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  • Campus All Saints, Aytoun, Hollings, Elizabeth Gaskell, Didsbury, Alsager, Crewe
  • Chancellor Dianne Thompson CBE
  • Colours Blue, turquoise, burgundy, gold
  • Endowment £984,000(2011)[1]
  • Established 1970 (as Manchester Polytechnic)
  • Location Manchester, England, UK
  • Motto Many Arts, Many Skills
  • Postgraduates 6,020[2]
  • Students 200 FE[2]
  • Students 33,490[2]
  • Type Public
  • Undergraduates 27,265[2]
  • Vice Chancellor Professor John Brooks
Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is a British university located in North West England. Its headquarters and central campus are in the city of Manchester, and there are outlying facilities in the county of Cheshire. The university has its roots in the Manchester Mechanics’ Institution (1824) and the Manchester School of Design (1838). It is the sixth largest university in the United Kingdom in terms of student numbers.
Teaching quality inspections place the university within the top twenty in the UK, according to The Complete University Guide. Teaching standards have also been described as 'among the highest in the country' by the Quality Assurance Agency.The university is ranked fourth of the new universities in attracting funds from the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
The administration building of the Didsbury Campus
The University was located on seven sites of which five were in Manchester (All Saints, Aytoun, Didsbury, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Hollings) and two were in Cheshire (Alsager and Crewe) and has begun to 'rationalise' its estate with a view to reducing the number of sites to two. The University has already moved the work of the Alsager campus to Crewe and rebranded this campus MMU Cheshire. The Aytoun campus will be closed during 2012 when the new Business School opens on the All Saints Campus. As of 2011 the University is engaged in a £250 million investment programme which will involve the largest physical change to its estate since the University's foundation. The two remaining campuses should provide improvements in the student experience, greater efficiency and further engagement with the local community.