The University of Manchester is Europe’s largest single site university, and has confirmed its place as one of the UK’s top-rated research institutions. The results of the UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), published in December 2008, reveal that the University has one of the most outstanding records for research in the country. Ranked third in terms of “research power”, its staff are conducting research judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent in a wide range of research areas, including oncology, biological sciences, engineering, pharmacy and development studies.
Manchester’s recognised breadth of research excellence marks the institution as one of the UK’s most interdisciplinary research universities with an exceptional record for generating and sharing new ideas and innovations.
With an annual income of more than £788 million the university makes a major contribution to the economic, social and cultural life of Manchester.
The University has a challenging agenda which will position it as one of the top 25 research intensive Universities in the world by 2015. Linked to this objective are targets to more than double the volume of research activity it carries out with external partners.
The University has embarked on the largest capital investment programme ever undertaken in UK higher education, with more than £400 million invested so far in state-of-the-art buildings, major refurbishments and public realm works. A further £250 million investment by 2015 will take the overall spend to more than £650 million.