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Nottingham Trent University

2016 League Table Ranking 53
2016 Overall Score 655
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  • The University originally dates from 1843 when the Nottingham Government School of Design was opened.
  • In 1992 Nottingham Trent University was launched.
  • In 2008 Nottingham Trent University was voted the top post-1992 University by The Complete University Guide. Sir Michael Parkinson was appointed as NTU's first chancellor.
  • In 2010 the University opened the regenerated Newton and Arkwright buildings providing an outstanding new learning environment in the heart of the City site.
  • In 2013 Nottingham Trent University opened the brand new Students’ Union, one of the best in the UK, offering excellent social and sporting facilities to students and staff.
  • NTU is transforming its learning and teaching environment to create an inspiring and innovative culture, capable of shaping lives and society well into the 21st Century. Read about the amazing campus transformation.

Location and Transport

  • Nottingham is a city in the county of Nottinghamshire. It is located in the East Midlands, in the heart of England, and is considered to be the largest city in the region. With its central placing, it is an ideal location for those wishing to visit other cities in the UK during their time of study.
  • Nottingham is well served by transport links, with rapid access to the motorway system, a major railway station, an airport and a coach station. No matter where you live in the UK or overseas, you're never too far from home.
  • The award-winning Go2 Uni 4 bus service linking our City and Clifton campuses runs every 7 minutes during term time. This bus service in Nottingham and proudly carries the NTU logo and name.
  • Further bus services provide easy access to the city from the Brackenhurst campus.

Entry Standards

  • NTU offers a wide course portfolio whether you want to study for your degree / qualification full-time or part-time.
  • NTU courses are informed by businesses and industry; and we have strong commercial partnerships with over 6,000 companies globally. This means that NTU students develop the transferable skills and work experience necessary to give them a head start in the job market. Over 93% of our graduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (Latest DLHE undergraduate survey results 2012–13).
  • NTU courses are designed with industry leaders to meet the needs of the graduate employment market. Unlike many other universities, we don’t just tailor our courses to suit the market now; you’ll be studying for the jobs of the future. Even our traditional academic subjects will encourage you to recognise your transferable skills and their application to many careers. Consequently, our graduates occupy senior positions in companies all over the world including Microsoft, Tesco, HSBC, Rolls-Royce, the BBC and many others.

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

  • Please use our course search for specific entry requirements. 

Student Mix

The 26,845 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

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

Course Flexibility

  • NTU provides a strong course portfolio at all levels from Foundation through to PhD.
  • Part-time study is available. You can choose to study for three or four years on many courses, allowing for a placement year in industry.
  • Joint Honours degrees allow flexibility of choice across a range of subjects.
  • Visit the website for more details of courses at Nottingham Trent.

Teaching Standards

  • Teaching quality is of the upmost importance here at NTU. Our lecturers boast extensive experience in industry, research and the professions, which feeds directly into the courses we teach.
  • Many of our courses have received accreditations and direct input to their design and content from a range of professional bodies that recognise the quality of our teaching and research.
  • In many cases students can and have directly benefited from associate membership to professional institutions while studying and upon graduation.

We’re experts in our field
Here are a few examples of the recent recognition we have received for our lecturers and the teaching quality we provide here at NTU:

  • The Higher Education Academy has recognised Professor Di Bailey, Head of Social Work and Professional Practice, as a Principal Fellow. She joins less than 50 people across the UK to have achieved this honour.
  • Professor Mark Griffiths, Head of our International Gaming Research Unit, is the first person to receive a lifetime research prize from the US National Council on Problem Gambling.
  • Our BA (Hons) Print Journalism and MA Magazine Journalism achieved the highest percentage of ‘gold standard’ students.
  • Our Nottingham Law School piloted new ways for students to qualify as solicitors through work-based learning. The School achieved this as part of a project on behalf of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Research Standards

  • We value research and it is central to our mission. Focused on the needs and challenges of the real world, our research impacts lives and society.
  • In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 90% of our research was judged to be ‘world-leading’, ‘internationally-excellent’ or ‘internationally-recognised’ with 55% classed within the top two categories.

Academic Strengths

Student Facilities

As one of the leading new universities in the UK, we provide our students with first-class learning and teaching facilities. Here’s a taste of what you can expect while studying at NTU.

  • Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across all three sites, with thousands of PCs providing access to Microsoft Office, email, web browsing, networked file storage and high-speed online printing services (with a free printing allowance for each student). IT resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.
  • Nottingham Trent University Online Workspace (NOW) allows students to access their University learning resources from anywhere in the world. You’ll have access to blogs, discussion forums and electronic assessment tools. This will give you plenty of opportunity for collaborative and independent learning.
  • Each of our three libraries offers access to a wide range of resources, both print and online, as well as IT facilities, and group and individual study spaces. In 2014 we opened a new library on our Brackenhurst campus and the libraries on the City site and Clifton campus have also recently undergone improvements to make sure that they offer all our students the very latest resources and best possible study environment.
  • Screens across each campus will show you where to locate the nearest free resource room PC, or you can check out the latest availability online.
  • The Clifton campus is undergoing a significant regeneration programme that will create an inspiring teaching, learning and research environment, due for completion in autumn 2015. The redevelopment includes the construction of a brand new central pavilion building and teaching suite plus a newly modernised and upgraded refectory and library.

Disability Services

  • NTU's top priority is offering support to our students. We offer a range of services including Financial Support Services, Counselling, Disability Support, International Student Support, Mature Student Support, Mental Health Support and access to affiliated health centres. For more information on the services available, visit Student Support Services online.
  • Voice and minicom, telephone +44 (0)115 848 6060.

Students' Union

As soon as you enrol at NTU, you’ll automatically become a member of the Students’ Union; run by students for students.
  • Our Students’ Union runs a varied programme of entertainment throughout the year including intimate comedy performances, cosy quiz nights, formal balls, high profile gigs and some of the largest club nights in the Midlands.
  • We provide more than just entertainments and representation though; we also deliver a wide range of activities to enhance your student experience. There are over 70 societies to get involved with, ranging from debating to juggling and from knitting to our very own radio station. Societies are a great way to meet new friends with similar interests, learn something new and get involved with the social scene. Involvement in NTSU activities can also be formally recognised on your academic achievement transcript.
  • We also offer lots of additional employability initiatives which can help boost your CV alongside your degree. We provide recognition for your achievements through our Skills Award programme.
  • Our City site Students’ Union building has a 2,400 capacity venue, which features £1 million of light and sound equipment. Complete with a large stage, it’s a fantastic venue for live music and entertainment, while doubling as a daytime bar. The leisure facilities include a sports hall built to Sport England standards, a 100-station fitness suite, a dance studio and an impressive 30ft climbing wall.


  • Sport and exercise play a major part in life at Nottingham Trent University. We encourage students and staff to participate in regular physical activity and support the high levels of sporting success achieved by our students. Visit the sport website for more information on facilities, membership packages, exercise classes and much more.
  • At NTU there are excellent opportunities for experienced sports competitors and beginners alike. With over 50 sports clubs for students to participate in, there is something to suit every level.
  • NTU is in the top 20 universities in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) league tables.
  • NTU has been named as one of only 13 hubs across the country for the government's Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS).
  • Many of our students take part in team and individual sports against other universities as part of the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) championships. We’re not ones to boast, but in recent seasons we’ve been league winners at both hockey and rugby, and came top in the BUCS equestrian, women’s basketball, canoe slalom and canoe polo championships. Find out more at
  • We regularly compete against our friends at the University of Nottingham, in a series of sporting clashes, raising money along the way. 
  • NTU has a great reputation for supporting students who also compete at a high level in sport. NTU alumnus Richard Hounslow took home a Canoe silver medal from the London 2012 Olympics and another two NTU alumnus, Crista Cullen and Hannah Macleod helped the GB Hockey team achieve a bronze medal. We hope to see this sporting success continue through the many current students and alumni aiming to compete at Rio 2016. To enable athletes to compete at this level whilst at University we have a wide range of performance support programmes in place.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • NTU is transforming its learning and teaching environment to create an inspiring and innovative culture, capable of shaping lives and society well into the 21st century. Read about the amazing campus transformation.
  • We've recently invested £150m in the redevelopment of our Newton and Arkwright buildings on the city site, which will provide students with state-of-the-art facilities and a new heart to the university.
  • Since 2004, new buildings have altered the landscape on all three campuses. New student accommodation is among the finest in the UK and facilities such as the psychology laboratory in Chaucer and the observatory at Clifton are underpinning our mission to deliver education and research that shapes lives and society.
  • In 2007 the new Centre for Effective Learning in Science was opened, with the Veterinary Nursing and Animal Care Centre following in 2008.
  • The new extension to the Chaucer building, opened in December 2008, houses TV studios for the university's Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism.
  • The redevelopment of Byron house, which opened in September 2013, provides bespoke accommodation for the University's Students Union, making its facilities among the best equipped in the country. Byron house provides 5,500 square metres of social, leisure and wellbeing facilities, plus living accommodation. Facilities include a sports hall, a feature 20ft climbing wall, entertainment area, fitness studio, shop, bars, social space and health centre.
  • In 2013 Nottingham Trent University undertook a multi-million pound redevelopment of the City and Brackenhurst libraries, providing more areas for group study and silent study
  • The Rosalind Franklin building (Superlab) is an essential resource for the next generation of students and scientists. It houses a number of new laboratories including wet and dry laboratories, teaching and research laboratories, fume cupboards, research and development instrumentation areas for x-ray nano imaging and other specialist equipment.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Over 500 NTU students work in local schools and colleges each year in 'Students in Classrooms' initiative.
  • Advice for international students on working in the UK is available online.
  • As a busy and thriving city, Nottingham has many part-time jobs ideal for students. Typical student vacancies can be found in hospitality, events, retail and administration. The Job Shop in the Students’ Union can help you find something that’s right for you, whether it’s working for the Union itself, the wider University or a local business.

Careers Guidance

  • NTU is among the most employment-focused universities in the country. Our strong links with industry enable us to understand exactly what employers are looking for from graduates.
  • Employability is your passport to the world of work. It’s about more than just a degree, which is why we pack your student experience with opportunities that will enable you to graduate with a CV that’s bursting with the qualities employers are looking for.
  • We provide personalised and specialist careers advice, via our Employability Team on all three campuses. There is also a dedicated careers consultant for each School. They will support you throughout your time at NTU and ensure that you get the answers unique to you and your studies.
  • In addition to individual support, we offer a wide range of employability development opportunities that you can get involved in to enhance your skills and gain work experience. These include: the Acceler8 Employability Award; employer-led workshops; the Employability Mentoring Programme involving employers and alumni; mock assessment centres; recruitment fairs and many more. You can find out more about the opportunities available on our website.
  • The Hive is NTU’s specialist centre for business enterprise and supports the creation of new businesses. Having empowered well over 300 start-up companies, almost 70% of those businesses are still trading and prospering today. We can help you to make your ambitions a business reality. See the NTU Employability website

Notable Alumni

  • Matt Berry (BA Contemporary Arts 1997) – Actor, writer, comedian and musician. Appeared in The Mighty Boosh, Snuff Box, IT Crowd and lead in Toast of London comedy TV series.
  • Hazel Blears MP (BA Hons Law 1977) – MP and Chairman for Salford & Eccles.
  • Julie Bullock (nee Broadhead) (BA Hons Primary Education 2005) – Lead Coach for the London 2012 Paralympic Boccia team.
  • Crista Cullen (BA Hons Business Studies 2007) – Team GB hockey player, winning Bronze in London 2012.
  • Stephen Dixon (BA Hons Broadcast Journalism 1995) – Sky News television presenter and Former NTU Alumni Association President.
  • Varun Dhawan (BA Hons Business Studies 2008) – Bollywood actor.
  • Andy Earl (Diploma in Creative Photography 1977) – Rock and Pop photographer who has captured the faces of countless music celebrities including Robbie Williams, Faithless and Manic Street Preachers.
  • Nick Easter (BSc Hons Mathematics in Science 1999) – England and Harlequins Rugby Player.
  • Chris Furber (BSc Hons Sport (Administration and Science) 1999) – Disability National Performance Director for British Swimming and former Lead Coach for British Para-Cycling Squad.
  • Jonathan Glazer (BA Hons 3D Design – Theatre,1987) – Director of the famous 'surfer' advert for Guinness, various music videos, and BAFTA nominated films Sexy Beast and Under the Skin.
  • Richard Hounslow (BSc Hons Sport Science and Management 2003) – London 2012 Tea GB Silver medal winner in the canoe slalom, men's double.
  • Tom Kay (BA Hons Economics 1991) – Rower and three times world championship gold medallist.
  • Paul Kaye (BA Hons 3D Design – Theatre, 1987) – Star of Game of Thrones and soon to star in the ninth series of Doctor Who.
  • Paul Kenyon (BA Hons Social Sciences 1987) – BAFTA winning BBC Panorama television reporter.
  • Ed Macfarlane (BA Hons Photography 2006) – member of Mercury Award nominated band Friendly Fires.
  • Hannah MacLeod (PhD 2009) – Team GB hockey player winning Bronze in London 2012.
  • Phil Nodding (BA Hons Accounting & Finance 1980) – Nottingham writer involved with Channel Four's controversial comedy Shameless.
  • Air Vice-Marshal Sir Barry 'Baz' North OBE MA RAF (HND Business Studies 1981) – Air Member for Personnel and Capability, Royal Air Force.
  • Christian O'Connell (BA Communication Studies 1995) – Breakfast Show presenter for Absolute Radio.
  • Lucy Orta (BA Hons Knitwear Design 1989, Hon MA 2007) – An artist who holds the first Rootstein Hopkins Chair of Fashion at London College of Fashion. Works include Refuge Wear and her design “Habitent” was used in the Red Hot Chilli Peppers video for Can't Stop in 2003.
  • Amerdeep Somal (LLB Hons Law 1988) – Independent Assessor to the Board of the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) and NTU's Alumna of the Year 2014.
  • Simon Starling (BA Hons Photography 1990) – 2005 Turner Prize winner.
  • Louise Thomas (nee. Holland) (BSc Hons Sport (Administration and Science) 1988) – The motivating force behind 'Race for Life'.
  • Chris Townsend OBE (MSc Marketing 1997) – CEO, BDUK (Broadband Delivery UK). Formerly Commercial Director on the organising committee for the London 2012 Olympic games.
  • Steve Trapmore MBE (BEng Hons Electronics and Computing 1997) – Olympic gold medallist in Sydney 2000 and a member of Great Britain’s men’s coxed fours who took gold at the World Rowing Championships in Seville in September 2002.
  • Amy Voce (BA Hons Communication Studies 2005) – Radio Breakfast Show presenter on Gem 106. Winner of “Music Radio Personality of the Year” with her co-presenter Sam Pinkham at the 2014 Radio Academy Awards.


For further information

  • +44 (0)115 941 8418
  • Nottingham Trent University
    Burton Street
    NG1 4BU
UCAS Code N91

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