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University of Manchester
Mathematics Tower, Oxford Road, Manchester 1985.jpg
Mathematics Tower, Oxford Road, 1985 (on left the Computer Building and further away the University Precinct Centre)
Cognitio, sapientia, humanitas
Type Public
Established 2004
Endowment £146 million
Chancellor Lemn Sissay MBE
Vice-Chancellor Dame Nancy Rothwell DBE FRS
Administrative staff
Students 39,165
Undergraduates 27,310
Postgraduates 11,850
Location ,
Campus Urban
Sports BUSA
University of Manchester - Whitworth Building
Whitworth Building, Oxford Road
The Manchester Museum
The Manchester Museum

The University of Manchester is a public university in Manchester, England. In 2007-08, it had over 40,000 students studying 500 academic programmes, and more than 10,000 staff and an annual income of £637 million. It is the largest single-campus University in the United Kingdom. The university was formed in 2004 by joining together the Victoria University of Manchester (founded 1851) and UMIST (founded 1824) and since then some of the buildings have been demolished and new ones built instead. These include University Place on the site of the former Mathematics Building (pictured right).

The former UMIST buildings are in the Sackville Street Campus and those of the former University of Manchester in the Oxford Road Campus. There is a residential campus further south in the suburb of Fallowfield. The earliest buildings of the university date from 1872 (west of Oxford Road) and they were occupied by Owens College in 1873. Since the 1950s the facilities for science and technology have occupied an area east of Oxford Road and the medical school was relocated there in the early 1970s.


  • Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health (formed in 2016 from the merger of the Faculties of Life Sciences, and Medical and Human Sciences)
    • School of Medicine, University of Manchester
  • Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities


  • Jodrell Bank Observatory
  • Whitworth Art Gallery
  • Manchester Museum, established in 1867, the museum is sited on Oxford Road among the Gothic Revival buildings of the university. It holds about six million items which come from all the continents and serves both as a resource for academic research and teaching and as a regional public museum.
  • Manchester University Press
  • Contact Theatre
  • Chancellors Hotel & Conference Centre


John Rylands Library from Deansgate, Manchester
The John Rylands Library

The John Rylands University Library is the library and information service for the university. It was formed in July 1972 from the merger of the library of the Victoria University of Manchester with the John Rylands Library. On 1 October 2004 it joined the library of the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (UMIST) on the merger of the two universities.

The main library is on the Oxford Road Campus of the University and the special collections are in the John Rylands Library, Deansgate, in the city centre. The Library is a National Research Library (an award of the Higher Education Funding Council for England): the only one in the north of England.

The campus map

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