First UK-wide evaluation since 2014 confirms University of Manchester is a research powerhouse

Researchers from the University consistently make an important contribution to solving the world’s most urgent problems, with the University ranking 9th in the world for delivering against the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings. 

Examples of this impact highlighted in the REF include improving cancer treatment, reducing carbon emissions from shipping and aviation and shaping international development policy to reduce poverty.

Many of these case studies are now published on the University website. They provide examples of how University of Manchester research has made a positive contribution to society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment, quality of life and the economy – with benefits felt beyond academia.

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, said: “These comprehensive and independent results confirm Manchester’s place as a global powerhouse of research.

“We create an environment where researchers can thrive and exchange ideas. Most importantly, the quality and impact of our research is down to the incredible dedication and creativity of our colleagues who work every day to solve significant world problems, enrich our society and train the next generation of researchers.

“The fact that our REF results are accompanied by examples of the real difference we’ve made in the world, all driven from this city makes me very proud.”

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