A message from our Vice-Chancellor

The University of Nottingham has continued to excel in its core missions of research, teaching and supporting students this year. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, we improved position in each of the headline measures, with our Research Power ranked as 7th in the UK. This is a testament to the quality and determination of our researchers to make a fundamental difference to people’s lives and reflects the talent, imagination, and dedication of our community.

This year also saw the acquisition of the Castle Meadow Campus site, which will prove to be a significant investment in our staff and students, and an expression of confidence in the future of both the university and the city of Nottingham, enabling us to deliver on our ambitions to support jobs, investment and growth across the city and deliver greater opportunities for collaboration with local business, industry and SMEs.

The new Power Electronics and Machines Centre, officially opened this year, will drive advances in powerful, clean electrification technology and pave the way towards a new generation of low-carbon, sustainable electric vehicles, power and propulsion. The building lies at the heart of our plans to develop research and innovation clusters over the next five years which will generate significant regional economic benefit while addressing strategic challenges faced by the UK.

I am confident that the quality of our staff, the excellence of our research and the determination of our community demonstrated this year will ensure that we can meet the challenges and embrace the opportunities in our rapidly changing world.

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


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Improving lives

Our researchers are making a real difference to people’s lives in the areas such as culture and communication, healthy lives, society and communities, and sustainable futures. According to analysis by Times Higher Education, the university was this year placed 7th in the UK for REF2021’s measure of Research Power, which takes into account the combination of quality of research, international impact, critical mass and sustainability.

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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 - their 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 of our new estates development framework places particular emphasis on civic contribution, sustainability and renewal of our campuses.

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Sustainable development

The university’s long-standing commitment to sustainability informs every aspect of our mission. We are fully supportive of the UK’s aim to reach net zero by 2050, and the city of Nottingham’s ambition to be a net zero carbon city by 2028. Our research on sustainable chemicals and methods of propulsion will help secure a skills-rich bioeconomy and the greening of commercial aviation.

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Embedding collaboration

We endeavour to become a university without borders, reaching out toshowing our civic partners, industry and governments to ensure our research and education is developed in collaboration with our many stakeholders to benefit 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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