About us

The University of Manchester was created in October 2004 by bringing together two of Britain’s most distinguished universities, the Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. We’re the largest single-site university in the UK and Britain’s first civic university, with a rich heritage of cutting-edge innovation and enterprise stretching back more than 190 years. Today we’re well underway with our Campus Masterplan, through which we aim to create a world-class estate for a world-class institution. We’ve also refocused our priorities to strengthen our research base and improve the student experience in our bid to become one of the top universities in the world.

There are three Faculties in the University: the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health; the Faculty of Humanities; and the Faculty of Science and Engineering, each supported by the University’s Professional Support Services.


The University of Manchester is Britain’s largest university. The original English civic university, we have a distinguished history of academic achievement. Today, we’re part of the prestigious Russell Group and we have an ambitious agenda for the future.

The University’s tradition of success in learning and research dates back almost 200 years. The birth of the computer, the discovery of the atomic nucleus, the founding principles of modern economics – all these and many more world-changing innovations have their roots at Manchester. We enjoy a global reputation for our innovative approach to learning and our internationally renowned research – and we attract more applications from potential students than any other UK university. Since 2005 the University has risen substantially in the influential Academic Ranking of World Universities survey conducted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. In 2017 we are ranked 8th in Europe and 38th globally, confirming the University as a world-class teaching and research institution.

More than 6,600 academic and research staff – many leaders in their fields, with international reputations – provide a stimulating learning environment and the highest standards of teaching. Recent appointments include historian and broadcaster Michael Wood and leading cancer scientist Rob Bristow. Our professors Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010 for their isolation of graphene, the world’s thinnest material, bringing the total number of Nobel laureates to have worked or studied here to 25.

The Manchester 2020 Vision

The University aims to be one of the top research universities in the world, where all students will enjoy a rewarding educational and wider experience; known worldwide as a place where the highest academic values and educational innovation are cherished, where research prospers and makes a real difference, and where the fruits of scholarship resonate throughout society. To learn more about the University’s vision, click here http://www.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/vision/

The Manchester 2020 Strategic Plan

The University of Manchester’s 2020 Strategic Plan marks the next stage in the continuing development of the University. It builds on the strong foundations we have built since the establishment of the new University in 2004 and articulated in previous strategic plans. http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=25548

The plan expands on our three core goals and six enabling strategies for all our principal activities.

Core Goals:

  1. World-class research
  2. Outstanding learning and student experience
  3. Social responsibility

These are supported by six enabling strategies:

  1. Quality people
  2. World-class estate
  3. Financial sustainability
  4. A reputation for excellence
  5. An international institution
  6. Quality services

Statistics and structure

The University of Manchester is the UK’s most popular university, receiving more applications for undergraduate study than any other British university.

More than 12,000 staff are employed by the University, making it one of the biggest employers in the north-west of England. Of these, around 4,685 are academic staff; 2,000 are research staff; 1,490 are administrative/management; and the remainder are clerical/academic support and manual staff.

Students have access to:


The University, like Manchester itself, is a multicultural environment and home to approximately 10,975 international students from countries outside the EU.

Widening Participation

For more information, visit our website at http://www.manchester.ac.uk