The University of Nottingham is the most international university and the best in the UK for sports, according to the 2019 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.
It’s the first time in the history of the guide that a university has been given two awards and enough to earn a shortlisting, for the second year running, for the coveted University of the Year award.
Nottingham has also moved to 16th position in the overall league table, up two places from last year, thanks to both student satisfaction scores and particularly strong graduate prospect outcomes.
“At a time of unprecedented change in higher education, and in the wider world, the University of Nottingham is a thriving institution offering an outstanding student experience, world-changing research and a global reputation for excellence,” commented Professor Shearer West, President and Vice-Chancellor. “I am delighted that the dedication of our research and teaching staff, and the hard work of our students has been recognised with a further climb in our league table position and the ‘double first’ award as University of the Year for both International and Sports.
“With campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia, the international dimension extends to every facet of life at Nottingham, whether it is our research, our teaching, our student community or global alumni. Our approach to sport ensures that everyone can realise their competitive potential whether that is through our specialist sport courses, success in worldwide competition, leading edge facilities or our civic contribution in helping Nottingham’s communities stay alive.”
The University has capitalised on its well-established campuses and reputation for excellence in both Malaysia and China, with these campuses boasting extensive international research and teaching collaborations in their own right. University of Nottingham Malaysia, for example, recently announced a $25 million partnership with the World Bank and Bangladeshi Government.
The University’s breadth and depth in sports is unrivalled with Nottingham having the largest intramural sports league with over 3,500 students playing against each other each week. A new sport and exercise science degree programme has also been launched this year which underlines the commitment to the future of sport, and enhances an academic sporting portfolio that includes leading courses in Sports Medicine, Sports Rehabilitation (a programme which see student volunteers provide pitch-side cover for many events and undergo clinical placements within the David Ross Sports Village) and Physiotherapy.
Director of Sport Dan Tilley said this approach, combined with a £40 million investment in facilities which opened in 2016, has given the University an undisputable edge.
“The David Ross Sports Village has transformed our sports offer,” he commented. “We have the breadth of different sports and teams, success in leagues like British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS), an outstanding sporting academic offer, and now we have facilities that demonstrate tangibly the importance we place on sport.
“The links between sport and wellbeing are well documented and we work hard to ensure our programme is inclusive. We are really proud of the role sport can play in breaking down barriers, developing life skills and helping students transition both into and beyond University life.”
Posted on Thursday 27th September 2018