Facts and figures

The University of Manchester’s facts and figures speak for themselves.

University of Manchester infographic: facts and figures
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We are among the largest single-site universities in the UK, with one of the biggest student communities. In total, 25 Nobel Prize winners have worked or studied here.

83% of our research was ranked as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' by the Research Excellence Framework in 2014.

And more than nine out of ten of our recent graduates go straight into employment or continued studies.

We are ranked 35th in the world in the 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities. We are also ranked seventh in Europe in the 2018 Reuters Top 100 Most Innovative Universities.

What's more, we're well underway with one of the biggest investments in facilities undertaken by any UK university. This ten-year plan will transform our campus and create world-class facilities for staff, students and visitors in support of our global ambitions.

Facts and figures at a glance

Our Facts and Figures graphic gives you a digestible overview of the key information about our performance, our staff and students, and our impact. 

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Our vision

We will be recognised globally for the excellence of our people, research, learning and innovation, and for the benefits we bring to society and the environment.

Our values

  • Knowledge
  • Wisdom
  • Humanity
  • Academic freedom
  • Courage
  • Pioneering spirit

Our history

  • 1824 - The Manchester Mechanics' Institute opens to educate the city's working population
  • 1880 - Owens College becomes the first part of the Victoria University, England's first civic university
  • 2004 - The University of Manchester is created by amalgamation of the Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
  • 25 Nobel Prize winners among our current and former staff and students

Our people

  • 40,485* students across undergraduate, master’s and research
  • 12,920 * staff across academia and professional services
  • 500,000* alumni in more than 190* countries. Notable alumni include Simon Armitage CBE UK Poet Laureate; Vincent Kompany, Footballer and Entrepreneur; Benedict Cumberbatch CBE, British actor and Dr Winnie Byanyima Executive Director of UNAIDS

Research and discovery

  • Research quality ranked 36th in the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities and 27th in the QS World Rankings
  • Nearly half of our academic and research staff work on interdisciplinary research, showcased by five research beacons: advanced materials, biotechnology, cancer, energy, and global inequalities
  • Five dual-award PhD programmes with global strategic partners

Teaching and learning

  • University of the Year for Graduate Employment (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
  • Multi-million pound investment in flexible, blended learning that’s accessible, inclusive and international
  • Three National Teaching Fellowships awarded over the last year, as well as 436 other fellowships

Social responsibility

  • The first British university to set social responsibility as a core goal
  • World’s top institution for social and environmental impact (Times Higher Education), aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Access to education: 6,276 students received more than £12.3 million of funding via the Manchester Bursary


  • Almost £868* million of economic impact contributed by our commercialisation activities since 2004
  • Health Innovation Manchester accelerates the benefits of our research for our region’s health and social care services
  • ID Manchester will transform our North Campus into a world-class innovation district

Civic engagement

  • Four celebrated cultural institutions: the Whitworth art gallery, The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, Manchester Museum and Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
  • 18,000 jobs and more than £1.7 billion of economic value a year created for the city region
  • More than 1,250 staff and alumni placed into governor roles by our School Governor Initiative since 2012

Global influence

  • 23rd most international university in the world (Times Higher Education 2021)
  • Global partnerships with leading universities, research institutes and industry
  • Philanthropic income from global alumni and donors has helped to fund £20.6 million worth of activities including scholarships, research programmes, capital projects and student support packages

*Figures sourced from HESA 2019/20 (numbers rounded to the nearest five)
**Headcount figures as at 31 July 2020 (rounded to the nearest five)

You can also learn more about some of our interdisciplinary and pioneering research in our research beacons-related facts and figures brochure: