Many arts, many skills. From LS Lowry to the Poet Laureate
Our roots extend all the way back to 1838 when the Manchester School of Design was created to provide textile designers to Industrial Revolution-era Manchester. Over the past 175 years we have earned a reputation for producing cutting-edge contemporary research that champions the transformational impacts that culture brings to society.
We have Britain's leading machine embroider Alice Kettle, internationally acclaimed ceramicist Stephen Dixon, Forward Prize winning author Michael Symmons Roberts and the UK's first female Poet Laureate, Dame Carol Ann Duffy.
We are the sixth most powerful university for Art and Design research in the UK. English Language and Literature is eighth out of eighty-nine universities for impact. We are world-leading in British and International History and our experts from our Fashion Institute work alongside major industrial partners on body sizing and next generation textiles.
Our research centre for Art and Design hosts the sixth largest community of researchers rated world-leading and internationally excellent in the UK. World-leaders in arts for healthcare and contemporary crafts with strength in ceramics and textiles. International partnerships in India, China and Brazil. Expertise in Asian arts, digital arts, visual culture, design and fashion.
Ongoing research is funded by the AHRC and the Arts Council, which backed the Asia Triennial Festival that is based in the Research Centre.
Research within History Research Centre encompasses a wide range of topics and periods, from childhood in ancient Egypt to memorialisations of the Second World War, and from crusading bishops to youth cultures in modern Britain. Our strong engagement with the public is led by the Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage, which builds on and expands the activities of the long-established Manchester Centre for Regional History.
Research in the Centre for Creative Writing, English Literature and Linguistics encompasses literary criticism, creative writing, film studies, languages and linguistics. Our work is characterised by a commitment to deliver world-class research that supports the economic and social development on a regional, national and global scale.
RCASS produces high quality research that challenges conventional views about our place in the world. 67% of research is rated internationally excellent or world leading and we provide an interdisciplinary home for critical research that has policy impacts at all levels. RCASS includes expertise in policy evaluation, youth, football and its communities, urban geography, criminology and multi-media journalism.
Ongoing research is funded by, and includes partnerships with, a range of organisations including ESRC, AHRC, the European Union, Manchester Museum, Greater Manchester Police, the Ministry of Justice, HMP Preston, London Criminal Justice Partnership and Blackpool Council.