MMU and Education The Future of Knowledge
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MMU and Education The Future of Knowledge We Don’t Do It Alone. We are very keen to hear from potential partners who are interested in working with us to share expertise and knowledge. If you would like to know more about any of the initiatives showcased in this brochure then we will be happy to help. Please call MMU’s External Relations team on 0161 247 2184. Manchester Metropolitan University Bellhouse Building, Lower Ormond Street, Manchester M15 6BX Tel 0161 247 2184 Fax 0161 247 3424 Email email@example.com Visit www.mmu.ac.uk/academicenterprise 01 “Education: the best economic policy preparing Britain for the future” Rt. Hon Tony Blair MP, Trimdon Labour Club, Sedgfield, Apr 2005 MMU and Education MMU is: • One of the largest teacher MMU has built its reputation on the This work is complemented by training providers in training and education of professionals extensive commercial and international Europe with 6000 students in Manchester and the Northwest. MMU’s research collaborations.The University is dynamic and enterprising approach to committed to delivering opportunities • An internationally professional education reflects and achievement to all by promoting recognised centre for Manchester’s status as the UK’s ‘creative a better understanding of how society capital’ and supports strategic initiatives can overcome educational and educational and such as Manchester: Knowledge Capital social challenges. social research and Manchester: Science City. “In collaboration with our partners from • Home to the Science With 6000 students, MMU is not only one local and central government and schools, Learning Centre North of the UK’s largest providers of primary and MMU seeks to overcome the challenges in West, part of a national secondary teacher education, but also education today. The research undertaken plays a significant role in developing the ensures practical benefit back into the DfES £51 million drive wider workforce for children’s services communities and strategic benefit into to revolutionise and helping improve young people’s life future policy formation” science teaching chances. MMU has close partnerships with Professor Michael Totterdell, Director, over 5000 of the region’s schools. Home to MMU Institute of Education • Raising the aspiration and leading educational institutes and centres, attainment of inner city MMU produces research with direct social MMU works with business, industry and teachers and learners with impact.The University works alongside the the professions at a regional and national level and has a culture which seeks to the world-leading Centre UK government on studies that shape national policy in areas such as early maximise ‘academic enterprise’ – the for Urban Education years education, the development of transfer of knowledge from university classroom-based information technology to these sectors. • Boosting the quality of and raising the professional standards leaders in Britain’s schools of educators. through the Centre for The University’s extensive CPD provision Educational Leadership reinforces MMU’s close relationship with the professions and industry. With nearly • Delivering Gordon Brown’s 60 different CPD routes available; flexibility vision for an enterprising and diversity coupled with vitality and a Britain with the Enterprise practical approach means that MMU is in Education programme shaping the development of the 21st century educational professional. ...Over 60% of MMU graduates live and work in the Northwest and directly impact on the social and economic wellbeing of the region... 03 “MMU is one of the leading centres for applied educational research and evaluation in the UK” Professor Harry Torrance, Director, MMU Education and Social Research Institute Educational Research World Class Research Portfolio The framework comprises an introductory booklet, video and CD Rom containing A centre of excellence for applied information on child development and educational research, MMU achieved a four guidance on resourcing and effective rating in the Research Assessment Exercise. practice.The pack was distributed This thriving research community has nationally to 300,000 educators and carers extensive links to practitioners, who are using the material to inform their professionals and policy makers. working practices and professional In its contracted relationship with the development.The Chair of the region’s schools MMU is ideally placed to government’s Education Select Committee offer research partners access to an praised the “outstanding contribution” unrivalled piloting and testing facility that the study had made. across the Northwest. Recent research has been funded by organisations such as the International Research Partnerships DfES, the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, MMU has international research alliances the ESRC, the European Union, Microsoft, with global perspectives. Relationships the Scottish Executive and Siemens. with institutions in Australia, the US, Birth to Three Matters South Africa, Taiwan and China strengthen the exploration of professional and The early experiences of children have a cultural differences in education issues critical effect on their subsequent and practice. development. MMU’s Early Years, Language and Literacy Group working at Government Select Committee level was commissioned by the DfES to develop a framework to support practitioners working on the Birth to Three agenda. …MMU is pursuing innovative approaches to the teaching and learning of mathematics in two projects funded by the ESRC and the Gatsby Foundation… 05 “Science City…a concerted mission to invest long-term and establish world leadership in Science Education” Rt. Hon Gordon Brown MP, speaking at the launch of the National Science City Programme, Dec 2004 Science Education Science Learning and the inspirational workshops and refresher Knowledge Economy courses run in partnership with leading science institutions such as Nowgen, Chancellor Gordon Brown has set out an AstraZeneca and the Museum of Science ambitious plan to transform the UK from a and Industry. service to a knowledge economy by 2015. UK science education has been in decline “I believe that the Centre will become in recent years with both students and a vital hub for many science-related teachers opting out of science routes and activities in the region and will investment levels falling. In order to realise thrive within Manchester the government’s ambitious targets it is Metropolitan University” now imperative that the UK engages young Professor Sir Gareth Roberts, Chair, people in science and secures the future of The Science Council hi-tech knowledge-based industries. The state-of-the-art £2.2 million hub, Inspiring Tomorrow’s Scientists funded by the Wellcome Trust and the MMU’s Science Learning Centre North West DfES, provides over 1,500 training days is doing this. Part of a national drive to a year to help teachers to inspire their boost science teaching in Britain’s schools students with the awe and wonder and increase the number of young people of science. entering science-related careers, the Centre “I was able to go back into the classroom offers unique courses such as ‘Running a feeling really up to date and itching to put Space Camp at your School’ and ‘Teaching some of my new approaches and Primary Science Using Shadow Puppetry’. experiments into practice” The Centre is revolutionising approaches to Kathy Griffin, Science Teacher, the science curriculum. Science teachers Castlebrook High across the region are benefiting from …Manchester is one of the UK’s ‘Science Cities’– an ambitious programme unveiled by Gordon Brown to unlock new opportunities and tackle ‘real world’issues... “Effective school leadership 07 is at the heart of improved performance by schools” Ruth Kelly MP, Secretary of State for Education and Skills, NCSL, Dec 2004 Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders in Education MMU is helping improve school programme, over 2500 bursars have been performance by developing current and transformed into School Business future leaders in education.The Centre for Managers, with Certificate and Diploma Educational Leadership (CEL) at MMU accreditation from the Institute of Cheshire provides leadership and Administrative Management. Recent management training for educational research indicates this training has professionals of all levels of seniority. Over significant impact in schools, with average 2000 regional participants have benefited savings of £50,000 per school and extra from attending training. revenue generated – in one school alone this reached £1.4 million. CEL manages the Bursar Development Programme for the DfES.Through this Urban Education “Doing well in The Centre for Urban Education is an innovative partnership between MMU and provision includes networking sessions and events that bring teachers together Manchester City Council established to to share best practice and valuable education is respond to the difficulties facing teachers and learners in challenging inner city experiences.The networking provides a valuable support mechanism to teachers the most environments. Urban schools face a particular set of social and economic in difficult inner city schools. The Centre for Urban Education also effective route problems.The Centre’s aim is to tackle the high turnover of urban teachers and pupils partners with the region’s schools on projects that address the needs of and improve attainment rates amongst the for young most disadvantaged children in poorer urban areas. disadvantaged youngsters.The Schools 2 Uni programme showcases the benefits people out of Boosting Aspiration Levels of university to children from some of the region’s most deprived areas and aims to increase the confidence of poverty and The Centre for Urban Education is there to help ensure that Manchester’s young underprivileged learners. disaffection” people receive the highest possible standard of education.The Centre International Agenda Urban education is an international supports inner city teachers by running Every Child Matters: Change for challenge and the Centre brings together an innovative MA course in urban Children in Schools, DfES 2004 a community of world cities to pool education at the newly formed Manchester knowledge on these issues. A network Teacher Learning Academy.The Academy exists with institutions in Boston, Hong offers a distinctive programme of Kong, Kaohsiung, Melbourne and study and research for teachers in a Philadelphia.The network was launched by multi-professional context centred in the the Centre for Urban Education in urban environment. Part of the Centre’s Manchester in 2005. …MMU’s Centre for Urban Education hosted the first-ever world conference on inner city education, sharing knowledge and expertise with partners from across the globe… 09 “It is human creativity, resilience and enterprise that shapes our quality of life and fuels the economy. The next generation needs to learn how to succeed, not merely survive, in a world of opportunity and dramatic change” Developing Enterprise Talent Through Education, The Enterprise Report 2005, Enterprise Insight An Enterprising Britain Government sees the promotion and Leaders in the field, the Enterprise support of entrepreneurial learning as an Education team has recruited over 550 economic and educational imperative.The scholars onto the Continuing Professional Enterprise in Education project at MMU, Development programme, accrediting supported by the Northwest Regional teachers and ‘mainstreaming’ Development Agency, works to inspire and entrepreneurship into the curriculum. help people to be more enterprising, The programme is currently being become entrepreneurs and to promote pioneered in 80 of the region’s schools that innovation and creativity. It does this by use the experience in ventures such as a supporting and advising teachers in Market Garden Project, an Enterprise Circus primary schools, secondary schools and and a School Choir CD project.The project FE colleges.This work helps to realise team has developed the world’s first Gordon Brown’s vision for a more enterprise education curriculum enterprising Britain by developing the framework as featured in The Times. business executives and public sector A series of books is underway and the leaders of tomorrow.The programme also initiative continues to break new ground shares valuable skills amongst teachers and in this exciting policy area. pupils; skills that encourage creativity and more effective learning. ...MMU’s team pioneered the UK’s first practical enterprise education framework...