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Our foundations

The earliest foundations of The University of Manchester can be traced back almost 200 years, but the University in its current form is very much a 21st century institution.

The University is an independent corporation which came into existence on 1 October 2004. It was established by royal charter on the dissolution of the Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), both of whose rights, properties, assets and obligations were transferred to the institution by means of the University of Manchester Act (2004). 

We are considered an exempt charity. As such, we are responsible to the Higher Education Funding Council of England, which monitors our compliance with charity law obligations.

Founding documents

  • Charter (as granted by the Queen) (PDF document, 21KB)
  • Statutes (University laws) (PDF document, 92KB)
  • Ordinances (prescribed University practices and procedures) (PDF document, 211KB)
  • General regulations (rules that students and staff must abide by) (PDF document, 383KB)