The University of Nottingham2015 League Table Ranking 23
2015 Overall Score 792
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- Nottingham's first civic college was opened in 1881; awarded its Royal Charter in 1948, becoming the University of Nottingham.
- International campuses opened in Malaysia in 2000 and China in 2005, and a brand new Vet School at the Sutton Bonington campus, UK, in 2006.
- Previous award-winner of University of the Year and Entrepreneurial University of the Year award.
Location and Transport
- Nottingham is one of the UK's most cosmopolitan cities: its compact centre combines proud heritage and history with cutting-edge culture, shopping, sport and nightlife.
- The city is well served by bus/rail links including trains to London every 30 minutes. East Midlands Airport is 21km (13 miles) from the city. There are late-night buses across the city and the existing tram network is currently being extended to serve the popular student area of Beeston.
- The University's campuses are award-winning: the 133.5-km (330-acre) University Park Campus has received 11 Green Flag Awards and helped the city of Nottingham to win Britain in Bloom 2008.
- The University of Nottingham has been ranked as having the most environmentally friendly campus worldwide according to the 2013 UI GreenMetric World University Ranking.
- In 2012, Nottingham was awarded an award for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development, in recognition of commitment to creating sustainable ways of living and studying.
- The proportion of low-income students has risen by 6.3 percentage points in seven years. In 2011–12 the University successfully implemented phase one of its new Nottingham Potential programme, bringing a significant expansion of work with learners of all ages, from primary school through to mature learners.
- This augments the well-established programme of summer schools, master classes and other support for students from less advantaged backgrounds.
- The University also opened the first Nottingham Potential learning centre, delivered in partnership with London-based charity IntoUniversity. The expanded widening participation programme provided nearly 40,000 places on activities in 2011-12.
- Visit the website for full details about entry requirements for the University of Nottingham.
- Student population of around 43,000 students from more than 150 countries at the campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia.
- Undergraduate gender ratio: 51% female, 49% male.
- The University offers more than 360 undergraduate courses and over 380 postgraduate taught courses.
- Apart from medicine, all courses are modular – meaning students can tailor their learning to their own interests.
- The University had 1,374 students study abroad in 2012–13, and has the highest number of students of any UK university studying abroad through the Erasmus scheme. The University has over 320 partner institutions in more than 44 countries.
- In teaching assessments conducted by the Quality Assurance Agency, 39 of our subjects have been awarded excellent ratings of 22–24, out of 24.
- Renowned internationally as a centre for academic excellence.
- Tutors and lecturers widely published and respected within academic circles.
- Range of innovative teaching resources employed, including an e-learning system which is uploaded with useful weblinks and handouts from lectures, podcasts, lecture capture facilities, and open educational materials.
- Problem-Based Learning – an approach which fosters skills in group working and collaboration, self-direction, reasoning, critical reflection, and knowledge acquisition and application – is incorporated into many courses.
- In the last Research Assessment Exercise, the University was ranked 7th in terms of 'research power'.
- More than 90% of our research was found to be of an international standard and almost 60% to be world leading or internationally excellent.
- 34 of our subject areas feature in the UK's top 10, and 19 in the top five. We were ranked first in the areas of Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Sciences; American Studies and Anglophone Area Studies; Iberian and Latin American Languages; and Pharmacy.
- As a result of its performance in the last Research Assessment Exercise, the University attracted £9.7m more funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England than in the previous year. It was the biggest increase for any university.
- Nottingham is internationally renowned for ground-breaking research and continually attracts world-class academics.
- Nottingham has launched a number of award-winning spin-out companies and was founding partner in BioCity – Britain's largest biomedical business incubator.
- Impact: the Nottingham Campaign will raise £150m over the next five years to support a series of high-impact projects on the local, national and global stage.
- Nottingham has 12 priority groups that address global issues in key thematic areas or support the delivery of research excellence.
- Additional funding secured in 2011–12 included £7m for the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, £2m for research partnership on dairy cattle health, £2m for Rural Hybrid Energy Enterprise Systems and £1m from the Leverhulme Trust for Making Science Public: Challenges and Opportunities.
- The University’s research in global food security was awarded a 2011 Queen’s Anniversary Prize.
- The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education awarded its highest possible judgement to the University for the quality of learning opportunities provided to students and its systems for ensuring high academic standards.
- Nottingham is ranked within the top 1% of all universities worldwide and placed 72nd in the QS World University Rankings 2012–13.
- The innovative Developing Solutions scholarship programme is one of the largest of its kind, helping students from the developing world to study at Nottingham.
- One of the lowest drop-out rates in the country at 4.1%.
- Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies.
- In the latest National Student Survey, Nottingham received its highest ever result with an overall student satisfaction score of 88%.
- Eight libraries (on our UK campuses) provide access to more than a million printed volumes and journals, 18,000 ejournals, 70,000 ebooks, four million manuscripts and special collections. There is also a short-loan collection of books most in demand.
- Several of the libraries have been refurbished with group work spaces, study rooms, silent study zones, PCs, laptops, plasma screens and a cafe with sofas in Hallward Library.
- Libraries are open 24 hours a day at exam time.
- PCs are provided at locations throughout the University; students are also able to use personal equipment such as laptops, via wireless technology installed across campuses. All workstations have access to the library and internet and all student rooms have IT access. There is also a laptop loan scheme.
- IT support is available via helplines, email, advisory desks and school IT reps; there is an induction to library and information services on a school/department basis for new students.
- Student Services Centres provide a wide range of academic and pastoral help and advice on everything from personal difficulties and childcare to issues around health, disability and financial support. There is a Student Services Centre on every campus.
- The Language Centre is open to all students and offers the opportunity to learn 12 languages, including British Sign Language, at different levels.
- The University’s Lakeside Arts Centre offers theatre, exhibitions, dance, classic and chamber music concerts, comedy, literary events and other events.
- The arts centre includes a museum with objects from the Palaeolithic to the post-medieval. Past exhibitions have included L.S. Lowry’s paintings and drawings,and Saturday Night, Sunday Morning– a photography collection inspired by Nottingham’s own Alan Sillitoe.
- The arts centre includes a museum with objects from the Palaeolithic to the post-medieval. Past exhibitions have included L.S. Lowry’s paintings and drawings, and 'Saturday Night, Sunday Morning' – a photography collection inspired by Nottingham’s own Alan Sillitoe.
- The University of Nottingham welcomes disabled students and aims to meet their needs with appropriate support. The University complies with current equality legislation, under which it has a duty not to discriminate against disabled students. The legislation requires us to make reasonable adjustments to our services so that disabled students are not placed at a substantial disadvantage.
- Visit the website for information about disability services at the University of Nottingham.
- The Students’ Union has over 200 societies and 75 sports clubs, and runs award-winning media outlets including a magazine, student-run theatre and radio station, University Radio Nottingham (URN).
- In 2013, University Radio Nottingham (URN) was named ‘Best Student Radio Station’ for the fourth year running at the Student Radio Awards. Each year sees them win a clutch of awards at the SRAs, which are judged by a panel of top industry broadcasters.
- Karnival is the largest and most successful student-led fundraising organisation in Europe raising a record breaking £1.7m for various local and national charities in 2013. They also won the Outstanding Contribution to Breast Cancer Campaign award in May 2012, for continually outstanding fundraising over the last 16 years; an accolade never previously won by a student-run organisation.
- The Nottingham New Theatre is the only fully student-run theatre in the country and stages around 15 shows a semester. Performances are regularly taken to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and selected for the National Student Drama Festival. Visit the website for more information about the Students' Union at The University of Nottingham.
- Three state-of-the-art sports centres provide resources for sports, with the University offering 6 full-sized sports halls comprising 24 badminton courts, 10 squash courts, 23 tennis courts, a multi-purpose room, practice rooms for martial arts and table tennis, a snooker room and a bar.
- Other facilities include a 25m eight-lane swimming pool, gym facilities with 240 gym stations, floodlit 3G and artificial pitches, plus 40 grass pitches for rugby, football, cricket and lacrosse.
- With 76 Athletic Union sports clubs, Nottingham’s sports teams have consistently finished in the top 10 out of over 140 institutions competing in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) overall league championship table since 1985.
- The University has further developed its sporting provision at Sutton Bonington Campus with the addition of a new 3G pitch.
- We were the first UK institution to engage a Disability Sport Officer and annually host a nationally recognised series of sports disability programmes.
- Five of our graduates won medals at the 2012 Olympic Games, making Nottingham the 2nd most successful UK university at the London 2012 Olympics.
- Greater Nottingham has facilities including the National Water Sports Centre, the National Ice Arena and one of Europe's largest Lawn Tennis Association centres.
Recent/Prospective New Builds
- These include the creation of purpose-built campuses in Ningbo, China, and Semenyih, Malaysia; a new Vet School and the Centre for Biomolecular Sciences in the UK.
- Major extension of Jubilee Campus – featuring innovative buildings and the creation of a research and innovation park. Aspire, a 60-metre steel sculpture on Jubilee Campus, is the UK's tallest piece of freestanding public artwork.
- Main libraries recently refurbished to include light and airy individual and group study areas, a cafe, plasma screens and laptop hire.
- A new Engineering and Science Teaching and Learning Centre opened in 2011 on University Park Campus. It includes 10 new lecture theatres, seminar space, flexible work spaces, touch-down terminals for short-stay internet access, a central social hub, cafeterias and seating clusters for group work.
- The food court in the Portland Building on University Park Campus was redeveloped in 2011 and now serves dishes from around the world.
- New cycle lanes have been created on University Park Campus.
- The sports facilities at the Malaysia Campus have recently been refurbished.
- In 2011, the School of Mathematical Sciences moved to a new building on University Park. The new facility has been specifically designed to provide creative and inspiring space for teaching, research and collaborative learning.
- In September 2013, the University developed a new 3G pitch at Sutton Bonington Campus and two new pavilions at Highfields Playing Fields.
- The University is currently investing £19m into the expansion and refurbishment of the George Green Library on University Park Campus. This is due for completion in 2015 and will provide more student study spaces and work rooms, a new catering outlet and computer work stations.
- New sports facilities are being built to provide an extension to the Fitness Suite on Jubilee Campus and new changing pavilions are being built at the University’s Riverside Sports Complex to accommodate university teams
Availability of Part-Time Work
- Unitemps can help students to find part-time, term-time and vacation work.
- According to the latest study by High Fliers Research, the University of Nottingham is the number one choice among the UK's top graduate employers. The report is based on research conducted during December 2013 with the UK's 100 leading graduate employers including BP, the Civil Service, IBM, Goldman Sachs, PwC, Google and HSBC.
- According to a university study, 2012 graduates earned an average starting salary of over £22,084 per year and 33% began work on a salary of £25,000 or more (2011-12 full-time, first degree graduates who declared a salary).
- The University of Nottingham is a world top 30 choice for employers, according to the QS World University Rankings 2013-14.
- Graham Dury (Botany, 1984) – writer and cartoonist, Viz comic.
- Ruth Wilson – acclaimed actress who recently starred alongside Kiera Knightley in Anna Karenina (2012 )(History, 2003).
- Dr Tim Brabants MBE – canoeist and Olympic gold medallist (Medicine, 2002; Hon LLD, 2009)
- Deng YaPing – China’s Sporting Star of the Century (Contemporary Chinese Studies, 2002).
- Campbell Walsh – canoeist and Olympic medallist (Mathematical Physics, 1999; Information Technology PGDip, 2005).
- Dr Kristan Bromley – former European and World Skeleton Champion (Mechanical Design, Materials and Manufacture, 1994; PhD Mechanical Engineering, 1999).
- Dr Helen Willetts – meteorologist and BBC broadcaster (Physics, 1993; Hon DSc, 2007).
- Meg Munn – Labour MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, former Minister for Women (Social Work, 1986).
- Brian Moore – former England Rugby Union international and now broadcaster (Law, 1984; Hon LLD, 2010).
- Dr Amanda Horton-Mastin – former Director of Innovation and now Director of Marketing at Comic Relief (Chemistry, 1983; PhD Chemistry, 1988).
- Jeff Randall – Daily Telegraph Editor-at-Large and Sky News Reporter (Economics, 1979; Hon DLitt, 2006).
- Keith Wyness – former Chief Executive, Everton FC (Industrial Economics, 1978)
- Matthew Bannister – former Controller of BBC Radio One and BBC broadcaster (Law, 1978).
- Tim Martin – founder and Chairman of JD Wetherspoon (Law, 1977).
- Roger Lewis – Group Chief Executive of the Welsh Rugby Union and Millennium Stadium (Music, 1976; Hon DLitt, 2010).
- Michael Hirst – screenwriter (Elizabeth) (American and English Studies, 1976).
- Sir John Sawers – Chief of MI6 (Physics and Philosophy, 1976).
- Y.A.B. Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak – Prime Minister of Malaysia (Industrial Economics, 1974; Hon LLD, 2004).
- David Mercer – tennis commentator and former umpire (Law, 1970).
- Sir Robert Phillis (1945-2009) – Chief Executive, Guardian Media Group (Industrial Economics, 1968; Hon DLitt, 2003).
- Dame Mary Marsh – former Director and Chief Executive, NSPCC (Geography, 1968; Hon LLD, 2005).
- Professor Sir Ian Wilmut – embryologist – managed the team that cloned Dolly the sheep (Agriculture/Horticulture, 1967; Hon DSc, 1998).
- Sir Clive Granger (1934-2009) – Economist and Nobel Prize winner (Mathematics, 1955 and PhD, 1959; Hon DSc, 1992).
- Sir Jack Lewis (Baron Lewis of Newnham) – chemist and member of the House of Lords (Chemistry, 1949 and PhD, 1952; Hon DSc, 1983).
- Stanley Middleton (1919-2009) – writer and Booker Prize winner (English, 1940; MEd, 1952; Hon MA, 1975).
- Dr Stewart Adams OBE -- pharmacologist and creator of the painkiller Ibuprofen (Pharmacy, 1945; Hon DSc, 2008).
- Alex Tate – producer and BAFTA winner for Channel 4’s Inside Nature’s Giants (Zoology, 2003).
- David Florence – canoeist and Olympic silver medallist at the Beijing and London Olympics (Mathematical Physics, 2005).
- Anne Panter – member of the GB hockey team and Olympic bronze medallist at the London Olympics (Mathematics and Economics, 2009).
- Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie Canoe – gold Medallists at the London Olympics (Mechanical Engineering, 2000).
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