Spotlight on UK Universities: Manchester & Salford

Welcome to our brand new ‘spotlight’ series! This is where we talk about local and UK-wide universities and sum up the key facts that prospective students need to know.\r\n\r\nWhile there’s no substitute to visiting these universities and talking to the staff yourself, we hope that these posts will offer a good reference point when you’re making those all important application decisions! As with anything we discuss on the blog, please feel free to comment on social media or ask our education consultants for further advice.\r\n\r\nIf you have a specific university or city you’re interested in please let us know and we’ll centre our next spotlight on the institution(s) in question!\r\n\r\n

The University of Manchester

\r\n\r\nThe University of Manchester has an excellent reputation as a world leading institution. While all of the universities discussed here are well regarded, The University of Manchester is the oldest university in the city and is classed as a Russell Group university. Russell Group universities are recognised as outstanding in both teaching and research and they enjoy global awareness and recognition. You can read more about what it means to be part of the Russell Group here.\r\n\r\nThe University of Manchester is the UK’s largest single-site university and most of the university buildings enjoy a prime position in the centre of town. If you’d prefer a campus university, then a big city might not be ideal for you, however if you love socialising and being close to all of the local amenities, Manchester is a wonderfully vibrant place to be a student.\r\n\r\nWhere do UoM students live? Victoria Park and Fallowfield are very popular residential areas for students. There’s numerous student and private flats and houses to choose from and residents benefit from numerous bars, shops and restaurants. These areas are also quite green and leafy – perfect when you want to be close to the city and suburbia!\r\n\r\nComplete University Guide UK ranking 2015: 28\r\nEstablished: 1824\r\nNumber of students: Over 38,000\r\nVisit: We strongly recommend you visit both the John Ryland’s library and the UoM museum. They’re free and easy to reach from IEC Abroad Manchester.\r\n\r\n

Manchester Metropolitan University

\r\n\r\nBelieve it or not, two universities do bear the Manchester name! This is a common occurrence in popular student cities and you will usually find that universities which have the title ‘University of…’ are the older establishments.\r\n\r\nOther examples in neighbouring cities include Sheffield (The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University) and Leeds (The University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University).\r\n\r\nManchester Metropolitan University is separate from UoM and received its university status in 1992. It’s a newer university, however many newer universities have evolved from colleges, meaning they usually have a good educational grounding.\r\n\r\nBeing a newer university, MMU offers a range of contemporary courses which may not be offered by more traditional universities. Examples include Animation and Marketing degrees. MMU has lower entry requirements than the University of Manchester. \r\n\r\nWhere do MMU students live? MMU students live hand in hand with UoM students. There’s also halls of residences available in the city centre.\r\nComplete University Guide UK ranking 2015: 73\r\nEstablished: Officially 1992\r\nNumber of students: Over 37,000\r\n\r\n

The University of Salford

\r\n\r\nSalford is nestled right next to Manchester, so close in fact that you can walk quite easily. It takes a little longer to get to places such as MediaCity from Manchester city centre, however there’s so many buses, trams and trains that getting around won’t be a problem!\r\n\r\nA little like MMU, Salford offer a number of contemporary courses in subjects such as Photography and Television and Radio. The entrance requirements are lower than UoM and are similar to those required by MMU. If you’re from the UAE, you may be particularly interested to hear that UoS has a dedicated Abu Dhabi presence too. The university works closely with leading businesses and organisations in the Middle East. \r\n\r\nWhere do UoS students live? Salford has dedicated student villages located close to the main campus, however it is also possible to live off-campus too.\r\nComplete University Guide UK ranking 2015: 84\r\nFounded: 1896 \r\nNumber of students: Over 22,000\r\n\r\nWe hope our quick guide has given you a little more insight into our Manchester and Salford universities! Don’t forget, our consultants are brimming with expert knowledge, so please get in touch if you would like any more information on UK universities or studying in the UK in general.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n