Manchester Metropolitan launches d/evolving Manchester

More than 100 events in 2016/17 linking high quality research to the devolution agenda 

Last week heralded the launch of D/Evolving Manchester, one of the largest programmes of public engagement in the history of the University. D/Evolving Manchester presents Manchester Metropolitan research inspired by the Greater Manchester devolution process and the Northern Powerhouse agenda. There are over 100 events and activities planned between September 2016 and June 2017, involving a wide range of disciplines and external partners, including community groups, policy-makers and the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester.

Professor Malcolm Press, Vice-Chancellor, said: “The D/Evolving Manchester programme reflects the dynamism within Manchester Metropolitan and the eagerness many of our colleagues show towards the exciting opportunities that DevoManc presents.

“By compiling such an engaging, diverse and thought-provoking set of events we aim to both inform and inspire members of the University and the community about the role that we can all play in continuing to shape the future success of the whole of Greater Manchester.”

Manchester is Here

D/Evolving Manchester’s launch took place last week at an evening celebration in the historic surroundings of Chetham’s Library. Hosted by DJ and author Dave Haslam, the event called “Manchester is Here”, invited attendees to engage with Manchester’s regeneration and the City’s future identity. The evening included an exhibition curated by the University’s Special Collections, a reading from Professor of Poetry Michael Symmons Roberts, a film-screening and live music from Harpurhey-based Factory Youth Zone and performances from the Ordsall Acapella Singers.

D/Evolving Manchester is the brainchild of the team behind the Humanities in Public initiative and takes their award-winning blend of public engagement and outreach to an entirely new level. Professor Berthold Schoene, academic lead for D/Evolving Manchester said “D/Evolving Manchester is a result of all the university’s faculties coming together to create synergies across departmental and disciplinary boundaries. It presents university research and public engagement without borders, mirroring the ambition of Manchester Metropolitan to step up to the opportunities of devolution and to work more closely together with the people of Greater Manchester and beyond. D/Evolving Manchester is a showcase of a unique moment of transition for both the City and the University; it reflects on the lessons of the past and equips us with the power to make things even better in the future.”

It’s not too late to get involved

D/Evolving Manchester will include a diverse range of exciting events including symposia, open-floor debates, topical panel discussions, fairs, exhibitions, pub quizzes, guided tours, film screenings, poetry readings, podcasts, oral histories and workshops. Full details will be circulated in September 2016 so there is still time to get involved in organising an event that will be included in the programme. If you would like to find out more you can visit the website www.mmu.ac.uk/devolving or contact the Impact and Engagement team in the Office of Research and Knowledge Exchange at: impact@mmu.ac.uk