University launches multi-million pound Creative Manchester project
(23 February 2018)
The University is investing £3.3m in a new project, Creative Manchester, which will help to support its ambitious strategic vision in the arts, cultural and creative industries locally, nationally and internationally.
The creative industry sector is one of the fastest growing in the UK, which accounts for over 5% of the UK’s economy and employs two million people. Creative Manchester builds on commitments made by the Government in the recent Industrial Strategy White Paper by providing an opportunity to develop exciting new courses such as Heritage Studies, which will attract the very best students with the brightest talent to the city.
This complements the wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and programmes available at the University centred on the creative industries, including Art Gallery and Museum Studies, Arts Management, Creative Writing, Drama, Music, Film Studies and Screenwriting.
Several new creative and cultural academic posts will also be created, which will support the new courses and the University’s ambitious research agenda. A key feature of the project will also be to develop collaborative partnerships to support growth in the creative sector.
“We are delighted to receive this funding - it is a huge recognition of the importance of the University’s contribution to the creative and cultural sector, and will enable us to recruit additional academic staff, host brand new courses and enhance our facilities,” said Professor Alessandro Schiesaro, Head of the University’s School of Arts, Languages and Cultures. “We are extremely excited about developing more partnerships and collaborations with business and cultural organisations, and to cultivating future generations to work in the ever-growing creative industries.”