Preparing to celebrate 200 years of The University of Manchester

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Over the summer, we started some serious party planning, as in 2024 we’ll be celebrating a very special milestone: The University of Manchester’s 200th year.

As part of next year’s celebrations, we’re excited to share that we’ll be unveiling a special ‘walk of fame’ style installation – similar in style to the Hollywood walk of fame. Designed to celebrate 200 years of education, innovation, and positive social impact through the achievements of our people, the space will feature 200 individuals from our incredible history, offering an on-campus opportunity to learn more about the stories that shape us here at Manchester.

To identify people from across our rich 200-year history who truly embody our values and what it means to make a difference, a nomination process is now open, and we’d like to hear from you. Which of our change makers, innovators and community builders do you think deserve to be commemorated?

Learning more about the University’s history

If you’re interested in making a nomination but want to learn more about the University’s heritage and history first, take a look at our history pages.

This September, we’re hosting Heritage Walking Tours too. You’ve got to book your place for these tours, so let us know if you’re interested in attending on Wednesday, 20 September or Thursday, 21 September

Making your nominations

Make your nominations using our online nomination form by Friday, 29 September. There is no limit to the number of nominations you can make.

When making your nominations, please consider that alongside our historical icons, like Alan Turing and Christabel Pankhurst, this is an opportunity for us to shine a light on some of our lesser-known heroes. Staff, students and alumni who truly embody our values, our community spirit and, what it means to make a difference.

If your nomination is selected, you will be entered into a prize draw to win two tickets to the bicentenary legacy space unveiling, alongside some very special guests.

What happens next?

A shortlist of nominations will be agreed by the Bicentenary Oversight Group in 2023 (a group made up of Professional Services, academic and student representatives from across the University). These names will then be approved by our Board of Governors.

Note that due to the need to uphold confidentiality, it will not be possible to keep nominators informed of ongoing progress.

Under-represented groups

Nominations for individuals and teams in under-represented groups are particularly welcomed and a series of equality, diversity and inclusion checks and balances will be made during the selection process, to ensure we achieve a balanced representation of our people and their backgrounds and nationalities, across our final installation.

Finding out more about the University’s 200 year celebrations

We’ll be updating our bicentenary website in November with more details on some of the initial activities taking place in the in the early part of next year, so watch this space!

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