The University of Manchester is a prestigious institution of learning in the UK, located in the city of Manchester, and is the first of the six famous “red brick universities”, as well as one of the founding members of the Russell Group of Universities, the UK’s “Ivy League”. Since its establishment, the University of Manchester has had 25 alumni who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and three of its current staff are Nobel Prize winners. The University enjoys a high international academic reputation and is ranked as one of the world’s top universities.
In addition to the honours brought to Manchester by individuals, the University of Manchester as a whole has also received numerous awards and recognition. Currently, the University of Manchester is the university with the second highest number of Queen’s Anniversary Prizes, after Oxford University. Meanwhile, the University of Manchester is ranked 30th in the world in the 2014/15 QS World University Rankings and 49th in the USNEWS Global University Rankings, making it an internationally recognisable university.
In addition, the University of Manchester has many alumni who are active in a wide range of fields around the world, and their influence should not be underestimated. From politics and business to academia and cultural festivals, many of the biggest names in the world have graduated from the University of Manchester and are deeply marked by its alumni. Whilst many factors contribute to an individual’s success, there is still a strong relationship with the training provided by their alma mater. There is also an abundance of talent amongst famous Chinese alumni, which not only serves as an inspiration to Chinese students at this university but also offers more possibilities for future networking.
The University of Manchester is now the result of a merger between the Manchester Polytechnic University and the Victoria University of Manchester, so the history of the University of Manchester begins with the establishment of the Manchester Mechanics’ Institute in 1824, which was the predecessor of the Manchester Polytechnic. Don’t look at the name as very low-profile, in fact in more than a hundred years has trained many Nobel Prize-level scientists and academic masters.
The history of Victoria University of Manchester is a little more complicated. Founded in 1851, the predecessor of the Victoria University of Manchester was Owens College, named after the donor, textile merchant Mr John Owens, and then the University College of Liverpool and Yorkshire College in Leeds joined the Victoria University in 1884 and 1887 respectively. But it was not long before the University College of Liverpool and the College at Leeds split off around the same time, becoming the University of Liverpool and the University of Leeds separately. The part in Manchester was the Victoria University of Manchester, which then slowly developed into a leading research university in the UK.
In October 2004, Manchester Polytechnic University and Victoria University of Manchester official merger, a strong combination of the current University of Manchester, whose motto is “Cognitio, Sapientia, Humanitas”, the English for “Knowledge, Wisdom, Humanity”, translated into Chinese as “Knowledge, Wisdom, Humanity”.
Specialisms at the University of Manchester
As a comprehensive university, the University of Manchester has a wide range of academic programs and is well-known in a variety of subject areas.
There are currently four academic bodies, namely the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Life Sciences and the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences. Each of these faculties is divided into several sub-faculties as follows:
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences: School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, School of Chemistry, School of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences: School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, School of Chemistry, School of Computer Science, School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, School of Materials, School of Mathematics, School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, School of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Life Sciences.
There is a School of Life Sciences under the Faculty of Life Sciences;
Faculty of Humanities: School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, School of Environment, Education and Development, School of Law, Manchester Business School, School of Social Sciences, School of Business and Economics. Faculty of Humanities: School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, School of Environment, Education and Development, School of Law, Manchester Business
Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences: School of Dentistry, Manchester Medical School, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, Manchester Pharmacy School, School of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, School of Medicine, School of Medicine, School of Medicine, School of Medicine, School of Medicine, School of Medicine, School of Medicine Pharmacy School, School of Psychological Sciences, Institute of Brain, Behaviour and Mental Health, Institute of Cancer Sciences, Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, Institute of Human Development, Institute of Inflammation and Repair, Institute of Population Health.
Across all disciplines, Business, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Materials, Electronics, Computing, Biology, Medicine, Pharmaceuticals, Economics, Mathematics, Law, Drama and Music have long been strong subjects at the University of Manchester, and in the latest CUG rankings for example, 20 subjects made it into the top 10 of the UK university subject rankings in 2015, and they are: Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering, American Studies, Anatomy & Physiology, Anthropology, Aural & Oral Sciences, Building, Chemical Engineering, Dentistry, East & South Asian Studies, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Iberian Languages, Marketing, Medicine, Middle Eastern & African Studies, Music, and Nursing. African Studies, Music, Nursing, Ophthalmics, Pharmacology & Pharmacy, Russian & East European Languages, Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design. Design.
Among the many excellent colleges, Manchester’s Business School deserves special mention. As one of the first two business schools established in the UK, Manchester Business School was once ranked in the top 10 business schools in the world. According to the 2015 Financial Times Global Business School MBA Rankings, Manchester Business School is ranked 5th in the UK, 12th in Europe and 35th in the world. On Forbes magazine’s ranking of the best international (non-US) two-year MBAs, Manchester Business School is ranked 4th in the world, and in 2014 and 2015 the Financial Times ranked Manchester Business School’s PhD programme 3rd in the world (and 1st in the world for three consecutive years from 2011-2013). Of course, this Doctoral Programme (including PhD and DBA) is also very difficult to get into, with an average acceptance rate of only 7 – 9% per year, making it quite competitive.
Rankings and data about the University of Manchester
As each ranking list has a different focus and uses different impact factors, it would be unfair to look at a single ranking to fully evaluate a university. Of course, it is best to look at both international and national rankings together.
In the three most authoritative UK university rankings, the University of Manchester’s ranking is not as impressive as that of the World University Rankings, which is also due to the different emphasis on measurement. However, the University of Manchester’s outstanding results in the authoritative World University Rankings indicate that the University of Manchester enjoys a very high international reputation, which is a great advantage for students, especially international students.
The University of Manchester also performs very competitively in terms of employment. In the 2014-2015 Most Favoured Universities by Top Employers rankings released by High Flier Research, a UK graduate job market research organisation, the University of Manchester was ranked 1st in the UK, and is the only university to have remained in the top 3 in the UK in the 5 years since the rankings were released.
According to the information summarised in the University of Manchester feature on CUG, there were 37,925 students enrolled at the University of Manchester in the 2013-2014 academic year, with undergraduates accounting for 70% and postgraduates (including PhDs) accounting for 30%, and the percentages of men and women were 47% (men) and 53% (women). 67% of the students were from the UK, with 6% from other countries in Europe and 67 per cent of students are from the UK, 6 per cent from other European countries and 25 per cent from other countries and regions, with Chinese students being the largest international student group.