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University of Northampton

The University of Northampton's mission is to transform lives and inspire change. With exciting, industry-relevant courses and excellent and passionate lecturers, it aims to ensure students' time is fulfilling and enjoyable. Industry partnerships and a dedication to employability help graduates secure the roles they deserve.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Campus
Campus

The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: N38

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5–10,000
Large
10–25,000
Largest
>25,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 81%
  • Postgraduate 19%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 79%
  • Part Time 21%

Where students come from

  • UK 87%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 10%

Student gender

  • Male 35%
  • Female 65%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • More than just a library, the university Learning Hub provides students access to print, online and multimedia resources, including university-generated research. There are two libraries, one on each campus. 
  • The Learning Hub is the biggest building on campus, a four-storey space with a range of learning environments from silent study to social learning. Whether students prefer to study during the day or late at night, the library and learning zone offers the resources they need, open 24 hours on some days and until midnight during holidays.

Student jobs

  • The university provides opportunities for students to get into part-time work while they study or full-time work when they graduate. The university's Changemaker Hub offers support with everything from CV writing to interview techniques.
  • Through the Northampton Employment Promise (NEP), the university works with local businesses to provide guaranteed temporary employment to graduates. If students follow three simple steps during their degree, the university promises to secure short-term paid internships for them once they graduate.

Careers advice

  • The university's industry-relevant courses, passionate lecturers, industry partnerships and a dedication to employability, help students to secure the graduate roles they deserve.
  • The university Changemaker Hub is the place for support and advice to help develop work ready experience and employability skills.

Health services

  • Students have access to the on-campus Health Centre, as well as other local health facilities.
  • The University of Northampton promotes students health by offering free sport to all students. This means no joining fees and the cost of kit equipment and coaching is included for free.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The university mental health and counselling team offers students free support and advice on issues including anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, and loss.

Disability support

  • The university's Additional Student Support and Inclusions Services Team (ASSIST) is committed to ensuring students with disability-related needs can achieve their full potential.
  • The team offers a diverse range of support including: advice about specialist grants, and help with Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) applications, dyslexia screening tests, study assistance, extra time in exams, priority accommodation arrangements and one-to-one specialist study skills support.

Students' Union

  • The Student's Union is completely independent of the university, and all students are automatically members with access to the union's services and events. Opened in 2018, its new town centre venue, The Platform, includes a nightclub, café bar, art shop, volunteer training space and a student letting agency.
  • There are over 70 clubs and societies ranging from fan clubs to hobby-based, with a Doctor Who and Harry Potter appreciation society, and the Cake Society, for students with a passion for baking (and eating) cake. There is also NU Radio, the student radio station. If students can't find a society they want to join, they can always grab seven friends and start their own!
  • The Student's Union is one of only three universities in the UK to offer free sports and societies for all students: students won't need to pay any membership fees.

History

  • The modern facility was a blend of Northampton's colleges of art, technology, and education, becoming Nene College of Higher Education in 1975, before becoming the University of Northampton in 2005.
  • In 2017 the university was awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
  • In September 2018, the university relocated to its brand-new Waterside campus.

Fascinating Fact

  • Vice Chancellor of the University of Northampton is Professor Nick Petford. His expertise on volcanology led to him fronting a Channel 4 documentary on the 2010 eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano – when flights over Britain were halted.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Lydia Millen – fashion and lifestyle blogger.
  • Dan Middleton – world-famous video games blogger.
  • Dallas Campbell – television presenter.
  • Owen Paterson – politician.
  • Rory Lamont – retired Scottish international rugby union player.
  • Toby Cadman – acclaimed human rights lawyer.

Address

University of Northampton, University Drive, Northampton, NN1 5PH