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Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD)

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What does MECD mean for me?

The Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) will be your new home, where you can come together with fellow students, academics and industry partners to study, experience and enjoy engineering.

The Manchester Engineering Campus Development is an amazing opportunity to embed engineering in the heart of the campus, where it is so vibrant and alive. Having everyone under one roof will be incredible because there is so much scope for collaboration.

Danielle George / Professor Of Radio Frequency Engineering

MECD will offer the University a new opportunity to inspire future generations of engineers who pioneer discovery - something we have been doing for many years. MECD will be the next stage in a proud history of science and engineering firsts here at Manchester.

Our current students and new students who begin their degree before MECD opens in 2021 will have the opportunity to study in the same halls and walk the same corridors as our incredible pioneers of engineering.

This pioneering heritage will come with us to MECD, as our students continue to develop engineering in a new home for world-changing discoveries.

Explore what MECD could mean for you as a student below.

Exploring our curiosity: Danielle George

The engineering industry in the UK faces a skills shortage of unprecedented levels. By 2025, we will be short of 1.8 million trained engineers. Danielle George, Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering, is tackling this challenge head on:

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"I believe we are all born scientists. As children we are naturally very curious. We ask 'why' and 'how', which are fundamental questions to any scientist. But there's a generation who have lost that inquisitiveness. And that's because the technology around us has advanced so much that it hasn't allowed us to tinker, to open up an alarm clock or make a transistor radio. And this is where we've lost some of the innovators, because we've lost this curiosity.

"At Manchester, 'play' is something that's encouraged in engineering. We've embedded a culture of 'do engineering anywhere, anytime'. Practical work is an integral part of engineering at Manchester and it is very important that we have a research-led teaching culture. It helps students understand how their knowledge can be applied.

"The Manchester Engineering Campus Development is an amazing opportunity to embed engineering in the heart of the campus, where it is so vibrant and alive. Having everyone under one roof will be incredible because there is so much scope for collaboration.

"For example, in electronics we want to do more with materials and medical scientists, creating wearable tech that can detect the early signs of breast cancer. Engineering has great scope to work with humanities too, in music and social sciences, to be creative and showcase what we're capable of."