Manchester is top ten for innovation among Europe’s universities

The University of Manchester has moved up to seventh place in an independent ranking of Europe’s most innovative universities.

Produced by Reuters, the list ranks the top 100 universities in the continent, taking into account factors such as patents filed and cited, collaboration with industry in research publications and journal articles published. The list is designed to show the universities which are doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies and power new markets and industries.

Manchester has moved up nine places this year, with the profile on the Reuters website describing how the University has generated £680m to the UK economy since 2004 through commercialised research.

Graphene, first isolated at the University in 2004, is described as a major area of strength and the University has produced more than 100 spinoff companies in the past 30 years. These include Microbiosensor, a spin-out behind a medical device designed to detect life threatening infections, and SkinBioTherapeutics, an AIM listed life science company that focusses on skin health.

Professor Luke Georghiou, Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
The University has a world-class research base and we have worked hard to embed commercialisation of this work into the institution. This has benefits for our local economy and much further afield – creating jobs and economic growth while also tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges
Professor Luke Georghiou, Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor

This latest ranking follows recent news that the University has attracted the most research income from UK industry of any institution in the country, with £24,831,000 of research income in 2016-2017 from UK industry, commerce and public corporations.

The Reuters Top 100: Europe's Most Innovative Universities is available to view and the University profile and methodology can also be accessed on the Reuters website.

Further information is available on the University’s Business Engagement website and at UMI³, the University’s innovation company.

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