Research impact

The University of Manchester’s research delivers economic, environmental, social, cultural, health and wellbeing benefits across the globe.

We use our expertise and curiosity to discover, understand and produce innovative solutions to some of the world's biggest problems. The quality and scale of our social impact is ranked first in the world in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings (2021).

We work with government, business and not-for-profit organisations to deliver impact through innovation and commercialisation, including our internationally leading role in graphene and 2D materials, supported through the National Graphene Institute and Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre. Our Innovation Factory reinforces our presence as a top university for invention and we're driving digital transformation through Digital Futures.

Our health research delivers benefits through our partnership with the NHS Trusts in Health Innovation Manchester and the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, within the context of Greater Manchester’s devolved health and social care budget. The research and innovation strengths of our partnerships were brought together in an unprecedented way to form the COVID-19 research rapid response group to help address the public health crisis.

We're committed to research that improves the environment. Our research into climate change has led to climate adaptation strategies being put in place across Europe, with our Sustainable Futures platform producing innovative solutions to urgent environmental challenges.

We use our research to secure impact on public policy through Policy@Manchester. Social and cultural impacts are achieved by our public engagement, civic engagement and cultural engagement activities, including through Creative Manchester. Our achievements across a broad range of knowledge exchange activities is demonstrated through the KEF results, where we are sector-leading for public and community engagement and research partnerships.