Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham, United Kingdom

No. Students: 24,225
Funding type: Public
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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.


The award-winning transformation of NTU's estate
NTUs ambitious estates regeneration strategy has led to a prestigious award nomination from the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2010.

Over the past three years, the estates management team have led a £90 million regeneration of Newton and Arkwright, two Grade II* listed buildings at the heart of the city centre. The project includes substantial refurbishment throughout and major construction of an ultra-modern central court building to link Newton with Arkwright to create both a versatile learning environment and a striking front door to the University.

Redevelopment work has taken place on all three of the Universitys campuses, ranging from the renovation of existing facilities to the building of state-of-the-art lecture theatres, restaurants, reception areas, student services areas and laboratories. New student accommodation is among the finest in the UK and facilities such as the Psychology lab in Chaucer and the observatory at Clifton campus are underpinning our mission to deliver education and research that shapes lives and society.

Use this section to learn more about the transformation taking place across all three of our campuses, and visit our pages to find out about this stunning renovation project.

Transformation of Nottingham Trent University's estate
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.

Since 2004 new buildings have altered the landscape on all three campuses. Existing buildings have seen refurbishment from a lick of paint to new state-of-the-art lecture theatres, restaurants, reception areas, student services areas and laboratories. New student accommodation is among the finest in the UK and facilities such as the Psychology lab in Chaucer and the observatory at Clifton are underpinning our mission to deliver education and research that shapes lives and society.

These webpages aim to keep everbody informed about the regeneration activity that is taking place across the university. Please visit the site regularly to catch up on developments.


The Boots library is the flagship library of Nottingham Trent University. It is situated in the centre of the City site and supports the schools of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Art & Design, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Law School and Social Sciences. It is located in a modern purpose build building, completed in 1998 at a total cost of £13 million. The library contains more than 533,000 books and 2500 journals in addition to DVDs, newspapers and magazines. The library is set over four levels plus a further level dedicated to 24 hour computing facilities. The library is spit into three zones based on a traffic light system - silent study (red), quiet study (amber) and group study (green). This is to help students and visitors identify the ideal environment they desire to work in. Other facilities within the library include multiple bookable group study rooms (each with a computer), photocopying, scanning and computer workstations with internet access and specialist software on every level.

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NTU has a great reputation for sport and many of their sports scholars have competed in the recent Summer and Winter Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games and various world championships across the globe. NTU alumni include England Rugby player Nick Easter, GB Hockey players Crista Cullen, Adam Dixon and Alistair Wilson.

The world number one golfer and honorary graduate Lee Westwood recently opened the new Lee Westwood Sports Centre on the Universitys Clifton campus. The new centre has sport and athlete support facilities, including sports halls, studios and fitness suites, and a nutrition training centre.

NTU is consistently ranked in the top 20% of institutions in the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) championships and is the current champion in the hugely popular Varsity series against local rival The University of Nottingham.

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