PTB achievements


We are proud of all of our students, staff and alumni and want to shout about their achievements.

For example, did you know that our Students' Union's sports teams finished 9th in the BUCS league last year? Or that in 2011 the University opened a Centre of Excellence for Autoimmunity in Cancer, which could lead towards the early detection and management of the disease, potentially saving millions of lives.

You can also let us know about your accomplishments. Just send us the details along with your name, school and title (student, associate professor, etc) to the Student Communications Team.  

Female postgraduate speed skater and sports bursar training at the National Ice Centre, Nottingham

Proud of your achievements



Graduates talking - Graduation, University's Sports Hall, University Park - Summer 2011

  • Prof Martyn Poliakoff has been presented with two awards for his work to raise the profile of chemistry. He won The Royal Society of Chemistry's Nyholm Prize for Education and has been elected a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

See more academic achievements here...

  • The University of Nottingham Innovation Park (UNIP) has been shortlisted for a prestigious innovation award. The Lord Stafford Awards for innovation celebrate the best in collaboration between business and academia.
  • Dr Lucy Asher, a lecturer in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, has been recognised in the UK Scopus Young Researcher Awards 2011. The award was given for her work on guide dog behaviour.
  • Nottingham Biology graduate, Douglas McNeill, won a major law award, The DLA Award, which is given to the student who obtains the highest mark in the Business and Commercial Law parts of the Legal Practice Course at The College of Law. 
  • Prof Stephen Harding, has been awarded the 1st Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit for "outstanding service in the interests of Norway" after spending the last 15 years at the forefront of the scientific and historical investigation of Vikings in North West England.


Rebecca Lyons, Tolani Alabi, Laura Burke and Rebecca Collins are working to get water fountains installed across campus and improve student recycling in University accommodation.

  • The University has moved up again this year in the Times Higher Education Student Experience league table - up from 28th place in 2010 to joint 19th in 2011 to joint 11th in this latest survey.

See other awards won by staff, students and the University here ...

  • Researchers involved in a unique research facility of zero carbon homes have been awarded the Trevithick Fund by the ICE Publishing Awards 2011 for their work on low carbon housing design.
  • 2011 graduate, Dave Jackson is nominated for the Student Journalist of the Year at the Mind Media Awards for his Impact magazine article - The Hidden Clique.
  • The University has been recognised as a ‘Good Egg’ in the Compassion in World Farming’s 2011 Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards, having committed to using only cage-free eggs or egg products since 2006.
  • The University of Nottingham is the most environmentally friendly campus on the planet, according to a new league table of sustainable universities.
  • Professor Marion Walker, Professor in Stroke Rehabilitation at The University's Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing, has been awarded the MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours.
  • Nottingham has been rated 15th out of 300 plus universities in relation to our reputation with employers in the QS World University Rankings.


Food research

  • Crop scientists make a discovery that could lead to the production of high-yielding, flood-tolerant crops, potentially reducing the tragic consequecnes of widespread flooding as seen in Thailand during 2011.
See more ground-breaking reseach accomplishments here ...
  • The University has been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, for its research on Global Food Security — conducted to help feed the world's growing population.
  • The University has been awarded the 2011 JEC Innovation prize for research on carbon fibre recycling. Nottingham was the only university to win this award, traditionally granted to the corporate sector.
  • Experts in the School of Biology have developed a synthetic antibody, responsible for dampening the inflammation seen in autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Two simple tests, produced by University academics and ClinRisk Lt, is set to improve the diagnosis of bowel and pancreatic cancer, potentially saving thousands of lives every year.
  • The Centre for Biomolecular Sciences has been awarded £100,000 by the Alzheimer Society to develop new treatments to replace brain cells lost through dementia.
  • The University has opened the Centre of Excellence for Autoimmunity in Cancer. As the first centre of its kind, it is hoped that it could prove to be a "significant step" towards the early detection and management of the disease, potentially saving millions of lives.
  • Third year Vet student Andrew McWilliam won second prize for best spoken presentation at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research 2012. Judges were impressed with how accessible he made his talk entitled “MicroRNA silencing in prostate cancer”.

Notable achievement

•Three students - Michael Olatokun, Jamie Davies and James Potts - led a UK Youth Parliament debate on Public Transport in the House of Commons

  • Ahmed Mashadani spent the summer riding over 12000 miles on a 110cc scooter to raise money for The Red Cross. Spending just £1000, the Business School student drove from the University's Malaysia Campus to the UK.
Further notable achievements are listed here, including student and staff awards
  • Three students - Michael Olatokun, Jamie Davies and James Potts - led a UK Youth Parliament debate on Public Transport in the House of Commons on 04 November
  • After setting up KOP - a charity which provides health and education supprt to Kenyan orphans - three former medical students celebrated the charity's tenth year in 2011 with a conference at the University.
  • PhD politics student, Chris Burgess, has curated a prestigious new exhibition - ‘Picturing Politics: Exploring the Political Poster in Britain’ - at the People’s History Museum in Manchester.
  • University Copywriter Jane Upton won critical acclaim for her first play "Bones" at the Edinburgh Fringe 2011. The hard hitting play examines one young man's struggle to work out how he fits into the world. 
  • Fourth year medical student, Christopher Bayliss, has won the East Midlands heat of a nationwide surgical skills competition run by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd).
  • The University is providing local school children with extra help both during the school day and after, to raise aspirations as part of the Nottingham Potential campaign.
  • Medical student Lauren Fernandes is currently raising £2000 for medical equipment and building supplies for a hospital in Tanzania. After raising the money she will spend one month volunteering at the hospital after being inspired by charity AMECA.
  • The University was the UK’s most popular university among 2011 applicants, according to UCAS figures. Despite a 9% in total applications nationwide, Nottingham received 49,441 requests - a 0.3% increase on 2010 figures.

Students' Union Societies

Poster sale in the East Concourse of the Portland Building, University Park

  • URN (University Radio Nottingham) has become the first student-run radio station to retain the 'Best Station' award at the Student Radio Awards, having now claimed the prize four times in six years.
Find out about the opportunites and achievements from our SU societies ...
  • The Dodgeball Society are to hold their second annual festival for local children with learning difficulties, after the success of the first event in 2010.
  • Karni (part of the Students' Union's 'Raising And Giving' Society) scooped ‘RAG of the Year’ award at the Breast Cancer Campaign awards in 2011 after raising over £50,000 for breast cancer research. The achievement is part of activities which raised over £1.3million for charities in 2010/11. 



Visitors at the Archaeology Museum

  • Our award-winning museum, containing artefacts dating back 250,000 years has now moved into a purpose-built building in the Rotunda at the Lakeside Arts Centre.
More facility improvments from across our UK, Chinese and Malaysian campuses ...
  • Three new research centres focusing on aerospace and energy on Jubilee Campus are set to be completed by summer 2012, keeping the University at "the forefront of research across the world".
  • A staggering 46,800 people visited the Lowry exhibition at Lakeside Arts Centre in just 10 weeks, a total which smashed all previous records.


Undergraduate students playing badminton, Sports Hall, Malaysia Campus

  • Nottingham graduates won five medals at the London 2012 Olympics, making the University the second most successful in the UK. A host of volunteers, researchers and coaches were also involved in the nation's capital. 
More sporting achiements from University ranked seventh in the national BUCS league ...
  • Two Nottingham students - Joe Bedford (Histroy) and Ben King (Management Studies) were part of the England Korfball Team which finished 5th at the World Championships in China.
  • The men's high grade Judo team won the Warwick University Invitational Tournament in february 2012. Ably captained by Pri Perera, the club also took three individual medals before going on to beat Warwick, the hosts, in the final.
  • The University of Nottingham Students' Union's Rowing Club is now awaiting confirmation that it set a new Guinness World Record for sustainable energy generation, after a 24-hour rowing marathon to mark the launch of Impact: The Nottingham Campaign.
  • Pharmacy student Robert Webb is to officate during the Four Nations international Rugby League Competition taking place during October and November 2011 - a fantastic achievement particularly in light of his age and academic commitments.
  • The University and the Students' Union's Malaysian Society were proud to wecome more than 5,000 students from universities across the UK when hosting the 27th Nottingham Malaysian Games in November 2011.

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