European Parliament Elections

If you have been in the UK recently, you might have noticed lots of people have weird posters in their gardens – that’s because today is the European Parliament Elections in the UK.

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Every British citizen (and some EU and Commonwealth citizens living in the UK) over the age of 18 is allowed to vote in the European Elections (and the local elections going on in some areas at the same time).

Although there are an abundance of political parties to choose between, including one of my favourites; The Monster Raving Loony Party, whose tagline is “A Vote for Insanity”, the five main parties battling it out for seats for their Members of the European Parliament are:

The Conservative Party

The Green Party

The Labour Party

The Liberal Democrats 

The UK Independence Party

The BBC has developed a handy guide explaining more about the elections.


A new director for MMU International!

We have a new Director of International here at MMU!

Stephen Parkin was appointed as Director in October 2013. Before joining MMU International, Stephen has worked at a number of UK universities and also StudyGroup. Before starting his career in Higher Education in the UK, Stephen taught English in various countries including China, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.

Stephen says “I am delighted to be working at such as great university in the heart of Manchester to help develop Manchester’s International profile”.


MMU shoots up league tables!

Manchester Metropolitan University has improved significantly in a number of national university league tables, and this trend is expected to continue in coming years.

The Good University Guide, a joint venture between The Times and Sunday Times newspapers, published this week, saw MMU leap 13 places to 89th. In May, the Guardian’s version placed MMU at 93rd, an improvement of 15 places.

These scores complement MMU’s excellent results in the National Student Survey, with 84% of MMU students satisfied with their academic experience. In addition, there has been an increase in students achieving good honours (up from 58.5% to 61.8%) and completing their course (an improvement from 77.3% to 81%).

In specific subject areas, MMU shined even brighter; Education remains at 14th out of 71 providers; Architecture at 13th out of 46, and our top subject area is Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism – 6th out of 49.

Top tips for a stress-free arrival in the UK

Border Force has produced a helpful list of top tips for first time students arriving this autumn to commence their studies in the UK. The tips are designed to ensure students are not unduly delayed as they enter the UK by being more prepared for what they may need to present at border control.

As part of your preparations for your studying in the UK this year, Border Force want to make sure you have everything you need to get through the UK border as efficiently as possible. Follow these top tips for a smooth journey through the UK border:

1.      Have your passport ready.

2.      Ensure you complete a landing card (if a non EEA National).

3.      Have your university Certificate of Acceptance Studies (CAS) number ready. If you don’t have a CAS number please brings details of your course of study.

4.      Keep any medical documentation, recent bank statement and details of where you are staying in your hand luggage, we may ask to see this information.

5.      Do not bring in any meat or dairy products from outside the EU.

6.      There are also restrictions on other food products such as fish, eggs and honey, as well as some fruit, vegetables and plants (e.g. bulbs, seeds, cut flowers and tree bark).

7.      There are also restrictions on the amount of tobacco, alcohol and gifts you can bring in the UK. If you exceed your duty-free allowance and do not declare them, all of your items could be taken away from you.

8.      Never bring in counterfeit goods, illegal drugs, offensive weapons or indecent or obscene material. Some items are restricted and will require a licence or permit.

9.      You must declare any sums of cash of £10,000 or more (or the equivalent in another currency) if you are travelling from a country outside the European Union.

10.   Never give false or misleading information (including forged or counterfeit documents)


National Student Survey Success

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84% of Manchester Metropolitan University students are satisfied with their course.

In the National Student Survey (NSS) results, released yesterday, 84% of students said that they were satisfied with their course at Manchester Metropolitan University. This is an improvement of 3% on 2012, where MMU scored 81% satisfaction.

The NSS is a national survey taken by final year undergraduate students at all publicly funded Higher Education Institutions, to provide honest feedback on what it has been like to study their course at their institution.

Questions are asked on subjects including the teaching on the course, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources, personal development and overall satisfaction.

Well done to everyone who has made an effort to increase satisfaction for MMU students.