The University of Nottingham

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    3.09 / 4.00
  • Academic Services Spend 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 Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.06 / 5.00
  • Facilities Spend 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 Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    81.2 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

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

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    93.7 / 100.0
  • Good Honours 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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    80.5 / 100.0


  • Nottingham's first civic college was opened in 1881. It was awarded its Royal Charter in 1948, becoming the University of Nottingham.
  • The University of Nottingham has award-winning campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia, and hosts a global academic community in all three countries.
  • The university also opened a brand new Vet School at the Sutton Bonington campus, UK, in 2006.

Location and Transport

  • Nottingham is one of the UK's most cosmopolitan cities: its compact centre combines proud heritage and history with a diverse range of shops, restaurants, and music and theatre venues.
  • 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 tram network has recently been extended to the popular student area of Beeston.
  • The university's campuses are award-winning: the 330-acre University Park Campus has received 13 consecutive Green Flag Awards since 2003, with Jubilee campus also having received the accolade for the past three years in a row.
  • The University of Nottingham has been ranked as having the most environmentally friendly campus worldwide according to the 2015 UI GreenMetric World University Ranking.
  • In 2012, the University of Nottingham was awarded an award for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development, in recognition of commitment to creating sustainable ways of living and studying. The university has invested heavily in cycle paths and facilities on campus.

Entry Requirements

  • The University of Nottingham welcomes applications from students with a wide range of UK and international qualifications.
  • We aim to recruit the candidates who are 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.
  • The university does not use the UCAS tariff system but makes offers based on A level grades or equivalent qualifications.

Student Mix

The 31,910 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 75%
  • Postgraduate 25%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 88%
  • Part Time 12%


  • UK 77%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 18%

Student gender

  • Male 46%
  • Female 54%

Course Flexibility

  • The university offers more than 270 undergraduate courses and over 300 postgraduate taught courses.
  • Apart from medicine, all courses are modular – meaning students can tailor their learning to their own interests.
  • The university has the highest number of students of any UK university studying abroad through the Erasmus scheme. We have one of the biggest and most diverse study abroad programmes in the UK, with over 200 partner institutions in more than 40 countries, as well as our campuses in China and Malaysia, with over 25 active teaching partnerships.

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 a possible 24, and in its most recent audit received the highest possible commendation.

The University of Nottingham is nationally and internationally renowned for its teaching and research excellence, and our academic facilities are of the very highest standards, with most of our teaching facilities housed within beautiful historic buildings. Across our campuses you will find:

  • State-of-the-art laboratory and medical facilities.
  • Innovative and exciting methods of teaching and learning.
  • Access to over 3 million books and journals, 12,000 ejournals and 650,000 ebook items in the specialist libraries on our UK campuses.
  • Tutors and lecturers are widely published and respected within academic circles.
  • A 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', a measure which takes into account 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 2014–15, with awards totalling £186m.
  • Nottingham's outstanding performance in REF 2014 follows a prestigious national accolade for the discovery of a new layer of the human eye.

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.
  • The innovative Developing Solutions scholarship programme is one of the largest of its kind, helping students from the developing world to study at Nottingham.
  • Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies.
  • In the National Student Survey 2015, Nottingham received its highest ever result with an overall student satisfaction score of 88%.

Undergraduate Courses

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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. There is also an £18m redevelopment scheme underway to incorporate the existing George Green Library into the new Engineering and Science Library, one of the latest landmark developments to be undertaken by the university on University Park.
  • Libraries are open 24-hours a day during exam periods.
  • 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 a range of languages, including British Sign Language, at different levels.
  • The university’s public arts centre, Nottingham Lakeside Arts, 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. In 2015, an exhibition on the life and work of Elisabeth Frink, one of Britain’s leading 20th century sculptors, was curated for the Djanogly Gallery.

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.
  • The University of Nottingham was the first UK institution to engage a Disability Sport Officer and annually host a nationally recognised series of sports disability programmes.
  • For more information about disability services at the University of Nottingham visit our website.

Students' Union

  • The Students’ Union has over 300 student-run societies and over 70 sports clubs, and runs award-winning media outlets including a magazine, a student-run theatre and a 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. The station consistently picks up numerous awards at the national Student Radio Awards, 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.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Unitemps can help students to find part-time, term-time and vacation work.
  • High Fliers Research on the Graduate Market 2013–16 shows that Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading 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, 2014 graduates earned an average starting salary of over £22,736 per year and 33% began work on a salary of £25,000 or more (2013–14 full-time, first degree graduates who declared a salary).

Careers Guidance

The University’s Careers and Employability Service organises and promotes a range of opportunities, including:

  • An award-winning Inside Employment module which allows you to work in a team and research careers in different sectors, before presenting your findings to employers and academics.
  • The ‘Careers in...’ programme of talks, delivered by experienced practitioners and alumni, providing valuable insights into careers such as the media and PR.
  • The Careers Planning Skills module, which is part of the Nottingham Advantage Award and a chance to learn about and practise the skills needed to secure a graduate job.
  • Skills workshops led by representatives from well-regarded graduate recruiters, providing you with an opportunity to develop vital employability skills.
  • Skills workshops led by careers advisers and employers on aspects of the recruitment process including writing applications and interview techniques.
  • Case studies similar to those used in assessment centres and management training, facilitated by employer contacts or careers advisers.
  • The Student Business Planning Competition, which is a series of workshops to help you gain the skills you will need to set up your own business after graduation.

Upon graduation from Nottingham, students can come back for careers advice at any time, taking advantage of annual recruitment fairs, adviser-led and employer-led skills workshops, careers sessions with experienced professionals, drop-in sessions with employers, aptitude test practice sessions, and sessions where employers hold interviews on campus.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

Recent builds include:

  • The creation of purpose-built campuses in Ningbo, China, and Semenyih.
  • An extension of the university’s Jubilee Campus – featuring innovative buildings and the creation of a research and innovation park. Aspire, a 60-metre steel sculpture on Jubilee Campus is one of the UK's tallest pieces of free-standing public artwork.
  • A new Engineering and Science Teaching and Learning Centre on University Park Campus providing 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.
  • Refurbishments to the university’s main libraries, which have incorporated light and airy individual and group study areas, a cafe, plasma screens and laptop hire.
  • A new £9m, three-storey, amenities building named the Barn on our Sutton Bonington Campus, which provides a 500-seat dining hall, bar and common room, as well as a faith room and Sutton Bonington's mini students' union – the Guild.
  • A new 3G pitch at Sutton Bonington Campus and two new pavilions at Highfields Playing Fields.
  • The all new Jubilee Fitness Suite, which includes a 100-station gym, functional training centre and spin studio.
  • New cycle lanes throughout University Park Campus.

The university also has a number of ongoing and prospective new builds, which include:

  • David Ross Sports Village, which 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.
  • Extension and refurbishment of the existing George Green Library. The first phase of the library extension is now complete and open, with latter phases set to double the size of the existing library and provide a valuable increase in student study spaces and work rooms, as well as providing a new catering outlet and computer work stations.
  • GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry, which will be based on our Jubilee Campus and is part of a pioneering new partnership between GlaxoSmithKline and The University of Nottingham. The building will be the first carbon neutral laboratory to be built in the UK, and is set to achieve BREEAM Outstanding and LEED Platinum and carbon neutral status after 25 years.
  • New Technology Entrepreneurship Centre (TEC) based at the University Innovation Park at Jubilee Campus. The building forms the basis of the University's successful application to be one of the first University Enterprise Zones in the country, and will comprise of a range of different office spaces for start-up businesses and other uses, as well as communal catering facilities, seminar rooms and meeting rooms.
  • New teaching building. Positioned in the centre of campus, which will include a number of different sized teaching rooms, lecture theatres, performing arts spaces, a social learning hub and staff offices.

Notable Alumni


  • Ruth Wilson – acclaimed actress who recently starred alongside Kiera Knightley in Anna Karenina (2012) (History, 2003).
  • Roger Lewis – Group Chief Executive of the Welsh Rugby Union and Millennium Stadium (Music, 1976; Hon DLitt, 2010).
  • London Grammar, Award winning electro pop trio, Dot Major (English, 2012), Hannah Reid (Art History and English, 2011) and Dan Rothman (Economics and Philosophy, 2011)
  • Michael Hirst – screenwriter (Elizabeth) (American and English Studies, 1976).
  • Stanley Middleton (1919-2009) – writer and Booker Prize winner (English, 1940; MEd, 1952; Hon MA, 1975).


  • Dr Kristan Bromley – former European and World Skeleton Champion (Mechanical Design, Materials and Manufacture, 1994; PhD Mechanical Engineering, 1999).
  • Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie Canoe – gold Medallists at the London Olympics (Mechanical Engineering, 2000).

Medicine and Health

  • Dr Tim Brabants MBE – canoeist and Olympic gold medallist (Medicine, 2002; Hon LLD, 2009)


  • Graham Dury (Botany, 1984) – writer and cartoonist, Viz comic.
  • Campbell Walsh – canoeist and Olympic medallist (Mathematical Physics, 1999; Information Technology PGDip, 2005).
  • Dr Helen Willetts – meteorologist and BBC broadcaster (Physics, 1993; Hon DSc, 2007).
  • Sir John Sawers – Chief of MI6 (Physics and Philosophy, 1976).
  • David Florence – canoeist and Olympic silver medallist at the Beijing and London Olympics (Mathematical Physics, 2005).
  • Sir Clive Granger (1934-2009) – Economist and Nobel Prize winner (Mathematics, 1955 and PhD, 1959; Hon DSc, 1992).
  • Anne Panter – member of the GB hockey team and Olympic bronze medallist at the London Olympics (Mathematics and Economics, 2009).
  • Dr Amanda Horton-Mastin – former Director of Innovation and now Director of Marketing at Comic Relief (Chemistry, 1983; PhD Chemistry, 1988).
  • Sir Jack Lewis (Baron Lewis of Newnham) – chemist and member of the House of Lords (Chemistry, 1949 and PhD, 1952; Hon DSc, 1983).
  • Dame Mary Marsh – former Director and Chief Executive, NSPCC (Geography, 1968; Hon LLD, 2005).
  • Dr Stewart Adams OBE -- pharmacologist and creator of the painkiller Ibuprofen (Pharmacy, 1945; Hon DSc, 2008).
  • Professor Sir Ian Wilmut – embryologist – managed the team that cloned Dolly the sheep (Agriculture/Horticulture, 1967; Hon DSc, 1998).
  • Alex Tate – producer and BAFTA winner for Channel 4’s Inside Nature’s Giants (Zoology, 2003).

Social science

  • Brian Moore – former England Rugby Union international and now broadcaster (Law, 1984; Hon LLD, 2010).
  • Matthew Bannister – former Controller of BBC Radio One and BBC broadcaster (Law, 1978).
  • Tim Martin – founder and Chairman of JD Wetherspoon (Law, 1977).
  • David Mercer – tennis commentator and former umpire (Law, 1970).
  • Y.A.B. Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak – Prime Minister of Malaysia (Industrial Economics, 1974; Hon LLD, 2004).
  • Sir Robert Phillis (1945-2009) – Chief Executive, Guardian Media Group (Industrial Economics, 1968; Hon DLitt, 2003).
  • Keith Wyness – former Chief Executive, Everton FC (Industrial Economics, 1978)
  • Jeff Randall – Daily Telegraph Editor-at-Large and Sky News Reporter (Economics, 1979; Hon DLitt, 2006).
  • Deng YaPing – China’s Sporting Star of the Century (Contemporary Chinese Studies, 2002).
  • Meg Munn – Labour MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, former Minister for Women (Social Work, 1986).

Further Details

Address The University of Nottingham University Park Nottingham NG7 2RD
UCAS Code N84
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