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The diversity of our student population

There are 34,000 students studying at our UK campuses across our five faculties and schools/departments. From subject areas as diverse as modern languages, civil engineering and health sciences to computer science, law and economics.

Our students are taking a wide range of full-time, part-time and distance learning courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, for example, master's and PhDs.

We are proud of the diversity of our student population and we have produced a guide for you. If you would like to find out more about our students, then please email your request to our Business Development Manager, Matt Vincent.

Download Student Population by EDI Characteristics Guide PDF file icon

Preparing our students for graduate success

University of Nottingham students and graduates are ready to contribute to your organisation from day one.

Ready for the next challenge

Through their degree studies, work placements and internships, and involvement in extracurricular activities including our employability award, the Nottingham Advantage Award, as well as sport, voluntary work and the Students' Union, our students and graduates are ready for their next challenge.

Three employers explain why they recruit their future workforce from the university.


During their time with us, students develop the following skills, competencies and qualities.

Research and Academic Skills

  • Complex problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Cognitive flexibility
  • Judgement and decision-making

Professional Competencies

  • Professional communication
  • Digital capability
  • Co-ordinating with others
  • Reflection

Leadership Qualities

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Service orientation
  • Negotiation
  • People management

University of Nottingham students also cultivate and demonstrate the university's five core values:

  1. Inclusivity
  2. Ambition
  3. Openness
  4. Fairness 
  5. Respect

Our international talent

Our full-time international students and EU/Other students make up 24% of our student population. Our international students and EU/other students come from far and wide with the top three overseas countries being China, India, and Saudi Arabia.

Graduate Immigration Route

Under the UK's new Graduate Immigration Route, international graduates will be able to stay in the UK to work or look for work for up to two years after completing their studies, or up to three years after completing a PhD course. You can find out more about the graduate immigration route here. This is a great option to explore for your business.

This new visa route means you can hire an international graduate for up to three years without any visa related costs or the need to provide employer sponsorship.

Read this guide for employers on the Graduate Immigration Route PDF file icon

Update - April 2024

There has been no change to the cost of gaining a sponsorship licence for employers but the salary requirements for sponsorship have changed.

Interestingly UK-educated international graduates gain a discount on this salary level meaning you can pay them less than the “going rate salary” requirement for skilled worker sponsorship. The rate you pay would depend on the role they are doing.

Read Paragon Law’s update on the Skilled Worker visa

Hiring international students - an employer's perspective

Jake Third, Managing Director at Hallam, talks about everything from gaining a sponsorship licence to hiring an international student through the Skilled Worker visa route. 

Hiring international students is much more accessible than you might think and is a great way to open your business up to new international talent. 

Please note this information was correct as of 2023 but there have been some changes made in April 2024 to the salary requirements of hiring an international graduate on the Skilled Worker visa



Careers and Employability Service

University of Nottingham
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