A PPIE group meeting.

Research and our local communities

As a world-leading research university, we tackle some of the greatest challenges facing society. We are committed to ensuring that our research is making a positive difference to society and improving lives.

Our high-quality research brings together expertise from across disciplines to develop innovative solutions.

We have identified five research areas we call beacons – addressing global inequalities, advanced materials, cancer, energy and industrial biotechnology – where the impact of our achievements are making a difference to everyday lives around the world.

We are taking the lead on improving lives across many of our local communities in Manchester, Greater Manchester and the wider region.

Alongside our research beacons, our institutes and networks undertake research that makes a difference across our region.

Our research platforms contribute to enhancing the quality of life in our region. Find out more about their work: