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Website manchester.ac.uk

The University of Manchester
Manchester
is a public research university in Manchester, England, formed in 2004 by the merger of the University of Manchester
Manchester
Institute of Science and Technology and the Victoria University of Manchester.[6][7] The University of Manchester
Manchester
is a red brick university, a product of the civic university movement of the late-19th century. The main campus is south of Manchester
Manchester
city centre on Oxford Road. In 2016/17, the university had 40,490 students and 10,400 staff, making it the second largest university in the UK (out of 167 including the Open University), and the largest single-site university. The university had a consolidated income of £1 billion in 2016–17, of which £262.1 million was from research grants and contracts (6th place nationally behind Oxford, UCL, Cambridge, Imperial and Edinburgh).[1] It has the third largest endowment of any university in England, after the universities of Cambridge and Oxford. It is a member of the worldwide Universities Research Association, the Russell Group of British research universities and the N8 Group. In 2017-18, the University of Manchester
Manchester
was ranked 34th in the world and 7th in the UK by QS World University Rankings, 38th in the world and 6th in the UK by Academic Ranking of World Universities, 55th in the world and 8th in the UK by Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 59th in the world by U.S. News and World Report. Manchester
Manchester
was ranked 15th in the UK amongst multi-faculty institutions for the quality (GPA) of its research[8] and 5th for its Research Power in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.[9] The university owns and operates major cultural assets such as the Manchester
Manchester
Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery, John Rylands Library
John Rylands Library
and Jodrell Bank Observatory
Jodrell Bank Observatory
and its Grade I listed Lovell Telescope.[10] The University of Manchester
Manchester
has 25 Nobel laureates among its past and present students and staff, the fourth-highest number of any single university in the United Kingdom. Four Nobel laureates are currently among its staff – more than any other British university.[11]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Origins 1.2 2004 to present

2 Campus

2.1 Major projects 2.2 Old Quadrangle 2.3 Contact 2.4 Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre 2.5 Other notable buildings

3 Organisation and administration

3.1 Faculties and schools

3.1.1 Faculty of Biology Medicine and Health 3.1.2 Faculty of Science and Engineering 3.1.3 Faculty of Humanities

3.2 Finances

4 Academic profile

4.1 Research 4.2 University of Manchester
Manchester
Library 4.3 Collections

4.3.1 Manchester
Manchester
Museum 4.3.2 Whitworth Art Gallery

4.4 Rankings and reputation 4.5 Admissions 4.6 Manchester
Manchester
University Press

5 Student life

5.1 Students' union 5.2 Sport 5.3 University Challenge
University Challenge
quiz programme 5.4 Overseas students 5.5 Student housing

5.5.1 City Campus

5.5.1.1 Whitworth Park Halls of Residence 5.5.1.2 Sackville Street

5.5.2 Victoria Park Campus 5.5.3 Fallowfield
Fallowfield
Campus

6 Notable people

6.1 Nobel prize
Nobel prize
winners

7 See also 8 References 9 External links

History[edit] Origins[edit] Main articles: UMIST
UMIST
and Victoria University of Manchester

The Old Quadrangle at the University of Manchester's main campus on Oxford Road.

The University of Manchester
Manchester
traces its roots to the formation of the Mechanics' Institute (later UMIST) in 1824, and its heritage is linked to Manchester's pride in being the world's first industrial city.[12] The English chemist John Dalton, together with Manchester
Manchester
businessmen and industrialists, established the Mechanics' Institute to ensure that workers could learn the basic principles of science. John Owens, a textile merchant, left a bequest of £96,942 in 1846 (around £5.6 million in 2005 prices)[13] to found a college to educate men on non-sectarian lines. His trustees established Owens College in 1851 in a house on the corner of Quay Street
Quay Street
and Byrom Street which had been the home of the philanthropist Richard Cobden, and subsequently housed Manchester
Manchester
County Court. The locomotive designer, Charles Beyer
Charles Beyer
became a governor of the college and was the largest single donor to the college extension fund, which raised the money to move to a new site and construct the main building now known as the John Owens building. He also campaigned and helped fund the engineering chair, the first applied science department in the north of England. He left the college the equivalent of £10 million in his will in 1876, at a time when it was in great financial difficulty. Beyer funded the total cost of construction of the Beyer building to house the biology and geology departments. His will also funded Engineering chairs and the Beyer Professor of Applied mathematics. The university has a rich German heritage. The Owens College
Owens College
Extension Movement based their plans after a tour of mainly German universities and polytechnics.[14][15] Manchester
Manchester
mill owner, Thomas Ashton, chairman of the extension movement had studied at Heidelberg University. Sir Henry Roscoe also studied at Heidelberg under Robert Bunsen and they collaborated for many years on research projects. Roscoe promoted the German style of research led teaching that became the role model for the redbrick universities. Charles Beyer
Charles Beyer
studied at Dresden Academy Polytechnic. There were many Germans on the staff, including Carl Schorlemmer, Britain's first chair in organic chemistry, and Arthur Schuster, professor of Physics.[16] There was even a German chapel on the campus. In 1873 the college moved to new premises on Oxford Road, Chorlton-on-Medlock
Chorlton-on-Medlock
and from 1880 it was a constituent college of the federal Victoria University. The university was established and granted a Royal Charter
Royal Charter
in 1880 becoming England's first civic university; it was renamed the Victoria University of Manchester
Victoria University of Manchester
in 1903 and absorbed Owens College
Owens College
the following year.[17] By 1905, the institutions were large and active forces. The Municipal College of Technology, forerunner of UMIST, was the Victoria University of Manchester's Faculty of Technology while continuing in parallel as a technical college offering advanced courses of study. Although UMIST achieved independent university status in 1955, the universities continued to work together.[18] However, in the late-20th century, formal connections between the university and UMIST
UMIST
diminished and in 1994 most of the remaining institutional ties were severed as new legislation allowed UMIST
UMIST
to become an autonomous university with powers to award its own degrees. A decade later the development was reversed.[19] The Victoria University of Manchester
Victoria University of Manchester
and the University of Manchester
Manchester
Institute of Science and Technology agreed to merge into a single institution in March 2003.[20][21] Before the merger, Victoria University of Manchester
Victoria University of Manchester
and UMIST
UMIST
counted 25 Nobel Prize winners amongst their former staff and students. Manchester
Manchester
has traditionally been strong in the sciences; it is where the nuclear nature of the atom was discovered by Ernest Rutherford, and the world's first stored-program computer was built at the university. Notable scientists associated with the university include physicists Ernest Rutherford, Osborne Reynolds, Niels Bohr, James Chadwick, Arthur Schuster, Hans Geiger, Ernest Marsden
Ernest Marsden
and Balfour Stewart. Contributions in other fields such as mathematics were made by Paul Erdős, Horace Lamb
Horace Lamb
and Alan Turing
Alan Turing
and in philosophy by Samuel Alexander, Ludwig Wittgenstein
Ludwig Wittgenstein
and Alasdair MacIntyre. The author Anthony Burgess, Pritzker Prize
Pritzker Prize
and RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architect Norman Foster and composer Peter Maxwell Davies
Peter Maxwell Davies
all attended, or worked at, Manchester. 2004 to present[edit]

The Sackville Street Building, formerly the UMIST
UMIST
Main Building

The current University of Manchester
Manchester
was officially launched on 1 October 2004 when Queen Elizabeth handed over its Royal Charter.[22] The university was named the Sunday Times University of the Year in 2006 after winning the inaugural Times Higher Education Supplement University of the Year prize in 2005.[23] The founding president and vice-chancellor of the new university was Alan Gilbert, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, who retired at the end of the 2009–2010 academic year.[24] His successor was Dame Nancy Rothwell,[3] who had held a chair in physiology at the university since 1994. One of the university's aims stated in the Manchester
Manchester
2015 Agenda is to be one of the top 25 universities in the world, following on from Alan Gilbert's aim to "establish it by 2015 among the 25 strongest research universities in the world on commonly accepted criteria of research excellence and performance".[25] In 2011, four Nobel laureates were on its staff: Andre Geim,[26] Konstantin Novoselov,[27] Sir John Sulston
John Sulston
and Joseph E. Stiglitz. The EPSRC
EPSRC
announced in February 2012 the formation of the National Graphene
Graphene
Institute. The University of Manchester
Manchester
is the "single supplier invited to submit a proposal for funding the new £45m institute, £38m of which will be provided by the government" – ( EPSRC
EPSRC
& Technology Strategy Board).[28] In 2013, an additional £23 million of funding from European Regional Development Fund was awarded to the institute taking investment to £61 million.[29] In August 2012, it was announced that the university's Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences had been chosen to be the "hub" location for a new BP International Centre for Advanced Materials, as part of a $100 million initiative to create industry-changing materials.[30][31] The centre will be aimed at advancing fundamental understanding and use of materials across a variety of oil and gas industrial applications and will be modelled on a hub and spoke structure, with the hub located at Manchester, and the spokes based at the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[32] Campus[edit] The university's main site contains most of its facilities and is often referred to as campus, however Manchester
Manchester
is not a campus university as the concept is commonly understood. It is centrally located in the city and its buildings are integrated into the fabric of Manchester, with non-university buildings and major roads between. The campus occupies an area shaped roughly like a boot: the foot of which is aligned roughly south-west to north-east and is joined to the broader southern part of the boot by an area of overlap between former UMIST
UMIST
and former VUM buildings;[33] it comprises two parts:

North campus or Sackville Street Campus, centred on Sackville Street South campus or Oxford Road Campus, centred on Oxford Road.

The names are not officially recognised by the university, but are commonly used, including in parts of its website and roughly correspond to the campuses of the old UMIST
UMIST
and Victoria University respectively. Fallowfield Campus
Fallowfield Campus
is the main residential campus in Fallowfield, approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) south of the main site. There are other university buildings across the city and the wider region, such as Jodrell Bank Observatory
Jodrell Bank Observatory
in Cheshire and One Central Park in Moston, a collaboration between the university and other partners which offers office space for start-up firms and venues for conferences and workshops,[34] Major projects[edit]

The atrium inside the £38m Manchester
Manchester
Institute of Biotechnology

Following the merger, the university embarked on a £600 million programme of capital investment, to deliver eight new buildings and 15 major refurbishment projects by 2010, partly financed by a sale of unused assets.[35] These include:

£60 m Flagship University Place building (new) £56 m Alan Turing
Alan Turing
Building houses Mathematics, replaced Mathematics Tower. Home to the Photon Sciences Institute and the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (new) £50 m Life Sciences Research Building (A. V. Hill Building) (new) £38 m Manchester
Manchester
Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) (new) £33 m Life Sciences and Medical and Human Sciences Building (Michael Smith Building) (new) £31 m Humanities Building – now officially called the "Arthur Lewis Building" (new) £20 m Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre
Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre
(WMIC) (new) £18 m Re-location of School of Pharmacy £17 m John Rylands
John Rylands
Library, Deansgate
Deansgate
(extension & refurbishment of existing building) £13 m Chemistry Building £10 m Functional Biology Building

Old Quadrangle[edit] The buildings around the Old Quadrangle date from the time of Owens College, and were designed in a Gothic style by Alfred Waterhouse
Alfred Waterhouse
and his son Paul Waterhouse. The first to be built was the John Owens Building (1873), formerly the Main Building; the others were added over the next thirty years. Today, the museum continues to occupy part of one side, including the tower. The grand setting of the Whitworth Hall is used for the conferment of degrees, and part of the old Christie Library (1898) now houses Christie's Bistro. The remainder of the buildings house administrative departments. The less easily accessed Rear Quadrangle, dating mostly from 1873, is older in its completed form than the Old Quadrangle. Contact[edit]

The Contact Theatre

Main article: Contact Theatre Contact stages modern live performance for all ages, and participatory workshops primarily for young people aged 13 to 30. The building on Devas Street was completed in 1999 incorporating parts of its 1960s predecessor.[36] It has a unique energy-efficient ventilation system, using its high towers to naturally ventilate the building without the use of air conditioning. The colourful and curvaceous interior houses three performance spaces, a lounge bar and Hot Air, a reactive public artwork in the foyer.

A map of the university campus, with all buildings labelled.

Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre[edit] Main articles: Manchester
Manchester
Conference Centre and Chancellors Hotel & Conference Centre

Chancellors Hotel & Conference Centre

The Chancellors Hotel & Conference Centre was built around The Firs, a house built in 1850 for Sir Joseph Whitworth
Sir Joseph Whitworth
by Edward Walters, who also designed Manchester's Free Trade Hall. Whitworth used the house as a social, political and business base, entertaining radicals such as John Bright, Richard Cobden, William Forster and T.H. Huxley at the time of the Reform Bill
Reform Bill
of 1867. Whitworth, credited with raising the art of machine-tool building to a previously unknown level, supported the Mechanics Institute
Mechanics Institute
– the birthplace of UMIST – and was a founder the Manchester
Manchester
School of Design. Whilst living there, Whitworth used land at the rear (now the site of the University's botanical glasshouses) for testing his "Whitworth rifle". In 1882, The Firs was leased to C.P. Scott, editor of the Manchester Guardian and after Scott's death became the property of Owens College. It was the Vice-Chancellor's residence until 1991. The house now forms the western wing of the Chancellors Hotel & Conference Centre. The eastern wing houses the circular Flowers Theatre, six conference rooms and most of the hotel's bedrooms. Other notable buildings[edit] Other notable buildings in the Oxford Road Campus include the Stephen Joseph Studio, a former German Protestant church and the Samuel Alexander Building, a grade II listed building[37] erected in 1919 and home of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures. Organisation and administration[edit] Faculties and schools[edit] The University of Manchester
Manchester
was divided into four faculties, but from 1 August 2016 it was restructured into three faculties, each sub-divided into schools. On 25 June 2015 Manchester
Manchester
University announced the results of a review of the position of life sciences as a separate faculty. As a result of this review the Faculty of Life Sciences was to be dismantled, most of its personnel to be incorporated into a single medical/biological faculty, with a substantial minority being incorporated into a science and engineering faculty. Faculty of Biology Medicine and Health[edit]

Old Medical School on Coupland Street (photographed in 1908), which now houses the School of Dentistry

The faculty is divided into the School of Biological Sciences, the School of Medical Sciences and the School of Health Sciences. Biological Sciences have been taught at Manchester
Manchester
as far back as the foundation of Owens College
Owens College
in 1851. At UMIST, biological teaching and research began in 1959, with the creation of a Biochemistry department.[38] The present school, though unitary for teaching, is divided into a number of sections for research purposes. The medical college was established in 1874 and is one of the largest in the country,[39] with more than 400 medical students trained in each clinical year and more than 350 students in the pre-clinical/phase 1 years. The university is a founding partner of the Manchester
Manchester
Academic Health Science Centre, established to focus high-end healthcare research in Greater Manchester.[40] In 1883, a department of pharmacy was established at the university and, in 1904, Manchester
Manchester
became the first British university to offer an honours degree in the subject. The School of Pharmacy[41] benefits from links with Manchester
Manchester
Royal Infirmary and Wythenshawe and Hope hospitals providing its undergraduate students with hospital experience.[42] The Pharmacy School's Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) is considered a centre of excellence.[43] Manchester
Manchester
Dental School was rated the country's best dental school by Times Higher Education in 2010 and 2011[44] and it is one of the best funded because of its emphasis on research and enquiry-based learning approach. The university has obtained multimillion-pound backing to maintain its high standard of dental education.[45] The University Dental Hospital of Manchester
Manchester
is part of Central Manchester
Manchester
University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It was established in 1884 in association with the School of Medicine at Owens College. In 1905 the university established a degree and a diploma in dental surgery (first awarded in 1909 and 1908 respectively).[46] Faculty of Science and Engineering[edit]

The Grade I listed Lovell Telescope
Lovell Telescope
at Jodrell Bank Observatory.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering comprises the schools of Chemical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
and Analytical Science;Chemistry; Computer Science; Earth and Environmental Science; Physics and Astronomy; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Materials; Mathematics; and Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering. The Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics
Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics
comprises the university's astronomical academic staff in Manchester
Manchester
and Jodrell Bank Observatory on rural land near Goostrey, about ten miles (16 km) west of Macclesfield
Macclesfield
away from the lights of Greater Manchester. The observatory's Lovell Telescope, named after Sir Bernard Lovell, a professor at the Victoria University of Manchester
Victoria University of Manchester
who first proposed the telescope. Constructed in the 1950s, it is the third largest fully movable radio telescope in the world. It has played an important role in the research of quasars, pulsars and gravitational lenses, and in confirming Einstein's theory of General Relativity. Faculty of Humanities[edit] The Faculty of Humanities includes the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (incorporating Archaeology; Art History & Visual Studies; Classics and Ancient History; Drama; English and American Studies; History; Linguistics; Modern Languages; Museology; Music; Religions and Theology and the University Language Centre) and the Schools of Combined Studies; Education; Environment and Development; Architecture; Law; Social Sciences and the Manchester
Manchester
Business School. The Faculty of Humanities also jointly administers the Manchester School of Architecture (MSA) in conjunction with Manchester Metropolitan University and MSA students are classified as students of both universities. Additionally, the faculty comprises a number of research institutes: the Centre for New Writing, the Institute for Social Change, the Brooks World Poverty Institute, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, the Manchester
Manchester
Institute for Innovation Research, the Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures, the Centre for Chinese Studies, the Institute for Development Policy and Management, the Centre for Equity in Education and the Sustainable Consumption Institute.

The university's Whitworth Hall.

Finances[edit] In the financial year ending 31 July 2011, the University of Manchester
Manchester
had a total income of £808.58 million (2009/10 – £787.9 million) and total expenditure of £754.51 million (2009/10 – £764.55 million).[1] Key sources of income included £247.28 million from tuition fees and education contracts (2009/10 – £227.75 million), £203.22 million from funding body grants (2009/10 – £209.02 million), £196.24 million from research grants and contracts (2009/10 – £194.6 million) and £14.84 million from endowment and investment income (2009/10 – £11.38 million).[1] During the 2010/11 financial year the University of Manchester
Manchester
had a capital expenditure of £57.42 million (2009/10 – £37.95 million).[1] At year end the University of Manchester
Manchester
had endowments of £158.7 million (2009/10 – £144.37 million) and total net assets of £731.66 million (2009/10 – £677.12 million).[1] Academic profile[edit] The University of Manchester
Manchester
has the largest number of full-time students in the UK, unless the University of London's colleges are counted as a single university. It teaches more academic subjects than any other British university. Well-known figures among the university's current academic staff include computer scientist Steve Furber, economist Richard Nelson,[47] novelist Jeanette Winterson[48] (who succeeded Colm Tóibín
Colm Tóibín
in 2012)[49] and biochemist Sir John Sulston, Nobel laureate of 2002. Research[edit] The University of Manchester
Manchester
is a major centre for research and a member of the Russell Group
Russell Group
of leading British research universities.[50] In the first national assessment of higher education research since the university's founding, the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, the university was ranked third in terms of research power (after Cambridge and Oxford) and sixth for grade point average quality among multi-faculty institutions[51] (eighth when including specialist institutions)[52] Manchester
Manchester
has the fifth largest research income of any British university (after Oxford, Imperial, UCL and Cambridge).[53] (these five universities have been informally referred to as the "golden diamond" of research-intensive UK institutions).[54] Manchester
Manchester
has a strong record in terms of securing funding from the three main UK research councils, EPSRC, MRC and BBSRC, being ranked fifth,[55] seventh[56] and first[57] respectively. In addition, the university is one of the richest in the UK in terms of income and interest from endowments: a recent estimate placed it third, surpassed only by Oxford and Cambridge.[58] Despite recent severe cuts in higher education Manchester
Manchester
remains at second place behind Oxford nationally in terms of total recurrent grants allocated by the HEFCE.[59] Historically, Manchester
Manchester
has been linked with high scientific achievement: the university and its constituent former institutions combined had 25 Nobel laureates among their students and staff, the third largest number of any single university in the United Kingdom (after Oxford and Cambridge) and the ninth largest of any university in Europe. Furthermore, according to an academic poll two of the top ten discoveries by university academics and researchers were made at the university (namely the first working computer and the contraceptive pill).[60] The university currently employs four Nobel Prize winners amongst its staff, more than any other in the UK.[61] The Langworthy Professorship, an endowed chair at the University's School of Physics and Astronomy, has been historically given to a long line of academic luminaries, including Ernest Rutherford
Ernest Rutherford
(1907–19), Lawrence Bragg (1919–37), Patrick Blackett (1937–53) and more recently Konstantin Novoselov, all of whom have won the Nobel Prize. In 2013 Manchester
Manchester
was given the Regius Professorship in Physics, the only one of its kind in the UK; the current holder is Andre Geim. University of Manchester
Manchester
Library[edit]

The Grade-I listed John Rylands Library
John Rylands Library
on Deansgate

Main article: University of Manchester
Manchester
Library The University of Manchester
Manchester
Library is the largest non-legal deposit library in the UK and the third-largest academic library after those of Oxford and Cambridge.[62] It has the largest collection of electronic resources of any library in the UK.[62] The John Rylands
John Rylands
Library, founded in memory of John Rylands
John Rylands
by his wife Enriqueta Augustina Rylands
Enriqueta Augustina Rylands
as an independent institution, is situated in a Victorian Gothic
Victorian Gothic
building on Deansgate, in the city centre. It houses an important collection of historic books and other printed materials, manuscripts, including archives and papyri. The papyri are in ancient languages and include the oldest extant New Testament document, Rylands Library Papyrus P52, commonly known as the St John Fragment. In April 2007 the Deansgate
Deansgate
site reopened to readers and the public after major improvements and renovations, including the construction of the pitched roof originally intended and a new wing. Collections[edit] Manchester
Manchester
Museum[edit]

The entrance to the Manchester
Manchester
Museum

Main article: Manchester
Manchester
Museum The Manchester
Manchester
Museum holds nearly 4.25 million[63] items sourced from many parts of the world. The collections include butterflies and carvings from India, birds and bark-cloth from the Pacific, live frogs and ancient pottery from America, fossils and native art from Australia, mammals and ancient Egyptian craftsmanship from Africa, plants, coins and minerals from Europe, art from past civilisations of the Mediterranean, and beetles, armour and archery from Asia. In November 2004, the museum acquired a cast of a fossilised Tyrannosaurus
Tyrannosaurus
rex called "Stan". The museum's first collections were assembled in 1821 by the Manchester
Manchester
Society of Natural History, and subsequently expanded by the addition of the collections of Manchester
Manchester
Geological Society. Due to the society's financial difficulties and on the advice of evolutionary biologist Thomas Huxley, Owens College
Owens College
accepted responsibility for the collections in 1867. The college commissioned Alfred Waterhouse, architect of London's Natural History
Natural History
Museum, to design a museum on a site in Oxford Road to house the collections for the benefit of students and the public. The Manchester
Manchester
Museum was opened to the public in 1888.[64] Whitworth Art Gallery[edit] Main article: Whitworth Art Gallery

The Whitworth Art Gallery

The Whitworth Art Gallery
Whitworth Art Gallery
houses collections of internationally famous British watercolours, textiles and wallpapers, modern and historic prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture. It contains 31,000 items in its collection. A programme of temporary exhibitions runs throughout the year and the Mezzanine Court displays sculpture. The gallery was founded by Robert Darbishire with a donation from Sir Joseph Whitworth in 1889, as The Whitworth Institute and Park. In 1959 the gallery became part of the Victoria University of Manchester.[65] In October 1995 the Mezzanine Court in the centre of the building was opened. It was designed to display sculptures and won a RIBA regional award.[citation needed] Rankings and reputation[edit]

Rankings

Global rankings

ARWU[66] (2017, world) 38

ARWU[67] (2017, national) 6

CWTS Leiden[68] (2017, world) 61

QS[69] (2018, world) 34

QS[70] (2018, national) 7

THE[71] (2018, world) 54=

THE[72] (2018, national) 8

National rankings

Complete[73] (2018, national) 22

The Guardian[74] (2018, national) 28

Times/Sunday Times[75] (2018, national) 25

British Government assessment

Teaching Excellence Framework[76] Silver

In an employability ranking published by Emerging in 2015, where CEOs and chairmen were asked to select the top universities they recruited from, Manchester
Manchester
was placed 24th in the world and 5th nationally.[77] The Global Employability University Ranking conducted by THE places Manchester
Manchester
at 27th worldwide and 10th in Europe, ahead of academic powerhouses such as Cornell, UPenn and LSE.[78] In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework,[79] Manchester
Manchester
came fifth in terms of research power and seventeenth for grade point average quality when including specialist institutions.[80][81] According to the 2017 High Fliers Report, Manchester
Manchester
is the second most targeted university by the largest number of leading graduate employers in the UK.[82] According to The Sunday Times, " Manchester
Manchester
has a formidable reputation spanning most disciplines, but most notably in the life sciences, engineering, humanities, economics, sociology and the social sciences".[83] As of 2016, Manchester
Manchester
is ranked as the 8th, 10th and 49th most reputable university in the UK, Europe and the world respectively.[84] Manchester
Manchester
was also given a prestigious award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts by the Times Higher Education Awards 2010.[85] The QS World University Rankings
QS World University Rankings
2016-17 placed Manchester
Manchester
29th in the world.[86] The Academic Ranking of World Universities
Academic Ranking of World Universities
2016 ranked Manchester
Manchester
5th in the UK and 35th in the world. Manchester
Manchester
is ranked 56th in the world (and 8th in the UK) in the 2016 Round University Ranking.[87] In 2011, the Manchester
Manchester
Business School was ranked 29th worldwide (4th nationally) by the Financial Times in its Global MBA ranking.[88] More recently, Alliance Manchester
Manchester
Business is named the 3rd, 10th and 30th Business School in UK, Europe and the World by the Financial Times in its 2017 global MBA ranking.[89] However, while world rankings (such as QS, ARWU, THE) typically place the university within the top 10 in the UK, in national studies the university ranks less favourably. In The Sunday Times
The Sunday Times
10-year (1998–2007) average ranking of British universities based on consistent league table performance, Manchester
Manchester
was ranked 17th overall in the UK.[90] The Times/Sunday Times 'Good University Guide 2015' ranked Manchester
Manchester
28th out of universities in the UK, 'The Complete University Guide 2016' placed it at 28th, whilst 'The Guardian University Guide 2016' ranked Manchester
Manchester
at 29th in the UK. This apparent paradox is mainly a reflection of the different ranking methodologies employed by each listing: global rankings focus on research and international reputation, whereas national rankings are largely based on entry standards, graduate prospects and student satisfaction with teaching at the university.[91] Admissions[edit]

UCAS
UCAS
Admission Statistics

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013

Applications[92] 63,950 63,570 63,980 61,285 55,870

Offer Rate (%)[93] 70.1 72.4 73.4 72.6 72.6

Enrols[94] 8,315 8,705 9,330 9,040 8,605

Yield (%) 18.5 18.9 19.9 20.3 21.2

Applicant/Enrolled Ratio 7.69 7.30 6.86 6.78 6.49

Average Entry Tariff[73] n/a n/a 431 435 433

More students apply to Manchester
Manchester
than to any other university in the country, with more than 55,000 applications for undergraduate courses in 2014 resulting in 6.5 applicants for every available place.[83][95] Manchester
Manchester
had the 17th highest average entry qualification for undergraduates of any UK university in 2015, with new students averaging 431 UCAS
UCAS
points,[96] equivalent to just above A*AAb or ABBab in A-level grades. In 2015, the university gave offers of admission to 73.4% of its applicants, the 10th lowest amongst the Russell Group.[97] 17.2% of Manchester's undergraduates are privately educated, the 23rd highest proportion amongst mainstream British universities.[98] In the 2016-17 academic year, the university had a domicile breakdown of 67:6:27 of UK:EU:non-EU students respectively with a female to male ratio of 53:47.[99] Manchester
Manchester
University Press[edit] Main article: Manchester
Manchester
University Press Manchester
Manchester
University Press is the university's academic publishing house. It publishes academic monographs, textbooks and journals, most of which are works from authors based elsewhere in the international academic community, and is the third-largest university press in England after Oxford University
Oxford University
Press and Cambridge University
Cambridge University
Press. Student life[edit] Students' union[edit]

The students' union building on Oxford Road

Main article: University of Manchester
Manchester
Students' Union The University of Manchester
Manchester
Students' Union is the representative body of students at the university and the UK's largest students' union. It was formed out of the merger between UMIST
UMIST
Students' Association and University of Manchester
Manchester
Union when the parent organisations UMIST
UMIST
and the Victoria University of Manchester
Victoria University of Manchester
merged on 1 October 2004. Unlike many other students' unions in the UK, it does not have a president, but is run by an eight-member executive team who share joint responsibility. Sport[edit]

The University's Boat Club is one of many Athletic Union Clubs that Manchester
Manchester
offers.[100]

The University of Manchester
Manchester
operates sports clubs via the Athletics Union while student societies are operated by the Students' Union. The university has more than 80 health and fitness classes while over 3,000 students are members of the 44 various Athletic Union clubs. The sports societies vary widely in their level and scope. Many more popular sports operate several university teams and departmental teams which compete in leagues against other teams within the university. Teams include: lacrosse, korfball, dodgeball, hockey, rugby league, rugby union, football, basketball, netball and cricket. The Manchester Aquatics Centre, the swimming pool used for the Manchester Commonwealth Games is on the campus. The university competes annually in 28 different sports against Leeds and Liverpool universities in the Christie Cup, which Manchester
Manchester
has won for seven consecutive years.[101] The university has achieved success in the BUCS (British University & College Sports) competitions, with its men's water polo 1st team winning the national championships (2009, 2010, 2011) under the tutelage of coach Andy Howard.[102] It was positioned in eighth place in the overall BUCS rankings for 2009/10[103] The Christie Cup is an inter-university competition between Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester
Manchester
in numerous sports since 1886. After the Oxford and Cambridge rivalry, the Christie's Championships is the oldest Inter–University competition on the sporting calendar: the cup was a benefaction of Richard Copley Christie. Every year elite sportsmen and sportswomen are selected for membership of the XXI Club, a society formed in 1932 to promote sporting excellence at the university. Most members have gained a Full Maroon for representing the university and many have excelled at a British Universities or National level. University Challenge
University Challenge
quiz programme[edit] In the eight years up to 2013 Manchester
Manchester
has won the BBC2 quiz programme University Challenge
University Challenge
four times, drawing equal with Magdalen College, Oxford, for the highest number of series wins.[104] Since merging as the University of Manchester, the university has consistently reached the latter stages of the competition, progressing to at least the semi-finals every year since 2005.[105] In 2006, Manchester
Manchester
beat Trinity Hall, Cambridge, to record the university's first win in the competition. The next year, the university finished in second place after losing to the University of Warwick in the final. In 2009, the team battled hard in the final against Corpus Christi College, Oxford. At the gong, the score was 275 to 190 in favour of Corpus Christi College after a winning performance from Gail Trimble. However, the title was eventually given to the University of Manchester
Manchester
after it was discovered that Corpus Christi team member Sam Kay had graduated eight months before the final was broadcast, so the team was disqualified. Manchester
Manchester
reached the semi-finals in the 2010 competition before being beaten by Emmanuel College, Cambridge. The university did not enter the 2011 series for an unknown reason. However, Manchester
Manchester
did enter a year later and won University Challenge
University Challenge
2012.[105] Manchester has since defended its title to win University Challenge
University Challenge
2013, beating University College London, 190 to 140. Overseas students[edit] The University of Manchester
Manchester
attracts thousands of international students coming from 154 countries around the world.[106] Student housing[edit]

Ashburne Hall, a catered accommodation offered mainly to undergraduate students, though some places are reserved for postgraduate students

Before they merged, the two former universities had for some time been sharing their residential facilities. City Campus[edit] Whitworth Park Halls of Residence[edit] Whitworth Park Halls of Residence
Whitworth Park Halls of Residence
is owned by the University of Manchester
Manchester
and houses 1,085 students.[107][108] It is notable for its triangular shaped accommodation blocks which gave rise to the nickname of "Toblerones", after the chocolate bar. Their designer took inspiration from a hill created from excavated soil which had been left in 1962 from an archaeological dig led by John Gater. A consequence of the triangular design was a reduced cost for the construction company. A deal struck between the university and Manchester
Manchester
City Council meant the council would pay for the roofs of all student residential buildings in the area, Allan Pluen's team is believed to have saved thousands on the final cost of the halls. They were built in the mid-1970s.

Dilworth House, one of the Whitworth Park halls of residence

The site of the halls was previously occupied by many small streets whose names have been preserved in the names of the halls. Grove House is an older building that has been used by the university for many different purposes over the last sixty years. Its first occupants in 1951 were the Appointments Board and the Manchester
Manchester
University Press.[109] The shops in Thorncliffe Place were part of the same plan and include banks and a convenience store. Notable people associated with the halls include Friedrich Engels, whose residence is commemorated by a blue plaque on Aberdeen House; the physicist Brian Cox; and Irene Khan, Secretary General of Amnesty International.[110] Sackville Street[edit] The former UMIST
UMIST
Campus has five halls of residence near to Sackville Street building (Weston, Lambert, Fairfield, Chandos, and Wright Robinson), and several other halls within a 5–15-minute walk, such as the Grosvenor group of halls.

Other accommodation

Moberly Tower has been demolished. Other residences include Vaughn House, once the home of the clergy serving the Church of the Holy Name, and George Kenyon Hall at University Place; Crawford House and Devonshire House adjacent to the Manchester
Manchester
Business School and Victoria Hall on Upper Brook Street. Victoria Park Campus[edit] Victoria Park Campus comprises several halls of residence. Among these are St. Anselm Hall
St. Anselm Hall
with Canterbury Court and Pankhurst Court, Dalton-Ellis Hall, Hulme Hall (including Burkhardt House), St Gabriel's Hall and Opal Gardens Hall. St. Anselm Hall
St. Anselm Hall
is the only all-male hall in the United Kingdom. Fallowfield
Fallowfield
Campus[edit] The Fallowfield
Fallowfield
Campus, 2 miles (3.2 km) south of the Oxford Road Campus is the largest of the university's residential campuses. The Owens Park
Owens Park
group of halls with a landmark tower is at its centre, while Oak House is another hall of residence. Woolton Hall is next to Oak House. Allen Hall is a traditional hall near Ashburne Hall (Sheavyn House being annexed to Ashburne). Richmond Park is a recent addition to the campus. Notable people[edit] Main article: List of University of Manchester
Manchester
people Many notable people have worked or studied at one or both of the two former institutions that now form the University of Manchester, including 25 Nobel prize
Nobel prize
laureates. Some of the best-known are: John Dalton (founder of modern atomic theory), Ernest Rutherford
Ernest Rutherford
who proved the nuclear nature of the atom whilst working at Manchester, Ludwig Wittgenstein (considered one of the most significant philosophers of the 20th century, who studied for a doctorate in engineering), George E. Davis (founder of the discipline of Chemical Engineering), Marie Stopes (pioneer of birth control and campaigner for women's rights), Bernard Lovell
Bernard Lovell
(a pioneer of radio astronomy), Alan Turing
Alan Turing
(one of the founders of computer science and artificial intelligence), Tom Kilburn and Frederic Calland Williams (who developed Small-Scale Experimental Machine (SSEM) or "Baby", the world's first stored-program computer at Victoria University of Manchester
Victoria University of Manchester
in 1948), Irene Khan
Irene Khan
(former Secretary General of Amnesty International), physicist and television presenter Brian Cox, the author Anthony Burgess
Anthony Burgess
and Robert Bolt (two times Academy Award
Academy Award
winner and three times Golden Globe
Golden Globe
winner for writing the screenplay for Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago). A number of politicians are associated with the university, including the current presidents of the Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland
and the Somaliland region of Somalia
Somalia
and prime ministers of Palestine and Iraq, as well as several ministers in the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Canada and Singapore. The vice president of Tanzania (November 2015 – present), Samia Hassan Suluhu, also attended the University of Manchester. Chaim Weizmann, a senior lecturer at the university, was also the first President of Israel. The university educated some of the leading figures of Alternative Comedy: Ben Elton, Ade Edmonson
Ade Edmonson
and Rik Mayall. Additionally, a number of well-known actors have studied at the university, including Benedict Cumberbatch, who most notably portrays Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
in the TV series Sherlock, as well as playing the role of Manchester's own Alan Turing
Alan Turing
in the 2014 Oscar-winning biopic The Imitation Game. Nobel prize
Nobel prize
winners[edit] The University of Manchester, inclusive of its predecessor institutions, numbers 25 Nobel Prize recipients amongst its current and former staff and students, with some of the most important discoveries of the modern age having been made in Manchester. Manchester
Manchester
University has the fourth largest number of Nobel laureates in the UK, only Cambridge, Oxford and UCL having a greater number. Chemistry

Ernest Rutherford
Ernest Rutherford
(awarded Nobel prize
Nobel prize
in 1908), for his investigations into the disintegration of the elements and the chemistry of radioactive substances. Arthur Harden
Arthur Harden
(awarded Nobel prize
Nobel prize
in 1929), for investigations on the fermentation of sugar and fermentative enzymes. Walter Haworth
Walter Haworth
(awarded Nobel prize
Nobel prize
in 1937), for his investigations on carbohydrates and vitamin C. George de Hevesy
George de Hevesy
(awarded Nobel prize
Nobel prize
in 1943), for his work on the use of isotopes as tracers in the study of chemical processes. Robert Robinson (awarded Nobel prize
Nobel prize
in 1947), for his investigations on plant products of biological importance, especially the alkaloids. Alexander Todd (awarded Nobel prize
Nobel prize
in 1957), for his work on nucleotides and nucleotide co-enzymes. Melvin Calvin
Melvin Calvin
(awarded Nobel prize
Nobel prize
in 1961), for his research on the carbon dioxide assimilation in plants. John Charles Polanyi (awarded Nobel prize
Nobel prize
in 1986), for his contributions concerning the dynamics of chemical elementary processes. Michael Smith (awarded Nobel prize
Nobel prize
in 1993), for his fundamental contributions to the establishment of oligonucleotide-based, site-directed mutagenesis and its development for protein studies.

Physics

Joseph John (J. J.) Thomson (awarded Nobel prize
Nobel prize
in 1906), in recognition of his theoretical and experimental investigations on the conduction of electricity by gases. William Lawrence Bragg
William Lawrence Bragg
(awarded Nobel prize
Nobel prize
in 1915), for his services in the analysis of crystal structure by means of X-rays. Niels Bohr
Niels Bohr
(awarded Nobel prize
Nobel prize
in 1922), for his fundamental contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum mechanics. Charles Thomson Rees (C. T. R.) Wilson (awarded Nobel prize
Nobel prize
in 1927), for his method of making the paths of electrically charged particles visible by condensation of vapour. James Chadwick
James Chadwick
(awarded Nobel prize
Nobel prize
in 1935), for the discovery of the neutron. Patrick M. Blackett (awarded Nobel prize
Nobel prize
in 1948), for developing cloud chamber and confirming/discovering positron. Sir John Douglas Cockcroft
Sir John Douglas Cockcroft
(awarded Nobel prize
Nobel prize
in 1951), for his pioneer work on the splitting of atomic nuclei by artificially accelerated atomic particles and also for his contribution to modern nuclear power. Hans Bethe
Hans Bethe
(awarded Nobel prize
Nobel prize
in 1967), for his contributions to the theory of nuclear reactions, especially his discoveries concerning the energy production in stars. Nevill Francis Mott (awarded Nobel prize
Nobel prize
in 1977), for his fundamental theoretical investigations of the electronic structure of magnetic and disordered systems. Andre Geim
Andre Geim
and Konstantin Novoselov
Konstantin Novoselov
(awarded Nobel prize
Nobel prize
in 2010), for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene.[111]

Physiology and Medicine

Archibald Vivian Hill
Archibald Vivian Hill
(awarded Nobel prize
Nobel prize
in 1922), for his discovery relating to the production of heat in muscle. One of the founders of the diverse disciplines of biophysics and operations research. Sir John Sulston
John Sulston
(awarded Nobel prize
Nobel prize
in 2002), for his discoveries concerning 'genetic regulation of organ development and programmed cell death'. In 2007, Sulston was announced as Chair of the newly founded Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation
Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation
(iSEI) at the University of Manchester.[112]

Economics

John Hicks (awarded Nobel prize
Nobel prize
in 1972), for his pioneering contributions to general economic equilibrium theory and welfare theory. Sir Arthur Lewis
Sir Arthur Lewis
(awarded Nobel prize
Nobel prize
in 1979), for his pioneering research into economic development research with particular consideration of the problems of developing countries. Joseph E. Stiglitz
Joseph E. Stiglitz
(awarded Nobel prize
Nobel prize
in 2001), for his analyses of markets with asymmetric information. Currently heads the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI) at the University of Manchester.

See also[edit]

Third-oldest university in England debate

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