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: discovery

What is it that makes us human? Is it our upright posture? Our opposable thumbs? Our sense of right and wrong? Or could it be our instinct to ask the simple question, ‘why’?   For hundreds of years, humans have wondered what it is that separates us from animals, and in particular, mammals. After all, we’re made of Read More…


Donations change lives: addressing global inequalities

At Manchester, we are a world leader in tackling inequalities on a global scale. From poverty to social justice, living conditions to equality in the workplace, we’re working to change things for the better. Yesterday, 800 million people went to bed hungry and 19,000 children will die today of easily preventable causes. While some progress has been made, there 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…