We are playing a big part in the regeneration of Manchester and Crewe.
Regeneration is not always seen as a benefit to local communities.
We do this by unlocking the talents of students, creating new research, supporting local communities, creating employment opportunities and strategically developing our campus.
The academic expertise at MMU reflects our complete approach to regeneration: from community psychologists, teachers and healthcare professionals to place managers, public artists, criminologists and environmental specialists – all of these disciplines can be found within MMU.
A large scale project that takes this expertise, and works collaboratively with communities across Northern England is being undertaken in partnership with MMU, Northumbria, UCLan and Salford University.
The project Urban Regeneration: Making a Difference, funded by HEFCE, is proving that the knowledge within universities can make a positive impact on local communities.
To find out more, contact the community team.
You might also like to visit the Regen North website, which has more details about how universities are working to help the North’s regeneration plans.
Social scientists, Judith Sixsmith and Ryan Woolrych, have been working with residents in New East Manchester to try and find out about the impact of regeneration on health and well-being.
Local people were encouraged to use visual tools such as photography and video diaries to research community well-being. The results directed discussions between residents and regeneration professionals.
Ryan Woolrych said, ‘It has been illuminating for residents, regeneration professionals and academics to engage in active discussion and shared visioning about what regeneration should look like if it is shaped around the needs of local residents. This active engagement is hopefully the beginning of a process where academics and regeneration professionals can assist in understanding change in an areas of physical regeneration.’