Manchester Metropolitan University:  Proudly fostering digital innovation and leadership 

By Manchester Metropolitan University

In the heart of the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University stands as a beacon of modern education, fostering innovation, and contributing to the growth of both our local community and the national landscape. According to the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020/21, 91% of our former students are either in employment or in further education 15 months after graduating. This showcases our commitment to shaping the future by delivering impactful programmes that not only elevate professional development but also drive digital transformation, fuelling the growth of businesses in the digital era. Explore some of our digital solutions:

The creative epicentre: Manchester School of Digital Arts

The School of Digital Arts (SODA) shows Manchester Met’s commitment to bridging creativity and technology. This brand-new building is a £35 million investment and features spaces to collaborate, specialist facilities, including a UX Suite, film studios, green screens, edit suites, sound, music and production studios, a cinema, and a gallery.

Our apprenticeship employer partner representative, Elliot Milliard, Content Designer Manager at BT Group, shared his thoughts about our school: “The facilities at the SODA building were great to see. SODA gives people everything they need to learn.” Read more about his experience with us.

Digital Labs: Creating impactful solutions

DigitalLabs@MMU embodies Manchester Met’s dedication to providing immediate business solutions through experimentation, knowledge sharing, and discovery. Our specialised team crafts web-based applications, mobile apps, and games, developing both large and small software applications.

Our expertise includes: App development (iPhone/Android), RFID, NFC (radio identification tags), Barcodes, QR codes, and Location-aware applications, among others. Explore more about this service and discover the applications we’ve developed.

Fostering industry engagement and growth

We also have the Centre for Enterprise (CfE), an award-winning, multi-disciplinary team dedicated to harnessing academic knowledge for business engagement, innovation, and growth for SMEs and entrepreneurs. The Centre has worked with over 2,000 SMEs and won funding bids of over £40 million since 2012.

Within CfE, we have the Centre for Digital Innovation (CDI), a UK Government Innovation Accelerator programme led by Manchester Met and funded through the nationwide £100 million Government Innovation Accelerator. CDI is directed towards implementing initiatives for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Northwest region, focusing on four strategic strands: Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Industrial Digitalisation, and Immersive Technology. This initiative aims to create a supercluster of digital innovation, expertise and skills development for the region to become a beacon in the UK for digital innovation. As part of Manchester Met’s commitment to promoting technology among businesses in the Northwest, we are organising an event in collaboration with Bayes Business School. The event focuses on guiding small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on leveraging AI tools to creatively solve business problems and seize new opportunities.

Manchester Met is also involved in a 1.2 million major project in partnership with other Northwest universities that will develop cutting-edge cybersecurity research to support the region’s businesses and economic growth.

Degree Apprenticeships: Nurturing tomorrow’s digital leaders

Manchester Met’s apprenticeship initiatives play a crucial role in shaping the future of digital design and technology. With offerings in Creative Digital Design, User Experience, Digital Technology Solutions, and Digital Marketing, our University is dedicated to nurturing a new generation of professionals equipped with the skills required to thrive in the ever-evolving digital landscape. Explore our digital programmes and find out how you can partner with us to offer apprenticeships.

We stand as a vibrant hub where creativity, technology, and industry collaboration intersect. From state-of-the-art facilities to pioneering partnerships, Manchester Met empowers apprentices to not just meet but surpass the challenges of the digital era. Our Creative Digital Design apprentice, Abigail Abrahams, shared how our programme helped her to think as a designer and challenged her to be more innovative. Read more about her apprenticeship experience with us.

Whether they are experienced professionals or a school leaver, we offer programmes tailored to enhance their capabilities and transform them into digital leaders. Hear more about our apprentices’ experience with us.

Triple-Accredited Business School

Professional development and employability are at the heart of our Business School ethos. We deliver professionally relevant courses in subject areas directly linked to the needs of employers.

The extent of our triple accreditations is reflected in the practical and applied nature of our curriculum and fosters innovation in our approach to business and management education. We offer a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses. Find out more.

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