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The University of Nottingham is the beating heart of a research, development and innovation ecosystem. 

From our up-and-coming researchers to our most senior academics, from major industrial partners to community start-ups and entrepreneurs, this entire ecosystem is driving incredible, ground-breaking research.

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With our Jubilee Campus and University of Nottingham Innovation Park (UNIP) home to one of the government’s four pilot University Enterprise Zones, The University of Nottingham continues to build its reputation as the country’s leading University for SME and enterprise collaboration. We are also home to the recently announced Technology Entrepreneurship Centre, a £5 million incubation facility for technology-based start-ups to co-locate and collaborate with students and researchers.

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We produce world-class research

6th largest university in the UK in terms of research staff, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

£200m+ in Government and private sector funding to develop the Energy Research Accelerator in partnership with the Midlands Innovation university collaboration, the British Geological Survey and leading industries in the region.

Two Nobel Prize winners: staff member Sir Clive Granger won the Nobel Prize for Economic Science; staff member and Emeritus Professor, Sir Peter Mansfield, for pioneering work in developing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

£20m value of the GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry that will transform future research and teaching in chemistry.

£500m value of our current (2014/15) research portfolio.

8th in the UK for research power, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

£105.2m received in research funding in 2013/14 – making Nottingham one of the UK’s leading destinations for research investment.

£2.7m of Government funding to The Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Research Group at Nottingham to pioneer work into 3D printing drugs and medicines.


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We support a thriving innovation and enterprise ecosystem in Nottingham and the East Midlands

1,800 business members of the University’s Ingenuity Network for local enterprises.

1 of only 4 University Enterprise Zones funded by Government.

7th in England for the number of spin-out companies emerging from a university.

3% of the total research funding provided to universities by the corporate sector in the UK.

2nd in the UK for Collaborative Research Development and live Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, according to Government body Innovate UK.

60 businesses in residence at The University of Nottingham Innovation Park, employing 600 people.

27 successful spin-out companies currently in operation, employing 145 people and earning £6.6m in turnover in 2013/14.

60 new patent applications filed by the University in 2013/14.



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