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Studying at The University of Manchester

Adam writes about what he likes about studying at Manchester, and why its a great place to work towards a degree!

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With resources like the Central Library, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the university’s own array of specialist archive collections, Manchester is a fantastic place to study as a student. Whether you would prefer to meet up with friends and study over a cup of coffee in one of the city’s many cafés or revising independently, there are plenty of spaces to complete essays, discuss group projects, and complete the set readings for your modules.

As a university that belongs to both the Russell Group (representing twenty-four of the United Kingdom’s leading institutions that deliver the very best research and teaching) and one of the ‘red brick’ institutes of higher education (an informal term attributed to the six campuses that attained university status before World War I), Manchester merges prominent world-leading research with decades of heritage and renown. With twenty-five Nobel Prize winners having graced The University of Manchester, including Ernest Rutherford, the father of nuclear physics, James Chadwick, famed for his discovery of the neutron, and Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, known for their work on the wonder material graphene, the university is always at the forefront of academic exploration.

Time and effort have been put into guaranteeing that the university compliments how students learn best. With ultra-modern stylized buildings such as The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons, a state-of-the-art study centre that offers independent reading areas, group breakout rooms and computer clusters (…plus a café for mid-revision snacks!), there are always seats available to work on any assignments or deadlines that are approaching. The building itself was designed with a panel of current students, helping to ensure that the requirements of students from all different areas of academia are met.

Personally, I use the Learning Commons’ services a lot; it’s one of the small features that I feel makes The University of Manchester stand out above other higher education institutions.

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With a city as big as Manchester, it isn’t all work. Rusholme’s infamous Curry Mile is situated just minutes away from campus and the university’s Halls of Residence, making it easy to go for a curry or a kebab with friends at the end of a hard week. If Indian cuisine isn’t really your thing, the city centre offers the food and entertainment from a huge range of different countries. One of the things that I have enjoyed most about my time at The University of Manchester is this multiculturalism. The city has almost two hundred languages spoken, making it easy to meet new friends from diverse areas of the world and completely different walks of life than mine. With each culture bringing their own festivals and celebrations, such Chinese New Year in the city’s own China Town and the Indian Holi Colour Festival that takes place in Heaton Park, there is always something new to experience and enjoy.

I would strongly recommend attending one of the university’s open days that are due to take place in June. Explore the city, experience the university campuses and talk to students who study here!

To find out more about the services that The University of Manchester offers to both its students and the public alike, please visit the following links:

Manchester Museum

The John Rylands Library 

 Alan Gilbert Learning Commons