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Our vision is for The University of Manchester to be one of the leading universities in the world by 2020.

The University of Manchester was the first and most eminent of the civic universities, furthering the frontiers of knowledge through research and teaching, but also contributing to the well-being of its region and society more widely. These aims have guided the institution ever since and continue to drive our strategic vision.

In November 2011 (updated in October 2015) we published our Manchester 2020 document, the strategic plan for the University. Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor, is responsible for the delivery of this plan.

The strategic plan is based around our three core goals of world-class research, outstanding learning and student experience, and social responsibility.

The Manchester 2020 document builds on the aims set out by its predecessor, the Manchester 2015 Agenda, which established a blueprint for the newly formed University of Manchester following the merger of the Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST in 2004.

Research strategy

In May 2011 the University published a research strategy outlining how we will continue to achieve high-quality research that benefits society as a whole.

Teaching, Learning and Student Experience Vision 

We published our vision for teaching, learning and the student experience in 2016. It sets out our plans to provide a superb and distinctive higher education and learning experience for every student. 

Campus Masterplan

We published our Campus Masterplan in 2012, describing our plans to invest £1 billion over ten years to create a world-class campus for our staff and students.

Erasmus policy

We have a strong international profile with 25% of our students and academic staff coming from outside the UK, 25% of our research publications being co-authored with non-UK collaborators, and an alumni community of more than 265,000 around the globe.

We will build on this success and ensure that internationalisation is further embedded in our approach to research, teaching, the student experience, business engagement and social responsibility.

Contact the President

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell
Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor
John Owens Building
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

Tel: +44 (0) 161 306 6010