About the University
We are a pioneering institution providing an exceptional research-led education and an outstanding experience for 45,000 students from more than 150 countries. Built on the ethos that education can unlock potential and transform lives, we feature in the top 20 of all three major UK university rankings, and our graduates are among the most sought-after in the UK.
Our staff are world-class too. Nottingham academics have won two Nobel Prizes – for medicine and for economic sciences. We have pioneered a new model for international education and with campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia, we have created a unique learning environment and are acknowledged as a leader in the internationalisation of higher education.
We have five faculties: Arts, Engineering, Medicine and Health Sciences, Science, and Social Sciences. In the recent Research Excellence Framework, 28 units were judged to have 75% or more outstanding (4* and 3*) impact, and Nottingham was ranked eighth in the UK on a measure of research power. The University’s professional and support departments contribute to the effective running of the University and encourage its growth and success, nationally and internationally.
The University of Nottingham was founded on a compelling vision that education can transform lives, has great social and economic value and should be accessible to everyone who can benefit from it. This vision continues to anchor the educational ethos of our University and drives our strategy.
But further enhancement and innovation are vital to ensure our success continues – increasing competition for students means we must review and refresh the design, delivery and assessment of programmes on a continuous basis. Teaching and learning remains core to the University’s activities, recognised with the award of Gold status in the inaugural Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
There are significant digital developments underway including the Teaching Transformation Programme (TTP) which is concerned with developing our teaching to integrate technology-based learning activities. Moodle, our Virtual Learning Environment, has nearly 1.5m individual learning resources. All are powerful drivers for innovation, providing dynamic, engaging and technology-rich learning environments.
Similarly, in research, the need to recruit, retain, develop and resource leading researchers in an array of rapidly evolving disciplines has never been greater. That’s why we are making a significant investment in our vision for research which includes six Beacons of Excellence to bring together talented researchers who are committed to finding solutions to today’s global challenges.
Nottingham is a highly entrepreneurial institution as our business engagement and knowledge exchange activities attest. Knowledge exchange is firmly established as a key feature of the research lifecycle, and this builds on a strong tradition going back to the roots of the institution. We are consolidating the University’s position as a UK leader in knowledge exchange and setting bold targets for performance in this area internationally.
We are living in the age of digital: an era of unparalleled technological innovation. To thrive and grow the University is transforming the way in which we connect, communicate, engage and collaborate via our digital strategy as we strive to create the digital university of the future.
So far, we’ve installed Lecture Capture in 326 teaching rooms globally, making our UK installation the largest in Europe. We’ve established five Smart Bars in our libraries offering a one-stop shop for staff and students – face-to-face IT support and advice on a wide range of issues including laptop repairs, virus removal, email, software and wi-fi. We’re continually modernising our infrastructure to increase our network resilience and reduce the number of incidents that affect our services, and we are transforming the way staff, students and researchers can communicate and collaborate.
As the power, reach and capability of digital technologies continues to grow, we have significant ambitions in this area as a digital approach is fully embedded in all of the University’s global activities and we build our capability to be a digital exemplar in higher education.
Our reputation and heritage are critical drivers for the University’s continued success. We deliver our reputation through our people – and how we manage, support and develop our people is essential to our future success and reputation as a world leader.
Building a culture for success defines the expectations and the behaviours we expect of our people and how they align to our strategy.
Having exceeded an initial target of £150m – and then a subsequent target of £200m – the University’s largest-ever fundraising initiative went on to raise £242m by its conclusion in summer 2017. Led by the President and Vice-Chancellor, Impact: The Nottingham Campaign was the most successful in the University’s history, and underlined the growing importance of advancement and alumni engagement. The University’s family of 270,000 alumni are a key part of our global presence – a network of successful, talented individuals who continue to play a part in Nottingham’s success.
Funds raised are being invested in key student initiatives and pioneering research into areas such as dementia, breast cancer and childhood brain tumours.
To thrive and succeed in a changing higher education landscape, we must share our vision and highlight our success with the world so that we remain a first choice for students and staff. This imperative drove a review of reputation and positioning which culminated in the launch of a refreshed global brand and dynamic reputation campaign – Discover our World. This focuses on our world-leading research to strengthen external communications activity, taking a proactive approach to articulate what is special and unique about the institution. Together with our first ever Global Student Recruitment Campaign, we have significantly strengthened our profile among core audiences.
The University of Nottingham is a corporation formed by Royal Charter and holds charitable status. The University is governed by two main bodies, Council and Senate, and day-to-day management of the University is the responsibility of the University Executive Board.
University governance and management
We have a pioneering spirit, expressed in the vision of our founder Sir Jesse Boot, which has seen us lead the way in establishing campuses in China and Malaysia — part of a globally connected network of education, research and industrial engagement. State-of-the-art laboratories and teaching and research facilities nestle within the beautifully landscaped gardens, providing staff and students with a wonderful environment in which to work, study and live.
University Park Campus, Jubilee Campus, Sutton Bonington Campus and King’s Meadow Campus are all in the UK; the University also has campuses in Ningbo, China, and in Semenyih in Malaysia.
With established woodland, landscaped gardens and period buildings set around a large boating lake, Nottingham’s flagship 300-acre University Park Campus is one of the largest in the UK.
Built on the site of the former Raleigh factory, the 65-acre Jubilee Campus is an exemplar of brownfield regeneration and has impeccable green credentials, with five Green Flag Awards. Jubilee is the home to UNIP which includes the Nottingham Geospatial Building, the Energy Technologies Building, the Institute of Mental Health and Aerospace Technology Centre. Recent additions include the Ingenuity Building and the GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry, both of which opened in summer 2016. A new Advanced Manufacturing Building is under construction.
The 110-acre Sutton Bonington Campus is 10 miles south of University Park Campus in countryside on the border of Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. Its rural location makes an ideal home for the School of Biosciences and the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, which opened in 2006. The School of Biosciences is internationally renowned for research across its five divisions: Animal Sciences, Food Sciences, Plant and Crop Sciences, Nutritional Sciences, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
The University’s strong links with China resulted in an invitation to become the first foreign university to establish an independent campus, under legislation passed in China in 2003. The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) is in Ningbo, an historic city on China’s eastern coast close to Shanghai, and has been developed in partnership with the dynamic and innovative Wanli Education Group.
The campus in Ningbo provides accommodation, sports facilities and a shopping street, and is close to the central business district. The campus has more than 6,600 students, undergraduate and postgraduate, with around 650 international students from 60 countries.
Key research areas include the marine economy and technology, sustainable energy technology, global finance, Sino-Foreign universities, international finance, fluids and thermal engineering and creative and digital cultures.
UNNC management comprises Professor Yang Fujia, former Chancellor of The University of Nottingham and President of UNNC, and the Vice-Chancellor. Professor Chris Rudd, Provost and Pro-Vice-Chancellor oversees growth and development.
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) opened in September 2000. It was the first branch campus of a British University established outside the UK – earning the distinction of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2001 and the Queen’s Award for Industry (International Trade) 2006.
The purpose-built campus opened in 2005 and provides on-campus accommodation, good sports facilities, and a multi¬level library, as well as state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities. The campus has more than 4,800 undergraduate and postgraduate students from 65 different countries.
Research areas include the major Crops for the Future programme, Asia Pacific Studies, Sustainability, Islamic Finance and Communication and Cultures.
UNMC is led by Chairman YM Tengku Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Ahmad Rithauddeen Bin Tengku Ismail, and the Vice-Chancellor. Professor Graham Kendall, Provost and CEO, has overall responsibility for all academic and operational aspects of the Malaysia Campus.
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