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The University of Nottingham

2016 League Table Ranking 25
2016 Overall Score 795
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Entry Standards 426 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 14.0 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 3.09 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,415 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.05 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 509 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 79.2 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 93.1 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 79.3 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 53.1 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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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.

Entry Standards

  • The University of Nottingham welcomes applications from students with a wide range of UK and international qualifications.
  • We aim to recruit the candidates best able to succeed on our programmes in terms of their ability, potential, knowledge and understanding.
  • Details of the entry requirements for each course can be found on our website at
  • The university does not use the UCAS tariff system but makes offers based on A-level grades or equivalent qualifications.

Student Mix

The 33,270 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • 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 1,334 students study or work abroad as part of their Nottingham in 2013–14, 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.

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.
  • 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.

Research Standards

According to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF):

  • Nottingham ranks 8th in the UK in terms of 'research power', which measures the quality and quantity of research conducted by an institution.
  • More than 97% of the research carried out at the university is recognised internationally, with wide-ranging impacts on society, the economy, health and welfare, culture, public policy and the environment.
  • More than 80% of all research is defined as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' – up from 60% the last time the exercise was carried out in 2008.
  • Funding for the university reached record levels in 2013–14, with awards totaling £181 million.
  • Nottingham's outstanding performance in REF 2014 follows a prestigious national accolade – winning Research Project of the Year at the Time Higher Education Awards 2014 for the discovery of a new layer of the human eye.

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Academic Strengths

  • 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%.

Student Facilities

  • 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.

Disability Services

  • 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.

Students' Union

  • The Students’ Union has over 200 societies and over 70 sports clubs, and runs award-winning media outlets including a magazine, student-run theatre and radio station, University Radio Nottingham (URN).
  • In 2014, University Radio Nottingham (URN) was named Best Student Radio Station for the fifth year running at the Student Radio Awards. Each year sees the station 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 2014. 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 one of the first fully student-run theatres 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 7 full-sized sports halls, a multi-purpose room, practice rooms for martial arts and table tennis, a snooker room and a bar.
  • New for 2016–17 will be the David Ross Sports Village, a £40-million facility on our University Park Campus that will offer a 200-station fitness suite, two sports halls, an indoor sprint track, climbing wall, martial arts dojo, advanced Sports Performance Clinic and many more exciting new features.
  • Our competitive annual membership offers access to sports facilities, fitness centres, swimming pool and exercise classes.
  • Other facilities include a 25m eight-lane swimming pool, gym facilities with 400 gym stations, floodlit 3G and artificial pitches, plus 40 grass pitches for rugby, football, cricket and lacrosse.
  • With over 70 sports clubs, Nottingham 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 for the last 20 years.
  • The university has further developed its sporting provision at Jubilee Campus with the addition of a new 100-station fitness suite, plus a 3G pitch due October 2015
  • 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 free-standing 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.
  • New cycle lanes have been created on University Park Campus.
  • In September 2013, the university developed a new 3G pitch at Sutton Bonington Campus and two new pavilions at Highfields Playing Fields.
  • A new facility that will focus on the development of 'green chemistry' technology is due for completion in 2016. The GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry will be based on our Jubilee Campus and is part of a pioneering new partnership between GlaxoSmithKline and The University of Nottingham.
  • The university is currently investing £19 million 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.
  • The all new Jubilee Fitnes Suite includes a 100-station gym, functional training centre and spin studio, and houses an extensive range of top standard fitness equipment and entertainment options.
  • We're investing £40 million in a new David Ross Sports Village which will contain a range of facilities and is due for completion in September 2016. Facilities will include a sports hall with 20 badminton courts, an indoor sprint track, climbing wall and martial arts dojo. There will also be a 200-station fitness suite and an advanced Sports Performance Clinic.
  • The new £9 million, three-storey, amenities building named The Barn is an exciting addition to our Sutton Bonington Campus. Within the building there is a 500-seat dining hall, bar and common room, as well as a faith room and Sutton Bonington's mini students' union – the Guild.

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.

Careers Guidance

Whether you are unclear about your future direction, already focused on what you want to do, or somewhere in between; the Careers and Employability Service can help you on your way to a successful career. The service can help you:
  • explore graduate careers
  • develop your employability skills
  • search for job vacancies and work experience placements
  • improve your job or course application
  • meet future employers.
Our experienced advisers are available for face-to-face discussions through regular drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments.
  • Also have your CV, covering letter, application form and personal statement reviewed.
  • You can receive industry insights to help you research your career goals through our network of alumni.

Notable Alumni

  • 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).


For further information

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  • The University of Nottingham
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