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WMG 40th Year Anniversary - Professor Lord Bhattacharyya quote

40 years ago, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya had the seed of an idea. From this, strong roots were built, which would revolutionise how universities research and educate to meet business demands.

The idea quickly blossomed, branching out into multiple sectors and creating international education centres. This produced projects with commercial impact and nurtured the brightest talent.

That small seed grew into a world leading research and education group. WMG.

Margot James, Executive Chair

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As WMG hits its 40th anniversary, hear from Margot about some of our key milestones, achievements and memories over the past four decades, and the vision for the future.

Since WMG was founded in 1980 by Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, we have embraced an ethos of doing things differently. Our people reflect that difference as we have sought to attract a diverse community of talented individuals from across the globe.

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Leading research, education and business

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Our research has helped redefine how societies respond to real world problems. Our education seeks to give everybody a fair chance of succeeding, encouraging excellence and resourcefulness in our students wherever they are on the career ladder. And our collaborations have seen us build relationships of consequence with the smallest of local businesses, through to the most powerful global multinational corporations.

Here's a snippet of key milestones throughout our history. View our full timeline here.

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Snippets from our archives

Staff and partners share their memories