Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University
Nottingham Trent University
Motto "Shaping futures"
Established 1992[1] - University Status
1970 - Trent Polytechnic 1843 - Nottingham Government School of Design
Type Public
Endowment £758,000 [2]
Chancellor Sir Michael Parkinson
Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Gorman
Students 24,225[3]
Undergraduates 18,640[3]
Postgraduates 5,265[3]
Location Nottingham, England, UK
Campus City, Clifton and Brackenhurst
Affiliations University Alliance
Association of Commonwealth Universities
European University Association

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is a public teaching and research university in Nottingham, United Kingdom. It was founded as a new university in 1992 from the existing Trent Polytechnic (later Nottingham Polytechnic), however it can trace its roots back to 1843 with the establishment of the Nottingham Government School of Design which still exists within the university today. Nottingham Trent University is one of the largest universities in the United Kingdom with around 24,000 students[3] split over three different campuses.



Nottingham School of Art on Waverley Street

Nottingham Trent University is essentially the result of the amalgamation of many separate institutions of higher education. It originated from the Nottingham Government School of Design founded in 1843. In 1945 the Nottingham and District Technical College was established. In 1958 Nottingham Regional College of Technology opened and in 1959 the Nottingham College of Education began at Clifton. In 1964 Nottingham Regional College was opened and in 1966 the original Nottingham College of Design was linked with the Regional College. Together they merged and the institution was upgraded to Polytechnic status in 1970 to become 'Trent Polytechnic'. In 1975 it amalgamated with Nottingham College of Education and in 1988 the official name changed to 'Nottingham Polytechnic'. Under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 all Polytechnics and some higher education colleges became eligible for full university status; at this point, the institution officially became 'Nottingham Trent University'.


Newton Building, home to Nottingham Business School

With the arrival of Vice-Chancellor Neil T Gorman in 2003, the university underwent a major change in organisation. It is now composed of three colleges and nine schools:

Business and industry links

NTU has established industrial links with a number of national and multinational companies including Microsoft,Toyota, Boots, Experian and Rolls Royce

Representatives from companies hold talks with prospective placement students or those considering careers after graduation.

Across NTU, there are a number of dedicated centres that provide a focus for expertise [4] and business resources, all of which can support organisational and development needs. Aligned to a profession, industry sector, business function or specific subject area, these centres offer a range of activities from tailored educational services and cutting-edge research, to consultancy and the cultivation of new business ideas.

Located in the Maudsley building on the City campus, The Hive is NTU's purpose built centre for enterprise and business development. Here experts can help evaluate and advise on potential business ideas as well as provide a bespoke education in entrepreneurship. Since 2001 the centre has helped 250 start up companies of which 70% have been successful. The centre helps by not only providing advice and guidance but also by providing office space and other facilities to its clients.[5]


Nottingham Trent University has three campuses:

City site

Nottingham Trent University, Arkwright Building

Located just north of Nottingham City Centre, the city site is home to over 16,000 students from Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Law School, School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, School of Art & Design, School of Social Sciences and the Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism. The city site has recently completed an ambitious £70 million development, which regenerated Newton and Arkwright, two of the University's largest and oldest owned buildings. On Wednesday 18 May 2011, the two buildings were officially opened by Sir David Attenborough.

Clifton campus

Mammoth Sculpture Outside Erasmus Darwin building
Mammoth sculpture outside Erasmus Darwin building

Home to over 7,000 students from the School of Arts and Humanities, School of Science and Technology and School of Education. Four miles outside the city centre, the Clifton campus is a self-contained, greenfield site. It hosts an Anthony Nolan Trust Cord Blood Bank, and the newly operational John van Geest Cancer Research Centre, recipient of the largest research grant awarded to a post-1992 university. The Clifton campus has benefited from recent investment including the new Lee Westwood Sports Centre and new accommodation. Students at Clifton can use their own Students’ Union bar, gym, shop, cafés and library. Clifton campus is linked to the city site by a regular student bus service.

Brackenhurst campus

Brackenhurst Campus

Home to over 1,000 students from the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences. Approximately 14 miles from the city centre, Brackenhurst campus is a countryside estate with woodland, a lake and landscaped gardens. Contrasting the country house built in 1828 are the latest facilities including the high-tech glasshouse and new Veterinary Nursing building. The Veterinary Nursing Centre was purpose built in 2007 and was made a RCVS accredited Veterinary Nursing Centre. Inside there is a simulation Veterinary Practice offering students hands on experience at the University.

Estate regeneration

2005 saw the start of a regeneration project to update much of the University's estate. Improvements to date include:

City site

  • The Art & Design Bonington Building on the City site was completely refurbished in 2006, with a new front section, a two-storey atrium, an increased number of exhibition spaces, and a cafe. It is the home to Bonington Gallery which exhibits a wide range of work. Nottingham-born fashion designer, Sir Paul Smith officially re-opened the building.
  • The Chaucer Building on the City Site, home of Nottingham Law School, Centre for Broadcast Journalism and the School of Social Sciences has been fully refurbished, with new paintwork, signage, reception, lecture theatres, and lifts. A new entrance, fascia and foyer dedicated to the Centre for Broadcast Journalism was completed in February 2009 and officially opened by Sir Michael Parkinson.
  • The complete refurbishment of the Newton and Arkwright buildings and the construction of a glazed link building between the two was completed in 2011 and officially opened by Sir Michael Parkinson. The complex includes ten new lecture theatres, high-tech teaching rooms, offices, a student services centre, computer rooms, cafes and a restaurant. It is also home to the new Nottingham Conference Centre,[6] a purpose-built facility for corporate and academic conferences in the East Midlands.
  • The demolition of Byron House located on Shakespeare street. It will be replaced with a new £60 million development composed of a new Student Union complete with cafes, bars, health centre and a night club. The development will also include a significant amount of student accommodation. Work on this new development is scheduled to begin in January 2012,[7]

Clifton campus

Nottingham Trent University - Computing & Informatics Building
  • A new £8 million Computing & Informatics building was opened on the Clifton campus in 2006.
  • New Centre for Effective Learning in Science (CELS) building opened in 2006.
  • The Trent Astronomical Observatory was opened in 2006 at a cost of £150,000. The dome shaped building houses the 20" Newtonian telescope which is capable of capturing satellites orbiting the Earth, Moon, Sun, planets and other stars in our galaxy as well as in others.[8]
  • The John van Geest Cancer Research Centre was established in 2008, as a new research centre within the School of Science and Technology, as a direct result of core funding from the John and Lucille van Geest Foundation.
  • The world number one golfer and honorary graduate Lee Westwood opened the new Lee Westwood Sports Centre on the university’s Clifton campus in October 2010. The new centre has sport and athlete support facilities, including sports halls, studios and fitness suites, and a nutrition training centre.
  • An extention to the former Toyota-Lexus training centre will be transformed into a state-of-the-art superlab which will provide the university with enhanced research capability as well as improved teaching facilities. The new development is scheduled to open in April 2012.[9]

Brackenhurst campus

  • The suite of glasshouses and polytunnels at Brackenhurst campus were opened in 2006.
  • New accommodation residences at Brackenhurst campus built in 2006.
  • In 2008, His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex opened the East Midlands’ first state-of-the-art Veterinary Nursing Centre and Animal Unit at Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst campus.


  • The City site benefited from the completion of the Nottingham Express Transit (NET) light rail system in December 2003, which provides a tram stop outside the Boots Library. This allows a direct link to Nottingham city's main railway station.
  • The university's in-house managed learning environment has been replaced, after university-wide use of the Virtual Learning Portal (VLP) for five years (4.85 TB of materials served and 6.7 million logins during the 2006/07 academic year).[10] The in-house MLE has now been replaced by Desire2Learn from the 2008/09 academic year onwards with the Virtual Learning Portal being officially retired at the end of 2008.
  • The university has partnerships with many universities and colleges throughout the world. Since 1998 NTU has awarded a number of business and law degrees for Griffith College Dublin, Ireland.[11] The law degrees since 2004, have been recognised by King's Inns, Dublin as satisfying the requirements of entry to that institution, the first independent institution to do so.[12]
  • In July 2005, the university purchased the Belgrave Centre, thus releasing Nottingham Law School from its ongoing rental commitment along with the added benefit of providing rental income from the Government Office of the East Midlands, which had a tenancy agreement until 2010 for approximately half of the building.[13]
  • The university entered into a partnership with Kaplan Inc. to form the "Nottingham Trent International College" (NTIC) which, through foundation courses and pre-masters courses, helps international students to progress to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at NTU and other UK universities..[14]
  • In June 2008 Sir Michael Parkinson was named as the first Chancellor, responsible for a number of duties, including representing the university on special occasions and conferring degrees at graduation ceremonies (although he was absent from all the 2009 graduation ceremonies). The official installation as Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University took place in a special ceremony on Tuesday 11 November 2008, at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham.[15]
  • Nottingham Trent University co-hosts Gamecity, a five day video game festival which takes gaming out into the streets, shops and cinemas of Nottingham. It takes place in October each year.
  • In February 2010 the university launched a historic lace archive of more than 75,000 intricate lace samples, considered to be of national and international importance.


The university’s teaching is underpinned by its research. Its world-leading research ranges from cancer immunotherapy and airport security systems to social policy and cultural studies, and the university is currently holding £22 million in research grants and contracts.(Financial Year 2008/09.) The University held its own in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, although it entered fewer academics than some of the other leading new universities.

The John van Geest Cancer Research Centre was established in 2008, as a new research centre within the School of Science and Technology, as a direct result of core funding from the John and Lucille van Geest Foundation. The School of Science and Technology is host to research facilities including the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Centre, the Natural Sciences Research Centre, the Imaging and Display Research Facility and the Van Geest Cancer Research Centre; for physiological and sport related research the School boasts an Environmental Chamber capable of replicating extreme environmental conditions. The School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences has a greenhouse, Veterinary Nursing Centre and Animal Unit.

Nottingham Trent University is home to the following research units:

  • Betting Research Unit
  • Political Forecasting Unit
  • International Fraud Prevention Research Centre
  • International Centre for Public Services Management
  • International Centre for Talent Management and Development
  • Centre for Business Performance and Lean Leadership
  • Communication for Inclusion Research Unit (CIRU)
  • Emergency Services Research Unit (ESRU)
  • Nottingham Crime Research Unit
  • Nottingham Centre for Study and Reduction of Hate Crimes, Bias and Prejudice
  • Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit (SOCAMRU)
  • Specific Language Impairment Research Unit (SLIRU)
  • The International Gaming Research Unit (IGRU)
  • Advanced Design and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Centre for Research in Advanced Textiles (CReATe): containing the Advanced Fibre Materials; Textiles Practice; Textile Collections and Archives research groups
  • ICAn - Institute for Cultural Analysis
  • Strategy in Communication (SinC)
  • Theory, Culture & Society Centre
  • NIfER
  • Raymond Williams Centre for Recovery Research
  • Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies
  • Centre for Travel Writing Studies
  • Centre for Research in the Romantic Era
  • Centre for Creative Writing
  • Contesting Euro Visions
  • ReFrance: Contemporary French Studies
  • Energy and Environmental Security
  • Teaching and Learning Languages
  • Energy and Environmental Security
  • Centre for Museum and Heritage Management
  • The Centre for Legal Research
  • Biomedical, Life and Heath Sciences Research Centre
  • The John Van Geest Research Centre
  • Physical Sciences, Engineering and Computing Research Centre

Boots Library

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 divided into three zones based on a traffic light system - silent study (red), quiet study (amber) and group study (green). 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. The Boots library is supported by branch libraries on the Clifton and Brackenhurst campuses which primarily serve the schools located there, and include additional Animal Planet digital facilities.

Rankings and Reputation

In 2007, The Guardian wrote that Nottingham Trent University is "one of the top places in the country for graduate employment",[16] and the university has significant international recognition for its work in Art and Design, Communication, Business, Cultural and Media Studies and English Language and Literature, and for its Professions allied to Medicine, French and Law.[17]

UK University Rankings
2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993
Guardian University Guide 67 53[18] 42 41[19] 58 - 69[20] 80 42[21] 50
Times Good University Guide 66 55 57 56=[22] 56 60 62= 57 56 55 59 65 65 69 73 64 66= 68= 67= 81=
Sunday Times University Guide 79 60 57= 59= 58 58 64 54 58 59 64 63 61 61
The Complete University Guide 55 49[23] 46 52[24] 56
The Daily Telegraph 56[25] 49
FT 60 65 64 70


Many NTU 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 university’s 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.[citation needed]

Nottingham Trent Students' Union

Nottingham Trent Students' Union (NTSU) provides student activities and events, a Student Advice Centre, leisure and retail services, democratic representation and night-time entertainment at all three NTU campuses.

  • RAG is NTSU’s fundraising department, where volunteers plan events to raise funds for local, national and international charities, as chosen by the members.
  • There are currently over 130 societies and sports clubs affiliated to NTSU.
  • Stride is the Students’ Union’s free training and development programme for NTU students, with courses targeted specifically at student employability, personal development and study skills.
  • The student magazine - Platform - is published online every month during the academic year.
  • Fly FM - the students' union radio station - broadcasts online non-stop during term, and has won three Gold Student Radio Awards in the past three years.
  • The Students' Union television station - Trent TV - broadcasts programmes online including coverage of Freshers Week and the annual NTSU Awards, student nights out in Nottingham and 'Trent TV News' - for which the station was awarded ‘Best News Programme of 2011’ by the National Student Television Association.

On the City site, the Union is based in the Byron House building. Facilities include two bars (The Pulse and Sub), a coffee shop and diner and a sports hall. The Students' Union executive committee is also based there. The building is home to the Union's "Climax" night on a Saturday, with a capacity of 2,000 students accommodated by both bars and much of the remaining building, which is transformed into a nightclub space for the event. Work will begin in 2012 on the new £60 million development composed of a new Student Union complete with cafes, bars, health centre and a night club.

On the Clifton campus, the Students' Union is based in the Benenson and DH Lawrence buildings. Facilities there include 'The Point' bar and diner, the main NTSU reception (Union Central) and the Clifton branch of the SU Express shop. Clifton's flagship night, Double Vision is held every Friday night in The Point.

On Brackenhurst campus, the Students’ Union is situated between Brack Bar and the Orangery (a small cafe and coffee shop). Weekly student nights are held in the bar, including 'Chillout Thursday' and 'Live Friday' (a live music night). The SU Express shop also operates at Brackenhurst campus.

Partner universities



List of Vice-Chancellors

Chairman of the Board of Governors

  • Richard Bullock (2009-date)
  • John Peace (1999-2009)

Honorary graduates - class of 2011

  • Samantha Morton - Actress [27]
  • Sir Peter Blake CBE - Artist
  • Adrian Searle - Chief Art Critic of The Guardian newspaper
  • Dr Angela Gallop - Forensic Scientist
  • Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green - the First Children’s Commissioner for England
  • Dr Bryan Jackson OBE - a regional champion for the East Midlands
  • Eleanor Sharpston QC - Barrister, Academic Lawyer and one of Europe’s Senior Law Officers
  • Lord Bhikhu Parekh - Political Scientist

Honorary graduates - class of 2010

  • Sir David Attenborough - Broadcaster and Naturalist
  • Billy Connolly - Comedian, Musician, Presenter and Actor
  • Dame Judi Dench - Film, Stage and Television actress
  • Lord Falconer of Thoroton - British Labour Politician
  • Hilary Marlowe - Facilitator and supporter of medical research
  • Geoff Mulgan - Chief Executive of the Young Foundation based in London
  • Michael Rosen - Broadcaster, Children's Novelist and Poet
  • Mr Robert Rubin - a Champion for global business ethics
  • Dr James Smith, Mrs Marina Smith and Dr Stephen Smith - a mother and two sons who founded a Centre for remembrance of the Holocaust
  • Mr Peter Wright - Prison Governor recognised for leadership and progress in the Criminal Justice System

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ History of Nottingham Trent
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b c d "Table 0a - All students by institution, mode of study, level of study, gender and domicile 2006/07" (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  4. ^ Nottingham Trent University website - expertise
  5. ^
  6. ^ Nottingham Conference Centre website
  7. ^ NTU Press release
  8. ^
  9. ^
  10. ^ Virtual Learning Portal (VLP) Headline Statistics
  11. ^ Nottingham Trent University - Delegated Centres
  12. ^ List of King's Inns' Approved Degrees for becoming a barrister in Ireland - King's Inns' website
  13. ^ "Belgrave deal: a ‘vital advance’" (PDF). Grapevine (Nottingham Trent University): p. 3. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  14. ^ Trent University - International College
  15. ^ Sir Michael Parkinson Appointed as First Chancellor
  16. ^ "Nottingham Trent University". (London: The Guardian). 2007-05-01.,,489448,00.html. Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  17. ^ RAE 2001 results; units mentioned have ratings of 5 and 4, and account for 26% of research-active staff
  18. ^ "University guide 2011: University league table". The Guardian (London). 2010-06-08. 
  19. ^ "Search". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  20. ^ "Search". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  21. ^ "Univ2004~subject~subjects~Institution-wide~Institution-wide~~~3". The Guardian (London).,,1222167,00.html?chosen=Central%2520England&alpha=0. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  22. ^ Naughton, Philippe. The Times (London). Retrieved 2010-04-26. [dead link]
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  25. ^ "University league table". The Daily Telegraph (London). 2007-07-30. 
  26. ^ "清雲科技大學與外國學校(含學術機構)簽署學術交流合作協約". Ching Yun University. Retrieved 2008-03-09. 
  27. ^ - BBC News Nottingham
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