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Manchester Metropolitan University
Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News
A new use for a university campus in Cheshire might have been discovered, with discussions under way to create a medical school.
Manchester Metropolitan University's Crewe Campus will be closed in the summer of 2019, but there aren't any succession plans.
The university has now said discussions with a consortium wanting to open a medical school - which have been ongoing for a month - are now "exclusive".
Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke
Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) says it is doing its "utmost" to minimise the impact of redundancies at its Crewe campus with the site set to close.
It comes as members of the University and College Union (UCU) are voting today on whether to take strike action over potential compulsory redundancies.
In February, staff at the Crewe campus were told it would close due to falling student numbers but were also told 80% of them would stay in place until summer 2019.
The union says the university's refusing to rule compulsory redundancies out and it's "frustrated" by discussions over the future of the 160 academic staff.
MMU says some jobs will be at risk but adds that it is working closely with UCU to support affected staff.
Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke
Staff at Manchester Metropolitan University's (MMU) campus in Crewe will be asked tomorrow if they want to go on strike over potential compulsory redundancies .
Hundreds of staff at MMU were told in February the campus will close but were also told 80% of them would stay in place until summer 2019, for students to complete their courses.
The University and College Union (UCU) says it is frustrated by discussions over the future of 160 academic staff based there and claims the university won't rule out compulsory redundancies.
UCU says it'll ballot members at both the Crewe and Manchester campuses from tomorrow for industrial action.
MMU says it's doing it's "utmost" to minimise the impact of redundancies and working closely with the unions.