Daragh visited the University of Manchester! Formed in 2004 when University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (est. 1824) and the Victoria University of Manchester (est. 1851) merged to for the University of Manchester. In 2012, the university had around 39,000 students and 10,400 staff, making it the largest single-site university in the United Kingdom.
Fun Facts about University of Manchester
The University of Manchester boasts 25 Nobel laureates across the fields of chemistry, physics, physiology and medicine, and economics, the most recent of which are Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov. Geim and Novoselov were awarded the Nobel prize in 2010 for “groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene.”
The world’s first stored-program computer, the world’s first transistorised computer, and what was the world’s fastest computer at the time of its inauguration in 1962 were all developed by Tom Kilburn and Frederic Calland Williams who developed Small-Scale Experimental Machine (SSEM) or “Baby”, the world’s first stored-program computer at Victoria University of Manchester in 1948.
The University of Manchester students launched the hugely successful We Get It (WGI) campaign.
The We Get It (WGI) campaign asks students to take action against sexual harassment. So far, 5,000 students have signed in support of the campaign, is part of the university’s drive to tackle such abuse on campus. The WGI campaign also has a website that allows students to report incidents and get support from anti-harassment advisers.