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What were YOUR favourite stories of 2015?

2015 WAS an incredibly 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 250,000 unique page views. But what were your favourite stories of the year?

1. National pay award agreed

No surprises that this was the best-read story of 2015! The award was given in November, with most staff receiving an additional 1% into their pay packets, while staff on the lowest grades received between 1.2% and 2.65%.

2. Staff awards shortlist revealed 

There was much excitement around the unveiling of this year’s staff awards shortlist, propelling the story to the position of second most-read last year. And naturally it is followed by...

3. Celebrating the 2015 Staff Awards winners 

The third annual Manchester Met staff awards were a huge success, with winners receiving their trophies from multiple gold-medal winning Paralympian, Dame Sarah Storey. Winners included Jobs4Students, David Kilmartin, Germaine Loader, Sharon Smith, David Wright and many more of the amazing staff who make the University so great.

4. Vice-Chancellor’s End of Term Message March 2015 

Professor John Brooks’ final End of Term message was a poignant one, with the former Vice-Chancellor reflecting on the honour of having the Brooks Building named after him and sharing his hopes for the future of the University.

5. Tributes paid to much-loved colleague Kieron 

In April last year, our colleague Kieron Lonergan tragically passed away suddenly. A fitting tribute to how well-loved Kieron was, a tribute from Mark Stubbs and colleagues in the Learning and Resources Technologies team was one of the most-read stories of 2015.

6. Birley to Brooks: Academic building renamed 

In March, Birley’s academic building was officially renamed in honour of former Vice-Chancellor Professor John Brooks. Guests and VIPs gathered to the celebrate the occasion as the building was christened with a new name to mark 10 successful and transformational years under Professor Brooks and the story that followed was one of the most popular in ManMetLife last year.

7. Christmas gets going at Manchester Met 

From carols to craft fairs, there were plenty of opportunities to get into the festive spirit at the University this year, and colleagues were keen to find out more, with the complete listings one of the most popular stories we published.

8. Teaching Awards winners revealed 

This year’s Students’ Union Teaching Awards was a closely-fought battle, but in the end it was Dr Huw Bell who took home the trophy for Best Teacher – and our round-up of the winners and accompanying picture gallery was widely viewed.

9. Julia and Janet welcomed as Dean and Provost 

The appointment of two new faculty heads last year piqued interest, with the news that Julia Clarke was to take over as Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law and Janet Haddock-Fraser as provost for Cheshire making it into the top 10 most popular stories of 2015.

10. University one of the biggest risers in the Sunday Times league 

Manchester Met was one of the strongest risers in this year’s Sunday Times Good University Guide, going up 12 places to 77, boosted in part by improvements to our performance in the National Student Survey, particularly in terms of teaching quality, which is given additional importance by the Sunday Times. And with the story one of the most read of the year, it is clear that colleagues across the University were pleased to share in the success. 

 

Also in this week’s issue of ManMetLife:

  • What were YOUR favourite stories of 2015?
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