An award winning University

Our mission is to be an inspiring and innovative University of international renown. Through awards, we are gaining recognition for our outstanding work towards achieving this vision.

Read more about the awards we are proud to have won:

University of the Year

In November 2013, the University was awarded the Times Higher Education University of the Year. The award was in recognition of a University 'that has demonstrated exceptional performance in the past academic year’.

In 2015, the University was named the New University of the Year at the Educate North Awards. A panel of more than 20 leading figures from the fields of education, business and politics selected the winners, who were announced at a ceremony in Manchester.


We excel inenterprise and innovation and in 2012, the University was named the Times Higher Education Entrepreneurial University of the Year. This was followed up in 2013, when Professor Elizabeth Towns-Andrews, the University’s 3M Professor of Innovation won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion.


The University relies on strong leadership. Headed by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bob Cryan CBE who in 2013 was awarded the Guardian Higher Education Award for Inspiring Leader and won the Leadership Award at the Educate North Awards in 2015. Our leadership and management team have also been shortlisted in the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards and in 2015 we won Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development at the prestigious Times Higher Education Awards. 


Our standing within the international community is also on the rise as we forge strong partnerships overseas, which has resulted in growth of overseas students and earnings. In 2013, we were awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade and in 2014 we were proud to be recognised with 4 stars by QS (an international ratings organisation).


In 2014, we were awarded the Times Higher Education Best University Workplace and topped the tables in all four main categories in a survey carried out amongst staff in higher education across the country. In 2015, we were also recognised for our commitment to gender equality – including the recruitment and career development of more female scientists and engineers – by being granted the Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Official honours

In 2015, the University’s role in expanding the global boundaries of new music, earned a Queen’s Anniversary Prize, one of the most coveted distinctions in UK Higher Education. The prize recognised the contribution the University has made to the intellectual, economic and cultural life of the nation and to society and individuals in Britain and overseas.

Discover our awards history.

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