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Manchester 2020 (M2020) programme

(10 May 2017)

(This news item was last updated on 6 October2017)

The University of Manchester has a bold ambition to be a world leading institution, with a reputation based on academic excellence. In order to meet this ambition, we must improve the quality of our research and student experience in some areas and ensure the financial sustainability of the University. Realising this ambition will require a capacity to invest in our strategic priorities. 

Detailed plans to deliver a significant growth in funds from distance learning, philanthropy, research and grant recovery, international student recruitment, and savings across the PSS are already being implemented. However it has been recognised that further action is necessary to improve the quality of our research, reduce student numbers on some programmes to improve the student experience, and improve our effectiveness and efficiency in some areas. 

The Board of Governors has therefore approved proposals from the senior staff of the University to commence consultation with the Trade Unions in relation to reductions of up to 171 posts, in order to deliver our strategy, secure future financial sustainability and allow strategic investment in priority areas. 

Read more about M2020 and the University’s Frequently Asked Questions

Programme Management Office 

Find out more about the M2020 Programme Management Office

Faculty projects 

The Humanities M2020 projects are: 

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (SALC) 

  • In the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, an increase in undergraduate student entry standards will lead to improved student experience and outcomes. This will require a reduction in student numbers across some programmes and a consequential proposed reduction of 29 academic posts and posts involved in primarily academic activities. 

Read the SALC frequently asked questions. (Updated 6 October 2017)

Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) 

  • Alliance Manchester Business School will reduce student intake numbers on some of its degree programmes. This will improve student experience, continue to improve the quality of entry grades and student outcomes, and move towards a more consistent staff/student ratio across its divisions. There will be a consequent proposed reduction of 26 academic posts in certain areas of the School. 

Read the AMBS frequently asked questions. (Updated 6 October 2017)

Next steps 

Changes to staff in the University are given very careful and serious consideration and the University will consult with the Trade Unions in relation to the proposals. The University is committed to ensuring that these processes are conducted fairly and transparently and will manage these through the Security of Employment Policy which has been agreed with the Trade Unions. 

Colleagues in areas affected by these proposed changes have now received more detailed information and have been invited to staff meetings to outline the next steps. We understand that this is a difficult and anxious time for these colleagues and the University is taking steps to support those affected. 

Details about the M2020 Programme will be regularly updated on HumNet and on StaffNet