6 things you might not know were donor funded

Donors to the University fund everything from student scholarships to napping pods, and everything in between. The University of Manchester would not be the world-leading institution it is today without the support of our generous donors. If you take a walk around our campus or through any of the buildings on it, you’re bound to Read More…


Establishing a tradition of equality

19th century businessman John Owens established a proud tradition of educational equality at Manchester which is still alive today At The University of Manchester, we’re proud to be committed to widening access to university education to talented students from all backgrounds. While the history of our university is rather complex, and the institution as it Read More…


The fight against Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s strips millions of people of their memory, personality and dignity. At Manchester, we’re committed to fighting this debilitating disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting 62% of the 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK right now. That number is only set to rise, to 1 million by 2025 Read More…


Why increasing university access is only the start

We’ve made impressive steps in increasing access to university, but it’s increasingly clear we need to do more to help low-income students even after they arrive at university. Access to university has been increasing. In 2016, young people in England were 31% more likely to attend university than in 2006, and despite fears around rising Read More…


Studying after a brain tumour

In July 2014, Megan Crean had a craniotomy to remove a tumour in her brain. Two months later, she began a degree at Manchester. Hydrocephalus is a build-up of fluid in the brain, which can cause a variety of symptoms including blurred vision, headaches and difficulty walking. There are many different causes of the condition: Read More…


Gifts in Wills: The Langworthy story

Writing a Will is one of the single most important things we can do in our lifetime. It’s a reflection of the people we care for and the causes we believe in. At The University of Manchester, we owe our very existence to gifts in Wills. And one remarkable gift in particular paved the way for 5 Nobel laureates Read More…


Donations change lives: energy and sustainability

Climate change is one of the biggest threats to humanity. At Manchester, we are committed to tackling it head on, finding new sustainable sources to fuel our future. Improved technology and standards of living mean that we need more energy than ever before. We know that traditional sources of energy, such as fossil fuels, emit too much Read More…


Donations change lives: graphene and enterprise

It’s a story that could one day be as famous as Newton and the apple, or Fleming’s accidental discovery of penicillin. One Friday evening in 2004, in a physics lab at The University of Manchester, Professors Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov were holding one of their ‘Friday night experiments’. During these sessions, the two scientists would Read More…


Marsha and Logan

Donations change lives: healthy futures

In recent decades we’ve made huge strides in addressing some of the world’s biggest healthcare problems. But we still face some big challenges, and at Manchester, we’re tackling them head on. Take cancer, for example. It’s now estimated that one in two of us will get some form of cancer in our lifetime. But even though cancer is becoming more common, you Read More…


Seb Leaper

Simply, Reliably, Cheaply – Solving the Global Water Crisis

PhD student Seb Leaper shares his award-winning enterprise project, where he aims to help solve the global water crisis by using graphene to desalinate sea water. “Around five million people die every year from water-related illnesses, and about four million of those are children.” The stats around the global water crisis are staggering. One in Read More…