University of Manchester
A member of the Russell Group of British universities and a leading centre for research, the University of Manchester is a world-renowned institute set in one of the UK’s largest cities.
The largest single-site university in the UK, the University of Manchester was formed in 2004 when the University of Manchester’s Institute of Science and Technology and the Victoria University of Manchester merged. The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology was first founded in 1842, and today the combined university is regularly positioned in the top 50 of world rankings. Impressively, the university has 25 Nobel Prize laureates amongst its former staff and students, including four amongst its current staff.
Many famous faces have passed through the University of Manchester, including the actor Benedict Cumberbatch, the composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the comedy writers Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, the actor Toby Jones, the poet Sophie Hannah and the TV physicist Professor Brian Cox.
The university has a number of attractions open to the public. The Whitworth Art Gallery is home to more than 55,000 pieces of art, while the Manchester Museum has objects from ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt. The museum’s Egyptology collection is in fact one of the largest in the world with over 16,000 objects. Elsewhere on campus the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre features the 76-metre Lovell Telescope while the John Rylands Library is home to 250,000 printed volumes.
The city centre
One of the UK’s most vibrant cultural centres, there’s plenty to do in Manchester. Delve into the local area’s history in the Museum of Science and Industry or the Imperial War Museum North, catch up with culture in the Royal Exchange Theatre or in one of the city’s famous record shops, or watch live musical performances in the 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena.
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