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7th March 2022 | By Ben Pledger

Air quality warning in Sharston after reports of hazardous air pollution

High air pollution levels have been detected in Sharston – with 10 public health warnings issued since the start of the year. The figures come from...


4th March 2022 | By Ben Pledger

Wythenshawe residents’ frustration over Stagecoach’s ‘hit or miss’ service

Wythenshawe residents have expressed frustration and anger over what they say is Stagecoach’s ‘hit or miss’ bus service. Stagecoach is the leading bus service in Manchester but...


23rd February 2022 | By Ben Pledger

Open University staff protest over ‘devastating’ 35% cut on guaranteed retirement income

University lecturers says cuts to their pension scheme would see a 35% cut to a guaranteed retirement income. Protests against the decision by Universities UK also include...


9th February 2022 | By Ben Pledger

Manchester Airport boosted by over 500 job opportunities following mass exodus of staff during pandemic

Manchester Airport has announced a jobs boost and is looking to recruit 500 people in security, customer services and hospitality positions. Hundreds of extra jobs are...


2nd February 2022 | By Ben Pledger

TfGM staff help Jude’s Fund reach 20k target for local charities during pandemic.

A dad has helped raise nearly £20k for charity during the pandemic in memory of his son. Staff from TfGM have raised £19,783 for Manchester charities...


12th November 2021 | By Ben Pledger

Record number of sport scholars welcomed at Manchester Metropolitan University

More than 55 student-athletes will be provided with a tailored package of support including nutritional advice, physiotherapy, strength and conditioning, as well as contributions towards tuition fees.  The...


12th November 2021 | By Ben Pledger

Controversial 55-storey student tower faces legal objection after overwhelming opposition

A 162-metre-high tower features 853 luxury student flats is set to become the third tallest tower in Manchester. Situed behind Deansgate Square South Tower and Beetham Tower, it...


12th November 2021 | By Ben Pledger

Construction underway for Stockport’s multi-million-pound transformation

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is working in partnership with Stockport Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority to build a new bus interchange as part of a £1bn...


12th November 2021 | By Ben Pledger

VR technology to practice heading a football may reduce later life dementia

Scientists from MMU are trialling a virtual reality program designed to train footballers heading a ball without being exposed to the long-term effects.  Research has shown that footballers are 3.5 times more...


28th October 2021 | By Ben Pledger

Foodbanks face dramatic surge in demand following Universal Credit cut

The cut to the £20-a-week increase to Universal Credit has left families in a vulnerable state and reliant on foodbanks to get by, it is claimed.  Research...