University of Manchester (School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering)Address: Sackville Street, Manchester, M60 1QD
The new University of Manchester is currently the largest single-site University in the UK and one of the largest and leading research-intensive universities in Europe and the world. It was created in 2004 by bringing together The Victoria University of Manchester (VUM) and UMIST, two of Britain's most distinguished universities, to create a powerful new force in British Higher Education.
The University of Manchester has a long tradition of excellence in Higher Education stretching back to over 180 years. The University's history is closely linked to Manchester's emergence as the world's first industrial city. More than 20 former staff and students have gone on to become Nobel Prize winners. Many of the advances of the 20th century began at the University, such as the work by Rutherford leading to the splitting of the atom and the developments of the world's first modern computer in 1948. The quality, breadth and volume of research activity are unparalleled in the UK as indicated in the results of the independent Research Assessment Exercise.
The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering was formed from the former Manchester School of Engineering (VUM), the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Manufacturing Engineering (UMIST) and the Manchester Centre for Civil and Construction Engineering (UMIST/VUM). This has given rise to a strong interdisciplinary international centre for Engineering Research. The School currently has 85 academic staff. There are 5 large thematic interdisciplinary research groups which are serviced by 12 specialist groups and which cover the 3 engineering disciplines.