The author Anthony Burgess, Pritzker Prize and RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architect Norman Foster and composer Peter Maxwell Davies all attended, or worked at, Manchester.
who had held a chair in physiology at the university since 1994. The EPSRC announced in February 2012 the formation of the National Graphene Institute.
Notable scientists associated with the university include physicists Ernest Rutherford, Osborne Reynolds, Niels Bohr, James Chadwick, Arthur Schuster, Hans Geiger, Ernest Marsden and Balfour Stewart.
The Municipal College of Technology, forerunner of UMIST, was the Victoria University of Manchester's Faculty of Technology while continuing in parallel as a technical college offering advanced courses of study.Although UMIST achieved independent university status in 1955, the universities continued to work together.The university had a consolidated income of £1 billion in 2016–17, of which £262.1 million was from research grants and contracts.It has the third largest endowment of any university in England, after the universities of Cambridge and Oxford.Fallowfield Campus is the main residential campus in Fallowfield, approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) south of the main site.
There are other university buildings across the city and the wider region, such as Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire and One Central Park in Moston, a collaboration between the university and other partners which offers office space for start-up firms and venues for conferences and workshops, Following the merger, the university embarked on a £600 million programme of capital investment, to deliver eight new buildings and 15 major refurbishment projects by 2010, partly financed by a sale of unused assets.The university was established and granted a Royal Charter in 1880 becoming England's first civic university; it was renamed the Victoria University of Manchester in 1903 and absorbed Owens College the following year.By 1905, the institutions were large and active forces.He left the college the equivalent of £10 million in his will in 1876, at a time when it was in great financial difficulty.Beyer funded the total cost of construction of the Beyer building to house the biology and geology departments.It is centrally located in the city and its buildings are integrated into the fabric of Manchester, with non-university buildings and major roads between.