I came to Manchester primarily because of the Graphene research, which won two of our academics the Nobel Prize in 2012. Since then, it has been even more exciting, with a great deal of interest and investment in Graphene.
Lecturer Dr Aravind Vijayaraghavan has been working in Manchester for a year and a half. His work primarily focuses on the electronic properties and applications of Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene. Here, he gives an insight into life and work in Manchester from an international perspective.
I did my undergraduate degree (BTech) at IIT Madras in India. Since then, I've studied and worked in the US, Germany and Japan, before ending up in Manchester. I came here in September 2010 primarily due to Graphene, which was discovered in Manchester in 2004. This resulted in the Nobel prize win in 2010 - just a couple of months after I joined - and since then, it has been an even more exciting here at Manchester; with a great deal of interest and investment into Graphene research.
Life in Manchester for someone from an Indian background is quite inclusive. There is a large South Asian community living here and plenty of opportunity to interact with people from the same part of the world and same cultural and traditional backgrounds. The Curry Mile for instance offers numerous restaurants serving up Indian cuisine, as well as shops catering not just to South Asian cooking needs, but every aspect of life.
In other aspects as well, Manchester has a lot to offer to its residents. The top two football teams in the UK and the county cricket champions are all from Manchester. Manchester has the Peak and Lake Districts on its doorstep; these offer amazing opportunities for outdoor pursuits. A huge student population means that there are plenty of parties and other social events happening virtually every evening, as well as a very active nightlife.