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Our vision at The University of Manchester is to make our institution one of the top 25 research universities in the world by 2020.

In November 2011 we published our Manchester 2020 document, the strategic plan for The University of Manchester. Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, is responsible for the delivery of this plan.

Our aim is to be 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.

The strategic plan is based around our three core goals of world-class research, outstanding learning and student experience, and social responsibility.

The Manchester 2020 document builds on the aims set out by its predecessor, the Manchester 2015 Agenda, which established a blueprint for the newly formed University of Manchester following the merger of the Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST in 2004.

Research strategy

In May 2011 the University published a research strategy outlining how we will continue to achieve high-quality research that benefits society as a whole.

Campus Masterplan

We published our Campus Masterplan in 2012, describing our plans to invest £1 billion over ten years to create a world-class campus for our staff and students.

Erasmus policy

We have a strong international profile with 25% of our students and academic staff coming from outside the UK, 25% of our research publications being co-authored with non-UK collaborators, and an alumni community of more than 265,000 around the globe.

We will build on this success and ensure that internationalisation is further embedded in our approach to research, teaching, the student experience, business engagement and social responsibility.

Contact the President

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell
Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor
John Owens Building
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

Tel: +44 (0) 161 306 6010