The University of Manchester was the first and most eminent of the civic universities, furthering the frontiers of knowledge through research and teaching, but also contributing to the wellbeing of its region and society more widely. These aims have guided the institution ever since and continue to drive our strategic vision.
University vision and strategic plan
Our current vision and strategic plan was launched in January 2020. To view it, visit our vision page.
Previous plans: Manchester 2020 and the Manchester 2015 agenda
In November 2011 (updated in October 2015) we published our Manchester 2020 document, the strategic plan for the University.
- Download the Manchester 2020 document (PDF document, 4.3MB)
The Manchester 2020 document built 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.
- Download the Manchester 2015 Agenda document (PDF document, 7.23MB)
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.
- Download the research strategy (PDF document, 482KB)
Teaching, Learning and Student Experience Vision
We published our vision for teaching, learning and the student experience in 2016. It sets out our plans to provide a superb and distinctive higher education and learning experience for every student.
- Download the vision document (PDF document, 138KB)
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.
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.
- Download the Erasmus policy statement (PDF document, 159KB)
- Read the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020 (PDF document, 953KB)
Contact the President
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell
Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor
John Owens Building
The University of Manchester
Tel: +44 (0) 161 306 6010