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WATCH: We belong at The University of Manchester

20 Oct 2016

This year's Foundation Day celebrations saw the premiere of a video homage to our diverse community

Dr Dawn Edge

On Tuesday, 18 October, we celebrated our Foundation Day and awarded honorary degrees to the Executive Director of Oxfam International, Winnie Byanyima, Lord David Alliance, Professor Dame Sue Bailey, Mr Anil Ruia and Sir Norman Stoller. Each year, the University celebrates the anniversary of the bringing together of the Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in 2004, to form The University of Manchester.

Winnie, who is also an alumna of the University, gave the Foundation Lecture, entitled ‘Advancing Women’s Rights in an Unequal World: A personal perspective’, in which she outlined some of the experiences of her unique career in politics and international development.

During the ceremony, a short film on the theme of diversity - produced by the Division of Communications and Marketing - was shown to the invited guests in the University's Whitworth Hall. Made with input from many of our staff and students, it celebrates both the diverse individuals who together form a community of belonging and also the role of the University as a source of inspiration and aspiration which can help us all to achieve our potential.

You can also watch the full Foundation Day celebrations at: