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Research quality

The results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) confirm that The University of Manchester can compete with the very best research universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and London, and is well on the way to becoming one of the top research universities in the world by 2020.

Notable achievements

The University can lay claim to 25 Nobel Prize winners amongst its former and current staff and students.
In 2005 Nobel Laureate Professor Joseph E Stiglitz was appointed by the University to chair its new Brooks World Poverty Institute. Professors Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010.

Ernest Rutherford, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1908, conducted his research into splitting the atom at The Victoria University of Manchester. The first modern-day computer was also developed at the University in 1948 by Tom Kilburn. Named 'The Manchester Baby', it proved to be the forerunner of an invention that we would now struggle to live without.

Diversity of research

Our research is broad-ranging and covers areas as diverse as cancer treatments, genetic disorders, artificial intelligence and aeronautics.

The University's ambitious attitude towards research means that we are constantly investing in world-class facilities. The importance of our research is highlighted by the £278m in external research funding the University attracted in 2009/10.

We are also a member of the prestigious Russell Group, which is made up of the top 19 research-led institutions in the UK.

Research informs learning

The University is committed to ensuring that academic research and learning are not two separate bodies. The research we conduct guides our learning and ensures that it is up to date and relevant. As a student at The University of Manchester, you will therefore learn from academic staff who are renowned in their field.

The University also constantly aims to recruit more Nobel Prize winners to aid research and teaching.