<![CDATA[Newsroom University of Manchester]]> /discover/news/ en Wed, 10 Jul 2024 11:10:24 +0200 Tue, 02 Jul 2024 14:13:31 +0200 <![CDATA[Newsroom University of Manchester]]> https://content.presspage.com/clients/150_1369.jpg /discover/news/ 144 New design partnership celebrates 200 years of our University /discover/news/new-design-partnership-celebrates-200-years-of-our-university/ /discover/news/new-design-partnership-celebrates-200-years-of-our-university/650944200 years of Vlogٷ’s world-class education, research and incredible people have been brought to life in an exclusive design partnership with Manchester-based designers The Sculpts, celebrating the University’s bicentenary.

200 years of Vlogٷ’s world-class education, research and incredible people have been brought to life in an exclusive design partnership with Manchester-based designers , celebrating the University’s bicentenary.

The Sculpts xUoM - InSituSince 1824, our University has been spearheading change, addressing the planet’s greatest challenges and making a difference in the city of Manchester, the nation and beyond. The Sculpt’s stunning pen and ink design brings this rich history to life illustrating some of the University’s most distinguished alumni and staff, iconic architecture, and several of its most important innovations and discoveries. The design is the latest in a series of individual artistic collaborations between the Manchester-based brand, and the city’s cultural institutions. 

The bicentennial design includes illustrations of Christabel Pankhurst, suffragette and alumna; Alan Turing, mathematician and computer scientist; Arthur Lewis, economist and Nobel Laureate; components of the Manchester Baby, the first electronic stored-program computer; botanical illustrations from the Manchester Museum Herbarium Archives; the Sackville Street Building, home of Manchester College of Technology and UMIST; the atomic structure of Graphene; the Lovell telescope; early medical instruments; and the iconic ‘Manchester bee’. 

The University’s bicentennial design sits alongside The Sculpts’ iconic range of handmade ceramic ‘Manchester’ tiles. Each 6x6-inch tile is one letter of the alphabet illustrated to depict a different stage in Manchester’s transformation – from post-industrial depression to a technological and cultural force to be reckoned with. 

Jade King, Director of The Sculpts says: “We’re delighted to be working with Vlogٷ to celebrate its birthday. For 200 years, the University has been a world- 
leader in its field: pioneering, innovating, and discovering. We jumped at the chance to be a part of recognising the contribution the University has made to this city and the world, in a beautiful design that brings the University’s history alive.”

Previous collaborations for The Sculpts have included Manchester Museum - for whom the designers created a bespoke range of their iconic ‘alphabet’ illustrations, the Whitworth gallery and Stock Exchange Hotel. Visit for more information.

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Sir Howard Bernstein /discover/news/sir-howard-bernstein/ /discover/news/sir-howard-bernstein/637564The University is deeply saddened by the news of the death of Sir Howard Bernstein. 

The University is deeply saddened by the news of the death of Sir Howard Bernstein. 

Following his retirement as the inspirational Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, the University was fortunate to have Sir Howard join it in 2017, as an Honorary Professor of Politics. He became a part-time advisor to the University and was also Chair of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre.  

President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell said:   "Having known Howard for many years, I recognised what a remarkable individual he was. I often sought his advice and wise counsel, and I am proud to have had him as a friend."  

Sir Howard worked for Manchester City Council for over 45 years, serving as Chief Executive since 1998 where he performed a central role in the regeneration and economic growth of the city. Prior to this role, he led Manchester Millennium Ltd where he oversaw the transformation of the city centre following the IRA bombing in 1996. 

Sir Howard's legacy shaped Manchester as the city we know, and he will forever be a part of Manchester's history. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and the city he passionately served. 

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Portrait of Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell unveiled at the Whitworth, Manchester /discover/news/portrait-of-professor-dame-nancy-rothwell-unveiled-at-the-whitworth-manchester/ /discover/news/portrait-of-professor-dame-nancy-rothwell-unveiled-at-the-whitworth-manchester/637108A portrait of Vlogٷ’s first female President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, has been unveiled at a special event at the Whitworth art gallery in Manchester on 19 June to celebrate her leadership of the University, including her role in supporting its prominent cultural and artistic institutions.

A portrait of Vlogٷ’s first female President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, has been unveiled at a special event at the Whitworth art gallery in Manchester on 19 June to celebrate her leadership of the University, including her role in supporting its prominent cultural and artistic institutions.

Nancy was joined by other iconic women leaders from the world of arts and museums: Dr Maria Balshaw, Director of The Tate, Professor Sook-Kyung Lee, Director of the , and Dr Carla van de Puttelaar, acclaimed Dutch portrait photographer. 

Prior to the portrait unveiling, they participated in an ‘in conversation’ to debate the importance of universities supporting art.  Chancellor of Vlogٷ, Nazir Afzal, presided over the portrait unveiling, in the presence of invited University guests. 

An eminent physiologist, Nancy is acclaimed for furthering the understanding of brain injury and stroke. Along with other distinguished academic leadership roles, she served on the Council of the Royal Society, co-chaired the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Health and was a non-executive Director of AstraZeneca. 

As President and Vice-Chancellor of Vlogٷ since 2010, she has grown the university, built its reputation and developed much of the campus. 

 So how is Vlogٷ’s first female leader, acclaimed for transformative global and local impact, to be depicted for posterity? Whilst traditional for university leaders to have a portrait painted when they finish their role, Nancy has chosen to have her image captured by Carla van de Puttelaar, the eminent Dutch photographer who specialises in female portraits, shooting against black backgrounds and using only natural light.

In particular, Carla is known for her series of portraits of prominent leading women from across the globe – from artists and directors to cultural policy makers. By capturing the image of Vlogٷ’s first female President and Vice-Chancellor, this commission continues the important celebration of global women leaders in portraiture.  

“I really wanted to have a different kind of portrait, not another oil painting! So I was interested in having my photograph taken. Carla’s work really appealed to me – not only because she is a renowned female artist – but she is so good at capturing people naturally, with honesty and intensity. I’ve really enjoyed working with her. Her professionalism and energy made this very interesting and fun for us both I hope people will like the final result as much as I do,” said Nancy. 

The process of creating the portrait has also been captured in a, which was shown at the Whitworth. The portrait will be hung, along with portraits of previous University leaders, in The Christie Building, in the main University quad on Oxford Road.

Nancy’s term of office comes to an end on 31 July 2024, when she hands over the reins to Professor Duncan Ivison, former Vice-President for Research from the University of Sydney. She will continue to inspire the University in her position as Emerita Professor. Her successful tenure as President and Vice-Chancellor will also be marked by the naming of the engineering building, one of the largest educational spaces in Europe, as the Nancy Rothwell Building, on 24 July.  

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Four Manchester Professors recognised in King’s Birthday Honours list /discover/news/three-manchester-professors-recognised-in-kings-birthday-honours-list/ /discover/news/three-manchester-professors-recognised-in-kings-birthday-honours-list/636619Four professors from Vlogٷ have been recognised in the King’s Birthday Honours in recognition of their extraordinary contributions and service.

Four professors from Vlogٷ have been recognised in the King’s Birthday Honours in recognition of their extraordinary contributions and service.

has been awarded an OBE for his services to public health, to epidemiology and to adult social care, particularly during Covid-19, has been awarded an OBE for his for services to the advancement of the science of radiation protection, Professor Paul Klapper has been awarded an OBE for services to viral diagnostic testing, and Professor Paul Howarth has been awarded a CBE for his significant contribution and service to the nuclear industry and to UK research and development (R&D).

The list celebrates individuals who have had an immeasurable impact on the lives of people across the country - such as by creating innovative solutions or driving real change in public life.

Ian HallIan Hall is a Professor of Mathematical Epidemiology and Statistics at Vlogٷ. He is a long-standing member of SPI-M (the pandemic disease modelling advisory group) and played a critical role in the operations of this group during the swine flu and Covid-19 pandemics.

During the Covid-19 pandemic he was academic chair of the SAGE working group of Social Care and participated in the SAGE Environmental Modelling Group as well as attending SAGE itself. He was also involved in a number of research projects, including the national core study on transmission () and Project TRACK to understand and control the risks on public transport. He also helped analyse data from a new heat map, providing a national picture of the spread over time.

Since the pandemic, Professor Hall has continued working with UKHSA through an honorary contract, notably with Health Equity Division on vaccination strategies in prison and homeless settings.

His other research interests include the impact of diseases on vulnerable populations and the study of vector-borne infectious diseases and environmental infections, such as Legionnaires Disease.

Richard WakefordRichard Wakeford is an Honorary Professor in Epidemiology in the Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH), having been Professor in Epidemiology at the Centre before retiring at the end of 2019. He specialises in the epidemiology of exposure to ionising radiation, particularly as related to radiological protection.

Professor Wakeford is a member of various committees, including the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation and the International Commission on Radiological Protection. He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) following the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, and for 25 years was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Radiological Protection.

Richard completed his PhD in high energy physics at the University of Liverpool in 1978 and worked for British Nuclear Fuels Ltd (BNFL) for nearly 30 years. It was the many challenges faced at BNFL where he developed his skills in radiation epidemiology and radiological protection. He was privileged to work with Sir Richard Doll during this time. After taking early retirement from BNFL, Richard joined the University, initially through an association with Dalton Nuclear Institute and then joining COEH.

Paul KlapperPaul Klapper is Professor of Clinical Virology at Vlogٷ. He began his career in virology in 1976 working as a laboratory technician at Booth Hall Children’s Hospital. He completed his PhD while working at Manchester Royal Infirmary on the diagnosis of herpes simplex encephalitis - a topic he continued to work on for over 20 years and led to the development of a reliable molecular diagnostic test for the condition. He also helped establish independent quality assurance testing in the infancy of viral molecular diagnostic testing. 

Throughout his career, Professor Klapper has been at the forefront of several key developments of viral diagnostic testing. Notably, he worked with the Greater Manchester Hepatitis C testing strategy, developing community-based testing methods to aid control of the HCV pandemic. In 1981, he became an NHS Clinical Scientist, working in both Manchester and Leeds as a Consultant Clinical Scientist. Ten years later, in 1991 became a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathology. 

On retiring from the NHS in 2012, Professor Klapper joined Vlogٷ as a Professor of Clinical Virology.  Early in 2020, he volunteered to help with establishment of large scale Covid-19 testing and became the clinical lead for the Alderley Park testing facility. He also served as a Clinical Advisor for testing with the Department of Health.

 Professor Klapper continues to conduct vital research in blood-borne virus infection and in congenital human cytomegalovirus infection.

Paul HowarthPaul Howarth is Professor of Nuclear Technology at Vlogٷ and Chief Executive of National Nuclear Laboratory. 

Professor Howarth has had a distinguished career working in and for the nuclear sector, building a reputation as one of the leading figures in the UK nuclear sector and around the global industry. After completing his degree in Physics and Astrophysics and PhD in Nuclear Physics, he started his career working on the European Fusion Programme. Early in his career he was awarded a prestigious Royal Society Fellowship to work in Japan on their nuclear programme. On returning to the UK he continued to work on nuclear fission leading the UK’s advanced reactor programme while working at British Nuclear Fuels, co-founding the at the University  and working closely with UK Government on building the case for new nuclear build.

Professor Howarth was appointed CEO for the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) in 2011 following its creation as a public corporation, having been instrumental in its establishment from British Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL). During his tenure as CEO, NNL has been transformed into a successful business and a true national laboratory, delivering profits to reinvest into nuclear science and technology and critical support to nuclear organisations in the public and private sectors. 

The birthday honours are awarded by the King following recommendations by the prime minister, senior government ministers, or members of the public.

The awards recognise active community champions, innovative social entrepreneurs, pioneering scientists, passionate health workers and dedicated volunteers who have made significant achievements in public life or committed themselves to serving and helping Britain.

To see the full Birthday Honours List 2024, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-kings-birthday-honours-list-2024  

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University of Manchester retains number 1 ranking in the UK, number 1 in Europe and second in the world for social and environmental impact /discover/news/university-of-manchester-retains-number-1-ranking-in-the-uk-number-1-in-europe-and-second-in-the-world-for-social-and-environmental-impact/ /discover/news/university-of-manchester-retains-number-1-ranking-in-the-uk-number-1-in-europe-and-second-in-the-world-for-social-and-environmental-impact/636171Vlogٷ has today been named top in both the UK and Europe, and second in the world for meaningful contributions towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) in the

Vlogٷ has today (12 June) been named top in both the UK and Europe, and second in the world for meaningful contributions towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) in the

With a unique commitment to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Vlogٷ is the only institution in the world to rank in the top ten for social and environmental impact in every year of the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings. 

Manchester’s top ranking comes from a record assessment of 2,152 universities from 125 countries and regions, which is 26 per cent increase on last year where 1,705 universities were ranked. This year 72 UK universities participated in the ranking, 11 more than last year (61). 

The ranking, now in its sixth year, is the world’s only one that measures universities’ contributions to the and assesses their commitment to sustainability across four broad areas: research, stewardship, outreach and teaching 

Dr Julian Skyrme, Director of Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement at Vlogٷ, who leads the institution’s entry to the ranking, said: “Each year we submit over 300 pieces of evidence for this ranking covering our cultural institutions, sustainability, equality, diversity and inclusion, widening access, research impact, public and civic engagement, external partnerships, innovation, the student experience and reporting on the SDGs. Everyone in our University community should be proud of this independent measure of our commitment to social responsibility.”&Բ;

Vlogٷ came top in the world for SDG11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities. Initiatives supporting this include the Platinum Watermark for Public Engagement, the investment made in four public-facing cultural institutions and initiative, a commitment to sustainable travel and world-leading research across all three Faculties into the effects of on health. 

The University was also ranked first in the world for SDG15 – Life on Land. Initiatives supporting this included research by the into soil microbial diversity, work to enhance and map our nature on campus and the commitment the University places on sustainable food procurement. 

Other areas where the University was shown to be a world leader include research impact towards SDG9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; the number of citing university research; the number of university the quality of the University’s SDG reporting; and on the commitment to educational for sustainable development through the School of Health Science’s free and interdisciplinary UCIL

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of Vlogٷ said: “Retaining the number one rank in the UK and Europe, as well as coming second in the world once again in this year’s THE Impact Rankings is a great achievement for the whole of Vlogٷ. Being recognised for our commitment to Social Responsibility is especially important during our bicentenary year in which we celebrate 200 years of our incredible people and community and look toward the future.”&Բ;

Professor Nalin Thakkar, Vice-President for Social Responsibility at Vlogٷ said: “Social responsibility is, of course, a core goal for us so we’re delighted to be ranked top in the UK, top in Europe and second in the world in the 2024 THE Impact Rankings, which are based on our performance against the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. 

“These rankings cover our full range of functions – across research, students, public engagement and university operations – and we’re proud to be part of this growing community of universities who want to improve our society, economy and environment in all that we do.”&Բ;

Phil Baty, Times Higher Education’s chief global affairs officer, said: “With universities in the UK facing a funding crisis, and dozens making cuts and some predicted to close, this new data provides a very timely evidence base to demonstrate that the UK has a great diversity of global-leading universities, right across the country, way beyond the more traditional research elite.   

“Universities on the whole are offering clear, real-world impact for society – they are a powerful public good worthy of public support. Excellence in international higher education comes in many forms and this ranking very clearly demonstrates the UK has an abundance of excellence – world leaders – on many fronts.  

“There is a lot of talk in Westminster about how many international students the UK should welcome and which universities they should be allowed to study at. This new data shows that a very diverse range of universities from across the country are attractive to the ‘brightest and the best’ from around the globe and can deliver real impact.”&Բ; 

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For more information about how Vlogٷ is contributing towards the UN SDGs please see: /discover/social-responsibility/sdgs/

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Thousands of young people share scientific questions once again this year in the Great Science Share for Schools /discover/news/thousands-of-young-people-share-scientific-questions-once-again-this-year-in-the-great-science-share-for-schools/ /discover/news/thousands-of-young-people-share-scientific-questions-once-again-this-year-in-the-great-science-share-for-schools/635978School pupils across the globe will be sharing their scientific curiosity this week as this year’s celebrates its annual Share Day.

School pupils across the globe will be sharing their scientific curiosity this week as this year’s celebrates its annual Share Day.

Throughout the year, teachers of 5-14 years olds have the chance to upskill in their own knowledge and skills of teaching science enquiry, using innovative resources and ideas related to the theme of Sustainable Science to involve their pupils in asking and investigating scientific questions that matter to them.

Now, on Tuesday 11 June, teachers and their pupils will come together in celebratory events both in-person and online, across the UK and beyond, to share what they have learnt with their peers, family, industry professionals and the general public.  

This year’s theme is Sustainable Science, with a focus on the Some of the questions shared this year, include:

·&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ; How could we prevent the polar ice caps melting? 

·&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ; Which fruit or vegetable is most likely to be able to power an electric car? 

·&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ; What effects does plastic pollution have on wildlife? 

·&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ; Which fabrics shed less fibres and are therefore better for the environment? 

·&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ; Can we increase the biodiversity in our school? 

The Great Science Share for Schools (GSSfS) campaign was launched by Professor Lynne Bianchi, Vice Dean for Social Responsibility at Vlogٷ, to provide a unique way to elevate the prominence of science in the classroom, focussing on learner-focussed science communication, inclusive and non-competitive engagement, and promoting collaboration.

Supported by a team of specialists, they have an approach that is supported across the STEM sector, and actively involves research from a range of fields including quantum science, fashion materials, computing and the creative industries.

Earlier this year, the campaign was granted the prestigious patronage of the , in recognition of its status as a beacon of excellence in science education and its pivotal role in shaping the next generation of scientists, innovators, and global citizens.

The team’s growth strategy, which monitors the reach and quality of the campaign, sees it develop year on year. Now, in its ninth year, there will be more than 650,000 pupils registered across 40 countries, with schools in Montenegro being some of the latest to join.

Professor Lynne Bianchi added: “GSSfS is a powerful and purposeful way to engage young people with science related to real-world contexts. It offers teachers and school leaders the chance to raise the profile of science at a time where our economy relies so heavily on STEM skills and innovation.”

Professor Bianchi, recently advised on the new Education Endowment Foundation’s Improving Primary Science Guidance and is researching the purpose and effectiveness of practical work in science as part of a Nuffield Foundation research study. In this way, the knowledge and awareness developed within the Great Science Share for Schools informs leading practice by sharing best practice and insights to make a wider impact.

An exciting addition to the Great Science Share this year is the release of the brand-new which publishes 200 questions shared by pupils.

Professor Bianchi said: “This has been an ideal opportunity to celebrate Vlogٷ’s Bicentenary, and to inspire more teachers and young people across the world to ask, investigate and share their questions with each other.”

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Independent Review of University Spin-out Companies /discover/news/independent-review-of-university-spin-out-companies/ /discover/news/independent-review-of-university-spin-out-companies/632654Vlogٷ welcomed the Independent Review of University Spin-out Companies published in November 2023[CH1] . The Review set out the important contribution that UK universities are making to the economy and society, through commercialisation of intellectual property generated by their research.

Vlogٷ welcomed the Independent Review of University Spin-out Companies published in November 2023. The Review set out the important contribution that UK universities are making to the economy and society, through commercialisation of intellectual property generated by their research. The recommendations provide important guidance on the pathway to building a world-leading innovation ecosystem and the University is now taking steps to implement the recommendations from the Review.

As an active member of the  group of international leaders in university research commercialisation,  and co-author of the and , launched on 20th May, we recognise the distinction between intellectual property intensive areas such as the life sciences and the simpler pathway for some software commercialisation and sets out practical ways to improve the speed and efficiency of spin out formation. We have therefore initiated a review of intellectual property policies and practice, in collaboration with our partners in the Northern Gritstone investment company, which was established as a positive response to the high concentration of VC funding in London to provide VC funding in the North.

Innovation is a core theme for the University and our ambition is to create a thriving innovation ecosystem, which supports our entrepreneurs, spin outs and partners to start up, secure investment and scale, contributing positively to the prosperity of our region. Working through our technology transfer subsidiary, the , we have produced 29 spinouts in the past three years and remain committed to providing the optimal environment for entrepreneurs to develop their ideas. Our policy review and founder friendly approach and commitment to supporting spin outs, will catalyse growth of a vibrant regional ecosystem which supports companies to grow and scale.

Our joint venture partnership with Bruntwood Scitech to develop our North Campus into an Innovation District, will additionally provide an anchor location for our spin outs to establish and succeed within our own community, with an opportunity to access space, investors, facilities, partners, business support and networks within one location.

Professor Luke Georghiou, Deputy President and Vice-Chancellor and lead for Innovation said: “The Spin-out Review showed the vital role of universities in generating IP-Rich companies in the advanced areas most likely to revitalise our economy. We will use its recommendations as a platform to double down on bringing leading edge discoveries to the market.”

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Outstanding Manchester scientist elected as Fellow of the Royal Society /discover/news/outstanding-manchester-scientist-elected-as-fellow-of-the-royal-society/ /discover/news/outstanding-manchester-scientist-elected-as-fellow-of-the-royal-society/632102, Director of Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of his “invaluable contributions to science”.


, Director of Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of his “invaluable contributions to science”.

Professor Garrett is one of more than 90 exceptional researchers across the world to be selected by the Royal Society - the UK’s national academy of sciences.

Michael is the inaugural Sir Bernard Lovell chair of Astrophysics at Vlogٷ and has broad scientific interest, including the study of the distant universe via high resolution radio observations. He is also active in the and is currently chair of the International Academy of Astronautics SETI Permanent Committee.

Prof Garret is a leader in the field of astrophysics and was responsible for the final design, construction, and operational phases of the International , and while Director of the Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe (2003-2007), he developed the technique of wide-field and spearheaded the roll-out of real-time VLBI (e-VLBI) across the European VLBI Network and beyond.

Garrett was also instrumental in finalising the original design concept for the .

Drawn from across academia, industry and wider society, the new intake spans disciplines as varied as studying the origins and evolution of our universe, pioneering treatments for Huntington’s Disease, developing the first algorithm for video streaming and generating new insights into memory formation.

Prof Garrett joins other leaders in their fields, including the Nobel laureate, Professor Emmanuelle Charpentier; an Emmy winner, Dr Andrew Fitzgibbons (for his contributions to the 3D camera tracker software “boujou”); and the former Chief Scientific Advisor to the US President, Professor Anthony Fauci.

Sir Adrian Smith, President of the Royal Society, said: “I am pleased to welcome such an outstanding group into the Fellowship of the Royal Society.

“This new cohort have already made significant contributions to our understanding of the world around us and continue to push the boundaries of possibility in academic research and industry.

“From visualising the sharp rise in global temperatures since the industrial revolution to leading the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, their diverse range of expertise is furthering human understanding and helping to address some of our greatest challenges.

“It is an honour to have them join the Fellowship.”

Statistics about this year’s intake of Fellows:

  • 30% of this year’s intake of Fellows, Foreign Members and Honorary Fellows are women.
  • New Fellows have been elected from 23 UK institutions, including The University of Nottingham, British Antarctic Survey, University of Strathclyde and the Natural History Museum
  • They have been elected from countries including Brazil, China, Japan, Mexico and Singapore

The full list of the newly elected Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society can be found here:

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Celebrating student entrepreneurship success at the Venture Further Awards 2024 /discover/news/celebrating-student-entrepreneurship-success-at-the-venture-further-awards-2024/ /discover/news/celebrating-student-entrepreneurship-success-at-the-venture-further-awards-2024/631243MEC is delighted to announce the winners of the Venture Further Awards 2024, the UK’s leading university-led start-up competition.

The Masood Entrepreneurship Centre (MEC) at Vlogٷ is delighted to have successfully concluded the Venture Further Awards 2024, the UK’s leading university-led start-up competition.

The annual competition, which boasts a substantial £100,000 prize fund, saw a record-breaking 143 applications this year, marking a 34% increase from the previous year. The competition attracted innovative business proposals across five categories: Healthcare, Services, Technology, Environment, and Social.

From sustainable solutions in the Environment category to revolutionary healthcare innovations and transformative technologies, the breadth and depth of ideas showcased by our finalists have been astounding. On top of that, impressive entries in the Services and Social categories highlighted our students and recent graduates' commitment to addressing a wide range of social issues and needs.

The night started with Lynn Sheppard, Director of MEC, addressing the quality of the entries and the competition’s significant growth from its previous years. She introduced the evening’s keynote speaker, Mustafa Khanwala Founder and CEO of MishiPay, Venture Further winner in 2016, who described his successful entrepreneurial journey. Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Luke Georghiou spoke about the entrepreneurial roots of the University of Manchester in our Bicentenary year and today’s innovation ecosystem which will support the winners. He introduced competition judges Lee Pugalis (MEC Deputy Director), Matilda Page (MEC Enterprise Business Development Executive), Sam Patchitt (Investment and Portfolio Manager at GC Angels), Meredith Greey (Head of Programmes at Hatch) and Natalie Jameson (Chief executive and inventor of YZen.ai) who presented the prize-winners in each category.

The Venture Further Awards dinner, held on Wednesday, 8 May 2024, was an evening of celebration and recognition of the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation within our community. Winners of the first (£15,000) and second (£5,000) prizes in each category were announced and awarded for their remarkable efforts and potential to make a significant impact in their respective fields.

Venture Further 2024 Winners

Environment Category






  • 1st place winner: Timothy Capper, OptiSpark                
  • 2nd place winner: Nayab Raza, ALGAVERSE

(Winners pictured with Lee Pugalis, Deputy Director of the Masood Entrepreneurship Centre)

Healthcare Category

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  • 1st place winner: Tunde Oremulé, Airyn 
  • 2nd place winners: Liam Johnson, MouseAble and Steven Mayers, Zeus Biologics Ltd

(Winners pictured with Matilda Page, Enterprise Business Development Executive at the Masood Entrepreneurship Centre)

Services Category






  • 1st place winner: Moradeke Orekoya, Skinpli
  • 2nd place winner: Mark Kashumba, UGAFARM

(Winners pictured with Sam Patchitt, Investment and Portfolio Manager at GC Angels)

Social Category

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  • 1st place winner: Danielle Fatunla, The Onyx Group 
  • 2nd place winner: Chanel Ehi-Palmer, EHI

(Winners pictured with Meredith Greey, Head of Programmes at Hatch)

Technology Category






  • 1st place winner: Harvey Lowe, Arcube (pictured above with co-founder Prithveesh Reddy)
  • 2nd place winner: Ed Engleback, Altaia

(Winners pictured with Natalie Jameson, Chief Executive and Inventor of YZen.ai)


The Masood Entrepreneurship Centre extends its congratulations to all winners and participants. We are incredibly proud to be a part of these bright minds' entrepreneurial journeys. With the conclusion of this year's Venture Further Awards, we look forward to the innovative and impactful ideas that next year's competition will undoubtedly bring.

The night concluded with the announcement that Lynn Sheppard, Director of MEC, will be stepping down from her role after 24 years. On behalf of Vlogٷ and the Alliance Manchester Business School, we express our gratitude for her dedication. She has been the trailblazer for MEC and a pioneer of entrepreneurship for staff, students, and graduates at this university.

As a hub for all entrepreneurial activities at Vlogٷ, the Masood Entrepreneurship Centre will continue to champion our students, recent graduates, and staff's entrepreneurial aspirations. We remain committed to offering a wide array of co-curricular activities, such as competitions, speaker events, workshops, and start-up support programmes, to help our community gain invaluable experience and kick-start their entrepreneurial journeys.

For more information about the Venture Further Awards or the Masood Entrepreneurship Centre, please visit .

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104,000 panel solar farm set to power Vlogٷ /discover/news/104000-panel-solar-farm-set-to-power-the-university-of-manchester/ /discover/news/104000-panel-solar-farm-set-to-power-the-university-of-manchester/630924Vlogٷ has signed a landmark new deal that will see up to 65% of its electricity demand supplied through a brand-new renewables project.

Vlogٷ has signed a landmark new deal that will see up to 65% of its electricity demand supplied through a brand-new renewables project.

In a major move towards achieving its 2038 zero carbon ambitions, the University has partnered with leading UK clean energy company Enviromena to buy electricity generated from its brand-new solar farm based in Medebridge, Essex.

Once complete, Medebridge Solar Farm will comprise 104,000 solar panels across 175 acres of low-grade agricultural land, the equivalent of around 70 football pitches.

The site will also create a significant biodiversity net gain. With enhancements to the existing hedgerows and planting of native grassland and wildflower meadow beneath and around the solar arrays, the site will encourage nesting opportunities for wildlife and improved habitat connectivity.

The contract that secures this investment, known as a Corporate Power Purchase Agreement (cPPA), commits the University to purchase 80% of Medebridge’s total annual generation capacity (58 GWh) for the next decade, reducing University carbon emissions by 12,000 t/co2 every year - enough to power 21,000 homes.

Lee Barlow, Finance & Administration Manager, and Project Lead at Vlogٷ, said: “After nearly three years of rigorous procurement and negotiations, we are proud to announce this landmark agreement, which reinforces our commitment to sustainability whilst delivering best value to our students and stakeholders, in the form of price certainty and supply stability.

“The journey has been marked by unprecedented challenges in the energy and renewables sector, first with the 2022 energy crisis, and later complicated by geopolitical events in Eastern Europe. Securing this 10-year cPPA despite such adversity is a huge accomplishment and holds special significance as we celebrate the University’s bicentennial year.”

and Academic Lead for Carbon at Vlogٷ, added: “The really important thing for us in developing this relationship was that our commitment would add new renewable energy capacity to the UK electricity system. Through our long-term purchasing commitment, we have played a key role in bringing this development forward – maximising the positive impact of our purchasing power.”

Dr Julian Skyrme, Director of Social Responsibility at Vlogٷ, added: “As consumers many of us may have ‘green’ or renewable energy tariff. These are important, but they don’t put ‘additional’ renewable power into the grid in the same way as a power purchase agreement. By signing a PPA we’re supporting not only a greener University of Manchester, but also a greener energy grid across the UK. This PPA is part of a much wider transition away from burning fossil fuels and towards generating significantly more cleaner, electrified forms of power.”

This milestone achievement was made possible through the collaborative efforts of a multidisciplinary implementation team from the University, complemented by the expertise of its energy consultant, Inspired PLC, and Eversheds Sutherland acting as external legal counsel.

Enviromena develops, builds, owns and operates renewable energy assets and currently manages over 300MW of renewables projects. In addition, Enviromena is currently working on a 3GW+ pipeline of renewable energy projects in the UK and Italy that will significantly decarbonise electricity networks, reduce emissions and support the global drive towards net zero.

Lee Adams, Enviromena’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Enviromena is leading the charge towards a world powered by clean energy and our teams are delivering high volume projects that make a massive contribution to lowering carbon emissions. This significant partnership with Vlogٷ demonstrates the shared commitment between ourselves and an influential, large-scale organisation, which, at the time it celebrates its 200-year anniversary, is taking steps towards reducing its carbon footprint through the technologies of tomorrow for a cleaner future energy supply."

Chris Marsh, Enviromena’s Chief Executive Officer, added: “We’re delighted to partner with the University to support their zero carbon ambitions. In addition to reducing the University’s carbon emissions over the next 10 years, the site itself will benefit the local habitat over its useful life until mid-2060.”&Բ;

Construction of Medebridge commenced in April 2024, with energisation expected in autumn 2025.

The University has set ambitious goals to reduce its environmental impact, in line with its core goal of social responsibility. In 2022 it ended investments in coal, oil and gas and reduced the carbon intensity of its investments by 37%.

All degree programmes are kite-marked against the (SDGs) and the University is rated top in the UK and Europe and second in the world in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings global performance table (2023). Manchester also top in the UK and Europe and third in the world in the independent QS World University Sustainability Rankings (2024)

The research platform brings together the unique depth and breadth of internationally leading research at Vlogٷ and builds on the University’s track record of successful interdisciplinary working, to produce integrated and truly sustainable solutions to urgent environmental challenges. This includes the , which helped create the University’s Zero Carbon Goal.

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New city-wide open air exhibition launched as part of University Bicentenary celebrations /discover/news/new-city-wide-open-air-exhibition-launched-as-part-of-university-bicentenary-celebrations/ /discover/news/new-city-wide-open-air-exhibition-launched-as-part-of-university-bicentenary-celebrations/630650Manchester city-wide open-air exhibition features words from Cheddar Gorgeous, Jeanette Winterson, Josh Widdicombe, Lemn Sissay, Mathew Horne and Rob Rinder.

Manchester city-wide open-air exhibition features words from Cheddar Gorgeous, Jeanette Winterson, Josh Widdicombe, Lemn Sissay, Mathew Horne and Rob Rinder.

Universally Manchester: Where Great Things Come Together, is an open air gallery of celebratory art, spanning 130 sites across the city centre this week, taking inspiration from people’s time at Vlogٷ.

The exhibition marks the run up to the much anticipated Universally Manchester Festival - a once in a lifetime, four-day festival to mark the University’s 200th birthday taking place from 6-9 June, with hundreds of free tickets for events with speakers and performers including Professor Brian Cox, GRRRL, Ed O’Brien (Radiohead) and Professor Daniela Delneri (with Cloudwater Brew Co) available to all from the 9th May. Visitors can sign up for early access to the popular events

Reflecting on their love for the city, and the lasting impact their experiences have had, contributors to this citywide visual art project include award winning author and Professor of Creative Writing Jeanette Winterson, and poet and former Chancellor Lemn Sissay, alongside alumni including drag performer Cheddar Gorgeous, comedian Josh Widdicombe, actor Mathew Horne and barrister and broadcaster Rob Rinder. 

The artworks are a fusion of creativity, each designed by different Manchester illustrators, breathing life into the inspiring quotes and the colourful personalities behind them. From 7th May the artworks can be found exhibited at Mayfield Park, St Peter’s Square Metrolink, and on over 130 digital billboards and poster sites across the city. 

The Josh Widdicombe artwork was created by Ellie Thomas, Lemn Sissay by John Owens, Rob Rinder and Matthew Horne by Beth Wilkinson and Cheddar Gorgeous by Louise Hardman.

Louise Hardman, on illustrating part of Cheddar Gorgeous’ quote, which has been painted as a mural by , in Mayfield Park: "Drag performer, producer, academic, and visual artist – Cheddar Gorgeous is a Manchester powerhouse. For this piece, I was deeply inspired by Cheddar’s playful and unapologetic approach to their art and activism; exhibited by the vivid colours, bold type, and whimsical patterns within the design. 

“Through the incorporation of illustrated theatrical iconography, the artwork spotlights Cheddar’s impressive lifelong career in the performing arts, in addition to their conceptual approach to storytelling and self-expression. It’s been an utter honour to have had the opportunity to help visualise Cheddar’s beautiful words."

A mural of Rob Rinder’s words, illustrated by Beth Wilkinson, will be painted live, by , at Mayfield Park on Thursday 9th May, to coincide with the release of hundreds of free tickets for  Universally Manchester Festival, which are available via .

Universally Manchester: Where Great Things Come Together

“A show of grit and glass, a beautiful contradiction. Beyond everything else I admire Manchester's self belief. it punches above its weight and more often than not comes out top of the bill. The city revels in being its own main character. A perfect production; protagonist, antagonist, stage and audience, all rolled into one.” Cheddar Gorgeous: - Drag performer and alumnus.

MAN-cunians or MAM-cunians? The Romans called this place Mamucium. MAM is Celtic for mother, breast, river goddess. The women of this city are its ancient and forever energy. Jeanette Winterson - Writer

“The ultimate place on Earth to become a grown up, go out until 3am and occasionally go to lectures.Josh Widdicombe - Comedian and alumnus.

“If it were not imagined, 
It could not be made, 
Therefore imagination, 
Must not be afraid.”&Բ;
Lemn Sissay - Poet and former Chancellor.

“Manchester was the place to be and remains so. I look back fondly at my time living and studying there. It really was the beginning of everything for me. It’s the city of opportunity.” Mathew Horne - Actor and alumnus.

Manchester never compared itself to anywhere else. I loved the pride the city took in its unique identity. It was, in so many ways, my most important gift. It’s where I discovered that cultural and intellectual curiosity is limitless and where - like the city itself - I found the courage to be different. Rob Rinder - Barrister, broadcaster and alumnus.

The Festival

Welcoming over 60,000 people, Universally Manchester Festival offers everything from poetry to physics, music to medicine, computing to creative writing and more. With events popping up in labs, concert theatres, outdoor spaces and the University’s award-winning culture hotspots Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum.

Universally Manchester will acknowledge the University’s global impact; the world firsts, the life-changing discoveries, the music, art, science and creativity, all sparked in Manchester, featuring contributions from Professor Brian Cox, Professor David Olusoga, CBeebies presenter and Down’s Syndrome ambassador George Webster, Ed O’Brien, (Radiohead), international supergroup directed by Laima Leyton (Mixhell / Soulwax), poet Lemn Sissay, Dr Sarah Crowther (member of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Sample Analysis Team), immunologist Professor Sheena Cruikshank, director of Jodrell Bank Professor Tim O’Brien, exonerated postmaster Tom Hedges and many, many more.

This has been made possible with the kind support of Manchester City Council and Transport For Greater Manchester (TFGM).

Free ticketed events will be available to book from Thursday 9 May, with early access available for those that sign up for information.

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University wins gold and bronze awards for Estates excellence /discover/news/university-wins-gold-and-bronze-awards-for-estates-excellence/ /discover/news/university-wins-gold-and-bronze-awards-for-estates-excellence/629720Vlogٷ has won the gold and bronze at  (AUDE Awards), an annual celebration highlighting the achievements of Estates and Facilities professionals. 

Vlogٷ has won the gold and bronze at  (AUDE Awards), an annual celebration highlighting the achievements of Estates and Facilities professionals. 

The Christmas Dinner, which was founded by the University's former Chancellor Lemn Sissay OBE to ensure young care leavers are not alone on Christmas Day, won Gold in the University Reaching Higher Award.  

Zero Without a Net, the University's strategy to reduce its carbon to true zero by 2038, won Bronze in the Sustainability Impact Initiative Award. 

Assistant Director of Estates and Facilities, Alison Shedlock, said: “We’re delighted to receive these awards. It’s amazing the support Christmas Dinners gets from the Directorate of Estates and Facilities and across the wider University. It makes such a difference to care leavers on what can be one of the most challenging days for many care leavers.”&Բ;

Julia Durkan, Acting Head of Environmental Sustainability, said: “Receiving the Bronze award for ‘Zero Without a Net’ demonstrates our dedication to advancing our campus decarbonisation initiatives. We are committed to working with our academic and professional services colleagues to safeguard our planet, and this recognition underscores the significant strides we have made so far.”&Բ; 

With the awards, AUDE celebrates teams, projects and individuals who have made a significant contribution to enhancing excellence and ensuring university estates provide best value to support the institutional mission and promote professionalism, efficiency and effectiveness. 

The Christmas Dinner 

The  is an annual Christmas Day dinner and get together for care leavers aged between 18 and 25, where they are served by university colleagues and other volunteers.  

The University has been involved for several years, and last year many of our colleagues volunteered and donated gifts to help ensure Christmas Day was memorable for care leavers who might otherwise be on their own during the festive period. 

Zero Without a Net 

In 2019, the University adopted a targeting of achieving “true” (not net) zero-carbon by 2028 within its carbon budget. Alongside this, part of the University's primary vision is to be recognised globally for the benefits it brings to society and environment. The zero-carbon target is one of Manchester's top eight KPIs and the University has taken a series of steps, including securing funding of £150m over 10 years to achieve this.

The University is also undertaking energy efficiency measures to cut costs and consumption and the decarbonisation of our heat sources – specifically by replacing gas boilers with electric alternatives. 

To find out more or to donate, visit  

For details of our sustainability strategy, visit our sustainability commitments

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President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, receives honorary degree from Vlogٷ and launches new lecture series /discover/news/president-of-ireland-michael-d-higgins-receives-honorary-degree-from-the-university-of-manchester-and-launches-new-lecture-series/ /discover/news/president-of-ireland-michael-d-higgins-receives-honorary-degree-from-the-university-of-manchester-and-launches-new-lecture-series/629628President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, is visiting Vlogٷ this week and spending two days on campus, during which he has been presented with an honorary degree and is due to give an inaugural lecture to invited guests.

President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, is visiting Vlogٷ this week and spending two days on campus, during which he has been presented with an honorary degree and is due to give an inaugural lecture to invited guests.

On Tuesday 23 April, President Higgins attended a conferral dinner at The Whitworth during which he was presented with his honorary degree. In 2011, Michael D. Higgins was inaugurated as the ninth President of Ireland and re-elected in November 2018 to serve a second term in office. The President undertook postgraduate studies at Vlogٷ from 1968 -1971.

Speaking at the conferral ceremony, President Higgins said: “The conferral of a Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) from this esteemed University is an honour I very much appreciate, receiving it as I do in what is a very special year for Vlogٷ as it celebrates its 200th anniversary. This honour that you have bestowed on me has a particular personal resonance, given my family connections with Manchester. My two sisters came to Manchester in the late 1950s and married and reared their families here. This was followed by my own experience as a postgraduate student at this University in the late 1960s, times of hope and promise.

“This period and the work of scholars I met and worked with instilled in me a profound and lifelong interest in migration. This honour I accept today, not just for myself, but for all migrants and those who study and care for them.”

A passionate political voice, a poet and writer, academic and statesman, human rights advocate, promoter of inclusive citizenship and champion of creativity within Irish society, Michael D. Higgins has previously served at every level of public life in Ireland, including as Ireland's first Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht.

Speaking about the visit Professor Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University said: “In conferring an honorary degree upon President Higgins and looking forward to his lecture we celebrate power of sharing knowledge to unite us and inspire change. It is especially important during our bicentenary year in which we celebrate 200 years of our incredible people and community and look toward the future.”

On Wednesday 24 April, The President will deliver the first of a new annual series of lectures at Vlogٷ named the John Kennedy Lecture Series. The lecture series will run for five years as part of the University’s . The lectures will promote topics related to the island of Ireland. The lecture will be .

The title of the inaugural lecture, presented by President Higgins is: ‘Of the consciousness our times need in responding to interacting crises and the role of Universities as spaces of discourse in facilitating it.

The President’s lecture will touch on themes including; Universities providing grounds for thinking freely and empowering students to think freely for the betterment of society and especially their own societies.

The new lecture series is so named in honour of Dr John Kennedy CBE. Dr Kennedy was brought up in a large family in Ireland, he came to Northwest England and founded John Kennedy Civil Engineering. Over the next three decades, turnover grew from £10,000 to £60 million, making it one of the UK’s most successful construction and engineering companies.

Commenting on the inaugural lecture of the John Kennedy Lecture Series at Vlogٷ, Dr John Kennedy, said: “It is an honour and tremendous pleasure to welcome the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins to the first in this new series of lectures. I am very proud to not only support education in the UK but in particular to be alongside Vlogٷ as it celebrates its 200th anniversary and remains a pioneering centre of excellence and achievement. I know that tonight’s lecture will be inspiring and thought provoking at a time when the world is in need of peace and wisdom.”

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University of Manchester named University of the Year at Educate North Awards /discover/news/university-of-manchester-named-university-of-the-year-at-educate-north-awards/ /discover/news/university-of-manchester-named-university-of-the-year-at-educate-north-awards/629169Vlogٷ has been awarded the prestigious title of University of the Year at this year’s . The recognition comes during the University’s Bicentenary year and is a testament to two centuries of outstanding contributions in learning, innovation, and research, cementing its position as a global leader in higher education.

Vlogٷ has been awarded the prestigious title of University of the Year at this year’s . The recognition comes during the University’s Bicentenary year and is a testament to two centuries of outstanding contributions in learning, innovation, and research, cementing its position as a global leader in higher education.

Judges, drawn from across business and academia, highlighted Manchester’s superb standing and achievements across the North and globally.

Celebrating 200 years of academic excellence, Vlogٷ has continually demonstrated a commitment to driving positive change locally and globally. Embracing social responsibility as a core value, the institution has pioneered initiatives that address pressing societal challenges, earning accolades such as being rated top in the UK, Europe, and second in the world in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings global performance table for its unwavering dedication to making a difference.

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Moreover, the university's commitment to sustainability and community engagement has been recognised through its top rankings in independent assessments such as the QS World University Sustainability Rankings and the prestigious Platinum Watermark award from the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement.

Commenting on the award, the competition’s judges said: “An outstanding University that is such an essential engine for the city and the region.  Celebrating 200 years, their global reach is impressive with students from 170 countries and over 500,000 alumni across the world.  Judges highlighted the innovation and economic impact through their considerable investment of £1.7 billion and forecast of 10,000 local jobs. 

“Vlogٷ continues to support the local community with 45% of graduates choosing to remain in the north-west region to live and work. Their drive and commitment to development is proven through their research excellence in areas such as Alzheimer’s, air pollution and women’s abuse. It’s clear that Vlogٷ is very deserving of this award. Great work!”

A hallmark of the University of Manchester's success lies in its approach to education and student experience. With a diverse range of interdisciplinary learning opportunities the institution empowers students to excel both academically and personally. Notably, its comprehensive cost of living support programme, coupled with strategic investments in enhancing the student experience, underscores the university's unwavering dedication to student welfare.

Furthermore, Vlogٷ's commitment to innovation and economic growth is exemplified through initiatives like , a groundbreaking innovation district poised to create over 10,000 new jobs and drive advancements in key sectors such as advanced materials, health innovation, and digital technology.

In the realm of research, Vlogٷ continues to develop world leading discoveries ranging from robotics, to healthcare diagnostics. Its research power, coupled with a commitment to inclusivity and diversity, has garnered international acclaim and solidified its position as a leading research institution.

Internationally, Vlogٷ's impact extends far beyond its campus, with strategic partnerships and collaborative ventures spanning continents. From revolutionising cancer treatment in Kenya to celebrating cultural diversity through innovative exhibitions, the university's global footprint underscores its commitment to fostering meaningful change on a global scale.

As Vlogٷ embarks on its third century of excellence, the title of University of the Year stands as a testament to a  dedication to driving positive change and shaping the future of education, innovation, and research. With a rich legacy of accomplishments and a steadfast commitment to social responsibility, the university continues to inspire generations of scholars, innovators and pioneers worldwide.

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New campaign highlights the success stories of local students who were the first in their family to attend university /discover/news/new-campaign-highlights-the-success-stories-of-local-students-who-were-the-first-in-their-family-to-attend-university/ /discover/news/new-campaign-highlights-the-success-stories-of-local-students-who-were-the-first-in-their-family-to-attend-university/627847The extraordinary success of students from Vlogٷ who were the first in their families to attend university is being highlighted in a new national campaign, led by Universities UK.

The extraordinary success of students from Vlogٷ who were the first in their families to attend university is being highlighted in a new national campaign, led by Universities UK.

Charlotte Mellor who is a Cancer Research UK PhD student and Candy Kong who studied Criminology at Vlogٷ were the first in their family to attend university and are now featured as part of the .

Charlotte Mellor said:Without University, I wouldn’t be working in the field I’m in. It’s opened the door to working in a field I didn’t even know existed before, as it’s so far removed from school classes. It’s allowed me to get involved in things at a really high level and have a go at different things that I’ve been interested in.

“My brother has since applied and been to university, which was easier for him than me as it wasn’t new anymore. I’d already been through it and opened the door. My immediate family is really proud of the fact I was the first to go to university and I’ve earned the opportunity to go and do something that I want to do, which I wouldn’t have had without university.”

Candy Kong said: “I value my time at university immensely, from studying a challenging degree, meeting new people and taking on exciting opportunities.”

·&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ; UUK’s ‘100 Faces campaign’ aims to champion and celebrate the positive impact of ‘first-in-the-family’ (FitF) graduates on the UK – including England footballer Beth Mead, Lord David Blunkett, Nobel Prize winner Sir Chris Pissarides and actor Amit Shah - in order to highlight the need for access to support, and ensure the next generation can reach their graduate potential.

·&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ; As part of the campaign, new research reveals the transformative impact of going to university  on ambition (74%), with almost three quarters (73%) of FitF students agreeing their degree gave them the confidence to apply for jobs without feeling like an imposter

·&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ; The research  also highlights FiF students’  reliance on depreciating financial support - without financial support, over 4 in 10 FitF graduates couldn’t have afforded to go to university at all. This is equivalent to around 1.1 million 24–40-year-olds in England and Wales.

·&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ;&Բ; With financial provisions dwindling and the cost of living rising, UUK is calling for government to reinstate maintenance grants and increase support for future students

These findings come from extensive new research, commissioned by Universities UK, into the experiences of 6,004 UK graduates and 4,006 non-graduates, aged 24-40, from across the UK.

The success of students like Charlotte and Candy is testament to the extraordinary role university can play – particularly for those students who are the first in their family to attend and face significant barriers before they even set foot on campus. Despite this inequality, FiF students flourish at university – with three quarters of FiF respondents saying that their experiences at university made them more confident and ambitious, gave them broader life experiences and crucial life skills which continue to be impactful long after graduation.

However, the research also pointed to the need for uplifted financial support to ensure that FiF students are able to progress. Over 4 in 10 (41%) FitF students believe that without financial assistance they wouldn’t have been able to afford to go to university, and when non-graduates from across the UK were asked what might have persuaded them to attend university, almost half (48%) responded more financial support.

Many graduates responding to this survey were eligible for non-repayable maintenance grants as students, which were replaced by repayable loans, in England in 2016, although maintenance grants continue to operate in Wales, Scotland and for some healthcare courses in England.

In light of this, UUK is campaigning to highlight the achievements of the extraordinary first in family graduates in every community, and to ensure that future generations don’t miss out on the transformative impact of a university education.  

Vivienne Stern MBE, Chief Executive of Universities UK, commented: “There are those who say that too many people go to university. I disagree. These stories tell you why. In this country you are still twice as likely to go to university if you are from the wealthiest background, compared to the least wealthy. That’s not right.”

"There are those who say that too many people go to university. I disagree. These stories tell you why. In this country you are still twice as likely to go to university if you are from the wealthiest background, compared to the least wealthy. That’s not right.

“The experiences of students who are the first in their families to have been to university tell a powerful story. I am amazed by how many graduates talked about having imposter syndrome – and the way that earning a degree helped to banish that feeling. I believe we have a responsibility to keep working to ensure a wider range of people in this country get access to the potentially transformative experience of going to university. For that to happen, we really do need to see an improvement in maintenance support to support those from the least privileged backgrounds.”

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Manchester researchers awarded prestigious funding to pursue projects that could lead to major scientific breakthroughs /discover/news/manchester-researchers-awarded-prestigious-funding-to-pursue-projects-that-could-lead-to-major-scientific-breakthroughs/ /discover/news/manchester-researchers-awarded-prestigious-funding-to-pursue-projects-that-could-lead-to-major-scientific-breakthroughs/627491Seven leading Manchester researchers are being awarded highly prestigious European Research Council (ERC) advanced grants.

Seven leading Manchester researchers are being awarded highly prestigious designed to provide outstanding research leaders with the opportunity to pursue ambitious, curiosity-driven projects that could lead to major scientific breakthroughs.

Described by the ERC as among the EU’s most prestigious and competitive grants, today’s funding has been awarded to the following senior research leaders:

  • , Professor of Emerging Optoelectronics, based in the and , to investigate scalable nanomanufacturing paradigms for emerging electronics (SNAP). The program aims to develop sustainable large-area electronics, a potential game-changer in emerging semiconductor markets, that will help reduce society's reliance on current polluting technologies while enabling radically new applications.
  • , Chair in Evolutionary Biology, in the School of Biological Sciences, to investigate how genomic complexity shapes long-term bacterial evolution and adaptation.
  • , in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Director of the Photon Science Institute to develop a table-top nuclear facility to produce cold actinide molecules that will enable novel searches for new physics beyond the standard model of particle physics.
  • Professor Sir Andre Geim, who isolated graphene in 2004 with Professor Sir Konstantin Novoselov, to explore 2D materials and their van der Waals assemblies.
  • , to lead work into chemically fuelled molecular ratchets. Ratcheting underpins the mechanisms of molecular machinery, gives chemical processes direction, and helps explain how chemistry becomes biology.
  • , in the Department of Chemistry and  Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, to develop enzymatic methods for peptide synthesis (EZYPEP). Peptides are fundamental in life and are widely used as therapeutic agents, vaccines, biomaterials and in many other applications. Currently peptides are produced by chemical synthesis, which is inefficient, expensive, difficult to scale-up and creates a huge amount of harmful waste that is damaging to the environment. EZYPEP will address this problem by developing enzymatic methods for the more sustainable, cleaner and scalable synthesis of peptides, including essential medicines to combat infectious diseases, cancer and diabetes.
  •  , based in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, to explore Top and Higgs Couplings and extended Higgs Sectors with rare multi-Top multi-Higgs Events with the ATLAS detector at the LHC. This project aims at deeper insight into the most fundamental properties of nature beyond our current understanding.

Vlogٷ received seven of the 42 grants awarded to UK institutions.

The grant recipients will join a community of just 255 awarded ERC advanced grants, from a total of 1,829 submissions.

As a result of today’s announcement, the ERC will be investing nearly €652 million across the 255 projects.

Head of Department for Physics and Astronomy, which received three of the seven grants, said: “Today’s triple award reflects our department’s continued leadership in pioneering research. We’re home to Jodrell Bank, host of the Square Kilometre Array Observatory – set to be the largest radio telescope in the world; the National Graphene Institute – a world-leading centre for 2D material research with the largest clean rooms in European academia; we lead experiments at CERN and Fermilab; and – crucially – we host a world-leading community of vibrant and collaborative researchers like Professors Flanagan, Geim and Peters who lead the way. Today’s announcement recognises their role as outstanding research leaders who will drive the next generation to deliver transformative breakthroughs.”

, Vice-Dean for Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Vlogٷ, added: “Our University’s history of scientific and engineering research is internationally recognised but it does not constrain us. Instead, it’s the work of our researchers – like the seven leaders celebrated today – and what they decide to do next, that will define us.  We are proud to have a culture where responsible risk-taking is nurtured and transformative outcomes delivered, and we look forward to these colleagues using this environment to deliver world-leading and world-changing research.”

, Vice-Dean for Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, said: "These awards are welcome recognition of the world-leading and transformative frontier science that Vlogٷ researchers are delivering. The compelling and innovative research supported by these ERC awards builds on the excellent local environment at Manchester and are cornerstones of the University’s strategy for excellence and leadership in research and innovation. The positive and real-world global impact from these research awards could deliver are genuinely tangible.

"As we enter our third century, the awards made in a highly competitive environment, are evidence that we do so with a continued pioneering approach to discovery and the pursuit of knowledge that our research community was built on."

Iliana Ivanova, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth at the ERC, said: “This investment nurtures the next generation of brilliant minds. I look forward to seeing the resulting breakthroughs and fresh advancements in the years ahead.”

The ERC grants are part of the EU’s Horizon Europe programme.

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Universally Manchester Festival announces first speakers, performers and events /discover/news/universally-manchester-festival-announces-first-speakers-performers-and-events/ /discover/news/universally-manchester-festival-announces-first-speakers-performers-and-events/627495Vlogٷ has announced the first speakers, performers and events for Universally Manchester Festival; a 200th birthday celebration like no other, with 150 free events across four captivating days at its iconic Oxford Road Campus from Thursday 6 - Sunday 9 June 2024.

Thursday 6 - Sunday 9 June 2024
150+ free events at UoM's iconic Oxford Road campus


Vlogٷ has announced the first speakers, performers and events for Universally Manchester Festival; a 200th birthday celebration like no other, with 150 free events across four captivating days at its iconic Oxford Road Campus from Thursday 6 - Sunday 9 June 2024.

The once in a lifetime interdisciplinary festival, will welcome up to 60,000 people to more than 150 imaginative and immersive events, featuring contributions from Professor Brian Cox, Professor David Olusoga, Ed O’Brien (Radiohead), international supergroup directed by Laima Leyton (Mixhell / Soulwax), Professor Michael Wood, Dr Sarah Crowther (member of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Sample Analysis Team), immunologist Professor Sheena Cruikshank, exonerated postmaster Tom Hedges and many, many more.

The launch

The festival opens with Universally Manchester x the Whitworth, a very special Thursday late, with a showcase of music marking 200 years of Vlogٷ in collaboration with festival partner Manchester Histories Festival 2024. This free event is open to all and includes everything from a world premiere of new music inspired by Manchester’s history of broadside ballads performed by members of the BBC Philharmonic, to an audio visual experience, celebrating the legacies of Manchester computing genius Alan Turning and music pioneer Delia Derbyshire.   

Ideas and discussions

Professor Brian Cox will lead a guided journey to far-away galaxies, alien worlds, supermassive black holes and the latest theories on the origins of the universe, while Professor David Olusoga, Professor Michael Wood, Ana Carden-Coyne and Sadiah Qureshi will explore how TV and film shape cultural narratives and reflect societal diversity.

TedX speaker and immunologist Professor Sheena Cruickshank will debunk the myths behind 'immune boosting' products and regimes, revealing the science behind our immune system, whilst Earth and Environmental Sciences Research Fellow Dr Sarah Crowther will share the secrets of the asteroid Bennu and NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission.

A Universally Manchester edition of the Talk 200: Lecture and podcast series will tackle inequalities in access to justice, with contributions from the University’s Chancellor, Nazir Afzal, exonerated postmaster Tom Hedges; barrister and advocate Thalia Maragh (UK Covid-19 Inquiry, Grenfell Inquiry); and Suzanne Gower, PhD researcher, and former managing director of the legal charity APPEAL.

A Guardian Live event, led by Professor David Olusoga, Cotton Capital: Slavery and Vlogٷ will explore how transatlantic slavery shaped Vlogٷ. 

Creativity and performance

The diverse programme includes a panel talking us through two decades of creative activism with independent international charity and its ambassador, Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien.

This will be brought to life with a performance from GRRRL, an international supergroup brought together by In Place of War and directed by Brazil’s Laima Leyton (Mixhell / Soulwax). Featuring women of colour from international conflict zones, GRRRL express themselves on their terms, in their languages, with their stories.

The Whitworth will present The Carnival, a celebration of art, culture and Manchester’s dynamic community through live performances, interactive workshops, delicious street food and live music, whilst Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, a mischievous, revolutionary New Orleans Second Line will pay homage to the diehard days of the Hacienda, 90s club culture and Mr Tony Wilson.

Further musical performances come from Kantos Choir, a trailblazing vocal ensemble, who perform music by everyone from 11th Century visionary saints to genre-bending, experimental rock stars, Grammy-winning multi-percussionist, educator, arranger, and composer Carlos "Carly" Maldonado, and Senegalese afrobeat musician Sens Sagna.

Community and Families

There will be a whole host of family-friendly events including a Community Fair taking place across Engineering Building A, University Place and AMBS, full of interactive activities. Budding scientists can drive a Lego Mars Rover, peek inside our brains, or enter a world of virtual reality. Creative and crafty activities include screen printing tote bags, clay making and face painting, and sporting challenges including circus skills from The Circus House, a climbing wall and helter-skelter. The Shoopery will deliver a series of positive, upbeat, ambitious, ‘out of your comfort zone’ experiences that are all about letting go.

A visually stunning Flash Bang Show, for kids and adults, will demonstrate the explosive power of chemistry, from basic knowledge about atoms and molecules to the innovative research produced at Vlogٷ.


 The festival will close with a Celebration Day in partnership with Manchester Histories Festival 2024 which will see over 50 stalls take over the historic Whitworth Hall, giving those of all ages the chance to find out more about the unique history of Greater Manchester and the North West from organisations that celebrate, preserve, and explore our histories and heritage. During the day there will be everything from craft activities and walks through to performances and talks – even a chance to hop on a heritage bus.

With support from partners including BBC Philharmonic, Factory International, the Guardian, In Place of War, Manchester Histories Festival and many others, Universally Manchester Festival will be taking over Manchester Museum, The Whitworth, University of Manchester Students’ Union, and creating pop-up stages on Gilbert Square.

The Festival Village on Bridgeford Street, in collaboration with Pop Up Market Co., will showcase Manchester's finest independent artisans, makers, performers and businesses.

Universally Manchester Festival will run from Thursday 6 - Sunday 9 June 2024. Free ticketed events will be available to book from Thursday 9 May, with early access available for those that sign up for information .  

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University of Manchester, Boots And No7 beauty company renew 20-year partnership to supercharge skin science advancements /discover/news/university-of-manchester-boots-and-no7-beauty-company-renew-20-year-partnership-to-supercharge-skin-science-advancements/ /discover/news/university-of-manchester-boots-and-no7-beauty-company-renew-20-year-partnership-to-supercharge-skin-science-advancements/626905The pioneering collaboration is delivering game-changing British skincare products and high street success including the launch of No7 Future Renew – the UK’s biggest ever beauty launchNo7 Beauty Company and Boots today announce the renewal of their 20-year, multi-million-pound partnership with the University of Manchester Centre for Dermatology Research for a further five years. The partnership has accelerated discoveries in skin science and paved the way for game-changing skincare products that have fuelled the growth and reputation of the British beauty industry globally.  

No7 Beauty Company and Boots today announce the renewal of their 20-year, multi-million-pound partnership with the University of Manchester Centre for Dermatology Research for a further five years. The partnership has accelerated discoveries in skin science and paved the way for game-changing skincare products that have fuelled the growth and reputation of the British beauty industry globally.  

The renewed commitment will help Boots and No7 Beauty Company continue to break new ground in helping people care for their skin throughout their life, whether it is maintaining skin health, helping to combat skin ageing or supporting people through significant skin changes such as those resulting from the menopause. It will also further strengthen their market leading cosmetic science innovation pipeline, which has delivered product innovations generating waiting lists of up to 100,000 people, physical queues outside Boots stores and surges in visits to boots.com. 

The announcement was made at a special event held at the University, which celebrated some of the partnership’s most significant scientific milestones, including the launch of its biggest scientific breakthrough to date; the ground-breaking No7 Future Renew skincare range. The range was launched exactly one year ago this week and was developed following 15 years of research and development between scientists at both organisations, resulting in the discovery of a world-first super peptide blend formulated into a best-selling range and serum that is clinically proven to reverse visible signs of skin damage.  This innovation has taken the beauty industry by storm, with the Future Renew serum becoming a global bestseller and the biggest ever beauty launch in the UK.  In the UK, there were more than 500,000 transactions in the first four weeks, and a year later, one product is still sold every seven seconds.

The collaboration renewal also coincides with both institutions celebrating landmark anniversaries; with Boots marking its 175th anniversary and Vlogٷ reaching its 200 year milestone in 2024.

Mark Winter, Managing Director, No7 Beauty Company, said: We are incredibly proud of our longstanding partnership with the UoM’s Centre for Dermatology Research and excited for the next phase of our collaboration.  Scientific innovation is part of our DNA and by working with world-leading partners like the University of Manchester we are committed to using our unrivalled research expertise to be at the forefront of skincare and cosmetic innovation, developing ground-breaking, clinically proven, affordable products that work for everyone.”

The event was attended by representatives from both institutions, including Ornella Barra, Chief Operating Officer, International, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc and Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor, Vlogٷ.  

from Vlogٷ said: “We are delighted to be able to continue our partnership with Boots and to pursue our shared aims of uncovering new insights into skin biology and applying this knowledge to repairing accumulated damage.”&Բ;

, also from Vlogٷ  said: "Our longstanding partnership with Boots has enabled us to explore the depths of skin science while delivering real-world benefits to consumers through clinical translational research. We are thrilled to continue this collaboration, advancing innovation and enhancing skin health for all individuals."

Where it all began
The partnership was established twenty years ago by a small team of No7 and University of Manchester scientists. The ambition was to come together to create cutting-edge skincare solutions that could be taken from the laboratory straight to the high street.  One of the first innovations was the renowned No7 Protect & Perfect serum. The serum famously featured in a BBC Horizon programme in 2007, where the efficacy of the serum was verified by independent dermatologists, leading to the product selling out in Boots stores throughout the UK.

Fast forward to 2024 and today, the collaboration has caught the eyes of the scientific community and the Government.  It has also:  

  • Led to 10 patents being filed, with more in the pipeline
  • Resulted in over 100 academic publications including 60 peer reviewed papers published in scientific journals
  • Helped to upskill thousands of beauty advisors and pharmacists within Boots stores
  • Supported a UK talent pipeline of brilliant entrepreneurial scientists – many of whom are female
  • Significantly raised the reputation of bioscience research in the UK and in particular in the North West
  • Helped put No7 on the global map with distribution now extending to over a dozen countries including Australia, the Nordics and the US
  • Created effective collaborations both in the UK and internationally with the likes of Imperial College London, Kings College, Newcastle, York and Liverpool universities, as well as internationally with Johns Hopkins.

Millie Kendall OBE, CEO, British Beauty Council, comments: “The launch of No7 Future Renew was somewhat revolutionary.  The teams took a ground-breaking scientific discovery straight into an affordable, accessible skincare range available to all on the British high street, whereas traditionally you would see cutting-edge scientific innovations trickle down to high street products several years after launching in premium products or clinics. It is testament to the rigour and strength of the partnership between Vlogٷ, Boots and No7 Beauty Company that they have created truly world-leading skincare innovation together.”

New era of discovery beckons
The renewal of the partnership establishes a ground-breaking five-year research programme that will explore peptides, clinical testing, skin immunology, and the skin microbiome. It includes a pioneering project to investigate skin across the pigmentary spectrum, aiming to develop more inclusive and effective technologies suitable for all skin tones. The project has already secured multi-million-pound funding from The BBSRC’s Prosperity Award, marking a significant investment in advancing skin science.

Samantha Dover, Mintel Category Director of Beauty and Personal Care research, said: “Beauty consumers are increasingly discerning and want to know more about the products they buy. This is exemplified by the 71% of UK adults who believe beauty brands should provide more scientific evidence to validate their claims. Showcasing the research and development behind a product can provide brands with a powerful point of difference in a crowded market. Moreover, partnerships that elevate and spotlight the R&D process will undoubtedly appeal to consumers who want brands to validate their claims, and therefore can build brand trust and loyalty.”&Բ;

Investing in the next generation of British scientists
Throughout the partnership, Vlogٷ, Boots and No7 Beauty Company will support the next generation of scientists through the following initiatives:

  • Funding from BBSRC Collaborative Training Partnership in 2021 to train 15 PhD students, addressing skills gaps in the UK bioscience industry.
  • Co-investing with UKRI since 2019, with UKRI recognising the No7 Future Renew story as an exemplar of business and university collaboration.

An event is being held at Vlogٷ on April 11th (the one year anniversary of the No7 Future Renew launch) to celebrate the impact and success of the partnership and look ahead at the next phase. 

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Pet Shop Boys announce ‘in conversation’ event with Professor of Popular Culture Jon Savage at John Rylands Research Institute and Library /discover/news/pet-shop-boys-announce-in-conversation-event-with-professor-of-popular-culture-jon-savage-at-john-rylands-research-institute-and-library/ /discover/news/pet-shop-boys-announce-in-conversation-event-with-professor-of-popular-culture-jon-savage-at-john-rylands-research-institute-and-library/627195Pet Shop Boys will appear at a special ‘in conversation’ event at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library on Friday, 26 April 2024, the day their new album ‘Nonetheless’ is released.

will appear at a special ‘in conversation’ event at the on Friday, 26 April 2024, the day their new album ‘Nonetheless’ is released.

Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe will be interviewed by Jon Savage, Professor of Popular Culture at Vlogٷ, and also answer questions from the audience. The conversation will be preceded by a full album playback.

Tickets for the event sold out in minutes when they went on sale on Friday, 5 April 2024.

Pet Shop Boys said: “It will be great to be in Manchester on the day our new album is released. We have many friends in the city and it’s always a real pleasure returning there.”

, John Rylands University Librarian and Director of Vlogٷ Library, said: “This will be one of the highest profile events in the history of the Library and follows the successful launch of the in 2022 and a series of events, not least the launch of Johnny Marr’s new book. We’d like to thank Parlophone Records, Crash Records, Pet Shop Boys and their management for making it happen at the Library.”

‘Nonetheless’ is Pet Shop Boys’ 15th album and was produced by James Ford. The Guardian have already described it as “gorgeous...it basks in songwriterly lusciousness”.

Jon Savage’s acclaimed books include ‘Teenage’, ‘1966: The Year the Decade Exploded” and ‘England’s Dreaming’ which is seen as the classic book about punk. His new book, ‘The Secret Public: How LGBTQ Performers Shaped Popular Music” will be published in June.

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Manchester researchers help secure £49.35m to boost mass spectrometry research /discover/news/manchester-researchers-help-secure-4935m-to-boost-mass-spectrometry-research/ /discover/news/manchester-researchers-help-secure-4935m-to-boost-mass-spectrometry-research/626141Scientists at Vlogٷ have supported a successful bid for a new distributed research and innovation infrastructure aimed at bolstering the UK’s capability in mass spectrometry.

Scientists at Vlogٷ have supported a successful bid for a new distributed research and innovation infrastructure aimed at bolstering the UK’s capability in mass spectrometry.

The bid was delivered by a coordination team, which includes and from the University and has secured £49.35m from the UKRI Infrastructure Fund to establish C-MASS - a national hub-and-spoke infrastructure designed to integrate and advance the country’s capability in mass spectrometry.

Mass spectrometry is a central analytical technique that quantifies and identifies molecules by measuring their mass and charge. It is used across science and medicine, for drug discovery, to screen all newborn babies for the presence of metabolic disorders, to monitor pollution and to tell us what compounds are in the tails of comets.

Researchers at Vlogٷ develop and apply mass spectrometry in many of its research centres and institutes, including the , the , , , the , and the

C-MASS will enable rapid methodological advances, by developing consensus protocols to allow population level screening of health markers and accelerated data access and sharing. It will bring together cutting-edge instrumentation at a range of laboratories connected by a coordinating central hub that will manage a central metadata catalogue. Together, this will provide unparalleled signposting of data and will be a critical measurement science resource for the UK.

The bid for the funding has been developed over the last 10 years and has included input and support from more than 40 higher education institutes, 35 industrial partners and numerous research institutes.

Manchester is renowned for its expertise in mass spectrometry. J.J. Thomson, who was an alumnus of Vlogٷ, built the first mass spectrometer - originally called a parabola spectrograph - in 1912. Later, another alumnus, James Chadwick, commissioned the first commercial mass spectrometer, built by the Manchester firm Metropolitan Vickers, for use in the second world war to separate radioactive isotopes.

Now, many decades later, the University receives more funding in mass spectrometry than any other higher education institution in the UK and more mass spectrometers are made in the Manchester region than any other in Europe.

At the University, researchers across a range of disciplines including , , use mass spectrometry for wide range of world-leading research. Just some of those projects include: , improving the testing and diagnosis of womb cancer, improving our understanding of Huntington’s disease and rheumatic heart disease, diagnosing Parkinson’s disease and finding treatments for blindness.

The mass spectrometry laboratories at the University boast a range of industry-leading instrumentations, not just for staff and students, but also collaborating with many external companies. 

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University signs new partnership with behavioural science and technology organisation /discover/news/university-signs-new-partnership-with-kultralab/ /discover/news/university-signs-new-partnership-with-kultralab/625617Vlogٷ has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Greater Manchester-based organisation KultraLab Limited, which will formalise and strengthen the partnership through new research, development and knowledge exchange activities. 

Vlogٷ has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Greater Manchester-based organisation KultraLab Limited, which will formalise and strengthen the partnership through new research, development and knowledge exchange activities. 

The MoU will create a framework to build on an already fruitful relationship, and will develop collaboration roadmaps to expand the breadth and depth of the partnership in areas including Behavioural AI, Organisational Psychology and High Performance Culture and Behaviours.

KultraLab is a behavioural science and technology organisation, and they have developed a behaviour change coaching platform to enable organisations to create high-performing teams through AI coaching.

“The partnership between Vlogٷ and KultraLab started in 2020, and has organically grown and expanded into multiple collaborations across the Faculty of Humanities and Science and Engineering,” said Caroline Stanton, Head of SME Partnership in the University’s Business Engagement and Knowledge Exchange Team. “The signing of this MoU represents an exciting milestone in the partnership and will provide a strategic framework to strengthen and diversify collaborative opportunities, continue to foster a culture of knowledge exchange and enrich both organisations with valuable benefits.”

“This is a momentous occasion between Vlogٷ and KultraLab that signifies the strength of our existing relationship and the potential for how we will research, innovate and drive impact together,” said Amy King, Chief Behavioural Science Officer at KultraLab. “The MoU represents a mutual opportunity to share expertise, resources and research in a focused and meaningful way, helping us to advance capabilities in behavioural AI to make a positive difference to the world of work.”

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University of Manchester recognised as Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research /discover/news/university-of-manchester-recognised-as-academic-centre-of-excellence-in-cyber-security-research/ /discover/news/university-of-manchester-recognised-as-academic-centre-of-excellence-in-cyber-security-research/625267Vlogٷ has been named an Academic Centre of Excellence (ACE-CSR) in recognition of its internationally leading cyber security research.


Vlogٷ has been named an Academic Centre of Excellence (ACE-CSR) in recognition of its internationally leading cyber security research.

The University is one of 21 universities to receive the status by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) - the UK's lead technical authority on cyber security.

It is one of several initiatives outlined in the UK government’s ‘Protecting and promoting the UK in a digital world’, which describes how the government is working with academia and industry to make the UK more resilient to cyber attacks.

The scheme aims to enhance the quality and scale of academic cybersecurity research and postgraduate training being undertaken in the UK; make it easier for potential users of research to identify the best cybersecurity research and postgraduate training that the UK has to offer; and help to develop a shared vision and aims among the UK cybersecurity research community, inside and outside academia.

The Centre will be led by colleagues in the University’s , which has a long history of world-leading cyber security research and will be directed by and co-directed by Professor Daniel Dresner and .

Nicholas Lord, Professor of Criminology at Vlogٷ, said: “We are very proud to be recognised as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research. Receiving this status is further recognition of our long-standing commitment to world-leading cyber security research and key to the realisation of our five-year research plan.

“Our cyber security research has been a focal point for the University since founding our Digital Futures platform in 2018, with our sociotechnical approach to cyber security coming together recognisably in 2021 by the creation of our Centre for Digital Trust and Society - a truly unique Centre with a strong interdisciplinary nature.

“Over the next five years we hope that we can use our ACE-CSR recognition to strengthen our collaborations with other ACEs and NCSC, as well as enhance our collaborations with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority with a view to integrating cyber security into the city region’s business community.”

Professor Colette Fagan, Vice-President for Research at Vlogٷ, added: “I am thrilled that our University has been recognised as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research. This achievement, led by our Centre for Digital Trust and Security, underscores our commitment to pioneering cyber security research and innovation through interdisciplinary collaborative research. This approach and ambition is vital to ensure that the benefits of the rapid pace of technological change are developed in ways that ensure a safe and more secure digital world for our citizens and organisations.”

The University was required to show evidence of NCSC’s tough standards to be considered, including: commitment from the University's leadership team to support and invest in the University's cyber security research capacity and capability; a critical mass of academic staff engaged in leading-edge cyber security research; a proven track record of producing high impact cyber security research; and sustained funding from a variety of sources to ensure the continuing financial viability of the research team's activities.

Chris Ensor, Deputy Director Cyber Growth at NCSC, said: “I’m delighted that 21 universities have been recognised as Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research, including four who have received the award for the first time. These recognitions are testament to the dedication of academics, support staff and senior management who have ensured that cyber security remains high on the university’s agenda. And they demonstrate that the UK has a growing number of world-class universities carrying out cutting-edge research into all areas of cyber security. We very much look forward to working with them over the coming years to tackle the most difficult cyber security challenges.”

The Centre for Digital Trust and Society at Vlogٷ is one of few cyber and digital security and trust research centre in the UK led from social science, rather than a computer science or engineering department.

It focuses on barriers to, and enablers of, trust in digital and cyber technologies and has more than 80 active researchers affiliated to the Centre.

The Centre prides itself on its strong interdisciplinary engagement across the University and supports six multi-disciplinary research clusters: Trusted Digital Systems, Digital Technologies and Crime, Workplace and Organisational Security, Democracy and Trust, Privacy and Trust and Advanced Mathematics.

Dr Mustafa, Senior Lecturer in Systems and Software Security at Vlogٷ, said: “While our cybersecurity research across the Department of Computer Science provides the fundamentals and foundations of our Centre’s research, our social science academics provide the societal relevance and context: secure cyber and digital systems are grounded in everyday human behaviours and interactions. It is for this reason that we coordinate our sociotechnical cybersecurity research activities ensuring the people and social factors remain central. We do this by engaging in cross-cluster and cross-disciplinary research activities, realising our sociotechnical work through internally and externally funded research.”

Over the next five years, researchers will work on a wide range of projects from cyber security controls, building secure and safe (AI) software to counter threats, through understanding offending and victimisation of cybercrimes, to the application of cyber security research in development and industry, as well as the cyber risks to political-economic systems and organisational workplaces, and the need for data privacy and security.

The ACE-CSR will continue to hold strong national and international links - in particular - to work with its partners in the Greater Manchester Cyber Ecosystem and the wider North West Cyber Corridor.

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University awarded £30 million to train the next generation of science and engineering researchers through four new Centres for Doctoral Training /discover/news/university-awarded-30-million-to-train-the-next-generation-of-science-and-engineering-researchers-through-four-new-centres-for-doctoral-training/ /discover/news/university-awarded-30-million-to-train-the-next-generation-of-science-and-engineering-researchers-through-four-new-centres-for-doctoral-training/623688Vlogٷ has been awarded £30 million funding by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for four Centres for Doctoral Training as part of the UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) £500 million investment in engineering and physical sciences doctoral skills across the UK.

  • Four Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) will train more than 350 doctoral students after being awarded over £30m funding.
  • The CDTs will support in developing the UK’s skills base in critical technologies by training students to tackle key challenges such as meeting net-zero targets through advanced materials, nuclear energy, robotics and AI.
  • Manchester is in the top three most-awarded institutions for CDTs after University of Bristol and University College London, and equal to University of Edinburgh.
  • Vlogٷ has been awarded £30 million funding by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for four Centres for Doctoral Training as part of the UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) £500 million investment in engineering and physical sciences doctoral skills across the UK.

    Building on Manchester’s long-standing record of sustained support for doctoral training, the new CDTs will boost UK expertise in critical areas such as advanced materials, AI, and nuclear energy.

    The CDTs include:

    • EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in 2D Materials of Tomorrow (2DMoT) - with cross-disciplinary research in the science and applications of two-dimensional materials, this CDT will focus on a new class of advanced materials with potential to transform modern technologies, from clean energy to quantum engineering. Led by , Professor of Physics at Vlogٷ.
    • EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training Developing National Capability for Materials 4.0 - this CDT will bring together students from a range of backgrounds in science and engineering to drive forward the digitalisation of materials research and innovation. Led by , Professor of Applied Mathematics at Vlogٷ and the Henry Royce Institute.
    • EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and AI for Net Zero - this CDT will train and develop the next generation of multi-disciplinary robotic systems engineers to help revolutionise lifecycle asset management, in support of the UK’s Net Zero Strategy. Led by , Reader in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Vlogٷ.
    • EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in SATURN (Skills And Training Underpinning a Renaissance in Nuclear) - the primary aim of SATURN is to provide high quality research training in science and engineering, underpinning nuclear fission technology. Led by , Professor of Nuclear Chemistry at Vlogٷ.

    Manchester received joint-third most awards across UK academia, and will partner with University of Cambridge, University of Glasgow, Imperial College London, Lancaster University, University of Leeds, University of Liverpool, University of Oxford, University of Sheffield, University of Strathclyde and the National Physical Laboratory to prepare the next generation of researchers, specialists and industry experts across a wide range of sectors and industries.

    In addition to leading these four CDTs, Vlogٷ is also collaborating as a partner institution on the following CDTs:

    • EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fusion Power, based at University of York.
    • EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science: Harnessing Aerosol Science for Improved Security, Resilience and Global Health, based at University of Bristol.
    • EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing, based at Cardiff University.

    Along with institutional partnerships, all CDTs work with industrial partners, offering opportunities for students to develop their skills and knowledge in real-world environments which will produce a pipeline of highly skilled researchers ready to enter industry and take on sector challenges.

    Professor Scott Heath, Associate Dean for Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers at Vlogٷ said of the awards: “We are delighted that the EPSRC have awarded this funding to establish these CDTs and expose new cohorts to the interdisciplinary experience that researching through a CDT encourages. By equipping the next generation of researchers with the expertise and skills necessary to tackle complex issues, we are laying the groundwork for transformative solutions that will shape industries and societies for generations to come.”

    Announced by Science, Innovation and Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan, this round of funding is the largest investment in engineering and physical sciences doctoral skills to-date, totalling more than £1 billion. Science and Technology Secretary, Michelle Donelan, said: “As innovators across the world break new ground faster than ever, it is vital that government, business and academia invests in ambitious UK talent, giving them the tools to pioneer new discoveries that benefit all our lives while creating new jobs and growing the economy.

    “By targeting critical technologies including artificial intelligence and future telecoms, we are supporting world class universities across the UK to build the skills base we need to unleash the potential of future tech and maintain our country’s reputation as a hub of cutting-edge research and development.”

    These CDTs join the already announced . This CDT led by , Senior Lecturer in Machine Learning at Vlogٷ, will train the next generation of AI researchers to develop AI methods designed to accelerate new scientific discoveries – specifically in the fields of astronomy, engineering biology and material science.

    The first cohort of AI CDT, SATURN CDT and Developing National Capability for Materials 4.0 CDT students will start in the 2024/2025 academic year, recruitment for which will begin shortly. 2DMoT CDT and RAINZ CDT will have their first cohort in 2025/26.

    For more information about the University of Manchester's Centres for Doctoral Training, please visit:

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    Transformational gift set to redefine global development research for the 21st century at University of Manchester /discover/news/transformational-gift-set-to-redefine-global-development-research-for-the-21st-century-at-university-of-manchester/ /discover/news/transformational-gift-set-to-redefine-global-development-research-for-the-21st-century-at-university-of-manchester/623638The Global Development Institute (GDI) at Vlogٷ has received a further transformational donation of £2 million from the Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Foundation.

    The (GDI) at Vlogٷ has received a further transformational donation of £2 million from the .

    The gift, which is the most recent donation to the University from the Foundation, will deliver an ambitious programme of work aimed at redefining the role of global development research in the 21st Century. This supports the GDI’s overarching mission of addressing global inequalities and promoting a socially just world for all.

    The gift aims to build equitable partnerships between the GDI, one of the foremost development studies research institutions globally and Universities across the developing world. The GDI aims to reshape, and lead by example, the way that leading North-based universities work with Global South partners to ensure knowledge creation is co-created.

    Activity funded by the gift includes a new policy lab – aimed at translating academic research into policy change – and the creation of new PhD studentships focused on climate change and poverty reduction.

    Recent GDI research has encouraged the UK government to launch new development programmes worth £270 million, catalysed improved gender equality for one million women working the supply chains of companies such as Nike and Marks & Spencer, and has resulted in improved life expectancy for over 3,750 Indonesians at risk of cardiovascular disease.


    , Head of the GDI said: “The gift from the Rory and Elizabeth Brooks foundation will enable us to transform the ways in which global development institutes like ours operate.

    “We want to do this by targeting new Global South partnerships. This is where we move beyond very short-term income-led forms of partnership, to much more durable and equitable relationships. The aim is to ensure that scholars in the Global South have a larger and louder voice in setting research and teaching agendas around global development, which has previously been captured very much by northern based academics.”

    This new activity will build on the GDI’s track record of learning from and amplifying academic voices from across the globe. Gig economy workers in Ghana and Bangladesh are who are helping to rank platforms like Uber and Upwork. These rankings are driving up pay and conditions for workers in a wider range of low-income countries.


    , a PhD researcher based at the GDI, is using his research to drive policy change in order to ensure that communities in his home country of Ghana benefit from prosperity brought to the country from the mining industry.  

    “The people who are really short-changed are often the local people. In order to make sure the local people benefit, it is important that their views are elevated to a level where they have a greater say in governance,” said Gerald.

    “The University is number one in terms of research towards sustainable development goals. I have no doubt in mind that the nature of the GDI is contributing immensely towards this.”

    The Brooks’ extraordinary contribution reflects a deep commitment to promoting sustainable development and social justice worldwide.

    Rory Brooks is co-founder of the international private equity group MML Capital Partners. Rory graduated from UMIST (now Vlogٷ) in 1975 and serves on the Charity Commission.   He was the donor member of the Pearce Review into philanthropy in Higher Education in 2012 and was awarded the CBE in 2015.

    Rory Brooks said: “Philanthropy, at its best, should be used to catalyse new and bold activity that is less likely to be funded through traditional channels. We are very encouraged and pleased to be able to support the ambitious plan of the GDI to recast global development research in partnership with Institutions around the world.”

    The gift follows a recent £1.5 million gift to Vlogٷ from alumnus and businessman Simon Sadler, which will provide life-changing financial support for care leaver students.

    Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor said: “Vlogٷ owes its very existence to philanthropy. As we step into our third century, philanthropic gifts play a critical part in delivering our goal of creating a healthier, fairer and more sustainable future.”

    Vlogٷ, renowned for its commitment to excellence in research and education, is the home of the Global Development Institute. This significant donation underscores the University's position as a leader in addressing complex global challenges and underscores its ongoing dedication to making a positive impact on society.

    For more information about the Global Development Institute at Vlogٷ, please visit

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    The Great Science Share for Schools granted patronage of the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO in 2024: A Milestone in Science Education /discover/news/the-great-science-share-for-schools-granted-patronage-of-the-united-kingdom-national-commission-for-unesco-in-2024-a-milestone-in-science-education/ /discover/news/the-great-science-share-for-schools-granted-patronage-of-the-united-kingdom-national-commission-for-unesco-in-2024-a-milestone-in-science-education/623361The Great Science Share for Schools (GSSfS), a pioneering campaign dedicated to fostering scientific curiosity and education among young learners, has been granted the prestigious patronage of the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) in 2024.

    The (GSSfS), a pioneering campaign dedicated to fostering scientific curiosity and education among young learners, has been granted the prestigious patronage of the (UKNC) in 2024.

    This recognition underscores the event's profound alignment with UNESCO's (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) values, solidifying its status as a beacon of excellence in science education.

    Patronage granted by the UK National Commission for UNESCO serves as a hallmark of quality, signifying an event's contribution in advancing UNESCO's mission in promoting education, scientific research, and cultural understanding. The GSSfS has been acknowledged by the UKNC for its exceptional contributions to these crucial areas, affirming its pivotal role in shaping the next generation of scientists, innovators, and global citizens.

    The GSSfS is a campaign for everyone to involve young people from 5-14 years in asking, investigating and sharing a scientific question they care about. First launched as part of the European City of Science in 2016, the campaign is centred around an annual programme of activity culminating in a large scale sharing event on the second week of June each year.

    Since its inception, GSSfS has been dedicated to empowering young people to ask-investigate and share a scientific question with new audiences. The event has reached over 500,000 young people across 33 countries to spark curiosity about the world around us. Through teacher professional development, tailored resources aligned to global issues and engaging events, the campaign has, nurtured creativity, and inspired a lifelong passion for discovery in young people across the globe.

    "We are deeply honoured this year to receive the esteemed patronage from the UK National Commission for UNESCO," said Professor Lynne Bianchi, Vlogٷ.

    “This endorsement is a testament to the dedication and hard work of everyone involved in making this initiative a resounding success. I hope that every supporter and participant will acknowledge that this has only been achieved through authentic collaboration across the sector.  With UNESCO's support, we are poised to expand our reach, amplify our impact, and inspire even more young learners to embrace the transformative power of asking scientific questions.”

    As a UKNC-patronised event, GSSfS will continue to uphold the highest standards of excellence, innovation, and inclusivity in science education. By leveraging this prestigious endorsement, the initiative aims to forge new partnerships, enhance its offerings, and empower teachers, educators, pupils and whole school communities worldwide to engage meaningfully with science enquiry and its applications.

    Julian Skyrme, Director of Social Responsibility, said “Vlogٷ is already a world-leader in social responsibility and sustainable development. This prestigious partnership with UNESCO will help even more young people around the world see science as a force for good in the world.”

    James Bridge, Chief Executive and Secretary General, United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC), said: “We are delighted to grant the UK National Commission for UNESCO Patronage to the Great Science Share for Schools campaign in 2024. Education, Science, and Communication and Information are three fundamental pillars of UNESCO’s global work, so it is great that the UK National Commission can support an initiative here in the UK that brings these together in such an imaginative and collaborative way.

    “By engaging and encouraging children to choose a scientific question that they personally care about, and then gather and share their evidence to ‘solve’ that question, is a wonderful mechanism to develop enquiring minds.”

    The Great Science Share for Schools extends its heartfelt gratitude to the UK National Commission for UNESCO for bestowing this honour and looks forward to continuing its mission of igniting passion, unlocking potential, and transforming lives through the wonders of science.

    For more information about The Great Science Share for Schools, please visit .

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    £1.5m gift from Simon Sadler enables provision of new bursary for care leavers /discover/news/15m-gift-from-simon-sadler/ /discover/news/15m-gift-from-simon-sadler/622528A generous £1.5m gift from British businessman and University of Manchester alumnus Simon Sadler has enabled the University to launch a new bursary for students leaving care.

    A generous £1.5m gift from British businessman and University of Manchester alumnus Simon Sadler has enabled the University to launch a new bursary for students leaving care.

    Simon grew up in Blackpool, and was the first in his family to attend University. He is currently Chief Investment Officer of Segantii Capital Management, which he founded in 2007. 

    He is also the owner and chairman of his hometown football club, having purchased a 96% stake in Blackpool FC in 2019. The town also contains eight of England’s ten most deprived wards, and its share of children in local authority care is the highest in the country.

    Over the next three years, the Sadler Bursary will provide an annual grant of £10,000 for 36 undergraduate care-leaver students, with particular priority being given to students from the North West of England – including Blackpool.

    The bursary will offer students security for the duration of their degree, providing them with support to secure accommodation and enabling them to focus on their studies without any financial stresses. The £1.5m gift also includes new support for students from low-income households.

    There is a ‘care ceiling’ which impedes those with a challenging start in life. Just 14% of care leavers progress to higher education in the UK, in contrast to 47% of students from state-funded schools - and just 90 young people who had spent more than a year in care before the age of 19 entered the UK’s top 32 Universities in 2021-22. 

    For those who do manage to reach university, care leaver students can face significant money worries as they lack family financial support - the estimated annual cost of living for a student is £14,542. They can also face homelessness during breaks outside term-time, and difficulties accessing private student rental accommodation due to a lack of people able to act as a guarantor. 

    “It is a true privilege to have these new bursaries named after me, which will give a helping hand to young people who have had particularly complicated starts to their lives,” said Simon. “I also hope it inspires young people who may not have previously considered attending University to follow their dreams.”&Բ;

    Simon and his wife Gillian are also supporting Cancer Research UK’s More Research, Less Cancer campaign with a gift to the CRUK National Cancer Biomarker Centre in Manchester. The Biomarker Centre is housed in the CRUK Manchester Institute, a partnership between Vlogٷ, CRUK and the Christie NHS Foundation Trust. 

    “I would personally like to thank Simon for this generous, life-changing programme of support for students leaving care, which will play a pivotal role in our mission to create a more inclusive and accessible academic environment,” said Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of Vlogٷ. “We are committed to ensuring that students from all backgrounds are able to fulfil their potential and succeed here at our University, and this new bursary is another tool in our arsenal to enable that to happen.”

    Our University is committed to supporting care leavers and estranged students throughout their studies, and offers tailored support to these students. This includes various financial packages such as The Manchester Bursary, the  and the  - which are all generously supported by donors. The Access & Success Fund also provides accommodation grants for care experienced and estranged students, ensuring they are not left without somewhere to go during the summer break.

    Students are also provided with named contacts who help them to navigate and access university support services, assist with accommodation, finances and settling into university life, provide career guidance, put them in touch with other care experienced or estranged students, and provide a listening ear whenever they would like to speak to someone.

    Care experienced and estranged students are also offered paid work at the University as a Student Ambassador, which is a great opportunity to access to flexible, paid, part-time work, meet other students and develop people skills. Ambassadors are also offered the chance to act as role models on the projects that we run with looked-after young people by talking about their experiences of education.

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    Northern Gritstone and Parkwalk Advisors make £3.5 million Seed Round investment in ground-breaking computational medicine company adsilico /discover/news/northern-gritstone-and-parkwalk-advisors-make-35-million-seed-round-investment-in-ground-breaking-computational-medicine-company-adsilico/ /discover/news/northern-gritstone-and-parkwalk-advisors-make-35-million-seed-round-investment-in-ground-breaking-computational-medicine-company-adsilico/622138Northern Gritstone, the investment business focused on science and technology-enabled businesses in the North of England, along with Parkwalk Advisors, have announced a combined £3.5 million seed round investment into adsilico Limited (‘adsilico’), a spin-out from the University of Leeds with co-founders from the Universities of Leeds and Manchester.

    Northern Gritstone, the investment business focused on science and technology-enabled businesses in the North of England, along with Parkwalk Advisors, have today announced a combined £3.5 million seed round investment into (‘adsilico’), a spin-out from the University of Leeds with co-founders from the Universities of Leeds and Manchester.

    In-silico trials (ISTs) use modelling and simulation to produce scientific evidence of device performance and safety, before testing in human clinical trials. Based on research funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering at the University of Leeds’ internationally renowned Schools of Medicine and Computing, adsilico has developed a ground-breaking IST technique that combines multiple data sources and uses generative AI across heterogeneous data sources to create synthetic populations on a scale ideal for clinical trials. adsilico’s solution will allow medical device manufacturers to accelerate R&D, reduce the need for animal experimentation, and augment costly human trials.

    Northern Gritstone’s investment of £2 million sits alongside co-investor Parkwalk Advisors investment of £1.5 million. The combined investment will be used to fund essential development in adsilico and build the team.

    , Bicentennial Turing Chair in Computational Medicine at Vlogٷ and Founder of adsilico, said: “Medical devices follow a lengthy evaluation with a tiny amount of scientific evidence currently derived from computer modelling and simulation. The cost is ever-increasing, delaying lifesaving benefits to patients. Northern Gritstone’s and Parkwalk’s investment and support will enable adsilico to offer a scalable solution to the medical device market to produce evidence on an unprecedented scale”.

    Duncan Johnson, CEO of Northern Gritstone, said: “Computational modelling has the potential to revolutionise the MedTech industry and reduce the risks to humans. Northern Gritstone is delighted to support adsilico’s team, who once again demonstrate that great science and technology-enabled businesses are being created in the North of England.”

    Moray Wright, CEO of Parkwalk Advisors, said: “We are proud to be backing adsilico through this seed funding round. adsilico’s pioneering approach to in-silico trials has potential to significantly accelerate the pace of innovation in medical device development. It’s fantastic to see this university spin-out take another step forward on its vision to bring safer and more efficient medical devices”.

    Professor Nick Plant, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Innovation at the University of Leeds, said: “This funding will help to redefine the development of medical devices, enhancing performance and safety with more certainty and speed, and most importantly, prior to human testing”.

    “It is a further testament to Leeds’ pioneering approach and strength in driving innovation to accelerate the adoption of new health technologies, delivering improvements and impact directly to healthcare professionals and patients.”

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    Manchester resilience researchers awarded £4.2 million to help build a secure world /discover/news/manchester-resilience-researchers-awarded-42-million-to-help-build-a-secure-world/ /discover/news/manchester-resilience-researchers-awarded-42-million-to-help-build-a-secure-world/621892Manchester’s researchers are on a mission to tackle some of the UK’s most challenging resilience and security problems. 

    Manchester’s researchers are on a mission to tackle some of the UK’s most challenging resilience and security problems. 

    Backed by a £4.2 million funding award from UK Research and Innovation’s building a secure and resilient world strategic theme, the University team will drive a Research and Coordination Hub in confronting pressing risks and threats both online and in the world around us.  

    Led by Dr Richard Kirkham, Deputy Director of the  at Vlogٷ, the project known as (Secure And ResiLIENT), will bring Manchester academics together with partners from the universities of Bath, Exeter and Sussex, to catalyse, convene and conduct research and innovation in support of the UK's national security and resilience. 

    will drive interdisciplinary research to tackle some of the UK's most challenging security problems. Their focus will be on robust and secure supply chains, global order in a time of change, technologies used for security and defence, behavioural and cultural resilience, and strengthening resilience in our natural and built environments.  

    This ambitious five-year investment, following a highly competitive selection process, will enable the SALIENT team to build strong connections across a broad group of stakeholders in central and local government, the devolved administrations and crucially, the public.

    Dr Kirkham continued: “Our approach will promote a culture of genuine interdisciplinarity, co-production and citizen engagement, ensuring that the research we do is relevant, timely and represents value for money.”&Բ;

    Duncan Shaw, Professor of Operational Research and Critical Systems at Vlogٷ, added: “Enhancing the resilience of systems and society is an epic ambition, one that has challenged the UK for years. SALIENT amasses an impressive multidisciplinary team that we will expand with policy and practice subject matter experts. Together we will pursue an exciting endeavour to make a real difference to resilience at home and create transferable lessons of global significance.”&Բ;

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    ID Manchester - Renold building to become new innovation hub /discover/news/id-manchester---renold-building-to-become-new-innovation-hub/ /discover/news/id-manchester---renold-building-to-become-new-innovation-hub/621723Renold building will be a focal point for science, technology, and innovation related activities.

    , a partnership between Vlogٷ and , has announced plans to reactivate the Renold Building as a home for forward-thinking entrepreneurs and SMEs to develop new ideas and solutions that help tackle some of the world's biggest challenges.  

    This marks the initial phase of ID Manchester’s ambitious plan to transform the University’s former North Campus into a welcoming and accessible new £1.7bn innovation district.  

    The new vision for the Renold Building will celebrate its history as an educational hub by hosting the next wave of science and technology innovators and building an inclusive, purpose-driven community. The building will provide a range of coworking, office and meeting facilities to accommodate and support collaboration between researchers, entrepreneurs, businesses and partner organisations.  

    New events and exhibition spaces, including lecture theatres and a community café, will be accessible to local businesses, community groups and arts and culture organisations to host and participate in events and activities. 

    An application to convert the building from educational to commercial use has been submitted to Manchester City Council by joint venture partners Vlogٷ and Bruntwood SciTech. Pending application approval, the building is set to open in late 2024.  

    Built in 1962, the Renold Building was the first of its kind in the UK to be entirely comprised of lecture theatres and seminar rooms. It is a building of note for many due to its striking features, including the faceted facade and stair tower, and the impressive internal mural on the lower ground floor. The redevelopment will retain and protect these elements as part of the application, as well as being sympathetic to the building’s exterior facades. Design interventions in the building’s interior will also be light touch, preserving the current condition as far as practically possible. This will allow for further conservation and restoration to be undertaken at a later date, ensuring the building will remain viable for future generations. 

    Bradley Topps, Chief Commercial Officer for Bruntwood SciTech and Project Director for ID Manchester, said: “The transformation of the Renold Building into an innovation hub marks an important first step in the development of the trailblazing science and technology ecosystem we’re building at ID Manchester. We recognise the importance of the Renold Building to many in the local community and beyond, and we are committed to reactivating the building in a way that celebrates the rich heritage and architecture of the building. We’revery excited to be creating a new home for the next generation of Manchester innovators.”&Բ;

    John Holden, Associate Vice-President, Vlogٷ and Executive Committee Member for ID Manchester, said: ”The Renold Building will be an invaluable place to bring together like-minded organisations and partners to collaborate, develop and test new ideas. We’re building our innovation ecosystem from the ground up and the Renold Building will be a place that not only accelerates the growth of our city’s most promising entrepreneurs, SMEs and university spin-outs, but also provides the spaces and opportunities to allow our local communities to participate, experience and benefit from innovation too.”  

    The expertise and experience of ID Manchester’s respective partners will be instrumental to the creation of its innovation ecosystem. Bruntwood SciTech, a joint venture between Bruntwood, Legal & General and Greater Manchester Pension Fund, is the largest dedicated property platform serving the UK’s innovation economy and brings its expertise in developing partnerships across academia, local authorities, cities and the NHS. This year marks Vlogٷ’s bicentenary, celebrating 200 years of key discoveries, world firsts and incredible people, and ID Manchester will build on this storied history of learning, innovation and research.

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    Research progress reveals faster, more accurate blood flow simulation to revolutionise treatment of vascular diseases /discover/news/research-progress-reveals-faster-more-accurate-blood-flow-simulation-to-revolutionise-treatment-of-vascular-diseases/ /discover/news/research-progress-reveals-faster-more-accurate-blood-flow-simulation-to-revolutionise-treatment-of-vascular-diseases/621487A review has shed light on the groundbreaking advancements in the simulation of blood flow within the intricate vascular system that could transform medical treatment and device innovation for vascular diseases.

    A review has shed light on the groundbreaking advancements in the simulation of blood flow within the intricate vascular system that could transform medical treatment and device innovation for vascular diseases.

    Modelling vascular flow is crucial for understanding and treating vascular diseases, but traditional methods are labour and computationally intensive. The new research, published in the Interface, evaluates state-of-the-art methods that accelerate the simulation process while retaining the level of accuracy required for such crucial applications.

    The researchers, led by Vlogٷ, found that Reduced Order Modelling (ROM) - a technique for reducing the computational complexity - can be used selectively to accurately accelerate various types of vascular flow modelling problems.

    They also found that Machine Learning methods can be used to overcome limitations in ROM techniques or to provide entirely new simulation techniques that can tackle a wide array of vascular flow modelling problems.

    The findings have the capacity to revolutionise the vascular medical field.

    The review also highlights the significance of these accelerated simulation methods for in-silico trials, which are virtual simulations integral to the development and regulatory approval of new medical devices. Using these simulation acceleration techniques, in-silico trials can be conducted with unprecedented speed and accuracy, reducing reliance on conventional clinical trials that are often expensive and time consuming. 

    The research also advocates for a concerted effort to establish a benchmarking framework for simulation acceleration methods. This initiative would establish standardised metrics for evaluating precision and speed-up across different simulation approaches, encouraging transparency and comparability in this rapidly advancing field.

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    Manchester recognised as UNESCO City of Lifelong Learning /discover/news/manchester-recognised-as-unesco-city-of-lifelong-learning/ /discover/news/manchester-recognised-as-unesco-city-of-lifelong-learning/620819Manchester has today become a UNESCO City of Lifelong Learning, in recognition of outstanding efforts to make lifelong learning a reality for all, with Vlogٷ acting as a key partner.

    Manchester has today become a UNESCO City of Lifelong Learning, in recognition of outstanding efforts to make lifelong learning a reality for all, with Vlogٷ acting as a key partner.

    Manchester is one of 64 cities, from 35 countries, to join the (GNLC).

    The UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities is an international network comprising of 356 cities that successfully promote lifelong learning across their communities.

    A key feature of UNESCO learning cities is the connections between education and skills, communities, employers and the public sector. Manchester’s lifelong learning application was co-designed with 150+ organisations.

    Vlogٷ is leading on digital skills as part of Manchester’s lifelong learning approach, a movement of people, services and place, to connect, validate and nurture learning, to support the city economy and to promote high quality and inclusive learning, for all aspects of our life.

    Professor Danielle George, Associate Vice President Blended and Flexible Learning at Vlogٷ, said: “Manchester is a city that creates and reinforces social cohesion, economic and cultural prosperity, and sustainable development. Vlogٷ is so proud to be part of this exciting network and to support our wonderful city facilitate lifelong learning for all and help realise the universal right to education.”

    The University’s Flexible Learning Programme contributed to the successful bid and continues to focus on delivering flexibility in terms of place, pace and pathway. We aim to develop inclusive and accessible education to be a learning partner for life. To address the challenges around accessing talent and sector-specific digital skills, our Flexible Learning Programme, supported by Turing Innovation Catalyst Manchester, will lead on the development of Manchester’s Digital Skill Framework (MDSF). This ecosystem will bring together industry, training providers and relevant stakeholders together to co-design a user-focused digital skills framework.

    Professor Ang Davies, Academic Lead for Flexible Pathways and Lifelong Learning at Vlogٷ, said: “Manchester’s ambitions to become a global city of digital innovation are evident in the city’s digital strategy. Building a strong talent pipeline and addressing digital skills gaps in areas such as data science and AI will be critical. We are delighted to be working with the city on its lifelong learning programme to develop Manchester’s digital skills framework, allowing us to address the gaps and match provider expertise with employer demand.”

    Find out more: manchester.ac.uk/discover/teaching-and-learning-excellence/flexible-learning 

    Wed, 14 Feb 2024 16:53:14 +0000 https://content.presspage.com/uploads/1369/22f0d8fc-41d2-4445-8628-1067abccb562/500_aerialview1-4.jpg?10000 https://content.presspage.com/uploads/1369/22f0d8fc-41d2-4445-8628-1067abccb562/aerialview1-4.jpg?10000
    Consent granted for £7.6m transformation of Manchester’s neo-Gothic icon /discover/news/consent-granted-for-76m-transformation-of-manchesters-neo-gothic-icon/ /discover/news/consent-granted-for-76m-transformation-of-manchesters-neo-gothic-icon/620687Manchester City Council has approved plans to transform Vlogٷ’s John Rylands Research Institute and Library (Rylands) to enhance its contribution to research, student experience and public engagement. The £7.6m project, named John Rylands Next Chapter, forms a part of the Library’s .

  • Manchester City Council approves proposals for a £7.6m transformation of the Grade I-listed John Rylands Research Institute and Library.
  • Led by conservation architects Donald Insall Associates, the proposed designs are a series of sensitive adaptations that enable the building to meet mid-21st century challenges and better connect visitors with the fantastic Special Collections, pioneering research and public events at the Rylands.
  • Manchester City Council has approved plans to transform Vlogٷ’s (Rylands) to enhance its contribution to research, student experience and public engagement. The £7.6m project, named John Rylands Next Chapter, forms a part of the Library’s .

    The proposed designs, drawn up by conservation architecture practice Donald Insall Associates, utilises a single design language that speaks to the building’s evolution through the 1890s, 1920s, 1960s and 2000s. It will deliver an updated exhibition space (designed by Nissen Richards Studio), an advanced imaging laboratory, a flexible event space and a refreshed main entrance.

    The Grade I-listed Rylands is one of the finest neo-Gothic buildings in Europe, housing internationally important collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archives. The building has survived a turbulent history: two world wars, the disappearance of the Lancashire cotton industry, post-war modern planning and the changing fortunes of the city. The consented scheme aims to sensitively protect and evolve one of Manchester’s most important and best-loved buildings.

    The Rylands is expected to remain open throughout the project, with areas closing as required while redevelopment takes place.

    Professor Christopher Pressler, John Rylands University Librarian and Director of Vlogٷ Library, said: “The Rylands is one of the great libraries of the world. I am tremendously proud to lead this remarkable institution, as we approach our 125th anniversary in 2025. The Next Chapter project will deliver world-class facilities for research and engagement, of a quality to match our extraordinary collections and building. It will equip the Rylands to address the many challenges and opportunities of the mid-21st century, and it will reinforce the Rylands’ importance to the University, the city of Manchester, and world heritage.”

    Rory Chisholm, Associate Architect, at Donald Insall Associates said: "The significance of the Rylands lies not only in its graceful architecture, but in its life as a thriving research library. We have developed a design that acts as a unifying gesture; threading together the many layers of the Rylands' architectural history, whilst also better connecting visitors with the many uses of the building.

    The design language for these interventions references both the dark patina of the historic building, and the contemporary aspiration of this exciting new chapter. The most striking example of this is perhaps the upgraded modern entrance – formed of dark curved metal wings, reminiscent of book pages, that will create a distinct and welcoming arrival to the building.”

    Pippa Nissen, Director at Nissen Richards Studio, said: “We are seeking to create an engaging environment with elegant displays, enhanced within the historic setting and supporting the John Rylands Research Institute and Library’s collection. The design seeks to display the collection in optimum viewing conditions as well as celebrating the existing architecture of the space.

    We are proposing to reinstate symmetry and hindered vistas in the permanent gallery and the temporary gallery by careful design of bespoke showcases and furniture, keying into existing datums and proportions of the room to create clarity. This will create a truly accessible display gallery central to the visitor experience.”

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    University awarded United Nations Environment Programme accreditation /discover/news/university-awarded-united-nations-environment-programme-accreditation/ /discover/news/university-awarded-united-nations-environment-programme-accreditation/619967Our University has been awarded  status by the , the leading global authority on the environment –  to have been given this accolade.

    Vlogٷ has been awarded  status by the , the leading global authority on the environment –  to have been given this accolade.

    UNEP stated: “UNEP’s mission is to inspire, inform, and enable nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. For over 50 years, UNEP has worked with governments, civil society, the private sector and UN entities to address humanity’s most pressing environmental challenges - from restoring the ozone layer to protecting the world's seas and promoting a green, inclusive economy.”

    This UNEP accreditation follows a long line of awards and acknowledgments in recent years for the University’s commitment to sustainability. Vlogٷ is the only university in the world to rank in the top ten for social and environmental impact in every year of the  - the only global performance tables that assess universities against the .

    In 2023, the University ranked first in Europe and second in the world against 1,705 universities from 115 countries that submitted data about how they are addressing the most pressing challenges facing our planet.

    , Director of , Director of the  Hub,  Chair and Professor of Polymer Science at Vlogٷ, led on the accreditation bid. Professor Shaver highlighted the University’s long-standing commitment and reputation for environmental sustainability, such as our placing as first in the UK and Europe, and third in the world, in the , for our commitment to social and environmental responsibility.

    UNEP accreditation grants our University the privilege to submit written contributions, participate in the work of UNEP’s Governing Bodies, such as  and the Committee of Permanent Representatives, and be granted observer status to the Assembly and its subsidiary bodies.

    The University is delighted to have been awarded such status and looks forward to using its outstanding research contributions in environmental sustainability to influence and drive further change through such a prestigious organisation as UNEP.

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    Lou Cordwell OBE appointed Professor of Innovation and Special Advisor /discover/news/lou-cordwell-obe/ /discover/news/lou-cordwell-obe/619390Lou Cordwell OBE has been appointed Professor of Innovation at the ) at , and Special Advisor to the Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor.

    Lou Cordwell OBE has been appointed Professor of Innovation at the ) at , and Special Advisor to the Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor.

    Professor Cordwell’s responsibilities include providing strategic guidance on innovation ecosystems to the University and contributing to the work of MIOIR and AMBS.

    She will work with leaders across the University to advise on how the University can enhance its role as a key driver of the region’s economy, including by strengthening existing, and developing new, collaborative relationships with local and national government, business, and other external stakeholders.

    Lou began her career working for WPP before founding the Manchester-based digital design studio magneticNorth (mN). In 2021, mN merged with Fluxx, creating the UK’s leading design and innovation consultancy, , where Lou continues to be involved as Chief Creative Officer.

    She has spent the past two years building a team and the strategic masterplan for , Europe’s most ambitious Innovation District project.

    President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, said: “I am delighted that Lou is joining Vlogٷ. The wealth of experience she brings as an entrepreneur and innovator, and as a leading advocate for Greater Manchester on the national and international stage, will be enormously valuable as we work to further strengthen our role as a driver of prosperity for our region and the UK.”

    Head of AMBS, Professor Ken McPhail, added: “Innovation is very much at the heart of our purpose here at AMBS. We recognise the importance of this across our teaching, learning and engagement with the business world. Lou’s appointment and engagement with our colleagues and our students will help us in our work to redefine business through the lens of innovation and responsibility.”

    Lou is also Chair of Greater Manchester’s Business Board (LEP) and an angel investor, particularly focusing on female tech founders. Lou was awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours for services to the creative and digital economy.

    For further information about the appointment, please contact Will Stone.

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    University awarded Silver Athena Swan /discover/news/university-awarded-silver-athena-swan/ /discover/news/university-awarded-silver-athena-swan/620056Silver award recognises advancement of gender equality and our work to embed inclusivity across the University.

    Vlogٷ has been awarded a Silver Athena Swan award. A Silver award recognises advancement of gender equality and our work to embed inclusivity across the University.

    The Athena Swan Charter supports universities in addressing gender inequalities and helps foster greater inclusivity for students and staff in all disciplines and roles, irrespective of sex and gender identity. 

    This Silver award recognises the progress and impact made towards gender equality and endorses future university plans that will help  overcome remaining challenges and embed inclusivity for all people across the University. 

    Our Athena Swan application was based on a critical self-assessment of existing circumstances, what has worked, what has been less successful, and what steps are now needed to take to achieve gender equality.  

    Evidence was gathered through surveys and conversations with people from across the University and wider community. Thorough student and staff data analysis was also conducted. These steps are vital to a community-led approach to gender equality and to ensure that Athena Swan is an effective mechanism for meaningful change. 

    A progressive action plan has been co-created with the university community and is aligned with the . The wider community will be consulted throughout a five- year action plan so that ongoing gender equality challenges are addressed whilst also being watchful for emerging issues.   

    Nalin Thakkar, Vice President for Social Responsibility  said: “Despite making significant progress, we have not achieved gender equality across our organisation. We know positive impacts don’t reach everyone and that gendered issues persist. We are also aware that there is a need for balance in considering issues specific to different characteristics and we are committed to taking an intersectional approach.

    “We are looking forward to continuing to work together to achieve our equality, diversity and inclusion ambitions.”

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    Jodrell Bank welcomes Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal in celebration of UNESCO World Heritage status /discover/news/jodrell-bank-welcomes-her-royal-highness-the-princess-royal-in-celebration-of-unesco-world-heritage-status/ /discover/news/jodrell-bank-welcomes-her-royal-highness-the-princess-royal-in-celebration-of-unesco-world-heritage-status/619339Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited Jodrell Bank yesterday (Tuesday 30 January) to mark the occasion of Jodrell Bank Observatory being awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2019.

    Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited Jodrell Bank yesterday (Tuesday 30 January) to mark the occasion of being awarded .

    The Princess Royal was welcomed to Jodrell Bank Observatory by Vlogٷ’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, before introductions to dignitaries, academics and guests from across the University, the Observatory and representatives of Cheshire East.

    Director of Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement, Professor Teresa Anderson, alongside Associate Director of Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, Professor Tim O’Brien thanked The Princess Royal for her visit, and discussed the decade-long process to achieve UNESCO status and the delight they share in being the first research Observatory to be recognised.

    An introduction and overview of the significance of the telescope by Director of Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, Professor Mike Garrett followed. The Princess Royal was then given the opportunity to operate the famous Lovell Telescope from the control panel, under the watchful eye of the gathered academics and telescope controllers. Her Royal Highness also recalled a previous visit to the Observatory by The King, as Prince of Wales, back in 2003.

    Professor Philip Diamond, Director-General of the neighbouring (SKAO) explained the unique significance of having its international headquarters located at Jodrell Bank. A truly global intergovernmental organisation with 16 partner countries, and telescopes in South Africa and Australia, the SKAO’s presence at Jodrell Bank is apt; the home of radio astronomy, now recognised for its global significance by UNESCO.

    After signing the Control Room visitors book, Her Royal Highness then participated in a visit to the brand new at Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement. Opened in 2022, with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Pavilion includes a Space Dome and the award winning ‘Story of Jodrell Bank’ permanent exhibition. Upon arrival The Princess Royal met with Exhibition staff and admired the surroundings and architecture.

    A Royal visit to Jodrell Bank wouldn’t be complete without the planting of a tree in Jodrell’s orchard to mark the occasion. Professor Rothwell addressed the gathered attendees before Her Royal Highness was invited to plant a sapling apple tree, grown from a rather significant seed. The pip originates from the ‘Flower of Kent’; the apple tree within Sir Isacc Newton’s Lincolnshire garden said to have inspired his Theory of Gravity. The pip was then taken on board the International Space Station as part of Astronaut Tim Peake’s mission in 2016, and one of just eight such ‘Space Saplings’ to have been grown in the UK.

    President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Manchester, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell said, “We are honoured to welcome Her Royal Highness to Jodrell Bank Observatory. We celebrate this unique achievement at a very special moment for us all, as the University itself celebrates its bicentenary this year. At Jodrell, we’re surrounded by world-leading research, and those who strive to inspire the next generation of scientists. The recognition by UNESCO will only serve to cement Jodrell as a centre of excellence and inspiration to many.

    Director of Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement, Professor Teresa Anderson said, “Her Royal Highness’ visit to Jodrell Bank has showcased what we do really well here. From engaging new audiences with science and heritage, to introducing them to the remarkable home-grown achievements in astrophysics and space exploration. We are delighted to be able to celebrate our UNESCO inception with the Princess Royal and thank her for her continued support.”

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    Universally Manchester Festival announced /discover/news/universally-manchester-festival-announced/ /discover/news/universally-manchester-festival-announced/619172Vlogٷ will host a four-day festival to celebrate 200th year, featuring Professor Brian Cox and Professor David Olusoga. 

    Vlogٷ to host four-day festival to celebrate 200th year, featuring Professor Brian Cox and Professor David Olusoga. 

    Vlogٷ has announced it will be hosting Universally Manchester, a celebratory four-day festival to mark its 200th year, welcoming up to 60,000 people to its Oxford Road campus from Thursday, 6 June to Sunday, 9 June 2024. Festival goers will be able to curate their own varied programme, from behind-the-scenes tours, to salon discussions, music, theatre, comedy, art, poetry, wellbeing and more, with something on offer for all ages and interests.

    From poetry to physics, music to medicine and computing to creative writing, the festival will have a different focus each day. More than 150 imaginative and immersive events will take place in unexpected places across campus, with events popping up everywhere: labs, concert theatres, outdoor spaces and the University’s award-winning culture hotspots and .

    Universally Manchester will acknowledge the University’s global impact; the world firsts, the life-changing discoveries, the music, art, science and creativity, all sparked in Manchester. Many well-known figures from the University’s past, present and future will feature, with renowned physicist and award-winning podcaster Professor Brian Cox, and BAFTA-winning broadcaster, writer and historian Professor David Olusoga, the first to be announced.

    It will also celebrate the here and now, creating a platform for current students and graduates to showcase their creativity and ideas.

    Saturday will provide family-friendly fun with the return of the ever-popular Community Festival – insightful performances, have-a-go activities and an engaging experience for all.

    On Sunday, Whitworth Art Gallery presents ‘The Carnival’, celebrating art, culture and our vibrant community. The Carnival is a one-day programme of live art performances – inside the gallery and in its gardens – with free activities for all ages, music and street food vendors. The Whitworth’s sculpture terrace will be transformed into a carnivalesque experience for one day only.

    Sunday also includes a range of exciting events led by festival partners Manchester Histories Festival, offering a unique opportunity to revel in and explore the richness and diversity of Manchester's heritage. 

    Professor David Olusoga comments: “Universally Manchester will open the doors to our institution, shining a light on two centuries of history, and providing a platform to consider our future. I’m delighted to be part of this moment in our history.

    “I’ll be taking part in a panel discussion exploring the history of history on television; also on that panel will be the great Michael Wood, himself a professor at the University. Another panel will address the complex, contested history of many of Manchester’s institutions, including the University, and their links to slavery and the Atlantic world. Come along, explore and be inspired.”

    Three themes will run throughout, as the festival demonstrates the University’s commitment to creating a greener, fairer and healthier world, in support of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

    This festival is at the heart of Vlogٷ’s bicentenary celebrations. On 17 January a hugely popular Light Up event launched the year-long programme of activity, with landmarks around the globe illuminated in the University’s signature colour purple, from Jodrell Bank to Shanghai, Dubai and Hong Kong. Thousands also visited Manchester Museum for a special late night opening, including light-inspired musical performances, poetry and curated tours.

    February will see the launch of a bicentenary lecture podcast series, with special guests discussing subjects to which the University is committed – such as health, the environment, community and, of course, education. Then from 7 to 9 October the University will host the prestigious THE World Academic Summit, welcoming 500 global leaders in higher education to Manchester.

    A great range of other exciting activities for staff, students, alumni, residents and the wider, global community are lined up across 2024, to mark this special moment in the University’s history.

    To find out more please visit: manchester.ac.uk/200

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    University of Manchester and SPIE announce $1million endowment for postgraduate scholarships /discover/news/university-of-manchester-and-spie-announce-1million-endowment-for-postgraduate-scholarships/ /discover/news/university-of-manchester-and-spie-announce-1million-endowment-for-postgraduate-scholarships/619002Vlogٷ and have announced the establishment of the SPIE-Manchester Postgraduate Scholarship in Photonics.

    Vlogٷ and have announced the establishment of the SPIE-Manchester Postgraduate Scholarship in Photonics.

    The $500k gift from the will be matched 100% by the University and will be used to support both early-career and returning researchers from the University’s Photon Science Institute in partnership with the Royce Institute, the UK’s national institute for advanced materials research and innovation.

    The partnership was announced today (29 January) during the SPIE Photonics West conference in San Francisco.

    Photonics is the study of light and its interactions to develop technologies that impact our daily lives, from fibre optics for communications, microscopy for medical applications, light sources for displays such as smartphones, to next generation quantum applications.

    With a goal of increasing diversity in the subject, the SPIE-Manchester Postgraduate Scholarship will have a particular focus on funding individuals returning to research following a career break or time in industry, and those pursuing unconventional career pathways or part-time study (situations often necessitated by caring responsibilities, for example).

    Aligning current research and industrial needs for a robust training pipeline, an additional unique feature of the scholarship is an optional final-year placement of up to 12 months, during which students can develop industry-relevant skills in collaboration with local optics and photonics companies.

    SPIE CEO Kent Rochford, added: “For many researchers and engineers, the traditional educational paths are barriers to their success.

    “The SPIE-Manchester Postgraduate Scholarship in Photonics aims to remove those barriers and provide exciting opportunities for early-career researchers and those who may be pursuing unconventional career paths. Working internally at the University’s Photon Science Institute with the option of an industry-focused placement, promises to benefit young researchers as well as our future diverse workforce. I very much look forward to meeting the leaders in optics and photonics technologies who will emerge from this dynamic partnership between SPIE and Vlogٷ.”

    The scholarship is the 11th major SPIE gift to universities and institutes as part of the Society's ongoing program to support the expansion of optical engineering teaching and research.

    The  was established in 2019 to increase international capacity in the teaching and research of optics and photonics. With this latest gift, SPIE has provided more than $4 million in matching gifts, resulting in more than $11 million in dedicated funds. The SPIE Endowment Matching Program supports optics and photonics education and the future of the industry by contributing a match of up to $500,000 per award to college, institute, and university programs with optics and photonics degrees, or with other disciplines allied to the SPIE mission.

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    University awarded Disability Confident Leader status /discover/news/university-awarded-disability-confident-leader-status/ /discover/news/university-awarded-disability-confident-leader-status/618884University of Manchester is one of 13 UK universities to be awarded Disability Confident Leader status.

    Vlogٷ has been awarded Disability Confident Leader status following a Disability Confident submission and its validation by the .  The University is one of only three in the Russell Group and 13 UK universities to be awarded this status. 

    The Disability Confident scheme, accredited by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), helps employers recruit, retain and train great people. Disability Confident organisations play a leading role in changing attitudes about, and increasing understanding of, disability. There are three levels of the scheme with Leader being the highest.  

    The University's Disability Confident Leader submission focused on the people we employ including staff, PGRs, apprentices, and those undertaking work experience and work placements. It also highlighted how data is reported and includes an ongoing commitment to annually report the Disability Pay Gap. 

    The successful Disability Confident Leader application was based on evidence generated through conversations with colleagues in the Disabled Staff Network and across the University about their lived experiences and professional practice.  The reporting captured both positive and negative experiences and reflected these honestly in the submission.  

    The application focuses on all three pillars of the :  

    • Inclusive Environments and Cultures; 
    • Diversity and Equity in our community; 
    • Inclusive Practice. 

    The University was able to demonstrate how it strives to be disability-inclusive and endeavour to ensure that disabled colleagues feel they belong, and that the University is a great place to work, whilst recognising that there is work to be done in achieving this. 


    It is only the beginning of the University's leadership journey comments provided by the Business Disability Forum will be used to co-create a robust action plan.   

    Actions will be assigned to individuals to track progress and ensure accountability. Everyone has a role to play in eliminating discrimination and advancing disability equality. 

    More information 

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    University lights up for 200th celebration /discover/news/university-lights-up-for-200th-celebration/ /discover/news/university-lights-up-for-200th-celebration/617666The University kicked off its bicentenary celebrations on 17 January with a dazzling light display and fun-filled evening of music, poetry and performance.

    Vlogٷ ‘painted the town purple’ on Wednesday, 17 January – a brilliant pathway of light illuminating Oxford Road to mark the start of the 200th anniversary celebrations

    Light Up, the first in a series of exciting bicentenary events planned throughout 2024, saw campus transformed from frosty white to resplendent purple. Iconic buildings including the Whitworth Arch and Manchester Museum glowed bright in the University’s signature colour. 

    Crowds of people braved the cold to line Oxford Road for the big switch on and a special ‘Late’ event at the Museum, featuring light-filled poetry, music and more – plus a special makeover for the Museum’s famous spider crab.

    At 6.24pm – 18.24 representing the University's founding year – Leader of Manchester City Council Bev Craig accompanied President and Vice Chancellor Nancy Rothwell for the countdown, pressing the big gold button together and setting campus awash in light.

    The reception event at Engineering Building A, live streamed for audiences around the world, also included a warm welcome from Professor Rothwell, a speech from Councillor Craig on the important role the University plays within its city, and short excerpts from a specially commissioned bicentenary poem by its writer, alumna Rebecca Hurst. 

    A line from Mast Year: A poem for the bicentenary of Vlogٷ – ‘I’m meant to be here’ – beamed in huge neon letters as part of an eye-catching installation across Booth Street East, where it will remain for 28 days. 

    On Oxford Road, the Museum’s much-loved spider crab was ready to party – and dressed up for the occasion – following a glamorous disco makeover. The ‘disco crab’ proved a huge favourite with the crowds, many of whom posed for selfies and danced with their new decapod friend. 

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    Across the road a huge projection emblazoned our distinctive ‘drum’ building, University Place. The projection shone a light on the University’s inspiring community, featuring just some of the people who have made, and continue to make, a real difference in Manchester and around the world.

    At the Museum, visitors packed in to enjoy curated tours of some of its best-loved collections; family lantern-making workshops; uplifting performances and intriguing displays, such as the amazing colour-changing, sustainable concrete from Graphene Innovations Manchester

    Rebecca Hurst performed a second rendition of her beautiful poem – this time in full – and another alumnus, David McFarlane, performed an incredible chromesthesia concert, in which he and his band (fellow alumni) used music to recreate the experience of sound-to-colour synaesthesia, turning sound into coloured light. 

    There was also the exciting announcement of this year’s from the Centre for New Writing and Creative Manchester. Its theme is ‘200 years of creativity: Manchester’s past, present and future', and entrants – perhaps feeling inspired by the night’s activities – are invited to express their creativity in no more than 280 characters for a chance to win a first prize of £500. 

    Manchester is a truly global University, and the Light Up celebrations stretched across the world. In Shanghai, the University’s China Centre set the CITI Bank Tower aglow in a riot of colour – the number 200 shining out across the city. In Dubai, the Middle East Centre conducted a rousing countdown, and our South East Asia Centre in Singapore gathered current students and esteemed alumni for a jubilant reception. 

    And that’s not all. The celebrations will continue in Hong Kong when a purple, illuminated tram traverses the financial and heritage areas of Hong Kong Island for three weeks, spreading news of the University’s special anniversary. 

    Light Up was a global event, and fitting way to launch to a bicentenary year. Celebrating Vlogٷ’s wonderful community, past and present, near and far, in the most spectacular – and purple – way. 

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    Plans for Fallowfield campus redevelopment approved /discover/news/plans-for-fallowfield-campus-redevelopment-approved/ /discover/news/plans-for-fallowfield-campus-redevelopment-approved/617663Vlogٷ’s proposal to redevelop the Fallowfield Campus to provide more high-quality, modern student accommodation has been approved by Manchester City Council Planning and Highways Committee.

  • The approved proposal will create modern, high-quality, purpose-built student accommodation on the Fallowfield campus. 
  • It forms part of a phased redevelopment to increase the supply of modern bedrooms and student socialising spaces to provide a supportive residential experience.
  • Vlogٷ’s proposal to redevelop the Fallowfield Campus to provide more high-quality, modern student accommodation has been approved by Manchester City Council Planning and Highways Committee.

    The approved plans encompass the redevelopment of Owens Park, Oak House and Woolton Hall to meet the increasing demand for student bedrooms in inclusive, safe and sociable surroundings. Located near to the University’s main buildings, the site is well-connected and provides students with a wide range of support services to ensure a world-class student experience.

    On completion, the wider Fallowfield campus will offer up to 5,400 student beds by replacing the existing, older accommodation on site and delivering 3,300 updated bedspaces to meet the growing demand for high-quality, modern bedrooms across the popular campus.  

    Earlier this year, the University delivered a month-long public consultation for residents, local groups, students and staff to share their feedback on the proposals. Their responses have been reviewed and considered by the University and will be incorporated into the ongoing plans for the future of the campus.

    The redevelopment will be delivered in multiple phases and includes the demolition of Owens Park Tower which has been closed for several years. As outline planning consent has now been granted, the University will work with a delivery partner to bring the plans forward in the new year.

    Dr Simon Merrywest, Director for the Student Experience, University of Manchester said: “We are delighted that we have been granted planning permission for our Fallowfield Campus Redevelopment. These plans were born out of a commitment to provide our new and returning students with modern, high-quality accommodation. This much needed update to one of our most popular student campuses is integral to ensuring we can continue to meet the needs of our student population by delivering well-connected, serviced, modern accommodation in a supportive and inclusive environment.

    “The public consultation held last summer, ahead of submitting our application to Manchester City Council was an important part of the process and, as part of our ongoing plans for the campus, we will continue to work with our Fallowfield neighbours and local neighbourhood managers so that both our students and the surrounding community can benefit as much as possible from the redevelopment project.”

    To view further information and to receive updates on the project, please visit the project website at Fallowfield student campus (manchester.ac.uk)

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    University members recognised in 2024 New Year Honours /discover/news/university-members-recognised-in-2024-new-year-honours/ /discover/news/university-members-recognised-in-2024-new-year-honours/615626Three University of Manchester Professors are among those recognised in the King's 2024 New Year Honours List. 

    Three University of Manchester Professors are among those recognised in the King’s 2024 New Year Honours List. 

    Professor Danielle George has been made a CBE for her services to Engineering, has been made OBE for her services to Egyptology and Heritage and has been awarded CBE for his services to Global Radio Astronomy.

    They are among 1,227 people across the country, in all fields of work, who have been handed honours to celebrate their contributions to society, community or their area of employment.  

    Danielle is a Professor Radio Frequency Engineering and Associate Vice President at the University. She was President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in 2020/21 and currently a Vice President of the British Computer Society, Chartered Institute for IT. She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2016 Queen’s honours list for services to engineering through public engagement. 

    As the Associate Vice President for Blended and Flexible Learning Danielle has responsibility to design, develop and deliver the University’s Flexible Learning agenda. 

    Danielle’s research is dedicated to solving one the 14 world engineering grand challenges of the 21st century; engineering the tools for scientific discovery. Her research is delivering class-leading ultra-low noise receivers for space and aerospace applications. 

    Her passion for raising public awareness of the positive impact engineering and science has on all aspects of our everyday lives, as well as highlighting to young people the immense depth and breadth of opportunities a career in science and engineering can offer. She presented the 2014 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.

    Joyce is Professor of Egyptology in the Department of Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology and Egyptology at the University, where she teaches students worldwide on an innovative suite of online courses ranging from Certificate (level 1) to Masters.

    She is a teaching-focused Egyptologist and her research interests include the development of distance-learning Egyptology, Egyptian historiography, and the role of women in ancient Egypt. 

    Joyce studied the archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean at Liverpool University, then obtained a D.Phil in prehistoric archaeology from Oxford University. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bolton and is a Research Associate of the Manchester Museum. Joyce is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

    Reflecting her interest in outreach, Joyce has published a series of books and articles on ancient Egypt, including three television tie-in books and Cleopatra, Last Queen of Egypt, which was a Radio 4 "Book of the Week". Her book Tutankhamen: The Search for an Egyptian King, won the Felicia A Holton Book Award from the Archaeological Institute of America.

    Philip is a Professor of Astrophysics at the University and the Director-General of the (SKA), where he is responsible for the team designing and ultimately constructing the SKA, which, when completed, will be the largest scientific facility on the planet.

    Professor Diamond’s research interests include studies of star birth and death; exploring both through the use of radio interferometers such as MERLIN. He is also interested in high resolution studies of supernovae, both in our own Galaxy and in others. He is also involved in studies of discs of molecular gas rotating around super-massive black-holes at the centres of other galaxies. 

    Philip completed his PhD at the University of Manchester in 1982 before going on to fulfil many impressive roles within the field across the globe, including Onsala Space Observatory in Sweden (1982-84), the Max-Planck Institute for Radioastronomy in Bonn, Germany (1984-86), the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in the USA  (1987-99) and CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) in Australia (2010-2012).

    He became Director of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at Vlogٷ in 2006. The University owns and operates the giant Lovell Telescope and, on behalf of the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council, the e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility, where Prof Diamond was responsible for the operation of both facilities. He is still a Professor at the University.

    Throughout his career, Philip has published more than 300 research papers in astronomy.

    Alumni have also been recognised in the honours: 

    Margaret Beckett (HND Metallurgy 1964), the former Foreign Secretary and former Deputy and Acting Leader of the Leader Party, is made a Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire for parliamentary, political and public service, having become a Dame Commander in 2013. Margaret is currently the MP with the longest overall service, having first entered the House of Commons in 1974, she will step down as an MP at the next general election. 

    Cristina Taylor (BA (Hons) Hispanic Studies 1979), the co-founder of the Taylor Family Foundation, becomes a Dame for her charitable services to children and young people. Since the Foundation’s inception in 2007, it has given more than 450 grants totalling £24m to numerous UK charities, with 101 grants of £7.8m to the arts.

    Neil Dickson(BA (Econ)(Hons) 1972) and his wife Angela, the co-founders of The Brain Tumour Charity, have been awarded OBEs for services to people with brain tumours. Through Neil and Angela, whose only daughter Samantha died with a brain tumour in 1996, the Charity donated £1.35 million to the University in 2018 to fund a Chair in Translational Neuro-Oncology. The couple were made MBEs in 2015. 

    Eamonn Boylan (BA (Hons) English and American Literature 1982), Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), is made an OBE for services to local government. 

    Antony Lockley (BA (Hons) History 2002; MA Modern History 2014), Director of Strategy and Assistant Chief Executive at Blackpool Council, receives an OBE for services to local government.

    Geraldine Hills (BA Learning Disability Studies 2005) receives an MBE for services to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Geraldine founded Manchester Parent Champions, an association led by parents of children with special needs to ensure that other parents are made fully aware of the range of support available to them.

    Stephen Sorrell (LLB (Hons) 1981), lawyer and Chair of Manchester live music venue Band on the Wall and a director of Small Things Creative Projects Community Interest Company, is made an MBE for services to arts and culture in Greater Manchester.

    Danny Herman (BCom 1956), a tireless fundraiser for charitable causes including youth athletics and swimming, who also works to promote awareness of the Holocaust, receives the British Empire Medal (BEM).  Mr Herman and his family fled Nazi Germany in 1939 and settled in Manchester. Later, Mr Herman represented the UK as an amateur athlete and introduced pioneering training methods which were adopted by Manchester City FC in the 1970s.

    Bernard Vause (BSc (Hons) Physics 1963), a former Deputy Headmaster at Central Lancaster High School, receives the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to music and the community in Morecambe.  Mr Vause is President of the Morecambe Brass Band Association, having joined the band 50 years ago in 1974. 

    Charlotte Taylor (BA (Hons) Medieval Studies 1999, MA European Languages and Culture 2000), who is Director, Strategic Engagement and Sponsorship, Policy and Funding in the Department of Health and Social Care, is made a CBE for services to health and social care, especially during Covid-19. During the pandemic, Charlotte was Director, Antivirals and Therapeutics Taskforce at the DHSC.

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    The 2023 review of the year /discover/news/the-2023-review-of-the-year/ /discover/news/the-2023-review-of-the-year/615141As we approach the final leg of this year, it's time to reflect on the past 12 months and highlight the incredible efforts seen from across the University.


    As we approach the final leg of this year, it's time to reflect on the past 12 months and highlight the incredible efforts seen from across the University. 2023 has seen a huge amount of remarkable achievements by colleagues, students, and our broader community. Vlogٷ has much to celebrate. Join us in revisiting our many accomplishments in The Review of Year 2023.


    The new year kicked off with a suitably wintery research story which revealed that that glaciers formed in the highest mountains of Antarctica at least 60 million years ago, which is 30 million years earlier than previously thought. Meanwhile, medical scientists discovered a rare variant of a protein present in nearly all human cells may hold the key to improving the effectiveness of breast cancer treatment. A University spin-out, Molymem, also began its mission to enable cleaner water supplies for the world's growing demand. Elsewhere, Archaeologists made the headlines with discoveries which shed new light on the communities who inhabited Britain after the end of the last Ice Age.


    Person on computer - Cowrie Scholarship Foundation

    February began with the UK celebrating 75 years of India’s independence which saw four University alumni honoured for their achievements as Indian citizens who have found success following academic careers in the UK. Graphene research continued to show new unique benefits the 2D-material has in adsorbing contaminants from water to purify it. The University also contributed to the city’s ‘Excellent’ rating by UNESCO as a Creative City of Literature. We also saw a world-first with a new genetic test developed to establish if a newborn baby is vulnerable to deafness. To end February the University and the Cowrie Foundation also announced that more than 100 financially disadvantaged Black British students were to have their university tuition fees fully funded by a new scholarship programme.


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    As part of our sector-leading £9m fund of financial support for students Vlogٷ provided payments to 10,000 students to further help with the cost of living crisis. The UK government also announced a new £1m prize for artificial intelligence named after Vlogٷ’s invention of the first stored program computer in 1948, the University also received major funding for AI projects. March also saw one of our most-read stories with scientists creating a new material, dubbed ‘StarCrete’ which is made from extra-terrestrial dust, potato starch, and a pinch of salt and could be used to build homes on Mars. Vlogٷ again retained its position as the most targeted university by the UK’s top 100 recruiters, according to a report compiled by High Fliers Research.


    First Light by Ant Holloway

    April began with an innovative new student education programme led by the University aimed at reducing recreational drug use, one of several projects awarded money from a £5 million government innovation fund. Elsewhere scientists at the University and skincare brand No7 announced the creation of a new ‘super peptide’ blend proven to bio-hack the skin’s natural repair process, after 15 years of research. A new partnership was created between the Raheem Sterling Foundation, Vlogٷ and King’s College London offering scholarships in a bid to help close the attainment gap for Black British Students, increase social mobility, and support equal access to higher education. More award news also saw two researchers win a 2023 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK & Ireland Rising Talents Award, which celebrates outstanding women post-doctoral scientists and Jodrell Bank's spectacular new First Light Pavilion win top honours at the prestigious Civic Trust Awards.


    David Olusoga - BAFTA

    As Spring took hold May saw a host of honours for staff and notable students. Professor David Olusoga OBE was presented with a BAFTA Special Award for outstanding contribution to television. The career of Manchester alumna Meera Syal was also recognised by BAFTA as she was given their highest Fellowship award at their glittering ceremony in London. We also announced that UK Biobank, the world’s most significant source of data and biological samples for health researchers, is to move to Manchester with support from the University.


    Greener energy city

    2023 was a good year for University rankings and award wins, the first of June saw the University ranked number 1 in the UK, number 1 in Europe and second in the world for social and environmental impact. The ranking meant the University is the only institution in the world to rank in the top 10 in every year the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings have existed. It was also announced that the University will lead an international team to build and demonstrate a new technology to produce syngas and pure hydrogen with nearly zero direct carbon dioxide emissions. Congratulations to staff were also after the King's Birthday Honours was revealed for 2023, with University academics once again featuring in the prestigious list. Professor of Sociology, Gary Younge, also won The Orwell Prize for Journalism 2023.


    Illustrative image of the new civic square

    Leading researchers from across the University started July by giving their support to a global initiative endorsed by King Charles III promoting the sustainable use of space. New details and images of the forthcoming £1.7bn innovation district, ID Manchester were also revealed for the first time. A new University Environmental Sustainability Strategy was published to provide guidance on the actions the University will take as it works towards its zero carbon 2038 target. On the same theme the University’s expertise in offshore renewables, hydrogen integration, energy networks and energy demand will be used in the creation of four multi-million pound research centres to drive forward change in the energy sector and help to meet the UK’s net zero target by 2050.


    Ring Nebula

    An innovative display of research data caught attentions in August as a unique league table ranking of child health by football team area has further showed the dramatic health divide between the North and the South. Astronomy enthusiasts’ imaginations were also captured as NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has recorded breath-taking new images of the iconic Ring Nebula, also known as Messier 57. In teaching and learning news an optometry team were awarded the University’s first-ever Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence by Advance HE, alongside two academics who received National Teaching Fellowships. This year’s National Student Survey results were announced in August too, the University was found to provide an intellectually stimulating teaching environment with the engagement rate increasing to 74% of final year undergraduate students at our university completing the survey.


    Start of year for undergraduates

    The start of the new academic year began with a bang as we celebrate another three awards and honours. Vlogٷ has been named as one of the top universities in Europe, according to the first ever edition of the QS World University Rankings: Europe 2024. The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2024 were unveiled too, showcasing Vlogٷ's improved position at 51 in the world out of more than 1,900 institutions. While the University also celebrated its Gold and Silver achievements in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2023. Elsewhere, we saw Manchester Museum return Aboriginal artefacts in special ceremony and a report by the Higher Education Policy Institute explored highlighted the University’s positive action on cost-of-living support.



    October saw the annual Foundation Day celebrations take place marking the coming together of the Victoria University of Manchester and Vlogٷ Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in 2004. New partnerships with North American institutions Vassar CollegeXavier University, and Spelman College were announced too. Meanwhile, engineers were hard at work building and flying the world’s largest quadcopter drone and medical trials showed promise for a new blood test to potentially help identify Alzheimer’s disease.



    Vlogٷ was been awarded a Silver Race Equality Charter Award – one of only two Higher Education Institutions in the UK to now hold this award. Northern Gritstone, the investment business focused on university spin-outs and IP-rich businesses in the North of England, announced a final close of £312m, anchored by investments from local authority pension funds. New research showed exercise at consistent times could help re-align your body clocks for better skeletal health and performance. Finally, November also saw the official opening the flagship building of The Christabel Pankhurst Institute, to further on Manchester’s academic strengths in AI, digital health and advanced materials to support the research and development of innovative technology-based health and care solutions.


    Professor Duncan Ivison

    Coming to the end of a hugely busy year full of achievements we say goodbye to 2023 with yet more notable recognitions for the University. The University secured top prize at the Green Gown Awards, first place in the UK and Europe, and third in the world in the QS World University Sustainability Rankings, and a Platinum Engage Watermark for public engagement excellence. This raft of recognition was followed by the news that our President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Nancy Rothwell had been recognised by the Times Higher Education Awards for Outstanding Achievement.  Finally, the University ended the year by announcing that Professor Duncan Ivison has been appointed as the next President & Vice-Chancellor. He will formally take up his role as President & Vice-Chancellor on 1 August 2024.

    As we look forward to 2024, the University will be hosting a year-long celebration to recognise its 200 years. The Bicentenary year will celebrate our unique history, our people, their incredible achievements and the impact they’ve made, in Manchester and around the world. The special year for Vlogٷ will kick off with ‘Light Up’, a free evening of illumination, poetry and performance on 17 January. So there it is, another remarkable and outstanding year at Vlogٷ, made possible by our exceptional staff and students. Huge gratitude to every member of our community for their immense contributions, culminating in a list of remarkable accomplishments for yet another stellar year. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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    Vlogٷ appoints Professor Duncan Ivison as next President & Vice-Chancellor /discover/news/the-university-of-manchester-appoints-professor-duncan-ivison-as-next-president--vice-chancellor/ /discover/news/the-university-of-manchester-appoints-professor-duncan-ivison-as-next-president--vice-chancellor/615118Vlogٷ has appointed Professor Duncan Ivison as its next President & Vice-Chancellor. He will formally take up his role as President & Vice-Chancellor on 1 August 2024.

    Vlogٷ has appointed Professor Duncan Ivison as its next President & Vice-Chancellor. He will formally take up his role as President & Vice-Chancellor on 1 August 2024.

    He will succeed Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell who steps down after 14 years in the role at the 2024 when her contract concludes. 2024 is also a significant year as it will mark the bicentenary of the University, 200 years from its earliest origins in 1824.

    Professor Ivison was appointed after an extensive global search process that began in March this year and has involved widespread stakeholder engagement across the University including members of staff, Senate, students, alumni, civic leaders, unions and business partners, concluding as planned.

    Currently coming to the end of a research sabbatical, Professor Ivison will join from the University of Sydney, where most recently he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). Previously he was Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Head of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry. He is a Professor of Political Philosophy.

    Earlier in his career, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney, a Lecturer at the University of York, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Australian National University.

    He completed a BA in Political Science at McGill University in Montreal, where he grew up and an MSc in Political Theory and a PhD at the London School of Economics.

    Philippa Hird, Chair of the Board of Governors at Vlogٷ, has headed the search process with an Appointment Panel drawn from across the University community, including a senior external higher education advisor, together with the support of international search consultant Saxton Bampfylde.

    Philippa Hird said: "After a global search process that has drawn interest from a very strong, high-quality field of diverse candidates, we are delighted to have appointed Professor Duncan Ivison as the next President & Vice-Chancellor at Vlogٷ. We wanted the right leader to take forward this world-class university into its third century of success and impact against our three core goals: teaching and learning excellence; an internationally renowned research powerhouse and setting new global standards in social responsibility. The Appointment Panel and Board unanimously agreed that Duncan was the outstanding candidate to take on this role.

    "Together with a wealth of experience, Duncan brings a thoughtful and engaging approach. He has a clear sense of the future for the University and an appetite to build on all that has been created to date.

    “I would also like to thank all those people from across our extended community who have given their time, perspectives and support to assist us in identifying the right person for the most senior role within this world-leading university and prominent institution in Greater Manchester.”

    Professor Duncan Ivison said: "It is an extraordinary honour to join Vlogٷ as President & Vice-Chancellor as it enters its third century. The University is a research and teaching powerhouse, but also an institution - like the city itself - with true heart and soul.

    "What inspires me about the university community is not only their deep commitment to excellence, but also their passion for social responsibility and civic engagement.  

    “The scale and urgency of the challenges that our city, our region, and our world faces, requires universities like ours to harness our resources for the public good in new and innovative ways, and as never before. This has been a central part of the university’s mission since it was founded, and I look forward to working with our staff, students, alumni, and partners to continue to build on this remarkable legacy for the future.”

    Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell will continue to lead the University as President & Vice-Chancellor with her customary drive, skill and vigour until summer 2024.

    It has been a busy last week or so for the University with widespread, positive external recognition from a variety of sources. The University won the ‘2030 Climate Action’ prize at the prestigious UK and Ireland , and has been rated top in the UK and Europe, and third in the world, in the , echoing its performance in the Times Higher Education Impact league table earlier this year.  It became only the second UK university to be awarded a Silver Race Equality Charter award and also the second in the UK to receive  for the effectiveness of the ways in which it works to engage society with its activities in research, teaching and culture.

    Our current President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell has also been honoured for her lifetime of achievement by the 

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    2023's news highlights from the Faculty of Humanities /discover/news/2023s-news-highlights-from-the-faculty-of-humanities/ /discover/news/2023s-news-highlights-from-the-faculty-of-humanities/614874Our fantastic Humanities colleagues have been doing great things once again this year. Here are some of the most popular and interesting news stories from the faculty in 2023 - enjoy!


    Our fantastic Humanities colleagues have been doing great things once again this year. Here are some of the most popular and interesting news stories from the faculty in 2023 - enjoy!



    The year kicked off with Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy MP welcoming a report by our experts which highlighted the issue of racial bias in the justice system, after a meeting to discuss the findings with the academics and co-authors who compiled it. had raised urgent questions about racial attitudes and practices in the justice system - particularly in the judiciary - in England and Wales. 

    Also in January, Professor Rob Ford was appointed as a Senior Fellow by Brexit research network UK in a Changing Europe, an independent research organisation which was launched in 2015 to promote rigorous, high-quality and independent research into the complex and ever-changing relationship between the UK and the European Union.



    At the start of a year punctuated by political scandals, major research launched in February found that MPs who are deeply embedded in corporate networks outside Westminster may be too busy to effectively perform their parliamentary duties, as they are less likely to be active as members of parliament and therefore may be too busy to serve their constituents. 

    During the same month, a rescue team from UK-Med - the frontline medical response charity based at the University - headed to Turkey and Syria after a devastating earthquake to lead the UK's initial medical assessment team.



    March saw the publication of the latest findings of the #BeeWell survey of school pupils in Years 9 and 10  across Greater Manchester, which found that girls and LGBTQ+ young people had again reported significantly lower levels of wellbeing than their peers. Professor Neil Humphrey, who is the academic lead for the project, said the latest findings highlighted the need for action to tackle inequalities experienced by vulnerable and marginalised groups. 

    In the same month the University was able to celebrate as Manchester School of Architecture was named as one of the top five architecture schools in the QS World Subject Rankings, and Professor Jackie Carter was recognised at the FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards, which celebrate the tech industry’s most exceptional talent in order to inspire the next generation from the UK and beyond. 


    evens end racism

    New research launched in April found that more than a third of people from ethnic and religious minority groups in Britain have experienced some form of racist assault. The racism reported by the survey’s respondents took different forms - physical, verbal or damage to property - and happened in all areas of life including education, work and when looking for housing. 

    Also in April, an innovative new student education programme led by Vlogٷ was one of five new drug use reduction projects to be awarded part of a £5 million government innovation fund. The Staying Safe Programme is a documentary-style video education project designed to reduce demand for drugs by deterring or delaying the onset of their use, preventing the transition to heavy or problematic use, and equipping students with the knowledge required to reduce the harms associated with the use of recreational drugs. 



    In May, we received the terribly sad news that Laura Nuttall - the inspirational student who graduated from her Politics, Philosophy and Economics degree despite having incurable brain cancer - had passed away

    Laura discovered she had Glioblastoma Multiforme - an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer - after a routine eye test in 2018. Despite being given twelve months to live at the time, she showed incredible strength by managing to undertake and complete her studies while undergoing her gruelling treatment, alongside raising awareness for brain charities and the University's  

    Everyone who met her and her Mum Nicola - myself included - was amazed by their courage, and we were all deeply saddened when we heard the news. Laura was an inspiration, and she will never be forgotten by any of us here at Vlogٷ.



    June saw award-winning author, broadcaster and Professor of Sociology, , win the prestigious Orwell Prize for Journalism 2023. The Orwell Prizes are awarded every year to the writing and reporting which best meets the spirit of George Orwell's own ambition 'to make political writing into an art'.

    The judges commented "There was one clear winner for the panel - it was a unanimous decision - with judges praising the work for its long form elements and maturity - a journalist who throughout his career has shown a commitment to exploring, explaining and challenging his audience - his work in this award 'takes us to uncomfortable places but with clarity, humanity and empathy’.”

    Gary joined Vlogٷ in 2020 from The Guardian, where he was appointed US correspondent in 2003, before becoming their editor-at-large in 2015. Gary’s latest book is a collection of his journalism, .


    Ukraine Manchester

    At the very start of July, a project which created a live ‘early alarm’ system of major displacement, human rights abuses, humanitarian needs and civilian resistance in Ukraine was recognised by the OECD’s Observatory of Public Sector Innovation. 

    Experts at Vlogٷ, Penn State University, UNC Chapel Hill and the University of Maryland joined forces to establish the Data For Ukraine project which created a Twitter-based event detection system that provides geo-located event data on humanitarian needs, displaced persons, human rights abuses and civilian resistance in near real-time. The OECD remarked that Data For Ukraine has a major potential for success and replication, and they hope that by recognising it as a case study, the project will inspire other governments to take action.



    An Optometry team from Vlogٷ were awarded the University’s first-ever Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence by Advance HE in August, alongside two academics who have received National Teaching Fellowships in recognition of their own outstanding contributions to teaching. 

    This month also saw Olga Onuch appointed as the first-ever Professor of Ukrainian Politics in the English-speaking world, and also saw a major archaeological dig led by Professor Julian Thomas at the Neolithic site of Arthur’s Stone uncover startling and important 6000-year-old remains.


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    In a deeply moving ceremony in September, the Aboriginal Anindilyakwa community of Australia’s Northern Territory celebrated the return of 174 cultural heritage items as part of a landmark repatriation project organised with Manchester Museum. The cultural heritage material was formally returned to representatives of the community, who had travelled all the way from Groote Eylandt to take part, after a three-year process supported by UNESCO to determine where the collection of items could best inspire future generations. 

    Also in September, UK-Med were called upon again when they deployed a specialist team of humanitarian workers to Morocco following an earthquake. The team of humanitarian workers who travelled to the country included a medical lead, a paramedic, a water and sanitation engineer, a logistics expert and a team leader.



    Professor Jackie Carter was deservedly named as one of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK in October. in recognition of her work to break the stigma around disability to create a more accessible and inclusive world for all. ​​​​​​​Since becoming disabled in 2017, Jackie has advocated for the voices of disabled people to be heard and their experiences to be better understood. She has launched a series of recorded conversations to shine a light on the lived experiences, challenges and strengths of disabled staff and students at the University, and as EDI Disability Academic Lead, she is using her role to influence the change we need to see, hear and experience to create a more disability-inclusive world.  

    The faculty was also pleased to welcome former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and his wife Katherine to the University this month, when they visited campus to speak to Humanities students about the war in his country after attending events in Ireland to mark 25 years of the Good Friday Agreement.



    In November, a major report was published which found that the cost of living crisis is having a disproportionate impact on older African and Caribbean, South Asian and other ethnic minorities. The researchers discovered that older people in the UK are experiencing a combination of pressures arising from the cost of living crisis, the impact of COVID-19, and cuts affecting health and social care.

    Also in November, the government in the British Crown Dependency of Jersey published a report into assisted dying after an ethical review was undertaken by experts including Dr Alex Mullock from Vlogٷ’s Centre for Social Ethics and Policy.



    Finally, December saw the innovative Uncertain Futures art and research project led by Dr Elaine Dewhurst and others receive recognition from from the World Health Organization in a major report. The project, which highlights the inequalities faced by women over 50 years of age in relation to work, aims to create real workable solutions to the difficulties they face.

    As another year draws to a close, we would like to thank everyone who played a role in helping us to share these stories - we can't wait to share more fantastic news with the world in 2024, as we celebrate our University's 200th anniversary. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!

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    A year of Science and Engineering at Vlogٷ /discover/news/a-year-of-science-and-engineering-at-the-university-of-manchester/ /discover/news/a-year-of-science-and-engineering-at-the-university-of-manchester/614480The Faculty of Science and Engineering at Vlogٷ has been at the forefront of many exciting discoveries and achievements in 2023. Here we round-up just some of the great stories from this year.

    The Faculty of Science and Engineering at Vlogٷ has been at the forefront of many exciting discoveries and achievements in 2023. Here we round-up just some of the great stories from this year.

    January: Mapping the galaxy


    The year started with a bang as after almost a decade of observations, a team of astronomers from Vlogٷ and other institutions around the world presented the most accurate description to date of the polarization of the Milky Way's emission in the microwave range.  The observations provided unprecedented insights into the structure of the Milky Way's magnetic field.

    February: Finding dinosaur footprints in Yorkshire

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    In February, an archaeologist found the largest footprint of a meat-eating dinosaur ever found in Yorkshire. The footprint, which measures 80cm, belongs to a theropod dinosaur and was found on the coast. It dates back to the Middle Jurassic period, about 166 million years ago.

    March: Developing cosmic concrete

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    Scientists from Vlogٷ developed a new type of concrete that is twice as strong as regular concrete and can be used for building structures in space. The concrete, dubbed “StarCrete”, is made is made from extra-terrestrial dust, potato starch, and a pinch of salt. While building infrastructure in space is expensive and difficult to achieve, StarCrete offers a possible solution.

    April: Celebrating outstanding Women in Science 

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    Two researchers from Vlogٷ won a 2023 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK & Ireland Rising Talents Award, which celebrates outstanding women post-doctoral scientists. Dr Sophie Nixon won the award for Sustainable Development, while Dr Kara Lynch, won the award for Physical Sciences.

    May: Launching a new robotics research centre


    Vlogٷ launched a new robotics research centre designed to create robotics and autonomous systems that will play a key role in the climate response. In collaboration with Jacobs, CRADLE will research new technologies for demanding and heavily regulated industry sectors such as space, nuclear decommissioning, energy generation and urban infrastructure and will work to find advances such as autonomous inspection and repair systems to extend the life of water and energy networks, roads, bridges and railways, that will support the work towards net zero targets.

    June: Finding evidence for new class of gravitational waves

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    Astronomers from Vlogٷ and other institutions around the world found the first evidence for a new class of gravitational waves, which could unveil the origin and evolution of the Universe and our own Milky Way. The finding stems from observations made over the last 25 years using six of the world's most sensitive radio telescopes, including the Lovell Telescope at Vlogٷ’s Jodrell Bank Observatory.

    July: Solving a long-standing mathematics questio


    Mathematicians from Vlogٷ found the answer to a long-standing problem: how many lottery tickets do you need to buy to guarantee a win? The mathematicians found that 27 is the lowest possible number of tickets needed to guarantee a win – although, importantly, with no guarantee of a profit.  

    August: Capturing stunning images of the Ring Nebula

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    A Manchester astronomer captured stunning images of the Ring Nebula, a planetary nebula located about 2,600 light-years away from Earth, using the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The researchers said that the details in the images were better than we have ever seen before.

    September: Receiving and studying a sample of asteroid Bennu

    The sample return capsule from NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission is seen shortly after touching down in the desert, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023, at the Department of Defense's Utah Test and Training Range. The sample was collected from the asteroid Bennu in October 2020 by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.

    Vlogٷ was selected to receive and study a sample of asteroid Bennu as part of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission. The sample returned to Earth in September before being split up and delivered to scientists around the world. The findings will help scientists to understand more about the origin of the Solar System and of organics and water that could have led to life on Earth. It also aids our understanding of asteroid impacts on Earth.

    October: Designing and flying the world’s largest quadcopter drone


    Researchers and students from Vlogٷ designed and flew the world’s largest quadcopter drone. The drone, made from a cardboard-like material called foamboard, measures 6.4m (21 ft) corner to corner and weighs 24.5kg – 0.5kg less than the weight limit set by the Civil Aviation Authority. The innovative design of the drone, dubbed the Giant Foamboard Quadcopter (GFQ), means it is unlike any other in existence.

    November: New partnership to bring more sustainable chemical manufacturing to the market

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    In November, Vlogٷ and Shell Research Limited came together in a Prosperity Partnership worth over £9 million to find new sustainable routes to manufacturing commodity chemicals, while also de-risking the process for industry. If successful, this five-year project could help reshape the chemicals industry and support the UK delivering on its clean growth strategy.

    December: Hosting two minister visits

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    To end the year, Vlogٷ hosted two minister visits, showcasing its research and innovation in energy and biotechnology. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, visited the University’s High Voltage Lab to discuss the reform of the UK’s power network and how the University is contributing. The University also hosted Bolton West MP Chris Green on an extended visit including a tour of the Bioprinting Technology Platform.


    And that’s it! As we draw the curtains on another remarkable year for the Faculty of Science and Engineering, we present only a tiny snapshot of the of achievements and discoveries that happened in 2023. Looking ahead, we can’t wait for the year that awaits us – in particular as we celebrate University’s 200th anniversary. Thank you to every individual who has played a role in helping us to share these incredible stories. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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    University of Manchester partners with Cummins to develop future power solutions /discover/news/university-of-manchester-partners-with-cummins-to-develop-future-power-solutions/ /discover/news/university-of-manchester-partners-with-cummins-to-develop-future-power-solutions/613825The collaboration will support the development of future engineering talent, as well as drive the development of innovative and sustainable power solutions.

    Vlogٷ has entered a five-year strategic partnership with  global power leader Cummins.

    The collaboration will support the development of future engineering talent, as well as drive the development of innovative and sustainable power solutions.

    As part of the collaboration, Vlogٷ and Cummins will conduct cutting-edge research with the aim of accelerating product development of the latest generation of air handling technologies, such as e-turbos for fuel cells, together with fuel injection systems for hydrogen-based power solutions.

    Academics and their students will explore the future use of hydrogen in power solutions as part of the collaboration, using world class engineering equipment, test cells and laboratories.

    Students will also be given the opportunity to apply their learnings to a practical environment and gain valuable industry experience with Cummins. These placements will be open to all students, irrespective of academic discipline, aligning with the variety of roles available at Cummins.

    Dr John Clark, Executive Director for Research & Development at Cummins, said: “It’s fantastic to announce our collaboration with Vlogٷ, with the partnership holding tremendous potential for both of us. It will provide students and researchers with the opportunity to work with an established, international manufacturer and actively contribute to the advancement of power solution technology. It will also help to drive the development of sustainable products, supporting our commitment to powering a more prosperous world.”

    Dr Louise Bates, Head of Strategic Partnerships at Vlogٷ, added: “This partnership is a great opportunity for our research community to engage with an international company, developing widely-used technologies and groundbreaking solutions to real-world challenges. Vlogٷ is committed to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and this partnership presents a very exciting platform for our two organisations to collaborate and address some of the most pressing challenges facing our planet. We look forward to growing our relationship with Cummins and witnessing what we can achieve together.”

    The Cummins Engine Components (CEC) site in Huddersfield designs, develops, produces and refurbishes air handling solutions, which are used globally in vehicles and machinery across various markets.  CEC is part of the international engine, power generation and filtration product manufacturer, Cummins, which employs 73,600 worldwide and generated $28.1 billion in revenue last year. This collaboration between Cummins and Vlogٷ, and the development of future air handling solutions for sustainable technologies, will support the manufacturer’s Destination Zero commitment.

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    THE Outstanding Achievement Award for President and Vice-Chancellor /discover/news/the-outstanding-achievement-award-for-president-and-vice-chancellor/ /discover/news/the-outstanding-achievement-award-for-president-and-vice-chancellor/613420Vlogٷ’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell has been honoured for her achievements by the Times Higher Education at its prestigious annual awards ceremony.

    Vlogٷ’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell has been honoured for her achievements by the Times Higher Education at its prestigious annual awards ceremony.

    In presenting the award said: “Few people in higher education have been as successful at every rung of the ladder as Dame Nancy, who will next year complete 14 years in charge of Vlogٷ.

    “In doing all this she has shone out as a beacon for women in higher education and beyond, smashing glass ceilings at every turn.”

    Only one such award is made by Times Higher Education each year and previous winners have included highly influential figures such as classicist, Professor Dame Mary Beard; Dame Sarah Gilbert, Saïd professor of vaccinology, University of Oxford; and Dame Athene Donald, University of Cambridge.

    Nancy’s association with Manchester goes back to 1987 when she joined the University as a researcher in physiology. She has held a number of roles in both leadership and research at the University and in 2010 became the first woman to lead the University or either of its two predecessor institutions.

    The award recognises outstanding contributions to the wider sector.  Nancy’s influence nationally includes being the founding President of what is now the Royal Society of Biology and previously serving as Co-Chair of the PM’s Council for Science and Technology and President of the British Neuroscience Association. She was the first woman to Chair the Russell Group (2020- 2023).

    On Nancy’s continued scientific achievements, the judges added: “She started with PhD completed in just 2 years (it was published in Nature, naturally) and went on to enjoy a stellar research career as a physiologist.

    “She performed the rare feat of switching fields, from obesity to neuroscience –and established herself as one of the UK’s leading science advocates.”

    Nancy said: “I would like to thank the Times Higher Education for this award. It is an honour to join the list of remarkable people who have received it in previous years.

    “I am very proud to lead Vlogٷ and the incredible community of staff, students and partners who contribute to its success, especially as we enter the University’s 200th year in 2024.

    “I care deeply about the higher education sector in this country and I will continue to advocate for it and the role it plays in transforming lives and society for the better.”

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    Chancellor of the Exchequer visits Vlogٷ to discuss reform of UK’s power network /discover/news/chancellor-of-the-exchequer-visits-the-university-of-manchester-to-discuss-reform-of-uks-power-network/ /discover/news/chancellor-of-the-exchequer-visits-the-university-of-manchester-to-discuss-reform-of-uks-power-network/613356Vlogٷ welcomed the Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt to learn about its research and expertise in energy networks and discuss the Government’s recent plans to

    Vlogٷ welcomed the Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt to learn about its research and expertise in energy networks and discuss the Government’s recent plans to

    The Chancellor visited the High Voltage Lab – the largest university high voltage laboratory in the UK - where he was given a guided tour by Ian Cotton, Professor of High Voltage Technology, to showcase the University’s work in the areas of operation, planning and analysis of energy networks.

    The tour started with a demonstration of the Lab’s 2MV impulse generator, which allows researchers to stress test equipment used on the grid by creating real-life lightning voltages. He then moved on to discuss the work of the lab, addressing three critical issues:

    • Fast-tracking network upgrades by developing and testing new, innovative technologies ready for deployment onto the live electricity networks.
    • Ensuring the power system is ready to transfer increased amounts of generation from new, renewable sources like wave power.
    • Making the grid secure and ensuring the UK has access to reliable, affordable, and environmentally sustainable energy.

    The Chancellor also had the chance to chat to a number of PhD students, whose work is also actively contributing to the reform of the system and find out how the University is contributing to the skills pipeline integral for the future of the power network.

    In a closed-door meeting, energy experts at the University got the chance to ask the Chancellor questions and share their feedback about the government’s plans for the power network, including putting forward their own ideas for the future.

    , Professor of High Voltage Technology at Vlogٷ, said: “It was a pleasure to host the Chancellor at the High Voltage Lab to showcase the work we are doing to solve the real-world challenges associated with ensuring the grid is ready to transfer the increased amounts of electrical energy we need to deliver net-zero.

    “We really enjoyed sharing our unique skills, knowledge and equipment that we use to solve these problems and show how we are training a new generation of engineers to transform our energy system.

    “The visit provided an invaluable opportunity to engage in insightful discussions regarding the Government's latest initiatives aimed at reforming the UK’s power network.”

    Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, added: “We are committed to transforming the Great British electricity network. The changes announced at Autumn Statement make it quicker and easier to build new infrastructure and could bring in upwards of £90 billion of global investment.

    “Cutting edge facilities at our world-beating universities, such as the fantastic High Voltage Lab, will be at the forefront of this effort, leading the charge on the UK’s transition to Net Zero.”

    The High Voltage Lab at Vlogٷ is the largest electrical infrastructure test and research facility in UK academia. From the £9m lab, researchers collaborate with small businesses, large industry organisations and governments worldwide, sharing skills, knowledge and equipment to solve critical, real-world problems.

    The lab uses the very latest equipment, capable of testing components that will be used on 400 kV power systems, enabling researchers to find new ways to innovate at pace.

    The University is home to the largest power and energy system group in the UK, training 300 electrical engineers a year and supporting 150 PhD researchers in electrical power ensuring a new generation of engineers skilled to transform our energy system.

    ,  Senior Lecturer in Electric and Electronic Engineering, said: “The High Voltage Lab and our expertise plays a major part in the technology, innovation and skills supply chain needed for our net zero future.  From finding innovative ways to maintain the thousands of pylons across the grid, to de-risking superconductors for future power transmission, we work on a range of projects at all technology readiness levels to make sure we maximise the potential of both the equipment and our research expertise, to accelerate the development of our future electrical network.”

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    University of Manchester wins Platinum Engage Watermark for excellence in public engagement /discover/news/university-of-manchester-wins-platinum-engage-watermark-for-excellence-in-public-engagement/ /discover/news/university-of-manchester-wins-platinum-engage-watermark-for-excellence-in-public-engagement/613204Vlogٷ has been awarded a Platinum Watermark award by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE), which recognises universities’ engagement with the public. Manchester is only the second university to be successful in achieving the Platinum award. 

    Vlogٷ has been awarded a award by the (NCCPE), which recognises universities’ engagement with the public. Manchester is only the second university to be successful in achieving the Platinum award. 

    Sophie Duncan, Co-director of the NCCPE said: “At the NCCPE, as well as challenging the sector and campaigning for change, we champion excellent practice. We’re delighted to be able to award Manchester a Platinum Engage Watermark for their sustained and deep-rooted commitment to public engagement, which has been informed by consultation with staff, students and partners”.  

    Winning a Platinum Engage Watermark is a significant achievement. It is the highest honour that can be awarded to an institution and recognises exceptional strategic leadership of public engagement; high standards of professional support; and excellence in partnership working.  It also evidences that the institution has a profound grasp of challenges ahead and of areas of relative weakness, with a commitment to addressing these. 

    Key features of Vlogٷ’s approach which drew special praise from the assessors included its efforts to open up the campus and cultural institutions to become more welcoming and accessible for community use, the involvement of partners and communities in shaping the research and teaching at the university, and the very significant commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

    Dr Julian Skyrme, Director of Social Responsibility at Vlogٷ said: “We’re delighted to receive this prestigious Platinum award for public engagement. We’ve prioritised new forms of public engagement through our emphasis on civic partnerships, our cultural institutions and in creating a local Citizens’ Panel. We’re grateful for the support and constructive challenge throughout the Watermark process and the commitment our staff, students and community partners play in delivering our core goal of social responsibility.”&Բ; 

    Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of Vlogٷ said: “As a passionate advocate for public engagement, I’m proud that we have embedded a culture of high-quality practice through our core goal of . We are delighted to be recognised nationally with a prestigious Platinum Watermark for our sustained excellence and leadership in public engagement.”&Բ;

    Cllr Bev Craig said: “As the leader of Manchester City Council and lead for greater Manchester Combined Authority for economy and Inclusive growth, I am proud that we have Vlogٷ as a civic partner. This award is great recognition for the University’s collaborative work with local communities, councils, business and civic partners to address to address real priorities and realise mutual benefit through the GM Civic University Agreement.” 

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