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.
Our vision is for The University of Manchester to be one of the leading universities in the world by 2020.
The University of Manchester was the first and most eminent of the civic universities, furthering the frontiers of knowledge through research and teaching, but also contributing to the well-being of its region and society more widely. These aims have guided the institution ever since and continue to drive our strategic vision.
Facts and figures
We are the largest single-site university in the UK, with the biggest student community. In total, 25 Nobel Prize winners have worked or studied here.
83% of our research was ranked as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' by the Research Excellence Framework in 2014.
And more than nine out of ten of our recent graduates go straight into employment or continued studies.
We are ranked 34th in the world, eighth in Europe and sixth in the UK in the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities. We are also ranked seventh in Europe in the 2018 Reuters Top 100 Most Innovative Universities.
What's more, we're well underway with one of the biggest investments in facilities undertaken by any UK university. This ten-year plan will transform our campus and create world-class facilities for staff, students and visitors in support of our global ambitions.