The Victoria University ofManchester was founded asOwens College back in 1851 whileUMIST's roots can be traced back to 1824.
These two great institutes operated inconjunction with each other for more than 100years and initially decided to combine to forma single university on 22 October 2004.
In total, The University of Manchester hasproduced 25 Nobel prize winners such asErnest Rutherford, Professors Andre Geim andKonstantin Novoselov. Ernest Rutherford iswell known for its pioneer research which ledto the splitting of the atom while professors Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov wereawarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010.Many old famous and well known peoplestudies either at UMIST or The VictoriaUniversity of Manchester such as Sir TerryLeahy, the Chief Executive of Tesco, AnnaFord, which is well known as a TV newsreader,comedian Ben Elton, pioneer of ﬂight ArthurWitten-Brown and the famous novelist, Anthony Burgess.
In 1846 John Owens, a Manchester textilemerchant, bequeathed an amount of £96 942.This money's purpose was the founding of ancollege for the education of males and non-sectarian lines. In 1880 the college wasestablished and Royal Charter was granted,which led to the founding of The VictoriaUniversity of Manchester, England's ﬁrst civicuniversity. As Manchester emerged as the world'sﬁrst industrial city, businessmen andindustrialist started the Mechanic's Institute tolearn their workers the basic principles ofscience.These universities worked alongside eachother and became a large and active force by1905. In 1955 the UMIST achievedindependent university status and althoughthey work together to the advantage of all,these two institutions merged in October 2004to form The University of Manchester.
Vision for the future
The University of Manchester hasconducted a bold and exciting plan - theManchester 2015 Agenda, to make thisinstitution on of the top 25 universities in theworld. With the merging of the abovementioned institution in October 2004, itpresented a unique opportunity to rethink theidea of modern education and university andprovide a blueprint for the future. This visionwill demand energy, commitment and superbexecution from its leaders.Goals that the institution identiﬁed are:•Research•Higher learning•Social responsibility•Quality people• A reputation for excellence•Quality management•World-class infrastructure•Environmental sustainability•Internationally competitive funding
History of the University ofManchester
The University ofManchester was created when The VictoriaUniversity of Manchesterand UMIST combined to form a powerful new force inBritish Higher Education.