MMU has developed over the last 150 years through the combination of several colleges and was awarded university status in 1992. The university has 8 faculties across 5 sites in Manchester and Cheshire, each with different specialist subject areas.
The All Saints campus is the main campus situated on the busy Oxford Road in central Manchester. It encompasses the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Manchester School of Art, and the Faculty of Humanities, Langauges and Social Sciences.
All Saints Campus has the following facilities open to the general public:
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The campus area is steeped in history, known from medieval times as the township of Chorlton Row. Towards the end of the 18th century it was developed as a suburb of Manchester and renamed Chorlton-on-Medlock. The township was then absorbed into the Manchester Borough in 1838, and consisted of Beswick, Cheetham Hill, Chorlton upon Medlock and Hulme.
The Crewe Campus is the university's main campus in Cheshire and is home to the MMU Cheshire Faculty. Expertise includes primarily Business, Education, and the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, which covers the areas of Humanities and Applied Social Studies, Environmental and Leisure Studies and Modular Studies.
Crewe College was established in 1908 and completed in 1912. It started out as a training college to train new teachers for local schools. After the Second World War, the college focused on training Primary Teachers and Nursery Teachers’ Education, and was one of the first locations in the country to offer courses within this field. Crewe developed further during the 1960’s, changing its name a couple of times, and merged with Alsager in 1974. The Crewe and Alsager College of Higher Education became part of MMU in 1992, finally becoming MMU Cheshire in 2004.
Didsbury campus is based five miles south of the city, and is home to the Faculty of Education. The Faculty specialises in education, early years teaching and social care. Based in the centre of Didsbury, the campus offers a popular venue for creative weekend activities.
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The campus started out as ‘Didsbury College of Education’, but merged with MMU and Hollings College in 1977.
The Elizabeth Gaskell campus is based two miles south of the city centre and is home to the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care. The campus is named after the famous Victorian novelist, Elizabeth Gaskell.
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Gaskell lived in Manchester during the mid 1800’s, a stone’s throw away from the MMU Gaskell campus. It was here at 84 Plymouth Grove she wrote most of her books and lived with her family until her death in 1865. Gaskell had a circle of friends made up of social reformers, artists and literary greats. Many of these visited Plymouth Grove such as Charles Dickens, John Ruskin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, conductor Charles Hallé and Charlotte Brontë.
The Hollings Faculty is based three miles out of the city centre, and specialises within Food, Fashion, Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure.
Hollings College merged with MMU in 1977, and the Faculty is due to be relocated to the All Saints Campus.
The site has been in use from 1901, originally as a teaching facility for cookery and domestic science for the Manchester’s Domestic and Trades College Manchester.
The main building at Hollings is famous for its ‘Toast-rack’, trademark, designed for Hollings College in 1958 by Architect Leonard Howitt, completed in 1960. The building was Grade II listed in 1998 and is a great example of post-war architecture.