Saturday, December 03, 2005

Higher Education Institution of the Year

From the President:

I am delighted to report that The University of Manchester has been named 'Higher Education Institution of the Year' at the Times Higher Awards 2005.

The award was presented at the Times Higher Education Supplement's inaugural awards ceremony held at the Dorchester Hotel, London, last night (November 23).

Announcing the award, Prime Minister Tony Blair said: "Manchester has impressed the whole Higher Education sector by its successful merger last year with UMIST. But what particularly impressed the judges was how Manchester's vision for the future and determination to reinvigorate itself to become one of the top research universities in the world has enthused both staff and students."

This award is a tribute to the efforts of all of our staff and students following what has been an exciting year. I am deeply grateful to all of you for the skill, determination and vision you have shown in getting the University up and running following the merger of UMIST and the Victoria University of Manchester. This is the culmination of nearly two years work and planning.

Today is a time to reflect on some of our major achievements over the past twelve months: the launch of a distinctive new brand identity, the implementation of a radical new management and governance structure, the largest programme of capital investment (£350m) ever seen in British higher education, and the creation of six new research institutes.

There is still much more work to be done to achieve the aims and ambitions of Manchester 2015, but this award is a true recognition of your efforts in 2004/05 - it is thoroughly deserved and I am immensely proud and grateful to you all.

Times Higher Awards 2005: http://www.thes.co.uk/Awards/2005/

Alan Gilbert
President and Vice-Chancellor

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