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Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD)

The top of the MECD building against a blue summer sky

The MECD vision

The Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) will provide an environment that creates a sense of pride in the heritage and achievements of the University, while inspiring future generations of engineers to innovate and discover.

MECD will provide a legacy that staff, students and alumni are proud of - now and in the future.

The MECD vision aligns with the University’s strategic aims ‘to advance education, knowledge and wisdom for the good of society’ by focusing on our collaborative culture, world-class research facilities and innovative teaching and learning spaces. MECD will provide a legacy that staff, students and alumni are proud of - now and in the future.

MECD will be the largest concentration of interdisciplinary engineering expertise in any UK university, while the combination of staff and student communities, exceptional spaces and innovative facilities will deliver a vibrant and inspiring environment for teaching, learning and research.

Explore how the MECD vision breaks down below.

The vision for: culture and collaboration

The internal space will foster a culture of community and belonging for everyone in MECD, while also providing spaces to encourage collaboration between a range of people. The shared spaces will have minimal physical barriers, allowing freedom of movement and open sight lines between areas and activities. MECD will boast a range of spaces that suit all requirements - from busy and collaborative social spaces to quiet and reflective private places.

The colocation of the engineering Schools in MECD offers a real opportunity for cross-discipline teaching and learning and enables a more agile approach to the creation and delivery of joint undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

The MECD campus will provide a mix of spaces that increase the opportunities for staff and students to meet; planned and by chance, formal and collaborative, public and private. It will be a place where everyone feels at home, making it enjoyable to be on campus even outside of core teaching and working hours.
New, highly interactive spaces for prototyping, project work and student-centred learning will be interspersed with more traditional teaching and office spaces. Student services will be delivered through a welcoming, Professional Support Service (PSS) ‘Hub’, which will aim to deliver a highly accessible and seamless service to students.

The consolidation of the engineering estate into MECD provides an opportunity to build a more cohesive and dynamic PSS. Larger teams undertaking similar activities can improve the consistency of service, career progression opportunities for staff, and sharing of best practice. MECD will have its students at its heart, and as a busy, high footfall space, the ground floor (MEC Hall) will provide the opportunity to maximise visibility and ensure that students can frequently access all those services that are most important to them.
A single space for graduate support services will create a ‘one-stop-shop’ for PhD students and Postdoctoral Research Assistants (PDRAs). This space will bring together support currently offered separately in each Department, alongside Faculty-based graduate services.

The vision for: research, industry and partnerships

MECD will provide world-class research facilities, innovating in technology and working practices. Shared facilities across Schools will support research projects of multiple scales and duration and encourage collaboration between researchers, Schools and industry. The spaces will be modern and visible, enhancing opportunities for increased interdisciplinary work and showcasing the impact of our work to inspire students, industry and funders.

Work benches will be movable to allow the laboratory to be reconfigured as research projects progress.

MECD offers unrivalled opportunities to design and install modern, well-serviced laboratories for the engineering Departments. The need for flexible laboratories that can be physically reconfigured will be achieved by adopting a modular approach to laboratory furnishings and equipment. Work benches will be movable to allow the laboratory to be reconfigured as research projects progress and partitions may be altered with minimal disruption to allow for laboratory reconfiguration as projects move in and out.

Easy access and proximity of research students to research laboratories are key as research students and post-doctoral research staff interact with laboratory space. The proximity of researchers to the laboratory in which their experimental work is carried out builds a sense of responsibility for the laboratory through shared ownership with other students and researcher who use it.

The vision for: teaching, learning and student experience

The flexible teaching spaces will offer innovative IT/AV allowing students to fully engage with new modes of teaching and learning, all informed by the research taking place across the departments. At the core of teaching and learning in MECD will be the ability for engineers studying at all levels (UG, PGT and PGR) and from multiple disciplines to co-exist and exchange ideas.

MECD will become part of a global classroom, where Manchester students will be able to collaborate with their peers at other leading institutes around the world.

The teaching and learning spaces within MECD will support a diverse range of both teaching and learning styles, and flexible study spaces will encourage students to shape their own learning environment. MECD will take full advantage of the latest technologies, including high-speed, high-density wireless networks and the growth in Bring Your Own Device.

The student workshop and project areas will be some of the most vibrant and evolving spaces within MECD, which makes them ideal for showcasing teaching and learning experiences.

MECD will become part of a global classroom, where Manchester students will be able to collaborate with their peers at other leading institutes around the world to deliver solutions to the Engineering Grand Challenges. The same global classroom will inspire our students to design and deploy experiments remotely across the world, and to stream measurement data back to Manchester for analysis and presentation.