Maths and Social Sciences Building
The Maths and Social Sciences Building is a high-rise tower in Manchester, England. It was part of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology until that university merged with the Victoria University of Manchester, to form the University of Manchester, in 2004, it was vacated by the university in 2010 but is in use by the School of Materials while waiting for a new building to be constructed. The MSS Building was built as part of the UMIST campus. Constructed from reinforced concrete and designed by architects Cruikshank and Seward, it has fifteen stories and an overall height of 49 metres, making it the tallest building on the former UMIST campus. Unlike many examples of Brutalist architecture on university campuses of that period, the building deviates from a purely cuboid outline with decorative towers at either end and the floors up to the 10th being larger, which breaks up the outline; the building was used for staff offices, with some teaching rooms. The 10th to 14th floors accommodated the Department of Mathematics.
The University of Manchester Regional Computer Centre was based on J floor. The "Social Sciences" in the building's name indicates that the building once housed the Management Department, but in recent years the Department of Computation occupied the lower floors of the building, they were to become the School of Informatics in the new university and have since been split between the Schools of Computer Science and Manchester Business School. A two-floor annex to the MSS building connected to the ground floor houses tiered lecture theatres, it was built on the site of cramped terraced housing that accommodated factory workers, studied by Friedrich Engels in his book The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844. The new, merged University of Manchester announced in June 2007 that it plans to sell the Mathematics and Social Sciences Building. In July 2007, School of Mathematics relocated from MSS as well from the Ferranti building and the temporary buildings Newman and Lamb, to the new purpose-designed Alan Turing Building.
In 2007, the staff of the former School of Informatics relocated, some of them to the Lamb building vacated by the mathematicians. As of 2015, the building houses the Materials Science department relocated from the old Materials Science Building, awaiting demolition. "Maths and Social Sciences Building". SkyscraperPage
The Whitworth Hall on Oxford Road and Burlington Street in Chorlton-on-Medlock, England, is part of the University of Manchester. It has been listed Grade II* since 18 December 1963; the Gothic revival hall lies at the south-east range of the Old Quadrangle of the University, with the Manchester Museum adjoined to the north, the former Christie Library connected to the west. It was constructed c. 1895–1902, was designed by Paul Waterhouse. The official opening ceremony took place 12 March 1902, when the Prince and Princess of Wales were present. Whitworth Hall is named after Mancunian industrialist, Sir Joseph Whitworth, who bequeathed much of his fortune to fund public developments in Manchester; the legatees, among whom was Richard Copley Christie, funded the building of the hall and the adjoining Christie Library. The hall is constructed of sandstone, with red tiled roofs in fishscale bands, is connected to the Manchester Museum to the north via a 2-storey entrance archway; the hall has two unequal storeys, consisting of 8 bays separated by buttresses.
It has a large perpendicular style stained glass window facing south. Two 3-stage corner towers flank the window, with short spires. ItWhitworth Hall can hold up to 675 people for meetings, up to 300 people for banquets or up to 200 for dinner dances. There are five boardrooms and a council chamber on the lower floor of the building, whilst the hall proper is on the upper floor; the interior of the hall is Gothic in construction and decoration, in keeping with the exterior. It has a hammerbeam roof, a dais and a large organ occupy the northernmost part of the hall, raised wooden galleries project from both northern and southern walls; the hall is licensed for civil weddings, is used for all graduation ceremonies at the University. Grade II* listed buildings in Greater Manchester Media related to Whitworth Hall at Wikimedia Commons
School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester
The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester is one of the largest and most active Physics departments in the UK, taking around 250 new undergraduates and 50 postgraduates each year, employing more than 80 members of academic staff and over 100 research fellows and associates. The school is based on two sites: the Schuster Laboratory on Brunswick Street and the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics in Cheshire, international headquarters of the Square Kilometre Array. According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the school is the 9th best Physics department in the world and best in Europe, it is ranked equal 7th place in the UK by GPA according to the Research Excellence Framework in 2014. The University has a long history of physics dating back to 1874, which includes 12 Nobel laureates, most Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov who were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010 for their discovery of graphene; the school has origins dating back to 1874 when Balfour Stewart was appointed the first Langworthy Professor of Physics at Owens College, Manchester.
Stewart was the first to identify an electrified atmospheric layer which could distort the Earth's magnetic field. The theory of the ionosphere was postulated by Carl Friedrich Gauss in 1839, Stewart published the first experimental confirmation of the theory in 1878. Since the school has hosted many award-winning scientists including: Hans Bethe, awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1967 Patrick Blackett, Baron Blackett, awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1948 Niels Bohr, awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922 Sir William Lawrence Bragg, discovered Bragg's law and awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1915 Sir James Chadwick, awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1935 Sir John Cockcroft, awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1951 Rod Davies, Professor of Radio Astronomy Richard Davis, Professor of Astrophysics Samuel Devons, FRS Brian Flowers, Baron Flowers, FRS Sir Francis Graham-Smith, Astronomer Royal from 1982 to 1990 Henry Hall, FRS who built the first dilution refrigerator Sir Bernard Lovell, creator of the Lovell Telescope at the Jodrell Bank Observatory Henry Moseley, creator of Moseley's law Nevill Francis Mott, awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1977 Ernest Rutherford, awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1908 for splitting the atom Sir Arthur Schuster, FRS Balfour Stewart, first Langworthy Professor of Physics Sir Joseph John "J. J." Thomson, studied Physics at Owens College, Manchester aged 14, went on to run the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge and was awarded the 1906 Nobel Prize in Physics.
In 2004, the two separate departments of Physics at the Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology were merged to form the current School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester. See physicists associated with the University of Manchester for a complete list of physicists in Manchester and their achievements; the School of Physics and Astronomy comprises eight research groups: Astronomy and Astrophysics Biological Physics Condensed Matter Physics Nonlinear Dynamics and Liquid Crystal Physics Photon Physics Particle Physics Nuclear Physics Theoretical PhysicsResearch in the department of Physics has been funded by the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council, the Science and Technology Facilities Council and the Royal Society. As of 2015 the School employs 53 Professors, including Emeritus Professors. Sarah Bridle, Professor of Astrophysics Philippa Browning Professor Astrophysics Brian Cox, Professor of Particle Physics, working on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider Philip Diamond, Professor of Photon Physics and Director General of the Square Kilometre Array Wendy Flavell, Vice Dean for Research and a Professor of Surface Physics Jeffrey Forshaw, Professor of Particle Physics and co-author of The Quantum Universe Sir Andre Geim, Regius Professor & Royal Society Research Professor Sir Konstantin Novoselov, Langworthy Professor of Physics Tim O'Brien, Professor of Astrophysics Terry Wyatt Professor of Particle Physics The department is home to a number of Emeritus Scientists, pursuing their research interests after their formal retirement including: Alexander Donnachie, Research Professor Andrew Lyne Emeritus Professor & co-discoverer of the binary pulsar Robin Marshall, FRS, Professor of Physics & Biology Michael Moore, FRS, Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics
The Stopford Building is the second largest building at The University of Manchester, after the Sackville Street Building. It houses the Faculty of Biology and Health, it was built in 1969-72. It is now linked on the east side to the Biotech Building of 1999; the new Medical School was given the name of the Stopford Building in memory of Lord Stopford, a former Vice-Chancellor and notable anatomist. It has six lecture theatres. Within the building is the Stopford Library which caters for the medical scientists and students; the Stopford Building is located on Oxford Road, Manchester, on the corner of Ackers Street to the south of the Church of the Holy Name and opposite to the Manchester Academy, next to the University of Manchester Students' Union
Chancellors Hotel & Conference Centre
Chancellors Hotel & Conference Centre, is a Grade II listed mansion in Fallowfield, England The house was built in 1850 for Sir Joseph Whitworth, by Edward Walters, responsible for Manchester’s Free Trade Hall. The house was surrounded by a 52 acres estate. Whitworth used The Firs as a social and business base, entertaining radicals of the age such as John Bright, Richard Cobden, William Forster and T. H. Huxley at the time of the Reform Bill of 1867. Whitworth, credited with raising the art of machine-tool building to a unknown level, supported the new Mechanics Institute in Manchester –the birthplace of UMIST – and helped to found the Manchester School of Design. To the rear of Chancellors, on the site of the Firs Botanical Gardens belonging to The University of Manchester, Whitworth had a shooting range — now the site of the University's horticultural glasshouses — on which he tested his famous but unsuccessful Whitworth gun featuring a rifled barrel. In 1882, having built a new house in Darley Dale, Whitworth leased The Firs to his friend C.
P. Scott, editor of the Manchester Guardian. After Scott's death the house became the property of the University of Manchester, was the Vice-Chancellor's residence until 1991; the house was converted into a hotel and re-opened as the western wing of Chancellors Hotel & Conference Centre in 1997. Today the house is surrounded by five and a half acres of gardens. Listed buildings in Manchester-M14 / Chancellors Website Historic England. "Details from image database". Images of England. Historic England. "Details from image database". Images of England. Chancellors Hotel & Conference Centre, Fallowfield - Profile on iKnow North West
Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre
The University of Manchester Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre is a purpose built facility designed to exploit the potential for Positron Emission Tomography in oncology and psychiatry research. Based on the site of the Christie Hospital in Manchester, the Centre aims to pioneer clinical research and development in medical imaging. PET is a sensitive molecular imaging technique which enables researchers to measure pico-molar concentrations of radio-labelled molecules in subjects; the Centre is equipped with state-of-the-art cyclotron and radiochemistry facilities including: a current good manufacturing practice hot cell laboratory, 2 advanced high-resolution PET scanners, supporting chemical analysis laboratories and data analysis facilities. There is a 1.5T MRI scanner in the Centre. The Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre is a part of the Imaging Facilities of the University of Manchester; the Imaging Facilities includes a 3T MRI scanner at the Manchester Clinical Research Facility and a second 3T MRI scanner at Salford Royal NHS Trust.
The newest addition to the Facilities is a GE SIGNA PET-MR scanner, installed at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, funded by the Medical Research Council as part of the Dementias Platform UK initiative. Detailed planning for the Centre began late in 2000, following the award of a large capital grant from the Wolfson Foundation; the Centre began its programme of clinical research work in June 2006 when it performed its first clinical PET body scan on a volunteer. Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre – official website University of Manchester
Alan Turing Building
The Alan Turing Building, named after the mathematician and founder of computer science Alan Turing, is a building at the University of Manchester, in Manchester, England. It houses the School of Mathematics, the Photon Science Institute and the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics; the building is located in the Chorlton-on-Medlock district of Manchester, on Upper Brook Street, is adjacent to University Place and the Henry Royce Institute. While under construction the project was known as AMPPS: Astronomy, Mathematics and Photon Science; the building was shortlisted for the Greater Manchester Building of the Year 2008 prize, awarded by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. The manager of the building project was awarded a silver medal in the Chartered Institute of Building "Construction Manager of the Year" awards; the £43m building was completed in July 2007, was designed by architects Sheppard Robson. It consists of three "fingers"; the building is of steel frame construction, with reinforced concrete stairwells, grey zinc exterior cladding.
The northern two fingers are joined by an atrium, spanned by a series of bridges. The southernmost finger was designed to hold low vibration laboratories, is joined by a glazed bridge at third floor level to the middle finger. An'over-sailing' roof structure connects the three fingers acting as a suspension system for a photovoltaic array/solar shading using thin film technology; this photovoltaic array is designed to produce nearly 41 megawatt hours per annum, a saving of 17,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide each year. At the time of completion this was the largest photovoltaic array in North West England, helped the architects to win an award for "Business Commitment to the Environment". One condition for planning approval was that the project included corridors for pedestrian access and visual transparency between Upper Brook Street and Oxford Road; this was to counter complaints by the residents of Brunswick, on the other side of Upper Brook Street, that previous university developments seemed to be creating a wall to them.
The pedestrian walkway between the second and third finger, the transparent atrium met these demands. This follows the line of an earlier street, when the site was a residential area, when reopened will run from Upper Brook Street to Oxford Road and is called "Wilton Street", as it was historically. In the 1960s many mathematics departments were housed in high-rise buildings including the Mathematics Tower at the Victoria University of Manchester, the Maths and Social Sciences Building at UMIST; these proved unsuited to the activities of a mathematics department as travel between floors in lifts discourages interaction between mathematicians resulting from chance encounter. Buildings such as the Mathematics Institute at Warwick and the Isaac Newton Institute at Cambridge are deliberately low-rise and designed to encourage chance encounter; the Alan Turing Building was designed with substantial input from the mathematicians and the design reflects this including a large open plan common room on the atrium bridge, open corridors and walkways and the relocation of the best traditional blackboards from the old buildings.
The Photon Science Institute occupies the southernmost finger, with the northern two fingers housing Mathematics on the first three floors and the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics on the third and fourth floors. The ground floor atrium constitutes a public space including a small café called Pi in the Sky. Surrounding the atrium on the ground floor are the undergraduate common room for mathematics, as well as lecture rooms and undergraduate computer rooms; the first and second floor of the first two fingers house the offices of academic staff and postgraduate students in mathematics, as well as the Manchester Institute for Mathematical Science conference areas. One of seminar rooms is named after the topologist Frank Adams, the library after algebraist Brian Hartley. Lecture theatres are named after Mordell, Max Newman and Lighthill. A meeting room is named after the Access Grid room after Sydney Goldstein; the bridge across the atrium is the common room for mathematics academics and graduate students, where morning coffee is served.
The third floor houses the academic offices of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, which provides a new base for the research activities in astronomy and astrophysics with the relocation of many staff and students from Jodrell Bank Observatory. The Observatory now forms part of the JBCA and provides leading observational facilities such as the Lovell Telescope and the Multi-Element Radio Linked Interferometer Network; this floor differs in design from the others in that the rooms have windows onto the atrium and glass walls to central corridors in each wing whilst retaining glass walled walkways across the atrium. The astrophysics seminar room is named after Sir Bernard Lovell, founder of Jodrell Bank Observatory; the fourth floor contains a number of labs, an RFI screened room and clean room, all for astrophysics instrumentation construction, such as receivers for the Lovell Telescope and the Planck spacecraft. In January 2008 the Project Design Office for the Square Kilometre Array relocated to Manchester to be hosted by the JBCA, co-ordinating the global efforts in constructing the next generation radio telescope.
The Photon Science finger houses laboratories shielded from electromagnetic radiation and resistant to vibration. A bridge on the third floor connects from Astrophysics to the Photon Science Institute, but retaining that finger's resistance