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Manchester Met reputation

Hi,

I'm a current first year at MMU and I'm really concerned about the impact the (seemingly) poor reputation of the university will have on my career opportunities. I applied to MMU knowing it wasn't at the top of any league tables or anything like that but, I didn't think the university had such a bad reputation.... Until I moved to Manchester.

I am friends with quite a few people from UoM and when I tell people I am studying at MMU it is usually met with laughter. for example, once a guy from UoM literally said 'I'll forgive you for going to MMU' Whats this all about?!

Is MMU really viewed in such a bad light and if so, why?
I think it's probably because University of Manchester is a Russell Group uni and Man Met is a former Polytechnic. The former Polys ,most of whom seem to be called "Metropolitan " somewhere or other, are for some people still not seen as "proper" universities.
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Hi,

I just applied to universities for 2017 entry and I
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Original post by markova21
I think it's probably because University of Manchester is a Russell Group uni and Man Met is a former Polytechnic. The former Polys ,most of whom seem to be called "Metropolitan " somewhere or other, are for some people still not seen as "proper" universities.


It probably wouldn't do MMU any harm dropping the "Metropolitan" title for something else... Like Leeds Beckett have done.
Original post by jack95_
Hi,

I'm a current first year at MMU and I'm really concerned about the impact the (seemingly) poor reputation of the university will have on my career opportunities. I applied to MMU knowing it wasn't at the top of any league tables or anything like that but, I didn't think the university had such a bad reputation.... Until I moved to Manchester.

I am friends with quite a few people from UoM and when I tell people I am studying at MMU it is usually met with laughter. for example, once a guy from UoM literally said 'I'll forgive you for going to MMU' Whats this all about?!

Is MMU really viewed in such a bad light and if so, why?


It's not bad, just mediocre/average. You're witnessing the wrath of the hierarchy of elitism, I suppose.

Oxbridge students **** off UCL/Imperial/LSE. They **** off every other Russell group uni. The other Russell group unis **** off everyone else.

(I am aware that some good unis like Loughborough and Bath aren't in the RG, but it was a generalisation).
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Original post by jack95_
Hi,

I'm a current first year at MMU and I'm really concerned about the impact the (seemingly) poor reputation of the university will have on my career opportunities. I applied to MMU knowing it wasn't at the top of any league tables or anything like that but, I didn't think the university had such a bad reputation.... Until I moved to Manchester.

I am friends with quite a few people from UoM and when I tell people I am studying at MMU it is usually met with laughter. for example, once a guy from UoM literally said 'I'll forgive you for going to MMU' Whats this all about?!

Is MMU really viewed in such a bad light and if so, why?


This is literally the case for every single uni which has a russell group/more well established university and a 'lesser' uni in it. It's the case with Liverpool Uni and John Moores, Notts Uni and Notts Trent, York Uni and York St. John etc. It's just 'banter' - I hate that word but it gets the point across :tongue:

As others have said, it's probably because the university is an old polytechnic. We have some absolutely amazing facilities here too - there's no comparison between UoM's psychology buildings and the Brooks building and the teaching (at least my experience) has been top notch. It may have a 'bad' reputation but it doesn't deserve it imho
I've only heard good things about Manchester Metro, I'm going to be traveling 4 hours to go to the open day next week.
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I've also only heard good things.
I am second year student at MMU I have found the staff very supportive and class sizes are small. I am sure if you asked around you would find negative things about every university. Choose the place that suits you, you are going to spend the next three years there you want it to be a positive experience!
Original post by jack95_
Hi,

I'm a current first year at MMU and I'm really concerned about the impact the (seemingly) poor reputation of the university will have on my career opportunities. I applied to MMU knowing it wasn't at the top of any league tables or anything like that but, I didn't think the university had such a bad reputation.... Until I moved to Manchester.

I am friends with quite a few people from UoM and when I tell people I am studying at MMU it is usually met with laughter. for example, once a guy from UoM literally said 'I'll forgive you for going to MMU' Whats this all about?!

Is MMU really viewed in such a bad light and if so, why?

That’s just a clash g, UoM is a redbrick I could’ve attended either mmu or UoM but UoM has a reputation for being full of torrid, posh stuck up people and not a big selection of courses. My matte has UoM lads come up to him and say “how tf have u pulled that” sayin his gf was too good for him so when he got annoyed they all apologised and walked away. They just best summed up with this emoji 🤓. But MMU really needs to work on it’s support and it’s humanity I had to change course and fought tooth and nail only for me to be denied at first but then finally let in and learn all the reasons they wouldn’t let me in were genuine lies. I mean we just had a student suicide and mmu has had a lot of them especially in second and third years. so yh mmu is **** for support in any area, but UoM students just wanna make themselves look “better”

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