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Supporting the next generation of medical professionals and world-class research

Removing barriers to world-class education

As one of the world’s leading universities and with one of the largest Medical Schools in the UK, we have a hard-earned reputation for teaching and research excellence. This academic year, we are celebrating 50 years of our Medical School and 30 Years of our School of Nursing at Nottingham.

We have also launched the world’s first BSc in Cancer Sciences. Both the Faculty and our students are consistently represented in national awards. At the Student Nursing Times Awards in both 2019 and 2020, we won Learner of the Year, and in 2019, Student Nurse of the Year: Children


Support students like Caroline

The cost of attending university has risen drastically over the last 20 years. Our scholarship programme seeks to support gifted students from disadvantaged backgrounds who may not otherwise have the opportunity to study at Nottingham. This additional financial support could be the difference between lost potential and the creation of a future healthcare leader. 

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“I’m Caroline. I came to the University of Nottingham after a 15-year career in local government. I had wanted to be a midwife for about ten years, but it took me a while to have the guts to make the life change and retrain, whilst having a young family.

"I’m in my second year of the course and have now worked in two different hospital trusts. I’m really enjoying my course and my clinical placements. The lecturers at UoN are really encouraging and the University has a wealth of support open to students.

"Having the bursary has taken the financial pressure away from my family and I which means I can fully commit to and focus on being the best midwifery student I can be – getting good grades and doing well on placement.

"I hope that, in turn, I will graduate as a compassionate, skilled midwife and will work in a local trust caring for women and their families." 


"Knowledge transforms and saves lives - your support for our scholarship and research programmes is critical in a hugely challenging economic climate. It can be the catalyst that some of our most capable students and researchers need. I do hope that we can count on your generosity.”

Professor John Atherton
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

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Advancing our world class medical research

Here at the University of Nottingham, we have a long-standing reputation for transformative, world-class research. The development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) was carried out at Nottingham, work for which Sir Peter Mansfield received the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology in 2003. In 2021 we deliver research that transforms lives and shapes the future. Our scientists and clinicians are working at the frontiers of discovery in a number of different healthcare areas including:

  • Cancer
  • Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
  • Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Mental Health
  • Virology
  • Antimicrobial Resistance

Charlie Ricketts made a significant donation to support our world leading early detection research in breast cancer having tragically lost his sisters to the disease:

“Studying at the University of Nottingham gave me a wonderful start in life and the University later gave me the chance to honour the lives of my sisters and possibly to save many future lives. By donating to Professor John Robertson’s early detection breast cancer research I was able to support a University I love, a man I have come to greatly admire and a project with both deep personal meaning and huge future potential. I so encourage others to further support this project.”


We are seeking financial support for our research programmes, named Chair appointments, Postdoctoral Fellowships and PhD studentships. Philanthropy gives our academics the freedom, resources and community that they need to pursue big ideas on the path to medical breakthroughs.

Are you interested in learning more about how you can support our scholarship and medical research programmes?

Please contact Emma Pearson, our Senior Development Manager for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences on 07585 984350 or email