UMISTUniversity of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
, or UMIST
for short, is based in the centre of the city
. It specialises in technical and scientific subjects, and is a major centre for research.
Originally a spin-off from the Victoria University of Manchester, UMIST gained its Royal Charter in the 1950s and became an autonomous university in 1993.
On 5 March 2003 it was announced that UMIST and the University of Manchester are to merge in the autumn of 2004 to form the largest conventional university in the United Kingdom.