Manchester Metropolitan University is a leading university for the professions and a powerful driver of the North West economy. MMU educates and trains large numbers of the region’s legal and business professionals, teachers, health workers and creative professionals. The University enjoys an excellent reputation for teaching, applied research and project work with its communities and the North West, nationally and internationally. It is currently investing almost £300 million in its estate and facilities.
MadLab is a community space for the grassroots arts, technical and scientific communities in Manchester, based in a 3-storey formerly disused weaver’s cottage in the city centre since September 2009. It hosts a wide variety of informal learning groups, workshops
and 1-day conferences on a variety of subjects from computer programming and social media through to robot building and traditional arts and crafts. It has also previously taken part in a number of festivals including the Manchester Science Festival and the Abandon Normal Devices media art festival. It is part of the growing global “hackerspace” movement, which has seen it form links and partnerships with other such spaces from around the world, including Noisebridge in San Francisco and Jaaga in Bangalore, India.
The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. It supports the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. The Trust’s breadth of support includes public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health. It is independent of both political and commercial interests.