Nottingham Trent University

  • 24000 Students
  • Public University
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is a university in Nottingham, England. It was founded as Trent Polytechnic (later Nottingham Polytechnic) in 1970 before gaining university status in 1992. Its roots can be traced to around 1945 (however some of its origins can be loosely associated with the founding of University College Nottingham, now the University of Nottingham).

About Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is a university in Nottingham, England. It was founded as Trent Polytechnic (later Nottingham Polytechnic) in 1970 before gaining university status in 1992. Its roots can be traced to around 1945 (however some of its origins can be loosely associated with the founding of University College Nottingham, now the University of Nottingham). It is one of the largest universities in the United Kingdom, serving more than 25,000 students.

Research that shapes lives and society is central to the mission of the University and its contribution to the intellectual and economic health of the nation, city and region. NTU sees research and scholarly activity as an essential activity to be encouraged at all levels. As well as having value in its own right, it underpins the learning and teaching environment for all subjects and courses of study and is reflected in our research informed teaching initiative.

The results of the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 showed that 74% of the University's submitted research activities were of international status, with an impressive 8% ranked as 'world-leading'. This result positions us very favourably with some of the UK's most research-intensive institutions. The consequent 75% increase in HEFCE research funding income has put us in an excellent position to take forward our research mission and to maximise our performance in the new Research Excellence (REF) due to inform HEFCE research funding from 2014.

A key part of our research community comprises research students studying for PhDs, MPhils and a range of professional doctorates. We enjoy excellent relations with the Research Councils, who fund a number of our students each year. There is also a Vice-Chancellor's studentship scheme which offers competitive studentships at Research Council rates.

I hope you will find much of interest in these pages, and that they will stimulate you to find out more about the exciting opportunities that exist for staff and students alike at NTU.


Campus life

NTU has a real community feel about it. Our courses are spread out over three campuses across Nottingham each with everything you'll need, including:

  • accommodation
  • Students' Union shops
  • bars
  • cafés
  • access to sports facilities
  • libraries
  • lecture theatres
  • computer rooms.

Find out where each of our nine Schools are located and about the facilities available at each campus.

Student life at Nottingham Trent University

What do you want from a city that you study in? Exciting nightlife? A great range of places to socialise with friends? Somewhere that showcases major music, art, sport, comedy and theatre events? A place with a rich history and lush green countryside not too far away? Nottingham has all these things and more. Students come here for an education, and stay here for a career.

Where is Nottingham?

We have the ideal location. Nottingham is right in the middle of England with excellent links from international airports and fantastic rail, coach and air transport networks to other cities in the UK and other parts of Europe. For example you can go by train from Nottingham to:

  • London in two hours

  • Edinburgh in five hours

  • Manchester in two hours

  • Birmingham in one hour.

You can fly from Nottingham to:

  • Amsterdam in 31 minutes

  • Paris in 39 minutes

  • Milan in one hour 24 minutes.

Find out more about travelling to Nottingham.

For ideas on what other cities and places to visit while you are in Nottingham take a look at the Visit Britain website.

What's the weather like?

People often talk about the weather here, because it changes every day! Each season is very different. In winter you need to wrap up warm and prepare yourself for rain and snow; spring is bright and fresh and our summers are moderate. We rarely have extremes of temperature; the average temperature in Nottingham in July is 18C and in December it's 5C. You will need to have a mix of clothing such as jumpers, T-shirts and jeans, plus a warm winter coat, gloves and scarf, and a raincoat. Don't worry though, as you can buy clothes at reasonable prices in the shops in Nottingham.

  • Sport

Are you a sports enthusiast? Simply looking to get active? Whatever your sporting interest, you'll find it at NTU. We're investing more in sport and fitness than ever before and we'll ensure that you get the best possible value for your money.

Excellent facilities

You'll have access to excellent sporting facilities and the latest fitness technology. Our fitness suites are kitted out with top-of-the-range equipment to give you the complete work-out and our friendly staff are always available to help you get the most out of our facilities.

The Lee Westwood Sports Centre opened in 2010 at Clifton campus and forms the sporting hub of the University with:

  • sports halls

  • squash courts

  • a fitness suite

  • a dance studio

  • a strength and conditioning suite.

There are also a number of grass and artificial pitches for outdoor sports.

At the City site you'll find:

  • a sports hall built to Sport England standards

  • a 100-station fitness suite

  • a dance studio

  • an impressive 30ft climbing wall.

At Brackenhurst campus we have an equestrian centre and outdoor sports pitches.

Get involved

We have 50 plus sports clubs to suit any interest. Lots of our clubs welcome all abilities giving you the chance to be the best in your favourite sport, or try something for the first time. We also offer other entrance level sport via the Intra-Mural and nu2sport schemes.

Represent NTU

Many clubs compete against other universities in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues and competitions, so you can test yourself against the best student teams in the country. We finished 17th in the BUCS Championship League last year.

Apply for a sports scholarship

Our Sports Scholarship Programme combines high quality performance services with outstanding facilities that support our elite athletes.

What's included in the NTU Sports and Fitness membership?

We offer a competitive all-in-one Sports and Fitness membership package. Our 50 plus clubs range from rugby to equestrian, pole dancing to snow sports, cheerleading to netball, tennis to climbing. You'll have the chance to try everything listed above, keep fit and have fun while making new friends.

You can also explore the sports facilities for yourself on one of our open days. Come along and pay us a visit. We look forward to meeting you

  • Volunteering

With thousands of students graduating in the UK each year, you'll want to stand out from the crowd. How? By doing something fun, making new friends, and helping out in your local community. Get involved with Nottingham Trent Volunteering and our Students' Union fundraising group.

One day challenges

Our one day challenges are perfect for volunteers with busy schedules, and all of our activities are led by students, for students. So, whether you want to help us throw a party for young carers, host a drumming workshop for the disabled, or prune back some hedges, we'll have an activity to take your fancy.

Our Students' Union fundraising group

RAG stands for Raising And Giving. This group offers you the chance to get involved in interesting and enjoyable fundraising activities worldwide. You'll be offered the chance to climb Kilimanjaro, up Everest Basecamp and / or along the Great Wall of China.

Community projects

We offer plenty of opportunities for you to volunteer with over 130 local organisations to build your personal skills and course-related experience.

Student led projects

Ever wanted to set up your own project, but didn't know where to start? Nottingham Trent Volunteering can help you to lead your own project from inception to completion. Whatever you're interested in, we're here to make your project a reality. Have fun, gain skills and enhance your CV.

Sports volunteering

Is sport your passion? Why not take part in what you enjoy and make a difference? You could be supporting PE lessons in school, delivering after-school sports clubs or coaching a local sports club. Make a difference while doing what you love!

International volunteering

Would you like to experience new cultures and places? We can offer you volunteering experiences that can enhance your career prospects and broaden your horizons.


Are you concerned about the environment and want to get involved in promoting green issues in the University and local community? The Eco-rep Scheme is your chance to contribute to environmental activities, while also developing your skills and knowledge in this area.

Nottingham Trent Volunteering provides a wide variety of opportunities for students. To find out more about how you can build your CV, meet new friends and develop your skills, please see our volunteering pages.

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