The University of Manchester has a rich academic heritage. Between them, the Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST can lay claim to more than 22 Nobel Prize winners.
The nuclear age was born in Manchester with Ernest Rutherford's pioneering research that led to the splitting of the atom.
Kilburn and Williams developed the first computer. The computer revolution started here in June 1948 when a machine built by Tom Kilburn and Sir Freddie Williams, known affectionately as "The Baby", ran its first stored programme.
It was here at the University that economist and logician WS Jevons formulated the principles of modern economics.
Lewis Namier and AJP Taylor are just two of the world-famous names to grace the University's distinguished Department of History.
It was at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire that a young Bernard Lovell built the world's largest steerable radio telescope just after the Second World War.
Great traditions have also flourished in theology, architecture, mathematics, music and law and many other areas.
The catalogue of virtuosity goes on and on. Today's University is built on the shoulders of some real academic giants.
Vision for the future
The President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, Professor Alan Gilbert, is leading a bold and exciting plan - the Manchester 2015 Agenda, which aims to make The University of Manchester one of the top 25 universities in the world.
The merger of UMIST and The Victoria University of Manchester in October 2004 presented a unique opportunity to rethink the very idea of a modern university and formulate a blueprint for the future.
The plan identifies goals for all the University's principal activities:
High international standing
Exemplary knowledge and technology transfer
Excellent teaching and learning
The UK's most accessible research intensive institution
Efficient and effective management
Internationally competitive resources
Increasingly effective community service
The vision for the University's future is an ambitious one. Its realisation will demand energy and commitment and superb execution