The University of Manchester’s current rankings place us among the world’s best universities.
International rankings compare universities from across the globe for their research performance and academic reputation. We’re proud to be among the world’s top 50 universities and world number one in the THE Impact Rankings for the social and environmental impact of our research to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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|Academic Ranking of World Universities (2021)||35||9||5|
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|Times Higher Education (2022)||50||16||8|
|Times Higher Education ‘most international university’ rankings (2021)||23||-||-|
An international university
We're the 23rd most international university in the world, according to Times Higher Education (2021).
In the 2014 REF an impressive 83% of our research activity was rated 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent', confirming Manchester as one of the UK's top research institutions. We currently have more than 2,000 REF-eligible academics and more than 4,000 postgraduate researchers who are continuing to produce world-leading research.
The University has also received three Queen's Anniversary Prizes (2011, 2013, 2019).
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|The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide (2020)||18|
For the second year running the University is listed in the top ten European universities for teaching excellence in the 2019 Times Higher Education Europe Teaching Rankings. This ranking makes us one of the best in the country as well as the continent for student engagement and post-study outcomes.
The University was ranked fifth best UK institution for employability in the 2019 Times Higher Education Global University Employability Ranking.
Our societal impact has been ranked the best in the world by Times Higher Education based on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals framework. The prestigious ranking comes in the 2021 Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings. We competed against more than 500 universities from around the world.
An award-winning city
Manchester has been voted the top UK city to live in based on the 2019 The Economist's Global Liveability Index. The city has also been voted one of the ten friendliest cities in the world by Rough Guides (2014) readers.
Awards and accreditations
The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers
The University has been named as one of the top 50 UK employers for inclusion, equality and diversity.
Times Higher Education Awards
The University won the Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community Award at the Times Higher Education Awards.
Guardian Sustainable Business Award
The Works has won the Social Impact Award at the Guardian's prestigious Sustainable Business Awards.
Our corporate website was a silver winner in the schools and education category of the Lovie Awards 2015.
Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
Our School Governor Initiative was honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2016 - the highest award possible for a voluntary group in the UK.
We're proud to have been awarded a CASE grand gold award in the short informational films category for our 'inspire and be inspired' video featuring chancellor Lemn Sissay.
Race Equality Charter
We’re one of only four Higher Education Institutes to successful renew its Race Equality Charter Bronze Award through AdvanceHE for excellence in advancing racial equality in higher education.
Payroll Giving Quality Mark - Bronze Award
This Quality Mark recognises employers and employees who are making a difference through giving. We've received our Bronze Award because 1% of employees are participating in payroll giving.
Investors in People
We've achieved the Investors in People standard by investing time and resources in our staff and students, improving the Manchester experience for everyone.
Our Athena SWAN award recognises our commitment to developing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.
Disability Confident Employer
We have been awarded the Disability Confident Employer symbol in recognition of our commitment to the recruitment, retention and career development of disabled people.
We have joined Britain’s good practice employers’ forum on sexual orientation, run by Stonewall, the charity that works for equality for LGBTQ+ people everywhere.
HR Excellence in Research
We received the HR Excellence in Research badge in 2011, recognising our commitment to fair and transparent recruitment and appraisal procedures for research staff.
Time to Change
Our Time to Change pledge signals our commitment to help raise awareness and to tackle the stigma around mental health for our staff and students.