The University of Manchester, forever linked to Manchester’s proud status as the first industrial city on the planet, traces its origins back to 1824, when the Mechanics’ Institute was established by chemist John Dalton, a number of local industrialists, and several entrepreneurs. They all shared the common ambition of seeing workers learn the basics of science.
The university we see today was formed in 2004 after a merger between the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), and Victoria University of Manchester. It followed a century of the two education providers working together, the culmination of which was a shared goal of creating the biggest single-site university in the UK.
In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the University of Manchester was named eighth in the UK and rated 54th globally. It also has a Silver Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The 2017 High Fliers Report revealed that it is the second most targeted university by the largest number of leading graduate employers in the country.
It boasts the UK’s most vast student population, while more than nine out of ten of its recent graduates have either gone straight into a job, or continued their education. The university’s investment in facilities is unrivalled by its counterparts across the country, with £750 million already spent and another £1 billion to follow before the end of 2022.
At the 2017 Manchester Sport Awards, the university received the Outstanding Contribution to Sport accolade. The ceremony’s host, Iwan Thomas, praised the university’s staff and students for taking part in the Great Manchester Run to raise tens of thousands of pounds for scholarships and good causes, improving lives not just in the local region, but across the globe.
More international students study at the University of Manchester than anywhere else in the country, with 160 nationalities embarking on the next stage of their learning experience on campus. The university collaborate with counterparts based abroad, and foundation course providers, meeting potential students face-to-face regardless of where they are based. Its range of postgraduate distance-learning courses give people around the world the opportunity to study with the university.
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The university boasts an alumnus made up of no less than 25 Nobel Prize laureates. They include the founder of modern atomic theory, John Dalton, one of the founders of artificial intelligence and computer science, Alan Turing, and Professor Brian Cox, who has become a television personality in recent years.
Comedy legends Ben Elton, Ade Edmonson and the late Rik Mayall studied at the university, as did Sherlock Holmes star Benedict Cumberbatch, who coincidentally portrayed Alan Turing in Oscar-winning blockbuster The Imitation Game. Ernest Rutherford proved the nuclear nature of the atom whilst working at the university, and Ludwig Wittgenstein, one of the 20th century’s most prominent philosophers, studied for a doctorate in Engineering.
Former staff have also made their way into the world of politics. Chaim Weizmann, a senior lecturer, became the first President of Israel, while ministers in the UK, Canada, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Singapore are also associated with the university.