People News: Charity, Farewells and Updates


Manchester Metropolitan star bakers raised £160 for Lupus UK at a cake sale in All Saints.

people-news-bakingThis was the latest event by the ‘Live Free’ team co-founded by Angela Downey in the Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s office.  Since May, the team has raised an incredible £560 for the charity.  October is LupusUK awareness month and Twitter is fizzing with activities across the world and featured the Manchester Metropolitan cake sale.

The team thanked the bakers and eaters for their generosity saying: “The University is bursting with talented bakers who have kindly come together to support Lupus. The response has been overwhelming. Thank you for being part of this fantastic journey with the Live Free team to raise awareness and funds for LupusUK.”

Previous events have included a mayoral lunch, hoola hoop, cake sale and ends this weekend with a ‘brain fog zombie’ wrap party.

October 2016 is the 25th anniversary for LupusUK, for more information about lupus, diagnosis and living with this disease please visit

PS – Lupus UK have some brilliant aprons on sale online – only £3.

Show Racism the Red Card

Last Friday (21st) as part of Black History Month, staff took part in Wear Red Day to help raise funds for important anti-racism education work. There was also a stall in the Business School from 12pm til 2pm accepting donations.

Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racism education charity, set up in 1996. It works in schools throughout England, Scotland and Wales, delivering anti-racism workshops to more than 50,000 young people every year, while also providing training to teachers. This work is crucial in challenging racist attitudes in society and breaking down barriers within communities. This is especially true after the Brexit vote, with a rise in racist hate-crime and a government trying to implement xenophobic policies – such as the requirement for companies to report on how many foreign workers they employ.


Dr David Wilkinson, Lecturer in English, has just published a new book on post-punk and politics in Britain.

He said: “It’s the first academic book to comprehensively analyse the cultural and political significance of post-punk. It’s come out of work I did on a Leverhulme research project, ‘Punk, Politics and British Youth Culture 1976-1984’ with Professor Matthew Worley (University of Reading) and Professor John Street (University of East Anglia).

“I’ve spoken about the book as far afield as Berlin and Porto and in terms of impact, the book links in with work I’ve done for Manchester District Music Archive, Manchester Histories Festival, LGBT History Month, Castlefield Gallery and Home cinema.”

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Prof Andrew Biswell, Professor of Modern Literature, is currently on a one-month fellowship at the Harry Ransom Center for Humanities Research in Austin, Texas.

He said: “I am carrying out research for a new edition of the works of Anthony Burgess (1917-1993), to be published by Manchester University Press. I am one of the general editors of the series, along with my colleague Paul Wake in the English Department.

“The Harry Ransom Center is one of the most important storehouses of British and Irish literary manuscripts, and their collection includes the archives of Tom Stoppard, James Joyce, Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh and Edith Sitwell. The Burgess archive includes a number of unknown and unpublished works. The HRC also owns the archive of Harry Houdini, who is the subject of a current exhibition.”


Cheshire Student Living bid a fond farewell to the following members of their team: Jason Cooper who took up his new position in security as Security Manager; Monica Pringle who took up her position in All Saints Student Living as Residential Duty Manager; and Christopher Heeley who is emigrating to America.

Colleagues bid a fond farewell to Maggie Moffat recently. Maggie retired after 23 years’ service. Maggie is a popular person on campus, which was testified by the number of staff who turned up for her retirement party. “There was never a dull moment with Maggie around”, said Pauline Ford, Director of Faculty SAS.

Maggie has boundless energy and at one time had two jobs outside Manchester Metropolitan to complement her Catering role at Hollings and Domestic Job at Geoffrey Manton.


Professor Sharon Handley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Arts and Humanities (centre), with Maggie (left) and Kath Butterworth, Facilities Manager (right)