A message from our Vice-Chancellor

In the 2022 to 23 academic year, we wanted to progress developments in our research, educational offering and in student experience.

Building on our good REF2021 outcome, we have started to implement our new Research Strategy. It is wonderful to see the breadth and depth of research we have published this year, and the funding awards received.

We have created a Student Living Strategy in partnership with Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Trent University. We have also continued to develop Castle Meadow Campus, to provide a new home for our Business School and a base for our civic engagement, including Digital Nottingham.

I'm proud that we are the first university awarded with an institutional Athena Swan Gold Award, recognises our commitment and success in promoting and improving gender equality.

Another priority for this year was our focus on people. This includes implementing our EDI priorities, particularly the Race Equality Charter; comprehensive support and development for leaders; and continuing our programme to improve staff workspaces. We are making progress but remain on a journey to improvement.

We have continued to operate within a challenging economic and political environment. The cost-of-living crisis was the dominant feature of politics, government and community life this year. Working with the Students’ Union, we will continue to do everything we can to support our students. We have prioritised support for staff who have experienced significant cost-of-living pressures in the current climate.

Amidst this turmoil, we will continue to focus on what it is important to our university community.

Professor Shearer West CBE
President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham

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Improving lives

Ranked 7th in the UK for Research Power (REF2021), our research is changing the world, transforming lives and shaping the future. The university awarded £29.1m to establish the UK’s most powerful Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, providing unparalleled insights into brain function. Our groundbreaking wearable brain scanner allows measurement during movement, offering new possibilities for diagnosing neurological issues like Parkinson’s Disease and stroke.

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Supporting potential

The university is committed to recruiting students and staff with the highest potential and a desire to succeed, and to supporting them to ensure they achieve their goals. Our relentless drive to widen participation continues in earnest, to enrol and retain UK students who are under-represented at the university and to raise aspirations, attainment, and progression to higher education.

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Campus experience

Our students, staff, and alumni have a strong emotional connection with the university’s campuses – our beautiful parklands, green spaces, hidden corners, and diversity of landscape, planting and architecture – alongside an affinity with how we will develop them in answer to meet our contemporary needs. The guiding principles in our Estates Development Framework (EDF) places particular emphasis on civic contribution, sustainability and renewal of our campuses.

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Sustainable development

The university’s commitment to sustainability informs every aspect of our mission – to change lives through transformative discoveries and to inspire future generations – within this, we are fully supportive of the UK’s objective to reach net zero by 2050, and the city of Nottingham’s ambition to be a net zero carbon city by 2028. Over the last 10 years, we have reduced emissions by more than 36%, invested in renewable energy installations, and divested from all fossil fuel investments.

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Embedding collaboration

We endeavour to become a university without borders, reaching out to our students, to our alumni and to our civic partners, industry, governments and citizens. This helps to ensure our research and education is developed in collaboration with our stakeholders and that we are recognised for the many benefits we provide to society. Universities for Nottingham adds £3.8bn to the UK economy every year, supporting 25,000 jobs across the region and delivering economic, social, environmental and healthcare benefits.



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