Community campaigns

We promote a variety of different campaigns at key points during the academic year. Our campaigns centre around several different themes but all of them give you the opportunity to tackle community issues, educate and empower yourself, and have a safe and enjoyable time whilst living off campus. Many of these campaigns are delivered by the Community Engagement team, but we also work with the Students’ Union and student societies.

 Undergraduate students in Nottingham City Centre



Helping beat burglary

Working closely with Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), Nottingham Community Engagement Ambassadors are offering advice on how to beat burglary in highly student-populated areas through the Love Your Stuff campaign. Together, they offer simple advice on how to prevent robberies in the student community. 

Through door-knocking exercises in the community, ambassadors hand out information cards and goodies and engage with student residents, advising them to check windows and doors are locked when they go to bed or go out. 

Residents are also encouraged to ‘Protect It and Register It’ using which is the free national property register. The most recent campaign in October 2022 saw teams of Community Engagement Ambassadors, Police and PCSOs target the Lenton Drives and the Radford Triangle areas of Nottingham. Five hundred and fourty one residences were visited and 64% of those were positively engaged with. 



For further information on how to protect your valuables at home, take a look at the advice from Nottinghamshire Police below:

Protecting your valuables at home


Crime Prevention



Stay Safe Together

Nottingham is a friendly city and our campuses are safe places, but you should remain aware of your surroundings and have a good attitude towards personal safety on nights out.

Here are some useful tips for staying safe and enjoying your night out in Nottingham and surrounding areas:

  • Out for the night? Talk to your friends about where you're going and who with
  • Carrying cash and valuables? Use inside pockets and zipped bags
  • Need a lift home? Only get licensed taxis. Secure fixed prices through unicab on 0115 950 0500
  • Walking home? Stay in your group and stick to well-lit main streets
Undergraduate students enjoying Goose Fair, Forest Recreation Ground, Nottingham

To find out more about the Stay Safe Together campaign, look out for postcards and publicity on the screens in halls and around campus. You can also follow us on Twitter at @UoN_Community

Find more information about staying safe on a night out below:

Staying safe while drinking





Pack for Good

This campaign gives you the opportunity to donate unwanted items such as clothes, electricals, books and furniture to British Heart Foundation (BHF) collection banks on campus and in the local community.

As students vacate their Nottingham homes at a similar time each year, waste management needs to be taken into consideration. Since 2012 the University of Nottingham has joined forces with Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham City Council to support the Pack for Good campaign.

The donated items — which would otherwise likely have ended up in landfill — are taken to BHF charity shops, where they are sold on to make money. The money raised supports the lifesaving research and work of the BHF.

During the academic year 22/23, the University of Nottingham achieved its best year ever of donations to the British Heart Foundation. 

There was a remarkable effort from our students, both those living on campus and out in the community.

The University of Nottingham’s on-campus banks had 3,916 bags collected which is the equivalent 31.3 tons of items diverted from landfill. The bags raised an amazing £54,824 for the charity. 2017 held the previous record for UoN donations which was £36,176. This year’s donations are a 51.5% increase from this figure which illustrates just what a fantastic year we have had.

This contribution is in addition to the bags collected by Nottingham City Council out in the local areas that lots of our students choose to live in. They collected 19,532 from the community banks which represents 156.2 tonnes of diverted waste and £273,448 raised for the charity.

2023's donations are on top of the staggering £1,608,273 that Nottingham students raised for the charity in the ten years since the initative's start in 2012.

Read the report