The university’s past is rooted in the great Industrial Revolution of the 19th century which changed the world. The original University of Salford, then called the Salford Technical Institute, was founded in 1896 to meet the demands of the thriving industries in the region at that time. In 1921 the Institute was renamed the Royal Technical College, later splitting into two separate organisations which became the University of Salford in 1967, and the University College Salford in 1992 respectively. The two universities finally merged into a single institution in 1996 – exactly 100 years after the formation of the original Royal Technical Institute.
The University is located just 1.5 miles from Manchester city centre, set predominantly on one large campus in 60 acres of parkland with the River Irwell running through it. The university's new state-of-the-art facility, focused on media and digital teaching and learning, is based at MediaCityUK, which is also home to media companies such as the BBC and ITV.