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NEWS 16th January 2017

World’s lightest mechanical watch revealed thanks to graphene

An ultralight high-performance mechanical watch made with graphene is unveiled today in Geneva at the Salon International De La Haute Horlogerie thanks to a unique collaboration. The University of Manchester has collaborated with watchmaking brand Richard Mille and McLaren F1 to create world’s lightest mechanical chronograph by pairing leading graphene research with precision engineering. The…

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Key Skills

A Wealth of Talent

Manchester has a critical mass of highly skilled professionals and specialists, drawing from a large labour pool that extends far beyond the boundaries of the conurbation itself – south into Macclesfield and Congleton in Cheshire, east into High Peak in Derbyshire, west into St Helen’s in Merseyside and north into Blackburn.

Skill Levels

Greater Manchester’s workforce is relatively strongly skilled in UK terms with the majority qualified to NVQ level 2 and above, skills which are critical to raising productivity.


Source: ONS annual population survey 2006

* Population % is aggregated.

Better skills, better jobs, better lives

Manchester Business School was ranked 22nd in the world by FT and its MBA programme rated top five in non-US schools by Forbes, strengthening Manchester’s position as a world class educational and professional centre of excellence.

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