About the University

About the University

We were established in 1881 and we can truly claim to be the original ‘redbrick’ university – the phrase was coined about our distinctive red brick Victoria Building.

We are rightly proud of our founding mission - ‘for the advancement of learning and ennoblement of life.’ It is inscribed on a plaque on the Victoria building and it remains our mission today, a touchstone for all that we do.  It underlines our belief in the transformative power of research and education, not least in the face of an increasingly complex and challenging world.

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Ranked in the top 200 of universities worldwide. 

We are 20th in the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF), with seven subjects in the top 10.

95%: of the University’s UK and EU postgraduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation (DLHE 2016/7)

We have a campus in China offering postgraduate study options. 

We are investing £600 million in our campus.

We have 33,000 students, 7,500 of whom travel from all over the world to study here.

And, a global network of 230,000 alumni in 171 countries.

TEF Silver: Awarded a silver rating in 2018