The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of activities, facilities and exhibitions to the general public, as well as job opportunities and involvement with student-community relationships.
Please follow the links below to discover more. If you would like to receive a regular email about our activities and opportunities to get involved, please email us with your details.
Adult Learning Opportunities
The School of Education offers a range of part-time degree courses suitable for people of all ages.
Teaching takes place at weekends and evenings as well as daytime to allow flexibility of attendance and mature learners with no formal qualifications are welcome to apply.
Over 6,000 archaeological items are hosted in the University Museum which is open to the public daily in term time.
Lakeside Arts is the University’s public arts facility based at University Park. It has a diverse programme of music, dance, theatre, visual art and family events that are open to all.
The University is the lead organisation in the East Midlands for the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) network which has been set up to inspire nature lovers to explore, study and protect their local environment.
Events take place throughout the year across the region.
Job opportunities at the University range from catering and grounds staff to administrators and academics and applications are welcome from everyone.
There are 10 libraries across the University's UK campuses plus those in Malaysia and Ningbo, China. Some services are available to visitors either as individuals or as organisations.
The Centre for the Study of the Viking Age is engaged in research into all aspects of the Viking Age. It has an active outreach programme and is keen to communicate its work to schools and to the public in general.
A variety of fascinating historical collections of manuscripts and archives are available to view at the King’s Meadow Campus where the Manuscripts and Special Collections Department is based.
Collections are also displayed at the Weston Gallery at Lakeside Arts Centre where a programme of talks takes place which are open to the public.
The Byron Centre for the Study of Literature and Social Change is a forum for research on Byron and other writers from the Romantic period. It provides a range of outreach activities and offers freely accessible online learning and research resources.
Staff and students in the School of English are engaged in a wide range of activities with local schools, theatres, libraries, museums, archives, local associations and societies as well as the wider community.
Psychology - Human Development & Learning
Studies into how children and adults learn new skills and why some children learn at a slower pace or in different ways to their peers are carried out by the School of Psychology’s Human Development and Learning Group.
The group works with parents and schools to explain its research and allow children and adults to take part in ground-breaking studies.
The group also includes the Autism Research Team which works with children and adults affected by autistic spectrum conditions to understand and explore how different people interact with the world.
The group is happy to visit schools and community groups to share its research and hear participants’ ideas for future studies.
A programme of free Public Lectures is held throughout the year where talks by University of Nottingham and visiting academics are given on a wide variety of subjects.
The University’s annual Summer Scientist Week is a fun event for all the family. Four to eleven year-olds and their parents get the chance to take part in exciting new research discovering how we learn new skills as well as lots of other fun games and activities.
Contact the Learning Sciences Research Institute for more information.
A wide range of activities for schools and the general public is facilitated by the School of Physics & Astronomy. These include visits to the School to view its research and teaching facilities as well as talks given to schools and community groups.
A range of sports facilities are available to the public at the University Park and Sutton Bonington campuses. This includes use of the swimming pool, fitness suite and outdoor sports courts/pitches.
Student - Community Relations
The University recognises the impact that large numbers of students has on the city of Nottingham and is committed to working with the community to improve relations between students and residents.
The Off Campus Affairs website provides more details of activity in this area as well as information on the 24 hour helpline.
The University’s grounds, gardens and open spaces are open to the public and the Gardens Guide gives lots of information about guided walks and horticultural highlights.
The Friends of University Park Group holds a regular events programme which includes bird, tree and heritage walks.