The University of Manchester established in October 2004 was formed from the merger of the Victoria University of Manchester (VUoM) and UMIST and is the largest university in the UK with the size and resources to compete on a global scale. The University Language Centre (ULC) is part of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (SALC) in the Faculty of Humanities. The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures is internationally recognised in the fields of human cultures, beliefs, institutions and languages. The School also has several research centres and institutes including the Graduate School, the Martin Harris Centre, the Institute for Cultural Practices, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Arts & Languages (CIDRAL), the Confucius Institute (in partnership with Beijing Normal University), the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), a Spanish Embassy Teachers' Resource Centre and a Goethe-Institut Prüfungszentrum. SALC also consists of the following divisions: Art History, Drama & Music; Archaeology, Religions and Theology, Classics & Ancient History; English, American Studies & the Centre for New Writing; History; Language-Based Area Studies.
The University Language Centre was formed through the merger of the previous VUoM Language Centre and the UMIST Language Teaching Centre. The University Language Centre:
- runs a 'mixed economy' of credit-rated and non-credit-rated activity.
- comprises a combination of English language teaching and foreign language teaching.
- is strongly committed to the exploitation of business opportunities in language provision.
- has a strong interest in the professionalisation of language teaching, underpinned by quality assurance mechanisms, continuing professional development, research and the sharing of good practice.
- employs a combination of full-time and part-time staff.
- has open learning facilities - with multi-media self-access and teaching facilities for English Language in Oddfellows Hall, and a central open learning suite for all languages in Samuel Alexander Building.
- employs a number of support staff for admin/clerical and welfare purposes.
- is interested in developing research profiles in the context of the School.