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NEWS 30th September 2014

Manufacturing takes centre stage in Manchester

Manufacturing enterprise across the North moves into the spotlight as the free-to-attend Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2014 opens its doors at Manchester’s EventCity on October 1st and 2nd. Manufacturing and engineering is one of the key drivers of the North’s economy, generating over £20bn annually in the North-West alone and employing some 400,000 people, many…

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“Manchester has a real pull for businesses to come and set up here.”
David Emery
IBM Vice President for General Business North

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Leading world-class higher education institutions Its vast student population no doubt reflects Manchester’s popularity as a first-class student destination. With currently over 100,000 students across five universities; Manchester University, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Salford, the University of Bolton and Unversity Centre Oldham, the city region has one of the largest student populations in the UK, not to mention in Europe. In addition to the 5 universities in the city region there are a further 18 universities and higher education institutes in the North West, making for an additional population of around 400,000 students in the surrounding areas. The following table illustrates the strength of Manchester’s universities in key disciplines:

2011

Subject Greater Manchester One Hour’s Drive Total
Computer science 5,320 14,555 19,875
Engineering & technology 8,765 16,430 25,195
Law 2,860 10,220 13,080
Business & administrative studies 14,910 37,485 52,395
Languages 4,875 18,615 23,490
Creative arts & design 6,815 16,675 23,490

 2012

Subject Greater Manchester One Hour’s Drive Total
Computer science 3,460 13,110 16,570
Engineering & technology 9,565 27,185 36,750
Law 3,285 13,965 17,250
Business & administrative studies 18,505 61,520 80,025
Languages 5,625 23,680 29,305
Creative arts & design 7,135 25,765 32,900

2011

Subject Greater Manchester One Hour’s Drive Total
French 480 440 920
Spanish 440 350 790
German 185 125 310
Italian 155 25 180
Russian/E.Eu 100 0 100

2012

Subject Greater Manchester One Hour’s Drive Total
French 480 450 930
Spanish 465 345 800
German 190 115 305
Italian 155 30 185
Russian/E.Eu 100 0 100

Source: Students in Higher Education [HESA, 2010/11] For further information on each of the ‘city region’s’ universities please see their individual pages.

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