University of Manchester

University of Manchester

The University of Manchester holds a special place in history. Our origins as England’s first civic university are closely linked to Manchester’s development as the world’s first industrial city.

We were formed at the birth of the modern world and our founders invested us with progressive principles and a desire to improve people’s lives through research and teaching. Throughout our history we have led the way and helped shape the modern world through discovery, ideas and knowledge.

We work hard to preserve our heritage, which you can enjoy today by visiting our collections and taking tours of the historic buildings on campus.

The University of Manchester is part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, with outstanding facilities and the widest range of courses. We are highly respected across the globe as a centre of teaching excellence and innovative research.

With 25 Nobel prize winners among our current and former staff and students, we have a history of world firsts and brilliant discoveries, from splitting the atom to giving the world graphene.

We’re committed to world-class research, an outstanding learning and student experience, and social responsibility in everything we do.

Social responsibility describes the way we are making a difference to the social and economic well-being of our communities through our teaching, research, and public events and activities.

Social responsibility is one of our three core strategic goals in our Manchester 2020 strategy (PDF document, 105KB), sitting equally alongside our commitments to world-class research, and outstanding learning and student experience.

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