Better health and wellbeing for everyone

We’re committed to promoting good health and wellbeing for our staff, students and communities, both locally and globally.

We have the UK’s largest medical school and are the largest provider of graduate healthcare professionals to the NHS in the north-west of England. Through collaboration with the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, NHS trusts and Health Innovation Manchester, we’re tackling key health challenges in our local region through our research, teaching and social responsibility activities.


Cancer research

Cancer is one of the University’s five research beacons. The research beacons are examples of pioneering discoveries, interdisciplinary collaboration and cross-sector partnerships that are tackling some of the biggest questions facing the planet.

Our medical research ranges from understanding the molecular and cellular basis of cancer to the development and testing of novel drugs and other therapeutic approaches. Through nursing, psychology and policy work, solutions to the physical, emotional and economic impacts of cancer are being researched and put into practice across the University.


At The University of Manchester, we have a rich history of research breakthroughs, innovation and social responsibility, where our people help tackle global challenges. We’re currently working across multiple partnerships to contribute our research and innovation excellence to better understand coronavirus and its impact. Researchers, teachers, students and professional service staff are combining their knowledge and skills to contribute to the local, national and international response to the disease.

Through our Rapid Response Research Group, scientists in our Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health are working with NHS colleagues from Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, supported by Health Innovation Manchester, and utilising our experimental and translational research expertise through the NHIR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre and NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility.

Our aims are to minimise lives lost nationally and globally and reduce the impact of the pandemic on Greater Manchester’s health and social care system and the wider community.

Find out more about how The University of Manchester is contributing to the fight against coronavirus.

Collaboration through research partnership

The N8 research partnership is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2007 and funded by the eight most research-intensive Universities in the north of England. It aims to promote efficiency, collaboration and innovation by:

  • promoting deeper collaboration between universities, business and society.
  • establishing innovative research capabilities and programmes of national and international prominence.
  • driving economic growth by generating income, supporting jobs and new businesses.

In our work we’re listening to, and engaging with, our communities to support and inspire advances in health, wellbeing and social care through our full range of activities. We’re also advancing patient and public involvement to address key areas of Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good health and wellbeing, particularly in relation to fighting communicable and non-communicable diseases.