April 02, 2024
Apr 04, 2024
· Press Release

Instructure works with The University of Manchester to implement Canvas LMS, improving digital and lifelong learning


The University selected the Canvas learning management system to offer a more consistent and modern approach to digital pedagogy, improve flexibility and better management tools for lifelong learning and non-traditional learners.

LONDON, 2 APRIL – Instructure Holdings, Inc. (Instructure) (NYSE: INST), the leading learning ecosystem and maker of Canvas, announced today that The University of Manchester has selected Canvas as a replacement for its legacy learning management system  (LMS) to align with the strategic goals and direction that the institution is taking, aiming to make courses more accessible and flexible and to support lifelong learning.

“This platform is aimed at improving flexibility, functionality, and capabilities for teaching and learning for all of our learners, including continuing professional development (CPD),” said Professor Danielle George, Associate Vice President Blended and Flexible Learning, The University of Manchester.  “Canvas is praised for its intuitive interface, strong support, flexibility, integration capabilities, and the ability to share content, all of which are in line with the strategic direction of the University. Adopting Canvas by Instructure as our LMS will strengthen our commitment to lifelong learning.”

The decision to switch providers came following a thorough evaluation and a series of usability tests of all available solutions. The overarching feedback from faculty and students was that their LMS could be doing more to enhance efficiency, effectiveness and their pedagogical approach to online content creation. The University will go live with courses on Canvas for the academic year 2025/26.

The University of Manchester has invested in the full suite of Instructure products for higher education, which includes: Canvas LMS, Canvas Catalog, Canvas Studio, Canvas Credentials and Impact by Instructure a tool that supports change, drives adoption and helps institutions evaluate the impact of its edtech solutions based on data and analytics. Additionally, The University of Manchester will manage the migration of its courses with Instructure’s partner, K16 Solutions, and their automated migration functionality. Using the Canvas Archiving solution, they can also move the data from their former LMS into Canvas and retain years of historical data for accreditation purposes.

“As education keeps evolving and is constantly challenged by emerging technologies, we are proud to partner with The University of Manchester to support their efforts and aim to foster a flexible and modern lifelong learning experience not only in the United Kingdom but for thousands of international students around the world,” said Daniel Hill, Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Instructure.

The University of Manchester has 44,000 students and 12,000 staff members and is considered one of the most globally diverse universities in the UK, with 550,000 alumni from 190 countries worldwide. It also stands as a key partner in Manchester's citywide lifelong learning initiative, recently acknowledged by UNESCO's designation as a City of Lifelong Learning. 

The University of Manchester is one of the top higher education institutions in Europe and a member of the prestigious Russell Group.

About Instructure

Instructure (NYSE: INST) powers the delivery of education globally and provides learners with the rich credentials they need to create opportunities across their lifetimes. Today, the Instructure ecosystem of products enables educators and institutions to elevate student success, amplify the power of teaching, and inspire everyone to learn together. With our global network of learners, educators, partners and customers, we continue to deliver on our vision to be the platform that powers learning for a lifetime and turns that learning into opportunities. We encourage you to discover more at www.instructure.com.


Ana Calabrese
International Communications Manager