Manchester, University of
Thursday 06 June 2013
Overall ranking: Ranked 25th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide for 2014.
History: Formed in 2004 from a merger of Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.
Address: Half a mile from Manchester city centre on Oxford Road.
Ambience: Buildings range from grand Victorian and sixties dreary to eighties towering block and brand new laboratories. Combines city life with campus community and urban vitality with friendliness.
Who's the boss? Vice-chancellor Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell is a British physiologist and academic.
Prospectus: 0161 275 2077 or download one here.
UCAS code: M20 MANU
What you need to know
Easy to get into? Competitive- the majority of courses require grades in the region of AAA-ABB at A-level. Many courses do make lower offers so it's worth checking your desired course in the prospectus.
Vital statistics: The largest student community in the UK with 27,996 undergrads at present and 39,953 students in total. One of 24 Russell Group universities dedicated to the highest levels of academic excellence in teaching and research. Manchester has the highest number of lower-income students in the English Russell Group and the largest Students' Union.
Added value: Investing over £650m in the campus with many new developments recently opened or under construction. Runs the pioneering Biomedical Research Centre, the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, the Planetarium and the Arboretum, plus Whitworth Art Gallery and the museum. Third biggest academic library in the UK with over 4m books and the second biggest careers service.
Teaching: Came 80th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide.
Research: Ranked 6th out of 124 in the Research Assessment Exercise.
Graduate prospects: Placed 35th with 72 per cent finding graduate level employment.
Any accommodation? Plenty. Self-catered rooms in 2012/13 cost between £86 and £127 per week while catered were around £125 each. Prices may rise slightly for 2013 entry but accommodation is guaranteed for most undergraduates.
Cheap to live there? Wallet-friendly with private rents at around £55 to £75per week.
Transport links: Two mainline train stations- Manchester Piccadilly for London and the south and Manchester Victoria for almost everywhere else. Excellent bus and tram networks with Manchester International Airport just 9 miles outside the city.
Fees: Set at £9,000 per year for full-time home and EU undergrads. Study-abroad years cost £1,350 and industrial placement years cost £1,800. Overseas students pay more depending on course.
Bursaries:A number of academic excellence and sports-based scholarships are available. More than a third of students accepted to study here receive bursaries of up to £3,000 per year with many offered even more support depending on their household income.
The fun stuff
Nightlife: Huge Students' Union at the heart of the campus. The Academy attracts top bands while Old Cotton Exchange is now the nationally renowned Royal Exchange theatre. Great clubbing scene with venues to suit all tastes.
Price of a pint: £2.90 seems to be the average but cheaper pints can be found in the chain bars.
Sporting reputation: Currently in 9th place in the BUCS league.
Notable societies: Dance is big here with multiple societies for different styles. Thriving LGBTQ scene. Some cool societies include: Beatbox which teaches beginners some basic beatboxing skills; Slacklining which practices balancing on tightropes; and BlogSoc for keen fashion bloggers.
Glittering alumni: Anna Ford, former BBC and ITN newscaster; The Chemical Brothers, DJs/musicians; Anthony Burgess and Louis de Bernieres, writers; Robert Bolt, playwright; Peter Maxwell Davies, composer; Benedict Cumberbatch, actor; Dr Mark Kermode, film critic; and Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, writers of television comedies Peep show and Fresh Meat.
Alternative prospectus: For student ratings of various aspects of the Manchester experience plus further facts and reviews, visit the What Uni? page here.
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