverpool and close access to the attractions of the Peak District and North Wales.
Cheshire has halls of residence on campus and there are many privately owned rented and shared houses in the area.