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Manchester Metropolitan University has confirmed it's closing its Crewe campus.

Governors met this morning to discuss the sites future, after announcing in November it was “no longer financially sustainable.”

The decision will affect around 400 members of staff.

Martyn Moss from the University and College Union. who was out lobbying Governors ahead of their meeting this morning, Friday February 10, says redundancies are a concern, “Even if a decision is made at that meeting to close the campus, we still want to have a dialogue about avoiding compulsory job losses.

“It’s an early indication of the strength of our members that they want the university to talk seriously and meaningfully and constructively to our union about resolving the potential for so many job losses.”

Professor Malcolm Press, the University’s Vice-Chancellor said, “Manchester Metropolitan University is operating in a highly competitive environment and we have seen the impact of that at our campus in Crewe.

In contrast to our Manchester campus, student numbers have fallen at Crewe by 45% in the last five years and the financial position of that campus has declined – and is predicted to continue to do so, with a deficit of £10.7m expected by 2020.

“For the existing campus at Crewe to be considered sustainable, it would require around double the number of students it currently has.

“The decision to withdraw from, and close, the campus is one that we haven’t taken lightly – and one that we take with deep regret.  I appreciate the impact it will have on our colleagues, the students and all those with an interest in the campus. We have considered all the evidence and assessed alternative options.

“Unfortunately, it is clear that, despite the professionalism, dedication and commitment of everyone involved, the campus has become academically and financially unsustainable.

“The University is committed to providing help and support to its staff through what will be a difficult period. Our aim is to minimise job losses as much as we can. We are also committed to continuing to deliver courses to those students who are already enrolled at the campus. We will be working closely with staff, students and stakeholders over the coming months to ensure we deliver on our commitments.

“We remain open to any potential opportunities for transfer of the Cheshire campus to other institutions.”

The campus will close in the Summer of 2019.

Image: Rob Crowther

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