The University of Manchester is a public comprehensive research university in the city of Manchester, United Kingdom, established in 2004 on the merger of two previously existing parallel universities, UMIST (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology), and Victoria University of Manchester.
Manchester is a "red brick" university (universities whose campuses are built of red brick buildings), with activities dating back to the early 19th century. The main campus of this university is located south of Manchester city centre, on either side of the main street by Manchester's Wilmslow and Oxford.
The University of Manchester, including its predecessor institutions, has had 25 Nobel Laureates among its former and current students and staff, the fourth-highest number of any university in the United Kingdom. From the splitting of the atom and the birth of the first working computer, to the discovery of Graphene and the invention of the contraceptive pill - The University of Manchester has been at the heart of scientific and social innovations that have changed the world.
Today, the University of Manchester is at the forefront of cutting-edge research in science and engineering, especially in new treatments for life-threatening diseases. In 2015-2016 alone, the University of Manchester attracted more than £342 million in external research funding.
With a long history, the University of Manchester is one of the most prestigious universities in the UK and around the world with a great reputation for research, teaching and innovation with more than 40,000 students and more than 12,000 staff. Famous researchers working in Manchester include professors such as Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov (who were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for the invention of graphene), Professor Steve Furber (researcher) pioneer of computer engineering), economist Richard Nelson, physics professor Brian Cox, etc.