Connect to Manchester School of Art

Last week we held some online events for students who have an offer from the School of Art. Prospective students had the opportunity to watch short presentations from the Heads of Art and Design, and the Director of Studies from Media and to ask the academics their questions.

Catch up by watching the recording of the webinar.

We also went on a tour of the School of Art’s amazing new Benzie Building, guided by one of our Third Year Interior Design students.

Watch the tour and marvel at the School of Art’s collaborative facilities, open to all Art students! 

Keep an eye on the blog, as we will be rounding up our Connect events from some of the other faculties!



Loyalty Awards

We want to make sure that all of our international students are aware of the benefits for them at MMU. Did you know that if you are already an international student at MMU, and decide to stay with us for your postgraduate studies, you could be eligible for a discount on your fees?

International students who successfully complete a full-time Bachelor’s degree at Manchester Metropolitan University and continue full-time taught postgraduate studies with us can be eligible for a tuition fee discount of £1,000.

If you have paid full overseas tuition fees for your full-time undergraduate studies at Manchester Metropolitan University and enroll at MMU for further full time Postgraduate Taught study – whether a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, or Master’s Degree – you could be eligible for £1,000 off the fees of your postgraduate studies.

Visit our website to learn more!

Behind the scenes of an MMU International live tour!

I’ve written about Connect to MMU before on this blog. Connect to MMU is a series of informative and interesting online events which give international students the chance to learn more about MMU and being a student here. As part of Connect to MMU we run live tours of our faculties to give prospective international students an insight into where and what they might study.

Yesterday we broadcast a live tour of the School of Art’s impressive new Benzie Building. You can see a recording of the tour here.

Although the Benzie Building is the new School of Art building, there are excellent facilities for art students in the Grosvenor and Chatham buildings too. For example, the Chatham building has a glass hot shop, ceramics and plaster, wood, metal and chemical workshops, laser cutting, a 3D printer, animation suites, photography resources including a darkroom, art studios and the amazing Holden Gallery.

Zee is our friendly student tour guide, and he loves to show prospective international students around MMU. Check out the pictures below for a sneak peek behind the scenes of our School of Art live tour!

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Our camera woman Lara frames the opening shot of the tour.

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Lara and tour guide Zee share a joke as they start the tour.

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Zee answers a student’s question on the stairs in the Benzie Building.


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”.


Connect to MMU

Here at MMU International we understand that choosing to study in another country is a huge decision to make, especially if you haven’t had a chance to visit the institution of your choice.

So, we have launched a series of events which give you a taste of student life at Manchester Metropolitan University, without you having to leave your home town!

Here is the schedule of events over the coming months; keep checking back for a three day Connect to MMU extravaganza in November, where we will be hosting web chats with academics from all our faculties.

If you missed our Live Tour of the Student Hub on Tuesday, you can watch it again here:


Why not also listen to our webinar about all the exciting changes taking place at MMU in 2014.

Coming up over the next couple of weeks we have a webinars from our Admissions team, about how to make a successful application to the University, and our Immigration and Welfare team, all about visas. Register for these events here.

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.

Travel while you study – widen your horizons

Studying abroad is an excellent opportunity to widen your horizons by living in a new culture, meeting people from around the world and trying new foods.

One of the best ways to widen your horizons is by travelling. Studying in Manchester makes travelling around the UK and Europe very easy. Manchester is well connected by road and rail and has a busy international airport.

The map below shows some of the UK’s best tourist towns and cities. Over the coming months we will be posting guides to each city or location; including how to get there and what to do while you’re there.

map of UK tourist destinations

Let us know if there are any other places you’d like to see included, or if you’ve visited these places before, let us know what you got up to.

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.