Manchester is a world class city in north-west England with excellent transport links including an international airport, the Manchester Ship Canal and easy access to the national motorway network. Manchester was initially settled by the Romans, growing slowly during the Middle Ages and then rapidly around the turn of the 19th century, thanks to the textile industry, making it the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. The city continues to be an industrial and commercial powerhouse. Manchester’s current strengths include Life Sciences, Manufacturing and Creative/Digital media. Several medical research institutes and Europe’s biggest cancer treatment are located in Manchester as are numerous innovative software development, augmented reality, digital health, e-commerce and gaming companies.
The biological, medical and health sciences have a long and proud history at the University and in the city of Manchester.
Manchester is a place of world-firsts in cancer research, including the first clinical use of Tamoxifen for breast cancer and the first single harvest blood stem-cell transplant.
The study of medicine at Manchester can trace its roots back to 1814, when Joseph Jordan opened a school of anatomy in the city. From 1824, numerous medical schools opened in the city which, in 1836, amalgamated to form the Manchester Royal School of Medicine and Surgery, employing well-known names such as John Dalton, Edward Lund and Rochard Hunt. It was also in 1824 that the study of pharmacy began at Manchester Medical School.
The study of life sciences at Manchester goes back to 1851, when Owens College was founded and William Crawford Williamson was appointed as professor of natural history with teaching responsibilities for botany, ohysiology, geology and zoology.
The Museum of Medicine and Health holds a significant collection of medical, nursing and pharmaceutical artefacts dating as far back as the 16th century.
Famous people from Manchester:- Noel & Liam Gallagher (Oasis) and Emmeline Pankhurst – Suffragette/Women’s rights activist