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Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD)

Artist's impression of MECD development when complete

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 continue to innovate and pioneer discovery.

The MECD vision focuses on University strategic aims in areas such as our culture, research and teaching.

The development will reflect the vision and ambitions of the University and provide a legacy that staff, students and alumni are proud of - now and in the future.

MECD will be the single largest home for engineering in any UK university, and within this home the combination of the communities of staff and students, the spaces and the facilities will deliver a vibrant and truly 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 allow for a sense of community and belonging for the range of stakeholder groups within it, while also promoting collaboration between them. There will be minimal physical barriers in the spaces provided, allowing freedom of movement and open sight lines between areas and activities. The building’s interiors will provide a range of spaces that suit all requirements - from busy, noisy, social spaces to quiet reflective, private study and meeting 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 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 – giving somewhere for everyone to feel at home, and encouraging retention in the campus 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 hubbed PSS spaces, which will aim to deliver a seamless service in areas that are both highly accessible and frequently used by students.

The consolidation of the engineering estate at Manchester provides an opportunity to build a more cohesive and dynamic Professional Support Service. Larger teams undertaking similar activities can improve the consistency of service, career progression opportunities for staff, and sharing of best practice. The engineering campus should be truly student-facing and, as a busy, high footfall space, MEC Hall ground floor will provide the opportunity to maximise the visibility and to ensure accessibility of those services students require most frequently.

A single space for graduate support services will create a “one-stop-shop” for PhD students and research staff (PDRAs). This space should bring together support currently offered in each Department, alongside Faculty-based graduate services.

The vision for: research, industry and partnerships

MECD will provide world class research facilities, leading the way in terms of innovation 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 with industry. The spaces will be modern and visible, enhancing opportunities for increased interdisciplinary work and providing a showcase of 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 in the Faculty. The need for flexible laboratories that can be physically re-configured will be achieved by adopting a modular approach in which standard laboratory furnishings and equipment are used throughout. Work benches will be movable to allow the laboratory to be reconfigured as research projects progress and positioning of the partitions may be altered with minimal building work to allow further laboratory reconfiguration as projects move in and out.

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

The vision for: teaching, learning and student experience

The teaching spaces will offer flexibility and innovative IT/AV to allow students to fully engage with new modes of teaching and learning, all informed by the research taking place across the departments. Central among this is 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 are able to collaborate with their peers in the leading institutes around the world.

The teaching and learning spaces within MECD will support a diverse range of both teaching sand learning styles, and flexible study spaces will enable students to shape their own learning environment. MECD will take full advantage of the latest enabling 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 showcases for teaching and learning.

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