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A ‘Metrolink Mayor’?

03 Jul 2017

Read about the challenges facing Andy Burnham in issue 6 of The University of Manchester Magazine

The University of Manchester Magazine

Andy Burnham’s victory in the city region’s first mayoral election stemmed partly from his appeal to the ‘Metrolink towns’ like Rochdale, Ashton and Eccles that sit at the ends of Greater Manchester’s transport network.

There are many challenges ahead, some of them outlined by Tom Arnold, a postgraduate researcher of regional economic development, in issue 6 of The University of Manchester Magazine.

The University of Manchester Magazine is an expression of the spirit of exploration, discovery and innovation that defines our University, celebrating the achievements of our staff and students past and present, and inspiring stakeholders around the world to make us a partner in their ambitions.

The digital design and richer content facilitate that – the magazine is not only easy to access across all devices, its stories are easy to share and so reach a global audience, while film and audio make it even more engaging, attractive and a ‘must read’.

The sixth edition also includes the story of Zimbabwean playwright and anti-Mugabe activist Silvanos Mudzvova’s terrifying struggle for freedom. Here at the University on an Artist Protection Fund fellowship from the Institute of International Education, he talks about why he won’t give up despite being abducted and tortured and also unable to see his three children for their own safety.

We also tell of the true impact of our social responsibility. As the only university in the UK to make it a core strategic goal, it’s no secret that we're thinking big when it comes to social responsibility – but the true weight of our commitment can only really be appreciated when you look at the real people behind the big numbers.

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