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Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD)

Students and researchers working on equipment in the Schuster Building


MECD will be a campus that acts as a gateway to the city of Manchester and the University. It will inspire future generations of engineers and material scientists to pioneer discovery.

Our facilities will complement and sustain the pioneering engineering developments that are occurring every day at The University of Manchester.

Our researchers will have access to outstanding facilities, some of which will sit across discipline boundaries in order to encourage interaction and innovation.

MECD will put our researchers in the heart of our campus close to other key research centres including the National Graphene Institute and the Henry Royce Institute - the UK’s national centre for material science research and innovation.

Research workspaces

The campus will contain a huge variety of adaptable workspaces to support our leading research. There will be basement areas devoted to heavy duty and vibration isolation laboratories and high voltage facilities, which will be on full public view behind floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto York Street.

Find out more about some of the fantastic research workspaces in the new engineering campus below.

  • Microanalysis laboratory with machine on sideboard
  • Close up of hands cutting fabric with blunt instrument
  • Anonymous hands touching robotic machine
  • Student peering down microscope and adjusting it
  • Empty workstations in the MSS Building