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Help to shape the future of age-friendly cities: Question and answer evening with discussion

MICRA, Age UK and Manchester City Council are co-hosting a question and answer evening on the future of Age-friendly Cities on 17 March. The event will focus on how to improve the lives of older people ‘ageing in place’ over the next 25 years in urban environments with an emphasis on discussion and audience participation.

Following brief presentations, the panel will respond to questions from the audience including representatives from the public, private and voluntary sectors as well as academia and members of the public. Likely topics for discussion include social inclusion, transportation, housing, social and civic participation, and outdoor spaces and buildings.

Building on the organiser’s close working relationship with government bodies, the evening will gather evidence to influence government thinking and policy development.

Age friendly Cities: Question and answer evening | Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing | The University of Manchester//

Details: Tuesday 17 March 2015

  • Question and Answer Evening with Discussion 6.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Lecture Theatre B, University Place, The University of Manchester, M13 9PL


  • Councillor Sue Cooley, Lord Mayor of Manchester


  • Chris Phillipson, Professor of Sociology and Social Gerontology at the University of Manchester,  Executive Director of the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA)
  • Paul McGarry, Senior Strategy Manager, Age-friendly Manchester Team, Manchester City Council
  • Bernadette Ashcroft, CEO, Age UK Tameside
  • Sarah Harper, Professor of Gerontology at the University of Oxford, Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing


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Open Access Events – starting tomorrow!

Open Access WeekWith the run up to International Open Access week (20-26 October) we have 3 events taking place at MMU. The first event starts tomorrow, there are still places so if you haven’t already booked on – please do!


16th October, Open Access in the Humanities, 12 – 2pm in Geoffrey Manton

Includes talks from MMU Professor Cathy Urquhart, Dr. Frances Pinter (Manchester University Press) and Dr. Martin Eve (Open Library of Humanities) as well as a “tradeshow” with representatives from Open Access publishers. Book tickets at:


22nd October, Open Conversations, 12-1.30pm in MMU’s Special Collections

A light-hearted and provocative exploration of different perspectives on Open Access. Speakers include MMU’s Dr. Sam Illingworth, Professor Cathy Urquhart, Ruth Jenkins and Rob Johnson (Director of Research Consulting and lead of a national project on costs associated with Open Access). Book tickets at:


24th October, RKE Social “Open All Hours”, 4 – 5.30pm in MMU’s Special Collections

Join the RKE team at their regular end of the month networking session. Join MMU’s Sam Illingworth, Mary Pickstone and Jayne Burgess who will talk you through their perspectives on Open Access. Book tickets at:


There will be further information and blog posts regarding Open Access next week. For more information about Open Access week, please see the website here.

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Asia Triennial Manchester launches today!

Asia TriennialConflict and Compassion | 27 September – 23 November 2014

Asia Triennial Manchester 2014 (ATM14), the only Asian Art Triennial outside the Asia Pacific region, opens 26 September to 23 November 2014 in Manchester, UK, with a vibrant and exciting showcase of the foremost contemporary visual art from across the globe.

Launch event – tonight 26 September: book via Eventbrite

Full programme details: See the ATM14 website

A major initiative of MIRIAD, Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University, Asia Triennial Manchester 2014 is an international festival of visual culture that features a series of powerful exhibitions, commissions, and creative interventions by international and UK artists. Developed in partnership with, and sited at, IWM North and multiple venues across the City, the Triennial explores the theme of Conflict & Compassion. It will present new site-specific work alongside existing pieces not seen before in the UK, and will challenge stereotypical viewpoints of contemporary Asian artistic practice.. ATM14 also includes ‘Harmonious Society’, the most significant exhibition of Chinese contemporary art in the UK to date presented by Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) and featuring over 30 major artists from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong exhibited across six key partner spaces in Manchester. The ATM14 exhibitions will be enhanced by a series of events and talks, a learning and participation programme, a symposium, and a distinctive Asian business event

Theme for 2014

Asia Triennial Manchester 2014: Conflict and Compassion investigates whether the role of the 21st century artist or curator may be, in part, to provide a voice for the unheard, a message to the dominant, or even to demonstrate some kind of sympathetic vision of values through the visual. In all these respects, art is itself at once conflicted and compassionate. Focusing on artists who live in, work in or address issues surrounding Asia, the next Triennial considers how we might begin to think about art of or in Asia within a framework of conflict, in the widest possible context.


For ATM14, MIRIAD is working with IWM North to present an exhibition with celebrated, internationally-renowned and UK based artists who have been commissioned to respond to the theme and IWM North’s unique architecture and archives to create new work or show work not seen here before.  This will be the first time that IWM North has been part of the ATM and our programme in Manchester will also link with other IWM Museums nationally.

The commissioned/featured artists are: Alinah Azadeh, Zarina Bhimji, Shezad Dawood, Sophie Ernst, Shamsia Hassani, Bashir Makhoul, Nalini Malani, Aman Mojadidi, and Imran Qureshi.  Further artists are also contributing via the ATM Collaborations Learning and Engagement Programme.

Partners and venues

In addition to IWM North, a programme of exhibitions, films, events, talks, workshops pop-ups and drop-ins has been developed by and with our partner organisations.

‘Harmonious Society’ will be presented at CFCCA and also at ArtWork, The John Rylands Library, Manchester Cathedral, Museum of Science and Industry, National Football Museum and artists include: CHANG Huei-Ming, CHEN Chieh-Jen, CHEN Wenbo, CHENG Ching-Yuan, HE An, JIN Feng, KAN Xuan, KAO Jun-Honn, LEUNG Chi Wo, LEE Kit, LI Wei, LIU Jianhua, LIU Xiaodong, Luxury LOGICO, PAK Sheung-Chuen, TOF (JIN Feng and DING Li), WAN Lai-Kuen, WANG Sishun, WANG Yin, WANG Yuyang, XU Qu, YANG Zhenzhong, YAO Jui- Chung, Samson YOUNG, ZHANG Peili, ZHAO Yao, ZHENG Guogu, ZHOU Xiaohu, YAN Bing, YUAN Gong, ZHUANG Hui and DAN’er.

The following artists are being presented at our other partner venues: Bury Art Museum – Hsiao-Chi Tsai & Kimiya Yoshikawa, Castlefield Gallery – Hardeep Phandal;  Dark Borders Development at IWMN – Pop up Republics featuring Chen Jieh-Jen, Daksha Patel & Siddarth Ramakrishnan; Manchester Craft and Design Centre – Kashif Nadim Chaudry;  Touchstones Rochdale – Rosa Nguyen; and at The Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University – 12 artists MORE HERE?.    Cornerhouse is also presenting the official film programme for ATM14 with several UK and European premieres and filmmaker Q&As.

Background to Asia Triennial Manchester

Every three years, Asia Triennial Manchester (ATM) offers the public the opportunity to experience the very best of Asian contemporary visual culture created by artists currently working globally.

Asia Triennial Manchester is established as the only Asian art triennial outside Asia. Its success is demonstrated by the calibre of the artists involved previously including Subodh Gupta (ATM08) and Rashid Rana (ATM11). Now located within MIRIAD at Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University, ATM contributes strongly to Manchester’s ambitions to be a ‘Culturally Distinctive’ and ‘Culturally Connected’ city with an international reputation for its arts and culture.

To date, ATM has attracted over 350,000 visitors with more than 7.5 million viewing public realm work. ATM brought together six venues in 2008, increasing to 18 in 2011 including non-traditional arts spaces such as Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics and Manchester Cathedral plus collaborations with four universities. It has been supported by more than 41 UK and international organisations, including partnerships with commercial galleries. To date, ATM has delivered 58 new visual art and craft commissions, performances and film, exhibited over 380 days, featuring 52 non-UK and 50 UK artists. It has always attracted established and emerging Asian artists at the forefront of their careers to the UK. The trailblazing Rusholme Project in 2007 created new site-specific public artworks for the first Manchester International Festival.

In 2008 the Festival focused on the artist as ‘protester’ presenting site-specific commissions at six venues. In 2011, the theme was ‘Time & Generation’ featuring the work of 54 artists, collaborating with 18 partners presenting 35 new works, seven film premieres, and four dance performances in Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

ATM’s education and community programmes have already engaged over 1560 participants, more than half from BME communities. In 2011, the Festival generated economic activity in excess of £12m and over £5.9 million in economic impact within Greater Manchester.

For further information please contact:

Alnoor Mitha, ATM Artistic Director, MIRIAD (MMU),



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project: SIZE ASOS | Size DOES matter!

asos logoASOS have paired up with Manchester Metropolitan University on their project SIZE ASOS, which targets their core customers to help refine the fit of their cutting-edge clothes.

Recognising the diversity of body size, today sees the first ever body-scanning event for 18-30 year olds at ASOS London HQ.

Manchester Metropolitan University’s PhD students will research body measurements using the university’s 3D body scanner. 1200 women and 1200 men will be offered the unique opportunity to be body scanned, receiving a list of their personal measurements and body shape classification.

The 3D body scanner is a non-contact, 3D measurement system based on safe ‘white light’ technology, which utilises light sources to produce a digital copy of the surface geometry of the human body. 3D images are taken of the body within seconds, generating a silhouette of the shape and an extensive list of actual body measurements. The hi-tech, two-minute scan takes over 100 measurements. and with the data collected, it’ll create a database of true dimensions of the current 18-30-year-old’s body.

By improving their understanding of the size and shape of the ASOS core customer the project aim is to help improve customer satisfaction and reduce ASOS return rates. Initially, this project enables access to UK data with plans to develop both UK and International markets in the future.

ASOS and MMU will scan 1200 women across 8 days from 16 June, and 1200 men across 8 days from 14 July.

The MMU Project Team is Barbara Shepherd, Senior Lecturer in Fashion Business and International Fashion Sourcing, Hollings Faculty; Steven Hayes Principal Lecturer in Technology, Hollings Faculty and Duncan Sime,  Key Account Manager, Research & Knowledge Exchange.

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Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2014 – book now

Alzheimer's Research UKBook before Friday 13 December to take advantage of the early bird ticket prices for the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2014 – for prices and to register see the website here.

The Conference is being held at the Said Business School, Oxford on 25 and 26 March 2014. Richard Wade-Martins, Oxford Network Centre Coordinator, and his colleagues have been working hard to put together a wide ranging programme with something of interest for everyone. There will be presentations and discussions on:

  • A-Beta Meets Tau
  • Cerebro-Vascular Disease
  • Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration
  • Genetics vs. Environment
  • Biomarkers
  • Neurodegeneration as a Network Disease
  • Neuropathology and Neuroinflammation
  • Dementia with Lewy Bodies.

There are only 100 spaces for posters and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. You can upload your poster abstract when registering or once you are registered, you can submit your abstract by following the unique link in your registration email (deadline 14 February).

Nominations are still being accepted for the 2014 Jean Corsan Prize. This prestigious £1,000 prize is awarded at the conference each year for the best scientific paper in neurodegeneration by a PhD student.

PhD students are invited to an additional PhD Day on 24 March. The day gives students the opportunity to meet and present their work and there will also be short career talks from a clinician, a post doc and a professor. Registration for the PhD Day (£15) includes an evening meal.

For delegates also attending the Wellcome Trust conference ‘Alzheimer’s Disease in Down Syndrome: From molecules to cognition‘ on 27-29 March, there will be a bus between the two conferences.

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MMU STAFF: Open sessions for the new RKE Strategy

StrategycoverOpen sessions are taking place across the University for colleagues to have their say on the new Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy. The next two events are tomorrow – Wednesday 26th November (for the full list of events see below).

The new Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy represents an exciting transformation for MMU, putting research and knowledge exchange at the heart of the University.

Led by Professors Dave Raper, Cathy Urquhart, Paul Holmes and Mark Ratcliffe the sessions are a follow up to the recent unveiling of a strategy document which marks a fresh and exciting start to RKE activities.

Sessions will present to you the RKE Strategy, giving you the opportunity to meet members of the RKE team and openly discuss the new strategy.

For further information on the strategy, please visit the Strategy page on the RKE website here

Wednesday 27th November
1:00pm – 2:00pm
G36 New Business School

3:00pm – 4:00pm
LT2 Geoffrey Manton

Thursday 28th November

1:30pm – 2:30pm
BZ403 Benzie Building
(New Art and Design Building)

Wednesday 4th December
1:00pm – 2:00pm
GLT Elizabeth Gaskell

Tuesday 10th December
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Crewe Lecture Theatre, Crewe Campus

Thursday 12th December
1:30pm – 2:30pm
LTA Simon Building, Didsbury Campus