Welcome messages

Our senior staff and department colleagues welcome you to The University of Manchester and outline what to expect in the year ahead.


    Prof Mark Baker, Head of Planning and Environmental Management

    I am delighted to welcome you to the postgraduate community in the Department of Planning and Environmental Management (PEM) within the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED). SEED is home to postgraduate students across five related disciplines: Architecture, Education, Geography, International Development, and Planning. What unites us is our shared objective of better understanding the world in which we live, and our shared commitment to change it for the better.

    We understand that the experience of coming to university and joining our Department may be rather different to previous years before the pandemic. Nevertheless, we are dedicated to ensuring you receive the best quality postgraduate teaching and learning whether you are located in Manchester or elsewhere. All the academic staff in the Planning and Environmental Management Department are looking forward to meeting you in the coming weeks either online or on campus. Whether you are primarily studying postgraduate degrees in planning, real estate, urban regeneration, urban design, global urban development or environmental impact assessment and management, we are a relatively small department and you will probably be taught at some point by many of us during your studies here. We very much hope you will enjoy your time with us and also living in the city of Manchester.

    You will probably have lots of questions to ask and during Induction and you will have the opportunity to meet staff and other students. A series of introductory events will take place and we will also take you through the process of registration and there will be introductory talks to help you prepare for studying at the University and choose your course unit options.

    As you join us, you become part of a long tradition of students who have studied at Manchester with its proud history of teaching and research going back more than 100 years. We are fortunate to be situated within one of the nation's most interesting regions with regard to its landscape, industry, heritage and cultural vibrancy. The modern city of Manchester has added to this international reputation in the spheres of sport, music, festivals and much else besides. The City is changing in many diverse, interesting and complicated ways. Over the coming months, the ‘living laboratory’ of Manchester will help you learn about how we interact, evaluate and shape the urban and natural environment around us. Such a richness of landscape, history and arts cannot but inspire your imagination as someone who has chosen to come and study here.

    We hope that you will find your time as a University of Manchester student as productive and potentially life-changing as the many alumni from around the world who have gone before you. May I take this opportunity to wish you the very best for your forthcoming studies and I look forward to meeting you all in the coming months.

    Email: mark.baker@manchester.ac.uk
    Tel: +44 (0)161 3066925