1 May, 2008 – MMU Beats 'Brain Drain' South
Manchester Metropolitan University has released figures which show record numbers of more than two-thirds of graduates staying on in Manchester city region – beating the 'brain-drain' to the South.
Manchester Metropolitan University says its number one priority is to match higher
education to the needs of the region*, and believes even more of its 9,000 graduates a
year will stay given the right conditions. Currently between 6-6,500 are staying in the
The University, which is marketing itself as a ‘university for world class
professionals’, is staging an ‘Employability Showcase’ for private and public sector
organisations on May 20 at its main All Saints Campus on Oxford Road.
MMU has a reputation for working with employers to design courses which fill gaps in the
‘higher skills’ market. It recently launched the UK’s first course for digital
marketing and its School of Law is pioneering a postgraduate programme for managers in
the legal profession.
Vice-Chancellor John Brooks said: “We are inviting employers who don’t already work
with us on workforce development to come and tap into our considerable resources. We
have a range of schemes that can save firms time and money in recruitment, retention and in
acquiring business knowledge and research capacity.”
Particularly popular has been the University’s promotion of ‘sandwich’ placements
which allow companies to take on a ‘near graduate’ for nine to 12 months for as
little as 12k per year. MMU Business School sends out 350 each year, with many being offered full-time employment by the same firms after they complete their course.
The University has also launched a professional magazine called Success, showcasing the
employability of its graduates in professions such as financial services, management,
marketing, ICT, education and health.
More than 1,000 large and small employers from all the major growth sectors in the North
West will be invited to the evening event on May 20 which takes place between 5 and 7pm.
These include companies from the retail, hospitality and tourism, creative industries,
public sector and the NHS.
Source: MMU Press Release