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The University of Manchester is the UK’s largest single-site university. This is a place where research has a global impact, where students experience outstanding teaching and learning, helping them to develop into tomorrow’s leaders, and where all activity is enriched by a commitment to social responsibility.

Manchester was the first and most eminent of England’s civic universities. Today, we’re part of the prestigious Russell Group, with an international reputation for the highest level of research and teaching, as demonstrated by our position in the Academic Ranking of World Universities. In 2016 we were placed 35th in the world and 5th in the UK.

Looking ahead, it’s our vision to be one of the world’s leading universities, and to be recognised for our global impact, our innovation and our role in one of the UK’s most progressive cities.

Brilliant minds

We attract world-renowned academics. Our current staff include:

  • Sir Andre Geim and Sir Kostya Novoselov, Nobel Prize-winning physicists;
  • Jeanette Winterson, award-winning author;
  • Michael Wood, historian, writer and broadcaster;
  • Brian Cox, particle physicist and broadcaster;
  • Danielle George, engineer and presenter of the 2014 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures;
  • Sir Salvador Moncada, Fellow of the Royal Society, Ernst Jung Gold Medal for Medicine, the Scientific Grand Prize of the Lefoulon-Delalande Foundation.

And we lay claim to a number of notable alumni, including:

  • Antony Burgess, novelist;
  • Christabel Pankhurst, one of the leading figures in the suffragette movement;
  • John Dalton, founder of modern atomic theory;
  • George E Davis, founder of the chemical engineering discipline;
  • Tom Kilburn and Freddie Williams, developers of the world’s first stored-programme computer;
  • Norman Foster, one of the most prolific architects of his generation;
  • Bernard Lovell, pioneer of radio astronomy;
  • Alan Turing, one of the founders of computer science and artificial intelligence;
  • Arthur Whitten-Brown, pioneer of flight;
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein, one of the most significant philosophers of the 20th century.

World-leading facilities

We’re one of the top educational settings in the UK, with facilities that include:

  • one of the country’s largest academic libraries with the most comprehensive collection of electronic resources of any UK institution;
  • a wide variety of specialist libraries;
  • one of the largest IT resources in Europe, with over 4,000 PCs across campus and excellent Wi-Fi coverage;
  • the UK’s largest high-voltage laboratory;
  • the Whitworth art gallery and the Manchester Museum;
  • Jodrell Bank, incorporating the world-famous Lovell Radio Telescope and the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics;
  • £6 million music and drama building with purpose-built concert hall, studio theatre, workshop and practice spaces;
  • access to the N8 Shared Equipment Inventory System.

In the current phase of our Campus Masterplan we will invest £1 billion in our estates by 2022.

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