What We Do

Digital Futures brings together over 800 researchers from different disciplines across all three of the University’s faculties into multidisciplinary communities to tackle important research problems, build critical mass in new and emerging research areas and to work with external stakeholders to support Greater Manchester's ambitions as a leading digital city.

We bring our knowledge to bear on the great issues facing the world in the 21st century, exploring the complex interplay between scientific, engineering, social, wealth creation, and quality of life concerns.

We are able to combine disciplines and capabilities to meet both the challenges of leading-edge research and the external demands of government, business and communities.

The matrix below demonstrates the interactions between our Societal Challenges, Institutional Challenges and Cross-cutting Capabilities.


Societal Challenges

Societal challenges focus on real-world activities that are economically and socially important, and have the potential to be transformed by digital technology.

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Cross-cutting Capabilities

Cross-cutting capabilities are digital frameworks, technologies, and methods that are important areas of research and provide the underpinning for addressing Societal and Institutional Challenges.

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Institutional Challenges

Institutional challenges focus on the potential for digital technology to transform what we do as a University and how we do it. They include eResearch, Education & Training, and Admin & Estates.

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