Happy New Year and welcome back for the new term.
2016 was a busy year at Manchester Met and for the ManMetLife team – we published more than a thousand stories from across the University and ManMetLife received more than 60,000 visits.
But what were your favourite stories of the year?
The most read story for 2016 appeared in June when we revealed the full shortlist for the Staff Awards – 62 colleagues shortlisted across eight categories.
Proving almost as popular was the story a month later when the winners of the Staff Awards were revealed. More than 600 colleagues packed out the Business School as Vice-Chancellor Professor Malcolm Press and TV presenter Gordon Burns presented winners with their awards.
News of the 1.1% annual pay award for all staff attracted the third most clicks.
In August, we announced three key senior appointments in Student and Academic Services: Mike Gibbons, Director of External Relations and Deputy Registrar; Helen Barton, Director of Strategic Planning; and Helen Keefe, Director of Marketing, Communications and Development.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Malcolm Press welcomed colleagues back to the University in January 2016 and outlined his ambitions for the future.
While it may have been one of the final articles of the year, the ongoing road works around the Manchester campus still attracted a lot of attention from colleagues.
Colleagues were keen to find out about our strong showing in the National Student Survey, when the University achieved an overall Student Satisfaction rating of 85%.
Colleagues were able to pick up tickets in October to see Manchester City FC compete in the Premier League.
A series of national and sector changes were happening to pensions during the course of 2016. The important information was communicated to colleagues back in February 2016.
The Staff Awards once again piqued interest, marking a third appearance in 2016’s top ten stories. This time it was the announcement that former Krypton Factor host and BBC North West tonight newsreader Gordon Burns was to present the Staff Awards.