News | Thursday, 20th December 2018

#McrMet2018: November and December's news in review

Highlights of the University's successes in 2018

#Armistice100: our experts unearth the stories and consider the legacy of the First World War
#Armistice100: our experts unearth the stories and consider the legacy of the First World War

To mark the end of 2018 and celebrate the New Year, we are looking back at some of the biggest news stories from across Manchester Metropolitan University throughout the year. 


To mark the centenary of Armistice Day in November, academics at Manchester Metropolitan University shared their expertise, revealing stories about the conflict and its impact on society as part of the #Armistice100 commemorative campaign.

Historians Gervase Phillips and Dr Sam Edwards reflected on what happened to the animals used by the armed forces during the First World War and how wearing the poppy has always been a political act. On a regional level, historians revealed how a Merseyside hospital became the first to treat soldiers with 'shell shock'. 

Heather Lord (front left) with the new cohort of apprentices at Manchester Metropolitan

Manchester Metropolitan University also welcomed its 1,000th degree apprentice student, three years after launching one of the UK’s first degree apprenticeship programmes. Heather Lord became the 1,000th degree apprentice to join the University as part of a cohort of 20 colleagues from Lloyds Banking Group.

Meanwhile, Dr Craig Berry wrote about Theresa May’s Brexit deal for The Conversation, which was republished by The Guardian. He argued that it is almost exactly the Brexit that the UK voted for. 


December saw the launch of the sixth edition of our flagship magazine, Met Magazine. This edition celebrates our greatest assets and achievers – our students.

Among the great content in this edition we spoke to Students’ Union Presidents past and present and heard how holding that post has shaped their careers; we learnt about the inspiring voluntary work our students do to help local charities; and met graduates from our School of Theatre who have gone on to enjoy success on stage and screen. 

Carol Ann Duffy established the Manchester Writing Competition in her first year as Poet Laureate

To end the year, Manchester Writing School announced the shortlist for the 10th anniversary edition of the Manchester Poetry Prize – with founder Carol Ann Duffy DBE returning to judge the contest in her final year as Poet Laureate.

The prize is part of the Manchester Writing Competition – the UK’s richest prize for unpublished writing. The competition encourages new work and seeks out the best creative writing from across the world, establishing Manchester as the focal point for a major international literary award. 

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