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The University celebrates the impact of donations

6 April 2017

Two donors to the University
A donor celebrates at the 2016 celebration event.

Today, The University of Manchester is celebrating the incredible role that donations play in supporting our students, research and world-class campus.

Alumni and friends of the University will visit campus to see the impact of their gifts across the University, advancing our world-class research, outstanding learning and student experience, and social responsibility.

Behind-the-scenes tours will reveal what goes on in some of the University’s most prized institutions including the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Cancer Research Centre, Manchester Museum and the National Graphene Institute, all of which have benefitted significantly from donor support.

A showcase featuring a range of donor-funded projects will provide donors, students and staff the opportunity to find out more about the impact of donations have on campus, including insights into ground-breaking research being undertaken at the University.

Broadcaster and historian Professor Michael Wood will also give a talk about the history of giving at the University. The day will culminate in a ceremony to inaugurate some of our most impactful donors into the Beyer and Langworthy Circles of Philanthropy. 

The Whitworth building

Donations make a difference

Since the University’s foundation in the early 19th century as a means to provide working class people with a basic level of education, donations have had a transformative effect on the thousands of staff and students who have worked and studied here.

With the help of donations, The University of Manchester offers one of the most generous scholarship packages to underprivileged students, ensuring that the best and brightest have access to a world-class education, regardless of their financial situation or social background.

What’s more, donor-supported research projects in areas like stillbirth and graphene are having a profound impact on both local and global communities.

Watch our video

Watch this short film from our 2015 celebration.

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