Uni launches £20m global talent search

The University of Manchester is undertaking a fresh recruitment drive to appoint 100 academic stars as it aims to secure a place among the world's top 25 institutions by 2020.

The new staff will cover a wide range of disciplines across all four of the university's faculties, covering teaching and research. The University of Manchester already has many world-leading scholars on its staff, including three Nobel Prize winners. The "exceptional academics" recruited will cover science, humanities, engineering, life sciences and medicine.

Prof Dame Nancy Rothwell, president and vice chancellor, said: "The university remains in a strong and stable position, so we are now able to recruit a further 100 academic stars, following on from a similar exercise just over two years ago.

"As one of the UK's largest universities we are committed to pioneering research, which enriches the learning environment for our students and helps to improve the quality of the student experience, which remains one of our top priorities."

The University of Manchester plans to invest £1bn in its campus in the next decade, pledging to deliver "some of the best teaching and research facilities in the world."

Rothwell added: "We are looking to attract the highest quality researchers and teachers from right across the world. The time is right for Manchester to invest in improving the student experience and enhancing our research profile. Great thinking got us where we are today and this new talent will help us to enter the top 25 universities in the world by 2020."

A global advertising campaign has been launched and a new website has gone live at www.manchester.ac.uk/wlm as part of the new World Leading Minds Staff Recruitment campaign.

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