30 Facts About Manchester University


University of Manchester is a public research university in Manchester, England.

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University of Manchester is considered a red brick university, a product of the civic university movement of the late 19th century.

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The current University of Manchester was formed in 2004 following the merger of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and the Victoria University of Manchester.

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University of Manchester is a member of the Russell Group, the N8 Group, and the worldwide Universities Research Association.

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Manchester University's trustees established Owens College in 1851 in a house on the corner of Quay Street and Byrom Street which had been the home of the philanthropist Richard Cobden, and subsequently housed Manchester County Court.

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Manchester University campaigned and helped fund the engineering chair, the first applied science department in the north of England.

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Manchester University left the college the equivalent of £10 million in his will in 1876, at a time when it was in great financial difficulty.

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Manchester University's will funded Engineering chairs and the Beyer Professor of Applied mathematics.

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Current University of Manchester was officially launched on 1 October 2004 when Queen Elizabeth II bestowed its royal charter.

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Manchester University's successor was Dame Nancy Rothwell, who had held a chair in physiology at the university since 1994.

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The University of 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" – .

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University's main site contains most of its facilities and is often referred to as the campus, however Manchester is not a campus university as the concept is commonly understood.

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University of Manchester was divided into four faculties, but from 1 August 2016 it was restructured into three faculties, each sub-divided into schools.

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On 25 June 2015, the University of Manchester announced the results of a review of the position of life sciences as a separate faculty.

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In 1883, a department of pharmacy was established at the university and, in 1904, Manchester became the first British university to offer an honours degree in the subject.

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University of Manchester is a major centre for research and a member of the Russell Group of leading British research universities.

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Manchester University has a strong record in terms of securing funding from the three main UK research councils, EPSRC, MRC and BBSRC, being ranked fifth, seventh and first respectively.

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University of Manchester has attracted the most research income from UK industry of any institution in the country.

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In 2013 Manchester University was given the Regius Professorship in Physics, the only one of its kind in the UK; the current holder is Andre Geim.

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University of Manchester Library is the largest non-legal deposit library in the UK and the third-largest academic library after those of Oxford and Cambridge.

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The University of Manchester was ranked 36th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

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Manchester University was given a prestigious award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts by the Times Higher Education Awards 2010.

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In 2022 The University of Manchester has been ranked at number 38 in the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities which ranks the world's leading higher education institutions.

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Annual rankings see Manchester University retain its top ten status as the 6th best institution in the UK and 8th in Europe, according to the ARWU.

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University of Manchester operates sports clubs through its athletics union while student societies are operated by the Students' Union.

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Manchester University has achieved success in the BUCS competitions, with its men's water polo 1st team winning the national championships under the tutelage of their coach Andy Howard.

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In 2006, Manchester beat Trinity Hall, Cambridge, to record the university's first win in the competition.

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Manchester University reached the semi-finals in the 2010 competition before being beaten by Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

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However, Manchester did enter a year later and won University Challenge 2012.

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Manchester University has the fourth largest number of Nobel laureates in the UK, only Cambridge, Oxford and UCL having a greater number.

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