The University was formed in 2004 by the amalgamation of the Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology – institutions which both had their origins in the mid-nineteenth century. It now offers more than 1,000 degree courses, has nearly 27,000 undergraduates, almost 12,000 postgraduates and more than 10,000 staff. Thirty-two percent of the student body and of academic staff are from overseas.
Since 2004 the University has generated more than 100 spin-out companies, contributing to Greater Manchester’s position as the business capital of the north west of England and a thriving social and cultural hub.
Manchester has a rich history of ground-breaking research, from the splitting of the atom by Professor Lord Ernest Rutherford in 1917 to the discovery of graphene by Professors Sir Andre Geim and Sir Konstantin Novoselov in 2004. All three won the Nobel Prize for Physics for their research. Today, some of the most exciting work at the University is in advanced materials, cancer, energy, industrial biotechnology and addressing global inequalities.
The University won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2011 for the outstanding applied research of its Dalton Nuclear Institute, and in 2013 for its world-leading imaging techniques. In the most recent assessment of research quality in UK universities, 35% of the university’s research was rated world-leading and a further 47% rated internationally excellent.
Manchester is also transforming its campus and surrounding area, with a total of £1.75 billion to be invested by 2022 – the largest-ever estates investment by a UK university.
The case studies below are just a snapshot of the range of activity taking place at the University of Manchester. From world-class research and collaboration with industry to innovative programmes designed to improve access for all students to higher education.