The University of Manchester (UoM) is the largest in the UK and one of the largest in Europe with over 40,000 students and 11,000 staff. It was formed in 2004 by the merger of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST, est. 1824) and the Victoria University of Manchester (est. 1851). UoM has 25 Nobel laureates among its past and present students and staff, the fourth-highest number of any single UK university; four Nobel laureates are currently among its staff – more than any other UK university.
The School of Computer Science (SCS) at Manchester is the oldest and one of the largest in the UK, with almost 1,000 full-time students. It traces its history to 1948 with the development of the world’s first stored program computer; Alan Turing, a founder of computer science, was later Deputy Director of the Computing Laboratory working on artificial intelligence and the Turing Test. SCS was ranked 4th for research quality in Computer Science in the 2014 UK research evaluation, and has been ranked in the top 10 European universities for Computer Science throughout the period 2009-14 by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. SCS holds the UK Centre of Doctoral Training in Computer Science, funded by the UK EPSRC research council.