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Research beacons: Global challenges, Manchester solutions

27 Jan 2015

The University’s broad and interdisciplinary approach to research is helping to answer some of the world’s biggest questions

Our research beacons showcase areas where our researchers work with colleagues from across the University and beyond to produce solutions that are distinct to Manchester.  

World-class research is the first goal of our Manchester 2020 strategy. Our aim is to be among the top 25 research universities in the world by 2020.

We’re fortunate to have a wide range of high-quality research activity that is rivalled by few other universities. In the recent Research Excellence Framework, we made submissions in 35 discipline areas. Much of our research combines expertise from across disciplines, making the most of the opportunities that our size and breadth of expertise affords.

The University has identified five ‘research beacons’ where we offer a unique concentration of high-quality research and are at the forefront of the search for solutions to global challenges. These are:

  • Industrial biotechnology
  • Energy
  • Cancer
  • Advanced materials
  • Addressing global inequalities

Learn more