We are The University of Manchester

We want to provide support to everyone joining our community – we’ll help you to do great things and shape your own future. Get to know who we are and how we’ll be here for you.

Since our beginnings in 1824, The University of Manchester has grown to become a global community of innovators. We have a rich heritage of discovery and social change, with 25 Nobel laureates having worked or studied here, and continue to make an impact, ranked number one in the world for societal impact (Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2021).

Our values of knowledge, wisdom and humanity inform all areas of our work, helping us create a supportive and inspiring community where all our students, staff and researchers truly belong.

At Manchester, you’ll have the chance to experience true personal and professional growth, consider your place in the world and how you can make a difference to others, and develop the distinctive attributes of a Manchester graduate.

Rich heritage and global reputation

As a Manchester student you’ll be immersed in – and become part of – the legacy of our institution and great city. Explore our rich heritage and cultural assets such as The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, Manchester Museum, the Whitworth and Jodrell Bank.

You’ll also benefit from the reputation and value of a Manchester degree – we are ranked 27th best university in the world, 8th in Europe and 6th in the UK (QS World Rankings 2020).

Innovative research

The University has been the location of groundbreaking innovation and research for more than a century, and in the last few months we have played a leading role in the fight against COVID-19.

Socially responsible

We’re unique in the UK to have social responsibility as one of our core values, which is why we’re ranked best in the world for societal impact by the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings. This recognises our commitment to the UN’s 17 sustainability goals in all areas of our work.

Student community

Our student community is one of the largest in Europe with more than 40,000 students from 160 countries. When you join Manchester, you’ll become part of our Students’ Union, which is also one of the largest in the UK. With more than 400 societies, you’ll have plenty of to choose from.

A global graduate network

Students at Manchester benefit from the joining of a wider community of almost 500,000 alumni in 190 countries, including Parineeti Chopra, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brian Cox and Vincent Kompany. Being a part of the Manchester alumni community is well recognised and our graduates are the most targeted in the UK by major employers (The Graduate Market in 2020, High Fliers Research).

Supporting your wellbeing

At Manchester there is always someone to talk to if you’re worried about any issues relating to your studies, money, health or wellbeing. We also have a team of student support staff across the University and the Students’ Union who work throughout the year to help our students stay well, active and safe.

Keeping you safe

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we've been following advice from Universities UK, Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to make sure our students are able to study as safely as possible. We have the measures in place to ensure that if in-person teaching is no longer the safest option, you will continue to receive the same quality learning experience via online and blended methods.

We’ll continue to update you with all the important information you need to prepare in the lead up to your start at Manchester.

It means the chance to learn in an environment where academic enquiry seeks to truly change the world.

Here’s five Manchester research stories that are creating solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems.

Graphene sieve turns seawater into drinking water

Graphene, a 2D material originally isolated in 2004, has been used to create graphene-oxide membranes that can remove the common salts from seawater, making it safe to drink. This research will help provide clean drinking water for millions of people who struggle to access adequate clean water sources.

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Solar cell defect mystery solved

Solar panels are among the most available system of generating energy through renewable sources, however the majority only achieve 20% efficiency. Our research has identified a key material defect, leading to improvements in efficiency and helping to develop solar panels as a green energy alternative.

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Human brain supercomputer used to understand Parkinson’s disease

Manchester houses the world’s largest neuromorphic supercomputer capable of completing more than 200 million million actions per second. This machine is helping neuroscientists better understand how our own brain works, especially in the area of Parkinson’s disease, meaning it has potential for neurological breakthroughs in science such as pharmaceutical testing.

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India’s childhood leukaemia survival rate rises to 80%

Work led by Professor Vaskar Saha, a paediatrician from The University of Manchester, means that around 80% of children with the most common childhood cancer are now likely to survive following treatment at major centres across India, thanks to his revolutionary approach. Professor Vaskar Saha, has helped cure children diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) by 15% during the five years he has led the ICICLE (Indian Childhood Collaborative Leukaemia Group) clinical project, in partnership with Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata.

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Smell of skin could lead to early diagnosis for Parkinson's

Our scientists have found small molecules contained in a substance secreted by the skin, known as sebum, are responsible for a unique scent in people with Parkinson’s. The results could lead to the development of an early diagnosis test for the neurodegenerative disorder. At present there are no definitive diagnostic tests currently available.

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