Manchester Metropolitan University
Located close to Manchester city centre, Manchester Metropolitan University has had a university status since 1992. Attracting more than 56,000 applications in 2011/2012, they pride themselves in providing excellent opportunities for able students. With a student population of over 37,000 it is the largest campus-based undergraduate university in the UK! Many industries in Manchester have benefited from Manchester Metropolitan University’s diverse course options with the North West Fashion Design and Textiles Industry seeing a growth in sales of up to five million in 4 years since joining a partnership with them. A staggering 88% of students will stay in the North West area contributing to the economy after graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University.
Manchester Metropolitan University provides a choice of Food & Nutrition Degrees either full time (3 years) or a sandwich year (4 years). Undertaking a sandwich year gives students a fantastic opportunity to work on a placement for one year in the food industry, giving first-hand experience to back up your studies – something that food manufacturers look for! Manchester Metropolitan University educate a tenth of the UK’s food technologists so is a brilliant place to start your journey into the food industry.
Living in Manchester
Young or old, Manchester caters for all everyone and is ideally suited for social and business life thanks to its location and infrastructure. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside as well as being just an hour from the coast. Manchester Airport is true international hub connecting people to every major city on the planet, it enjoys super-fast train connections to London and the main M6 motorway runs right through it.
Food and Drink Manufacturers in Manchester
Hitchen Foods, part of the Bakkavor Group, are located in Wigan and manufacture ready meals including prepared vegetables and salads. Bakkavor is a world known company so is a great company to enter the food industry with.
Kellogg is a company known by pretty much everyone in the UK! Our favourite breakfast cereals are manufactured by this company and handily, for Food Graduates in Manchester, they have a site at Trafford Park!
Westmill Foods reside in Trafford Park also and they produce some of the well-loved Ethnic food products found in supermarkets. With leading brands such as Pataks, HP and Lea & Perrins Sauce, Amoy, Green Dragon, Levi Roots and many more, Westmill Foods is a fantastic place for Food Graduates in Manchester to take their first step into the industry.
United Biscuits, home to family favourite snack foods including McVities, Jaffa Cakes, Jacobs Crackers, Mini Chedders, and the list goes on! United Biscuits provide an excellent Graduate Scheme, giving Food Graduates in Manchester a chance to show their potential and grow with an already huge food company.
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Manchester Music Scene
Internationally, it is perhaps best known for its thriving music scene. Throughout every post war decade, the city has dominated the music scene. At the peak of the swinging 60’s the city was responsible for bands such as The Hollies, Herman’s Hermits and Freddie and the Dreamers. This continued into the 70’s with the emergence of punk and Manchester bands such as The Buzzcocks and Joy Division. However, it was during the 80’s and 90’s when Manchester truly came into its own. The early “indie” scene forced the emergence of The Smiths and New order, which paved the way for the world famous “Madchester” era – a fashion/music movement named entirely after the town. Bands such as the Happy Mondays, The Inspiral Carpets, James and of course The Stone Roses ruled the charts. However, guitar music suffered with the rise of the Acid House movement. Not to be outdone, the Madchester era stepped aside and the city led the way with the now infamous Hacienda night club. But Manchester soon returned to its guitar based roots pushing through the Britpop era which thanks to Oasis and The Verve, it again dominated. A trend that continues today.
Points of Interest
Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) is located in Castlefield and is a museum dedicated to the development of Science, Technology and Industry, especially the great achievements in Manchester itself. 3 floors of information and free of charge entry gives you a good afternoon out.
Heaton Park – this is largest park which Manchester has to offer, it provides a good day out with the family and also holds some huge music gigs. It attracts people from across the North West with the range of events held here. Perfect for a sunny day.
Palace Theatre is truly spectacular and it is a must that you go and watch a show here. Popular musicals are shown such as Mamma Mia, Mary Poppins, Shrek, The Producers etc so really has something for everyone!
For more things to do as a Graduate in Manchester, visit this site for more information: http://www.visitmanchester.com/