The University of Nottingham

2014 League Table Ranking 24
2014 Overall Score 777
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Entry Standards 437 Help
Entry Standards
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Student-Staff Ratio 14.0 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
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Research Assessment 2.67 Help
Research Assessment
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Academic Services Spend 1,214 Help
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Student Satisfaction 4.03 Help
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Facilities Spend 429 Help
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Graduate Prospects 72.5 Help
Graduate Prospects
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Degree Completion 94.0 Help
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Good Honours 76.5 Help
Good Honours
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Green Score 35.0 Help
Green Score
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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. A campus in Shanghai has also been proposed.
  • Previous award-winner of University of the Year and Entrepreneurial University of the Year.

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.
  • Nottingham campuses are 15 minutes from city centre by bus and easy to get to by bike.
  • The University's campuses are award-winning: the 133.5-km (330-acre) University Park campus has won a Green Flag Award for the last ten years and helped the city of Nottingham to win Britain in Bloom 2008.
  • The University of Nottingham has been ranked in the top two most environmentally friendly campuses worldwide for the last three years, according to the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking.
  • In 2012, Nottingham was awarded an award for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development, in recognition of our commitment to creating sustainable ways of living and studying.

Entry standards

  • The proportion of low-income students has risen by six percentage points in six years. There is a well-established programme of summer schools, master classes and support for post-16 students from backgrounds without a history of progressing to selective universities. This work, along with activities for younger learners to encourage progression to higher education more generally, reaches over 22,000 learners annually. The major new Nottingham Potential project will expand this work, particularly at primary level.
  • Visit the website for full details about entry requirements for the University of Nottingham.

Student mix

  • Student population of around 25,000 undergraduate students from more than 150 countries at the campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia.
  • Undergraduate gender ratio: 51% female, 49% male.

Course flexibility

  • The University offers more than 350 UK-based undergraduate degrees.
  • Apart from Medicine, all courses are modular – meaning students can tailor their learning to their own interests.
  • More than 950 Nottingham students are currently studying or working abroad. The University has over 320 partner institutions in more than 44 countries.

Teaching standards

  • 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,

Research standards

  • In the last Research Assessment Exercise (2008), the university was ranked seventh in terms of 'research power'.
  • More than 90% of our research was found to be of an international standard and almost 60 per cent to be 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.
  • Twenty-seven of our subject areas feature in the UK's top 10, and 14 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 RAE 2008, 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 groundbreaking research and continually attracts world-class academics.
  • In 2009–10 the university won awards worth over £150m for research across the key disciplines.
  • Nottingham has launched a number of award-winning spin-out companies and was founding partner in BioCity – Britain's largest biomedical business incubator.

Academic strengths

  • The University has been awarded University of the Year (2008) and Entrepreneurial University of the Year (2010).
  • Academics from the University have been awarded two Nobel Prizes since 2003 and the 2008 Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine.
  • One of the lowest drop-out rates in the country at 4.1%, and an excellent record of graduates entering employment or further study, at over 92% within approximately six months of graduation (2010–11 graduates, HESA Employment Indicator).
  • The University of Nottingham is a world top 80 choice for employers, according to the QS World University Rankings 2012.
  • The University is the second most-often targeted University by Britain's top graduate employers in 2012–13 (The Graduate Market in 2013, High Fliers Research).
  • According to a university study, 2011 graduates earned an average starting salary of over £21,738 per year and 31% began work on a salary of £25,000 or more (2010–11 full-time, first degree graduates who declared a salary).
  • Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies.

Student facilities, including library and computing

  • Eight libraries (on our UK campuses) provide access to over 1.3 million printed volumes and journals, 18,000 ejournals, 70,000 ebooks, 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 provided at locations throughout university; students also able to use personal equipment such as laptops, increasingly 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.
  • There is IT access from all student rooms.
  • 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 student 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 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.

Disability services

  • Visit the website for information about about disability services at the University of Nottingham.

Students' union

  • The union has more than 250 societies and 75 sports clubs, and runs a magazine, cinema and radio station, University Radio Nottingham (URN).
  • URN won nine gold awards at the national Student Radio Awards 2010, including Best Student Radio Station, and in 2011 became the first station to retain the Best Student award.
  • Karnival is one of the largest and most successful fund raising organisations in Europe – in 2009, it became the UK's first student charity to raise more than £1m in a single year.
  • 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 including badminton, basketball, football, archery, martial arts, dance, table tennis and circuit training.
  • Other facilities include a large eight-lane swimming pool, squash courts, fitness centre, floodlit artificial sports surface, tennis courts, sports injury clinic and extensive playing fields for rugby, football, cricket and lacrosse.
  • 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 café, plasma screens and laptop hire.
  • A new £2.4-million sports centre at the Sutton Bonington Campus opened at the beginning of 2008.
  • 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.

Availability of part-time work

  • Unitemps can help students to find part-time, term-time and vacation work.

Notable alumni

  • Sir Clive Granger (Mathematics, 1955) – winner of a Nobel Prize for discoveries that fundamentally changed the way in which economists analyse financial data.
  • Jeff Randell (Economics, 1979) – former editor-at-large at theDaily Telegraph; currently broadcaster for Jeff Randall Live (part of Sky News).
  • Graham Dury (Botany, 1984) – writer and cartoonist, Vizcomic.
  • Meg Munn (Social Work, 1986) – Labour MP.
  • Helen Willetts Hon DSc 2007 (Physics, 1993) – BBC national weather broadcaster.
  • Ruth Wilson (History, 2003) – actress and acclaimed lead in the BBC’s production of Jane Eyre.
  • Alex Tate (Zoology, 2003) – producer and BAFTA winner for Channel 4’s Inside Nature’s Giants.
  • Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie Canoe (Mechanical Engineering, 2000) – gold Medallists at the London Olympics.
  • Dr Tim Brabants MBE, Hon LLD 2009 (Medicine, 2009) – canoeist and gold medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
  • Anne Panter (Mathematics and Economics, 2009) – member of the GB hockey team and Olympic bronze medallist at the London Olympics.
  • Dr Stewart Adams OBE (Pharmacy, 1945; Hon DSc, 2008) – pharmacologist and creator of the painkiller Ibuprofen.

For further information

  • +44 (0) 115 951 5151
  • The University of Nottingham
    University Park
    NG7 2RD
UCAS Code N84

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