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 Wednesday, 9 October. The event included a ceremony at which we confered honorary degrees on a number of people from a range of fields. This year's recipients were Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, Mrs Sherry Coutu, Mr Vincent Kompany and Lord Jim O’Neill. 

This ceremony was preceded by our prestigious Foundation Day lecture, this year delivered by Mrs Sherry Coutu, a serial entrepreneur and angel investor who serves on the boards of companies, charities and government. Sherry’s lecture was on the future of work and what the recent changes in our economy and society heralds regarding the role universities, governments and businesses must play in helping citizens adjust so that we can secure our future prosperity.

You can watch our 2019 celebrations below.