Foundation Day ceremony

The University of Manchester in its current form was created in 2004 by the amalgamation of the Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). We mark this occasion each year with our Foundation Day celebrations.

This year's event took place on on Wednesday, 10 October. The event included a ceremony at which we confer honorary degrees on a number of people from a range of fields. This year's recipients were Dr Gerald Chan, Professor Emmanuelle Charpentier, Ms Rachel Haugh, Ms Sarah Lancashire and Professor Chintamani N R Rao.

This ceremony was preceded by our prestigious Foundation Day lecture, this year delivered by Dr Gerald Chan, founder of Morningside, an international investment group strongly committed to social responsibility.  The title of the lecture is 'Biotechnology and the Conflation of Science, Business and Ethics'.

Watch a recording of our celebrations below.