The University of Manchester’s response to COVID-19

The University of Manchester was formed to advance education, knowledge and wisdom for the good of society. This is now more important than ever as the world contends with the challenge of coronavirus (COVID-19). Our whole community is pulling together to ensure our students are safe and continue to receive excellent teaching, and researchers across all parts of our University are focussing on tackling the virus and its effects on society.

The outbreak has required our people to act decisively. Following government guidelines, we suspended face-to-face teaching and closed non-essential facilities on campus. This was vital to protect the safety, health and wellbeing of our staff and students.

Through the past few weeks, the pioneering spirit of Manchester – the courage and capability to do things differently – has been evident in the response of our people. Within a week of campus closing, we adapted our teaching and assessments, delivering everything online.

We know you will have concerns about your application, and we are here to support you. With that in mind we’ll also be taking our on-campus visits and tours online, so even if you can’t visit us in person right now, you’ll get to see what our University is all about.

This is a university with a rich history of breakthrough research and of social responsibility, where people help to tackle global challenges. This is an unprecedented time but our academics have rapidly come together to apply their knowledge to investigate COVID-19, with work under way on all aspects of the disease, such as diagnosis and treatments, mathematical modelling and the effects on individuals and communities. We’re collaborating with colleagues in the National Health Service and translational research facilities to help fight the pandemic.

Our community is at the heart of our University and our people are driving change, locally and nationally. Whether it’s international experts giving their time to clinical trials or medical students taking up placements in healthcare, our staff, students and graduates are supporting from the ground up.

Whether we meet you online soon, or in the future on campus, we can’t wait to share with you the experience of studying at Manchester. Please visit our coronavirus information pages or follow us on social media for the latest updates.