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University crest

Our crest embodies the prestige and history of The University of Manchester and may therefore only be used in the following contexts:

  • On graduation and other ceremonial materials
  • On sports kits and on other Athletic Union materials
  • On marketing material for alumni
  • Within University building interiors if permanent branding is needed and it forms part of the building’s fabric.
    • For building signage, the University logo should be used instead – refer to building signage strategy. If you’ve any questions about this guidance, please contact (Estates Designer)

The full-colour crest must only appear on a white panel. Never position the full-colour version directly onto a dark background or other imagery. The single-colour crest can be used on a white or coloured background.

Please note that the individual elements of the University crest – the bee, the sun and the lion – must not be used as stand-alone illustrations.

Full-colour crest
Black on a white background crest
Black on a white background
White on purple background crest
White on purple background


Downloadable versions of the University crest are available on request from