The University of Manchester is the largest single-site university in the UK, with the biggest student community. In total, 25 Nobel Prize winners have worked or studied here.
83% of our research was ranked as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ by the Research Excellence Framework in 2014.
And more than nine out of ten of recent graduates go straight into employment or continued studies.
The University is ranked 35th in the world, seventh in Europe and fifth in the UK in the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities. They were also ranked 87th in the world, 17th in Europe and 4th in the UK in the 2016 Reuters Top 100 Most Innovative Universities.
The University is carrying out the biggest investment in facilities undertaken by any UK university, with £750 million spent so far and a further £1 billion to follow by 2022.
The University will house more than £200m of Royce facilities and equipment. Central to that will be the Royce@Manchester building, which is set to be completed in 2019. The £105m, nine-story building at the heart of the University’s Engineering Campus will be home to world-leading materials scientists, £45m worth of equipment and collaborative space for industrial and academic engagement.
The building design is intended to allow ‘Science on Show’ – areas of the building visible to engage people outside – while also providing closed, confidential spaces for commercially sensitive work.
In addition to the new building, state-of-the-art facilities across the University will also be part of Royce. The cleanrooms at the £61m National Graphene Institute (NGI) – the world’s largest single use graphene cleanrooms – will be used by Royce 2D Materials researchers. Scientists from the Nuclear Materials research area will work in the Dalton Cumbrian Facility (DCF), a specialist radiation science and nuclear engineering decommissioning site. The high-quality microscopy facility at the Henry Moseley Centre in the Photon Science Institute will also be part of the University’s Royce capability, and the new 350m Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) will house further microscopy equipment when it opens in 2020.
The range of facilities and equipment at the University shows the strategic importance of Royce and the interdisciplinary focus of its research activities.
Core Research Area
TWO-DIMENSIONAL MATERIALS ARE ONE-ATOM THICK MATERIALS CAPABLE OF BEING COMBINED IN NANO-STACKS TO DELIVER UNIQUE FUNCTIONALITY. BY FAR THE BEST KNOWN IS GRAPHENE, BUT THERE IS A LARGE AND GROWING FAMILY OF 2D MATERIALS THAT PROMISE TO REVOLUTIONISE THE MATERIALS WORLD.
2D materials were pioneered in the UK, following the isolation of graphene at The University of Manchester in 2004, and, since then, they have become the subjects of a massive international research effort, due to their potential to influence a number of areas such as membranes for filtration and coatings, energy storage andfunctional composites.