Nottingham, United Kingdom
Studying at Nottingham is an experience that goes far beyond traditional lectures. A flexible approach to teaching combines established teaching methods, such as tutorials, with interactive and web-based methods. Facilities from lecture theatres to laboratories are continually modernised and upgraded to provide the very best in up-to-date teaching facilities.
The University's modular course system provides a flexible range of self-contained study units which allows students to study the combination of subjects that suits them best. Each student is allocated their own personal tutor to help with personal and academic issues. A taste of the 'real world' is provided on many degree courses through presentations and lectures from visiting speakers from industry.
The University's flexible philosophy encourages students to graduate with skills that will enhance their academic abilities. The Personal and Academic Records system enables students to develop a range of skills through independent study and extra-curricular activities, with a record of achievements to add to their curriculum vitae on graduation.
Nottingham's founder member status of Universitas 21 and its involvement with the Socrates-Erasmus Programme means that students can take advantage of many opportunities to live, study and travel overseas, broadening their experience and improving their language skills.
The University prides itself on its achievements in attracting students from 'non-traditional' backgrounds. A recent report by the Sutton Trust has found that the University's widening participation initiatives are working well, with the number of such entrants increasing by almost 50% between 1997 and 2002. Nottingham is also shown to be among the universities with the lowest drop-out rate.
There is a wide range of support for students to help them make the most from their time at Nottingham. Student Services provide a range of specialist services including disability support, study support, dyslexia support and financial support. There is also a confidential counselling service and a student advice centre.
Academic life is easily balanced with day-to-day needs with a range of facilities from the day nursery and Cripps Health Centre to the chapel, Muslim prayer rooms and multi-faith quiet room.
International Students will find additional support for the issues they face through the International Office. The Welcome Programme runs just before the academic year begins and provides a programme of activities to help international students settle in to university life. The Students' Union provides additional support through their International Student.
Location, transport and travel
Over the years Nottingham City has continued to attract increasing numbers of students and now boasts a large and diverse student population, integral to the city itself. It is not just a city with an impressive history and famous legends; it is cosmopolitan, vibrant and ideally suited towards student life.
Nottingham is located in the East Midlands in the heart of England. It is a culturally diverse city which boasts a large student population and a wealth of business and industry, including:
* Capital One
* Serif Europe
* Vision Express
* Games Workshop
Visitors and city residents will find there is huge amount to do and see in and around Nottingham: history, culture, country parks, sport, shopping and dining, local events, nights out.
The city's excellent transport links mean that it's the ideal location from which to explore: local, regional, national and international travel couldn't be easier from here.
Around the city
Nottingham has a large network of buses that run across the city, county and further afield. For further information on bus routes, timetables and fares visit the Nottingham City Transport and Trent Barton Buses websites.
A recent and welcome addition to the city's transport system is the tram network run by Nottingham Express Transit. The route currently runs from Nottingham Train Station through the city centre and out to Hucknall. The Government has recently given the go-ahead for phase two of the tram network which should hopefully be completed by 2013. One of the proposed routes for phase two runs from the city to The University of Nottingham Campus and out towards Beeston and Chilwell. See the proposed tram route in PDF format.
Nottingham has great places to cycle, including canals, parks and nature spots and the National Watersports Centre. The city also has an extensive network of cycle routes and cycle parking which makes getting around by bike enjoyable and hassle-free. Visit the Nottingham City Council website for further information on cycle routes and cycling in Nottingham.
Around the UK and abroad
Nottingham is situated near the M1 Motorway with access from junctions 24, 25 and 26. The M6 is also easy to get to from Nottingham and the A1, which runs from London to Edinburgh, passes through Nottinghamshire.
Frequent rail services run from Nottingham to major UK cities, including London every 30 minutes. The completion of the Eurostar connection at London's St Pancras International means that passengers are less than a five hour train journey from Paris. For further information visit the National Rail Enquiries website.
National Express run a number of coach services to many UK destinations from Nottingham and frequent connections from other cities can get you abroad cheaply and easily.
There are flights to an exciting range of national and international destinations from East Midlands Airport, one of the UKs fastest growing airports. A number of budget airlines run services from East Midlands, which is only 40 minutes from Nottingham city centre on the 24 hour Skylink bus service.
Entertainment for all
Nottingham is a city bursting with year-round events and activities for everyone to enjoy, whatever the season: fairgrounds, foreign markets, festivals, outstanding fireworks displays, cultural celebrations, music events and even outdoor ice skating.
A highlight of Nottingham's events calendar is Goose Fair , the largest travelling fair in Europe with over 700 years of history. The five-day event comes to town every October and features over 500 fairground attractions, including white-knuckle rides, family friendly fun and an amazing array of stalls and side shows.
Every summer thousands of people, young and old, flock to the banks of the River Trent to the Riverside Festival . This vibrant programme of live music, performance, arts, fairground attractions and craft and food stalls is famed for its spectacular fireworks display which reflects in the river and lights up the sky in a truly breath-taking climax.
Robin Hood Pageant
Relive the life and times of our famous outlaw, Robin Hood, at the Robin Hood Pageant . Every October Nottingham Castle plays host to this two-day pageant which features live jousting, a medieval village and ale house, craft stalls and activities, living history demonstrations, falconry, musicians and entertainers.
Nottingham really knows how to celebrate and promote the multicultural richness within the city. Each year there are a number of festivities that mark and embrace different religious occasions, ethnicities and social groups.
Chinese New Year
Every year the University of Nottingham's own Lakeside Arts Centre plays host to the city's Chinese New Year and Spring Festival . This festival also celebrates other Asian communities who celebrate the lunar festival aswell. The event features Lion and Dragon dancing and Asian music. Workshops for people aged eight and above include making silk flags, miniature dragons, puppets, lanterns and learning oriental drumming techniques. A fireworks display designed especally for Chinese New Year provides a spectacular end to the celebrations.
The Nottingham Mela festival celebrates all that's great about Asian music, dance, art and culture. A variety of locations around the city play host to Bollywood, Bhangra, Dance, Pop, R'n'B, Qawwali and Fusion whilst an 'Asian Bazaar' sees stalls selling Asian arts, textiles, music and freshly prepared Indian food. 2009's Mela was the 21st anniversary of the festival which now makes it the longest running Mela in Europe.
Nottingham Caribbean Carnival is vibrant, dazzling and always impresses. The two-day family event is packed with a variety of music from Carnival and African to Reggae, Calypso, Dance hall, Hip-hop and Gospel. There's a funfair, stalls, children's entertainment and tantalising Caribbean cuisine; special events at a number of venues; plus the sensational Carnival Parade.
Nottingham Pride just gets bigger and better each year. It's a fantastic family day out for everyone and the opportunity for all members of the community to come together, celebrate and show their solidarity, whatever their sexuality. There's the 'Pride March', lots of live music, stalls and even Nottingham Pride's very own 'Speakers Corner'.
In addition to the music that you can experience at Nottingham's annual events and cultural celebrations there are a number of music events, programmes and festivals that take place each year. Some are weekend extravaganzas, some are free and some for charity - take a look at a selection of what's on offer.
* One World Festival - A free annual festival in Nottingham's Old Market Square which celebrates cultural traditions from Nottingham and around the World with an international programme of dance and world music
* Splendour - Nottingham's big annual music event at Wollaton Park features famous artists, local bands and comedians. The perfect place to picnic and party until the sun goes down
* Dot to Dot - On a Bank Holiday Sunday in May Nottingham's coolest venues unite and take over the city. This results in a cutting-edge music festival that provides the perfect showcase for the best acts on the music scene today
* Hockley Hustle - Since it's conception in 2006 this music festival has raised over £20,000 for Oxfam. Many promoters and venues collaborate to bring an impressive and extensive range of artists together for an amazing day of music... and it's all in the name of charity
* Bands in the Park - During the summer months this season of free outdoor brass and woodwind concerts takes place at various locations in Nottingham
From the middle of November the city centre has a magical atmosphere as the Christmas lights are switched on, the Market Square transforms in to an outdoor ice rink and the smells from the festive German Market waft around you as you eat, drink and shop.
The city's open spaces
Nottinghamshire is perfect for those who like to get outdoors. Whether it's relaxing in one of the countys many parks or rambling in the countryside, there is something for every kind of outdoor activity.
The University Park Campus itself is surrounded with lush greenery and also contains a boating lake.
Parks in Nottingham
Nottingham city boasts an impressive range of parks and open green spaces for residents and visitors to relax and enjoy. A few minutes walk from the city centre itself is the Green Flag Award winning Arboretum park which is a haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city. In the city centre you'll also find Nottingham Castle's attractive grounds with fantastic view across the city.
Almost every area of Nottingham has a park nearby: Lenton, Clifton, Bulwell, Broxtowe, Beeston, Sherwood, Forest Fields, Colwick, St Annes, Strelley, The Meadows and Wollaton all have open spaces nearby or a short bus ride away.
Wollaton Hall Gardens and Deer Park
Situated approximately three miles from the city centre, near the University Park Campus, Wollaton Hall Gardens and Deer Park is one of Nottingham's best assets. Wollaton Hall is home to a fascinating museum and beautiful gardens set in grounds where deer roam freely. From its hilltop position the Hall, with stunning architecture and picturesque lake views, dominates the landscape. The perfect escape from city life.
Newstead Abbey Historic House and Gardens
Newstead Abbey is located 12 miles out of Nottingham in the Nottinghamshire countryside. There you'll find stunning medieval cloisters set in 300 acres of parkland with ponds, lakes, waterfalls and impressive gardens. The Abbey is also the former home of one of Nottingham's most famous residents, the poet Lord Byron.
Visitors can roam the grounds and visit the Abbey itself, where they'll find intriguing history, Victorian rooms and Lord Byrons private apartments and personal belongings.
Nottinghamshire boasts three country parks which were set up nearly 30 years ago to enable local people and visitors alike to experience the benefits of nature and the environment at its finest.
* Rufford Abbey Country Park: 150 acres of parkland featuring woodland walks, gardens, a lake, ruins of a medieval monastery, craft centre and children's play area. Situated in North Nottinghamshire
* Bestwood Country Park: 650 acres of park featuring a variety of wildlife habitats and amazing landscapes from mill lakes and meadows to ancient oak woodland and a reclaimed pit tip. Four miles north of the city centre
* Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve: 450 acres of ancient woodland home to 900 veteran oak trees, including the legendary Major Oak - 800 years old and said to be Robin Hood's hideout! Lots of walks and nature trails to enjoy. Situated in North Nottinghamshire
Owned by The National Trust, the historic Clumber Park is an impressive 3,800 acres of awesome scenery and wildlife. There's over 20 miles of cycle paths, a beautiful chapel, gorgeous gardens and lake, and the longest Limetree Avenue in Europe.
Attenborough Nature Reserve
Attenborough Nature Reserve is home to the award winning Attenborough Nature Centre which gives visitors access to a delightful wildlife haven. In 2007 it was listed by the BBC Wildlife magazine as one of the top ten eco destinations in the world - quite a claim to be proud of. Wander around the reserve and take in the wildlife and surroundings at your own leisure or attend one of the organised events. Easily accessible from Nottingham and Derby.
Peak District National Park
The Peak District National Park is Britain's first national park and probably one of its finest. Although the park is mainly in Derbyshire it is easily accessible from Nottingham and well worth a visit. Visitors can experience some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country and explore gorgeous towns, villages and hamlets. There are plenty of outdoor activities for everyone: walking, cycling, climbing, caving and events all year round.
City of culture
Nottingham is enriched with a flourishing arts scene which appeals to audiences as diverse as the city residents themselves. People of all ages, interests and backgrounds are all well-catered for and encouraged to discover what Nottingham culture has to offer.
In a city which embraces all things cultural, budding performers, filmmakers, artists, writers, poets and musicians will also find a wealth of opportunities to get involved.
There are a number of professional theatres in Nottingham which cater for a variety of tastes and audiences.
* Lakeside Arts Centre is the University's very own arts complex. It hosts and produces a variety of performances, events, exhibitions and workshops
* The Royal Centre is home to The Royal Concert Hall and the Theatre Royal. Here you'll find well-known music and comedy artists and touring musical, opera and dramatic productions. There's even the odd cover band, circus act or psychic thrown in for a good all round entertainment mix
* Nottingham Playhouse the place to go if you like your theatre bold, diverse and a little less commercial. You'll find cutting-edge theatre, dance and comedy productions and a lot more besides
* Nottingham Arts Theatre and the Lace Market Theatre are Nottingham's independent amateur dramatics venues. As an audience member you'll be treated to first-class performances and as a member you can get involved in a number of ways: from treading the boards to backstage and behind the scenes
* Hatch is the 'theatre without a building, showcasing performance-y work on the Nottingham arts horizon.' Each Hatch event takes on a different theme, calls for volunteers for their creative input and then turns local venues in to unlikely performance spaces - guaranteed to surprise, inspire and delight
If you like your theatre al fresco, every summer there is a season of outdoor performance set in the stunning surrounds of Nottingham Castle and Newstead Abbey. These range from Shakespearean comedy and tragedy, through theatrical interpretations of classics, plays for children, to toe-tapping music extravaganzas.
In addition to the top comedy names who regularly appear at Nottingham Playhouse, the Royal Concert Hall, Trent FM Arena and Lakeside, every weekend Nottingham is awash with the sound of laughter thanks to it's two comedy venues.
* Just the Tonic Comedy Club, Nottingham's longest running comedy club, draws the best comedians to town every Sunday evening
* Jongleurs brings laughs to the bustling canalside every Friday and Saturday night
There are a variety of art galleries in Nottingham. These include the following.
* Nottingham Castle doubles up as a museum and art gallery. The gallery brings an array of local, national and international art to the city whilst the museum is the perfect home for Nottinghamshire archaeology and history exhibits
* New Art Exchange is Nottingham's fist dedicated cultural facility for black contemporary arts. It aims to deliver an innovative and exciting programme of multi-cultural visual and performing arts
* The Djanogly Art Gallery and Wallner Gallery are both located at Lakeside Arts Centre. Exhibitions range from major historical shows to contemporary installations. They also act as a platform to showcase the work of regional and local artists and a venue for lunchtime talks, preview nights and special Lakeside events
Nottingham is soon to be home to the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Nottingham (CCAN). Due to open in November 2009, CCAN will be at the forefront of Nottingham's already thriving art scene. It will provide and encourage access to contemporary art for all audiences through exhibitions, events and educational activities.
The movie buffs among you will never be at a loss in Nottingham. The city has many cinemas where youll find films suited to all types of filmgoer:
* the Broadway Media Centre offers independent and world-cinema and boasts an auditorium designed by Nottingham's very own Paul Smith
* the Screen Room claims to be the worlds smallest cinema with 21 seats
* there are two multiplex cinemas, Cineworld and Showcase
* the independent Savoy cinema, situated in Lenton, is very popular with student
The city has many live music venues which attract a range of artists to the city. From stadium rockers to small indie bands there is a venue to accommodate any type of artist and any size of audience. These include:
* larger venues such as Trent FM Arena, Royal Centre, and Rock City
* smaller venues such as the Rescue Rooms, The Bodega, Seven, The Old Angel and the Chameleon Arts Cafe
If your musical tastes are more suited to classical concerts and operatic arias then Nottingham has a number of venues specifically suited for these events.
* The University's Lakeside Arts Centre boasts the Djanogly Recital Hall with marvellous acoustics for their wide reaching classical music programme
* Designed in the style of an Edwardian music hall the Albert Hall Nottingham
serves as an excellent auditorium for concert goers
* The Royal Centre has regular appearances by high-profile companies such as Opera North, Hallé Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic - visit the Royal Centre and Nottingham Classics websites for further information
* Founded in 1974, the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra plays five concerts a year in venues such as the Royal Concert Hall, the Albert Hall an Southwell Minster
There are opportunities aplenty for avid readers and fledgling and professional authors, screenwriters, poets and playwrights in Nottingham. There are writers groups and forums and a range of courses leading to qualifications or simply just for fun.
* Nottingham Writers' Studio provides the perfect venue to hone your craft: it's a great place to network, meet like minded people and find out about all that's literary in and around Nottingham
* Nottingham's culture magazine, Left Lion, features a literature and creative writing section and also provides a dedicated space for writers to post their pennings in the Left Lion writers' forum, Write Lion
* Lowdham Book Festival is Nottingham's main literature event. It hosts talks and performances from writers, poets, storytellers and musicians and is home to the largest book fair in the country
The University of Nottingham Students' Union is the hub of student social life. In addition to the many events and activities they organise for students - including societies, sports clubs, and student-run services - they provide a number of opportunities for students to socialise both on and off campus. These include bars, club nights and comedy nights. They even run their own cinema and theatre group, New Theatre.
Students' Union Box Office
The Students' Union Box Office should be your first port of call when planning an evening out with friends. You'll find a broad selection of events on sale, including Students' Union organised events - such as club nights at various venues in the city, comedy, live music, speed dating - and tickets to the hottest shows in town at Nottingham Playhouse and the Royal Centre.
Situated in the Portland Building on University Park, Mooch is the Students' Union bar with bags of style, delicious food and heaps of special offers to make student life more palatable.
The Den is Nottingham Students' Union's recently refurbished nightclub located in the Portland Building on University Park. Open six nights a week, The Den houses a variety of entertaining nights out for students including pub quizzes and themed club nights.
Lakeside Arts Centre
The University of Nottingham has its very own Arts Centre, Lakeside, on University Park Campus. Lakeside is open to the public and has a year-round wide-ranging programme, including: theatre, comedy, dance, exhibitions, music and workshops for children and families.
Lakeside is also home to two great places to meet for drink or a bite to eat:
* Cafe L
Halls of residence
The halls of residence at the University are a hub of social activity. Each University owned hall has its own bar for students to relax and enjoy, four of which are Mix bars which also serve a delicious range of freshly cooked food.
Third party student halls also all have bars, except St Peter's Court where you can meet people and keep fit in the on site gym instead!
Junior Common Rooms
All halls have Junior Common Rooms (JCRs) where students gather to meet and socialise. Each hall also has a JCR Committee and President who organise regular social events.
There are also other social facilities in some of the halls such as games rooms, pool tables, table tennis and tennis courts.
Postgraduate Students' Association (PGSA)
The PGSA, on behalf of the Students' Union, runs regular social events and organises sports teams, days out and one off events and taster sessions. The PGSA is the perfect opportunity to meet new people, socialise with your peers and try new activities.
Mature students and international students
There are also opportunities for mature students and international students to get more involved and enjoy activities and events specifically organised with them in mind.
"[Nottingham] Uni has hundreds and hundreds of societies and clubs and there really is something for everybody. It took me a good couple of hours to go round the Freshers' Fair and make up my mind what I really want to do and join."
University of Nottingham student, Whatuni.com
The University of Nottingham currently has 197 societies for students to get involved in covering a broad range of subjects and interests, ranging from:
* course and career
* current and world affairs
* hobbies and interests
* religious and cultural
The Athletic Union currently runs 76 sports clubs for students to participate in, whatever their interest or ability. These include sports as diverse as badminton, dodgeball, cheerleading, caving, snowsports, Ultimate Frisbee, martial arts, watersports, men and womens' football, rugby and hockey, croquet, cycling and much more.
They also hold a number of events throughout the year. See events information below.
* Further information on sports at The University
* Take a look at the University's sports facilities
Week One is a huge series of events for freshers to help them get settled into university life, get to know the city and start making new friends.
The Freshers' Fair takes place during Week One. New students get the chance to grab some free stuff and find out about all the Students Unions sports clubs, societies, student-run services, representation and more.
The Summer Party is the largest student-run festival in Europe. Up to 8,500 students come to watch the well-known acts that often perform.
Sounds on the Downs
Sounds on the Downs is a free festival on the Downs at University Park which focuses on the environment and social justice. There is live music, loads of activities, and stalls from local producers and community groups too.
The Graduation Ball is considered among many as the highlight of the University events calendar. This huge black tie event celebrates the end of your time at The University of Nottingham, with big acts appearing and thousands of people attending.
The Students Union run regular nights both in the SU and in town. Events range from big club nights to stand up comedy.
In 2009 The University of Nottingham held its first annual Tri-Campus Games in Nottingham. Students from the University's campuses in Malaysia, China and Nottingham compete against one another in a variety of sport events, including basketball, squash, badminton, rowing, cycling, swimming and football.
The event involves students from around the world and is expected to be hosted on the University's international campuses in the future.
There are also a number of events run by the Athletic Union throughout the year. These include:
* The Athletic Union Ball an annual event for AU members
* Varsity The University of Nottingham and closest rivals Nottingham Trent University annually compete in a number of high profile events to win the Varsity Cup, raising money for charity as they go
* Superstars representatives from each hall compete against one another in a series of physical challenges
There are 11 student-run services to get involved with at The University:
* Karnival - the biggest student fundraising group in Europe
* Nightline - a confidential listening and information service
* TEC PA - the Student Unions very own lighting and sound company
* Impact - the official magazine of The University of Nottingham Students' Union
* NUTS TV the newly launched student TV station
* CD and Record Library - a service with over 75,000 CDs and 7,000 vinyl LPs to borrow
* URN the Universitys award-winning radio station
* Week One they coordinate all the activities for Freshers Week
* Summer Party - organise the annual student Summer Party
* Nottingham Forum host talks at the University from prominent public figures
* New Theatre the only fully student-run theatre in England
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