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University College opens its doors

24 Sep 2012

The start of the new academic year also marks the launch of our University College

Officially called The University College for Interdisciplinary Learning, the aim is give our students the change to broaden their horizons by studying with our world renowned researchers, covering a range of topics based outside of their normal degree programme.
Our students will ultimately have the opportunity to earn up to 30 credits – or eight per cent of their undergraduate degree, studying a subject outside of their main academic discipline.

“This is about giving our students richer skill sets which will ultimately  make them more attractive to employers,” said University College Director Dr Peter Lawler.
 
“But it’s also about the joy of learning new things: there’s no reason why a physics student who loves poetry shouldn’t have access to one of our internationally acclaimed creative writing lecturers,” he added.
  
In addition to the courses, the College will hold three signature lectures, open to the public, staff and students. Though places will be limited to 100, each lecture will be recorded and available online.

Taking part in the signature lectures will be Nobel Prize winner Professor Kostya Novoselov, who will talk about the illegal trade in graphite.
 
Vice-President for Teaching, Learning and Students Professor Clive Agnew said: “This is a fantastic development for the University and follows from our review of undergraduate education and identification of the attributes of a Manchester graduate.
 
“It is strongly linked to our strategic vision, which pledges us to provide a superb higher education and learning experience to outstanding students.”
 
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