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First she went to Manchester Metropolitan University for a master’s. Then a PhD. Today, she’s an associate lecturer supporting first-year healthcare science students. “I’ve enjoyed every minute,” says Dr Nadia Ali.

“Manchester is a very good place to study and live. It’s multicultural with all the wonderful facilities you would expect to find in a modern city. Equally the university has excellent facilities: the labs and equipment here are first class,” shares Iraq-born Ali.

The student experience encompasses many aspects: academic, personal and professional. Manchester Metropolitan University excels in all three. The majority of its current students as well as its vast international network of alumni — 310,000 graduates in 170 countries — agree.

Why? Mainly because at this globally connected university, the exposure is extensive and the opportunities are unrivalled. Manchester Metropolitan University has everything a student could possibly need to achieve academic excellence, get career-ready and have fun along the way. “I would definitely recommend Manchester Metropolitan University to Vietnamese students – it has a friendly environment, modern facilities, and excellent professional support,” enthuses BSc in Economics student, Doan Thi Huyen Nga.

A great place to study and live

Manchester Metropolitan University is ranked in the world’s top 200 universities under 50 years old in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020. According to REF 2014, 85% of this university’s research has been considered to be “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”. The Teaching Excellence Framework classified it as “Silver”.

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The setting for this highly-rated education? Manchester — the UK’s best city to live in according to the Global Liveability Survey 2019 by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The survey assessed 140 global cities according to 30 qualitative and quantitative factors including political and social stability, crime rates, education and access to healthcare.

Opportunities, services, facilities and more are what make life as a Manchester Metropolitan University student enjoyable and productive. Leaving home can be tough, but it’s hard not to feel welcomed and secure with an extensive line-up of supportive offerings. From study skills workshops to short courses for skill improvement and  Peer Assisted Learning, these are at the disposal of students to use.

BA Fashion student Swarlipi Nagora settled down quickly after travelling from India to the UK thanks to this full suite of support. When she was confused or faced a problem, international student support officers were always on hand to help. She found her tutors just as kind.

“I feel the biggest help I received from the university as an international student settling down was the support I received from the Manchester Met international team to solve my confusion and any sort of problem I faced. Second biggest help that I received was from my tutors. They were friendly and welcomed us all with a big smile, making it easier for us to approach them without any hesitation,” Nagora says.

First-year students can join an academic support network through the internationally-recognised Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme. Together with fellow new students, they can form study groups to help each other out with their course content. These sessions are guided by a PAL Leader, who are recruited from specific courses and trained to guide students in a lower year group.

There are also Academic Study Skills virtual workshops, which are held throughout the year. They focus on topics such as time management, note-taking, critical reading, writing and more. One-to-one support ensures that students who are working or balancing their studies with other responsibilities are given the proper guidance and advice they need to complete their course.

Through Manchester Metropolitan University’s free short courses, enrolled students will be able to improve their written English skills and more throughout the calendar year. Once students are confident in their writing, the university provides a fresh pair of eyes along with constructive writing feedback to help them identify areas that need improvement.

Numeracy tutors can help with anything from basic skills to the effective application of statistics within dissertation planning. Professional development events are regularly held too, such as advice workshops, industry networking, guest speakers and careers fairs. With links to top global companies — including IBM, Bentley Motors, Bosch, Boohoo.com, Microsoft, Nike, Adidas, Puma, SAP, Texas Instruments, Volkswagen, and Walt Disney — it’s little wonder that 93% of Manchester Metropolitan graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation. These support services make Manchester Met a great option for learners who wish to thrive academically and socially. The best part? Guidance is available at all times as there are numerous online resources for students to use and stay engaged with 24/7.

“Manchester Metropolitan University really ensures the wellbeing of students and provides plenty of support. I feel supported and I fit right in,” says MSc Biomedical Science student Shaheen Hajira from Singapore.

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