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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.

The event includes a ceremony at which we confer honorary degrees on a number of people from a range of fields. This year's recipients will be Mr Nazir Afzal, Professor Dame Janet Finch, Dr Eli Harari and Professor Cornelia Parker.

This ceremony is preceded by our prestigious Foundation Day lecture, this year delivered by Gulwali Passarlay, a graduate of the University who at the age of 12 took the perilous journey from Afghanistan to the UK to seek asylum.

Watch a live recording of our celebrations below.

You can also listen to a brief interview with Gulwali discussing how his life has changed and how it feels to give the Foundation Day lecture at the University below.