Nottingham Awarded Erasmus Charter
The University of Nottingham is delighted to have been awarded a Charter for the new Erasmus+ programme starting in 2014. The Charter permits us, as a university, to participate in the Erasmus+ programmes including student and staff mobility and to continue to grow our already successful exchanges and teaching partnerships.
As a global university, internationalisation is at the heart of everything we do at the University of Nottingham and our internationalisation strategy reaches beyond our successful campuses in China and Malaysia, into every aspect of university life.
The University's current capabilities mean we can conduct coordinated research on some of the most pressing global human concerns and social problems in three very different but complementary national contexts simultaneously. We have a growing global network of commercial partners, with each campus serving as a hub.
The geographic and cultural breadth of our student body, in itself a huge asset, is telescoped into a vast distribution of graduates and alumni networks. Finally, we continue to explore what such capability means in terms of our corresponding social responsibilities.
Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020
As an international university, our purpose is to:
- be a significant catalyst to improve the lives of people around the world, via research, discovery, dissemination and commercialisation of knowledge and innovation.
- provide globally excellent and internationally relevant teaching, research and knowledge transfer activities to our key external stakeholders.
- establish The University of Nottingham as a leading international university, and maintain a competitive advantage in our key markets.
- provide a new model for an international university, to influence how scholarship, teaching, research and innovation are carried out.
Our international strategy focuses on student and staff mobility with KPIs set for outward student mobility at first cycle and we regularly review our current partners and options for extension of these partners. With a new regional focus to our work from 2013/14, we anticipate being able to leverage new strategic partnerships in the next five years which will allow us to generate deeper and broader relationships with a small number of key partners whilst still allowing us to work across 200+ partnerships for traditional student and staff mobility options. In any new partnership we focus not only on the experience of the outgoing student to the partner institution, but also take great care in the hosting of incoming international students to the Nottingham community and wish to create an ever more diverse student population on each of our campuses. We will continue to focus much of our effort in the area of student mobility on first cycle students but also wish to increase the numbers participating at PhD level.
The development of further double degrees in the period leading up to 2020 is an area where we wish to grow options for second cycle students and to greater embed these options within degree pathways so that the mobility of students is reciprocal.
The University of Nottingham is a member of the Russell Group in the UK and has many prestigious links worldwide. As a founder member of the Universitas 21 network, we are actively engaged in a range of collaborative activities which encourage greater levels of student and staff mobility, develop deeper links with prestigious international partners and help us to pursue joint research on a truly global stage.
We have recently begun to consider strategic partnerships across teaching and research within our internationalisation strategy and the appointment of regionally focussed Assistant Pro Vice Chancellors will strengthen our ability to consider the right level and global spread of the strategic partnerships.
International projects at Nottingham also include the development of an internationalised curriculum at all levels and the provision of international collaborative teaching.
An example of this is the Universitas 21 Global Issues programme where Nottingham students can take a range of undergraduate modules online or face to face at five partners which can be used for credit transfer to a Nottingham degree and for submission of a further award of a certificate in Global Issues form the Universitas 21 network.
Having been successful in three Erasmus Mundus bids so far, one joint masters collaboration and two doctoral level agreements, the university is aiming to increase its involvement in jointly taught programmes through the new European programmes and to extend its knowledge and expertise in this area. The University of Nottingham has 68 teaching partnerships worldwide and increasing this number, particularly in Europe, is central to the University’s ongoing Internationalisation strategy.
The five priorities of the Modernisation agenda cover a wide range of activities, many of which the university is already committed to. For example, we aim to have 25% of our undergraduate students recruited from the lower household incomes in the UK by 2014/15 and are already achieving higher percentages of students from lower household incomes within our outgoing Erasmus student population each year. Support for students on lower household incomes continues throughout their time at Nottingham with academic support, financial support and pastoral support at each stage of the university career.
In the area of the modernisation of teaching and learning, the University of Nottingham has recently joined the Futurelearn project in the UK and is already delivering its own NOOCs (Nottingham Open Online Courses) across its campuses, with students using some of this credit towards a Nottingham Advantage award.
We are also working with European partners to create new programmes where the traditional model of exchange or joint programmes may be problematic, such as where the divergence of fee regimes makes it difficult to agree terms of the programme. One of our most successful examples of partnership in this area came from a student exchange which lead to an Erasmus staff training visit to the UK and ultimately has lead to an ongoing and successful relationship with a partner where students are mobile in each direction and new students are being recruited to a programme in each country that had not been previously thought possible.
Excellence in research and innovation
In the most recent UK Research Assessment Exercise rankings taken in 2008, the University of Nottingham scored highly in quality rankings covering major disciplines in science, engineering, the social sciences, business and the arts and we now rank seventh overall in the UK with a first ranking in Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Sciences, American Studies and Anglophone Area Studies, Iberian and Latin American Languages and Pharmacy. We host a number of global Centres of Excellence including the world’s first Centre of Excellence for Autoimmunity in Cancer (CEAC) and a new Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Chemistry as part of a collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline. It is hoped that one of these areas might form the basis for future projects within the Horizon 2020 project.
In the business area we have a specialist Business Engagement and Innovation Services team who support knowledge transfer partnerships, technology transfer and our links to industry. Spin out companies are often created to drive the development of University research forward into a commercial product or service and our experience in creating spin out companies is extensive with a current portfolio of 22 firms which have benefited from seed funds and investment from private individuals. As well as being one of the UK’s six designated science cities, we are also host to many companies through our Innovation Park on our Jubilee campus.