The Oxford Road Corridor is home to two of the UK’s biggest universities, The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University as well as The Royal Northern College of Music, a leading conservatoire.

It was at The University of Manchester that the atom was split by Sir Ernest Rutherford, the world’s first programmable computer was born, Alan Turing pioneered artificial intelligence and cyber security, and graphene, the world’s first 2D material, was isolated. In 2019 they were ranked the world’s 8th and the UK’s 4th most innovative university by Reuters, as well as climbing to 29th position in the overall world rankings. The university attracted over £300m in research grants and contracts in 2018 and 83% of their research activity was judged to be ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. 

Manchester Metropolitan University’s iconic School of Art is the second oldest design school in Britain, established to provide design training to the manufacturing industry and to this day is still influenced by the specialist needs of industry. Art and Design research was ranked 6th in the UK for overall research power. It is also the UK’s greenest university and is home to the ground breaking Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre. 

The RNCM is rated the UK’s leading music college for research and 100% of impact arising from their research for Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts was ‘world-leading’. In 2017 it was ranked ‘Gold’ in the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s first Teach Excellence Framework.