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Manchester 2020 programme

(12 May 2017)

You have now all have received several email communications about the University-wide Manchester 2020 (M2020) programme.

As outlined in my previous message, the University is doing well in some areas of world-leading research, outstanding learning, the student experience and social responsibility. However, our performance is uneven and, in some cases, unsatisfactory when compared with internal and external benchmarks. The M2020 projects are designed to deliver a step-change that will help the University achieve its 2020 ambitions.

From a Faculty of Humanities perspective, we will be delivering two of these projects in Alliance Manchester Business School and the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures. Unfortunately they have implications on some our staff and will mean a reduction in academic and academic related posts. 

I understand that this is unsettling for staff in our Faculty, particularly in the two Schools affected, and I aim to keep you informed on a regular basis through eNews and HumNet. You will now find more information about the M2020 programme and some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on HumNet. Staff who are directly affected are being offered support by their Head of Division and HR. 

More information about M2020 is also available on staffnet.


Professor Keith Brown
Vice-President and Dean
Faculty of Humanities