University of the Year 2006

The University of Manchester has won the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2006 title, narrowly beating four other shortlisted universities.

This follows the awarding by the inaugural Times Higher Supplement's University of the Year prize to The University of Manchester in 2005.

The President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, Professor Alan Gilbert, said: "This is a welcome follow-up to winning last year's THES Institution of the Year award. It is also a reassuring indication of the extent to which observers outside the University continue to be impressed by the progress that the new University of Manchester, two years old next month, is making in many areas." 

"Over the last twelve months we have launched the Dalton Nuclear Institute, opened the new £25 million Core Technology Facility, signed a potentially important strategic partnership agreement with the Open University, continued successfully to implement the biggest programme of capital investment ever seen in British higher education, attracted Nobel Laureate Joe Stiglitz to join the University on a part-time basis, continued to received more applications than any other university in the UK - and watched Manchester students win University Challenge. It has truly been a remarkable year."

"I am interpreting this award as a tribute to the efforts of all the staff and students who contributed to such achievements. Everyone at the University can feel justifiably proud of their hard work and commitment to Manchester."

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