The University of Nottingham is committed to social justice and our research tackles the challenge of inequality in the UK and across the world. We support students who may be facing struggling financially and we work with partners in the local community to alleviate hardship and drive positive change.




nights’ protection at homeless shelter


social supermarket in Nottingham


savings for borrowers thanks to consumer credit research





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Cutting the cost of quick credit

Professor John Gathergood played a crucial role in providing evidence on the negative impact of payday loans on consumers. His research informed the Financial Conduct Authority's price cap on short-term credit, protecting millions in the UK from exorbitant charges.

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Learning and students

Plates and bowls containing various meals
Sharing skills at foodbank

School of Biosciences dietetics student Sophie Conan, a volunteer at a local foodbank, was inspired to develop 12 recipes for healthy meals, which could be cooked using just a kettle and microwave with the tinned and packet food typically given to families.

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Engagement and impact

2 students wearing Enactus t-shirts in the bakery section of a shop
Enactus: student-led social enterprise

Enactus Nottingham is a student-led organisation aiming to transform lives of people in need through social enterprise. Its projects include Foodprint, which tackles food waste and food insecurity through Nottingham’s first social supermarket and a food redistribution network.

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Policy and operations

A room with multiple beds
Campus shelter for the homeless

Working with local charity Emmanuel House, the university has renewed its commitment to provide an on-campus winter shelter for people affected by homelessness. Last winter, we provided almost 4000 nights’ protection for more than 100 people.

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