Crest: Upon a Helm Within a Coronet composed of four Roses Purpure barbed Argent seeded and set upon a Circlet Or a demi Lion guardant Or murally crowned Argent holding in the paws a Torch erect Sable enflamed Or.
Motto: “Knowledge, Wisdom, Humanity” Cognitio, sapientia, humanitas
The new arms includes legacy elements from both prior institutions. The lion wearing a crown appeared on the UMIST coat of arms, while the sun against a blue background belonged to the Victoria shield, symbolising growing enlightenment. The bees symbolise the University’s connection with the city of Manchester and also appear on the UMIST shield.
Per pale argent and gules, a rose counterchanged, in dexter chief a terrestrial globe semée of bees Or, in sinister chief a fleece Or, in point a liverbird rising argent, beaked and membered gules holding in the beak a fish argent. The motto is Olim armis nunc studiis (“Formerly by weapons, now by studies”).
The rose is a conjoining of Lancaster’s and York’s, the liver bird for Liverpool and the globe and bees, of course, for Manchester. Interestingly, you can still find the coat of arms by the Whitworth Building entranceway along Oxford Road.