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“The University of Nottingham shares many of the characteristics of the world’s great universities. However, we are distinct not only in our key strengths but in how our many strengths combine: we are financially secure, campus based and comprehensive; we are research-led and recruit top students and staff from around the world; we are committed to internationalising all our core activities so our students can have a valuable and enjoyable experience that prepares them well for the rest of their intellectual, professional and personal lives.”

Professor Sir David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor

The University of Nottingham is a public research university based in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom. It was founded as University College Nottingham in 1881 and was granted a Royal Charter in 1948.

Nottingham’s main campus, University Park, and teaching hospital (Queen’s Medical Centre), is situated on the outskirts of the City of Nottingham, with a number of smaller campuses and sites located elsewhere in Nottinghamshire, Derby, Derbyshire, and Lincoln. Outside the United Kingdom, Nottingham has campuses in Semenyih, Malaysia and Ningbo, China. Nottingham is organised into five constituent faculties, within which there are more than 50 schools, departments, institutes and research centres. Nottingham has about 44,000 students and 9,000 staff and had a total income of £593.0 million in 2014/15, of which £119.4 million was from research grants and contracts.

Several of its subjects have been consistently ranked in the top ten, including economics, law and pharmacy. It is ranked 5th in the UK in terms of the number of students and 15th for the proportion of students who achieved AAB+ at A-level. The university is one of 12 “elite” institutions that accommodates the top achieving students in England. The 2014 High Fliers survey stated that Nottingham was the most targeted university by the UK’s top employers between 2013-14. In 2012, Nottingham was ranked 13th in the world in terms of the number of alumni listed among CEOs of the Fortune Global 500. It is also ranked 2nd (joint with Oxford) in the 2012 Summer Olympics table of British medal winners. Moreover, Nottingham is the 9th largest European producer of entrepreneurs. In the 2011, and 2014 GreenMetric World University Rankings, Nottingham was the world’s most sustainable campus.

It is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Virgo Consortium, the European University Association, theRussell Group, Universities UK, Universitas 21 and participates in the Sutton Trust Summer School programme as a member of the Sutton 13.

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties

  • American and Canadian Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture and Built Environment
  • Arts
  • Biosciences
  • Business School
  • Cancer and Stem Cells
  • Chemical and Environmental Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Child Health, Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • China Policy Institute
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classics
  • Clinical Neuroscience
  • Computer Science
  • Contemporary Chinese Studies
  • Culture, Film and Media
  • Cultures, Languages and Area Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy
  • English Language Education
  • English
  • Epidemiology and Public Health
  • French and Francophone Studies
  • Film and Television Studies
  • Foundation Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • Geography
  • German Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Humanities
  • Language Centre
  • Law
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Medical Education Centre
  • Medical Sciences and Graduate Entry Medicine
  • Medicine
  • Medicine & Health Sciences
  • Music
  • Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre
  • Pharmacy
  • Philosophy
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Primary Care
  • Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Applied Psychology
  • Rehabilitation and Ageing
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Rheumatology, Orthopaedics and Dermatology
  • Russian and Slavonic Studies
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology and Social Policy
  • Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
  • Theology and Religious Studies
  • Teaching and Learning Directorate
  • Veterinary Medicine and Science


1881 – Nottingham’s first civic college

Nottingham’s first civic college was opened in the city centre in 1881, four years after the foundation stone was laid by former Prime Minister, W E Gladstone. An anonymous benefactor had offered £10,000 for a college on condition that a suitable building be erected by the Council and that the college should be provided with £4,000 a year.

1928 – The move to University Park

After the First World War, the college outgrew its original building. A generous gift by Sir Jesse Boot, of 35 acres of land at Highfields, presented the solution and in 1928 the College moved to what is now the main campus, University Park. Initially, it was accommodated in the elegant Trent Building and was officially opened by King George V in November of that year.

Even in its early days on this site, the College attracted high profile visiting lecturers including Professor Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi and H G Wells.

1948 – Becoming The University of Nottingham

In 1948, the college was awarded the Royal Charter and became The University of Nottingham, now able to award degrees in its own name. During this period the School of Agriculture was established when the Midland College of Agriculture at Sutton Bonington merged with the University.

Continued growth

The University of Nottingham continued to grow and still focuses on its development.

  • The Medical School: In 1970 we established the UK’s first Medical School in the 20th century, and in 1995 the School of Nursing was formed following the merger of the Mid-Trent College of Nursing and Midwifery. In 2003 a new campus was opened in Derby City General Hospital
  • Jubilee Campus: The £50 million Jubilee Campus development opened in 1999 and subsequently phase two opened in March 2009. The campus has won numerous awards due to its environmentally-friendly features
  • Malaysia Campus: The University opened a campus in Malaysia in 2000. Subsequently a new purpose-built park campus was opened in September 2005 in Semenyih, Malaysia, close to Kuala Lumpur International Airport
  • King’s Meadow Campus: In March 2005 The University opened the King’s Meadow Campus in the former Carlton Television Studios. The campus is home to many of The University’s administrative and support units, Manuscripts and Special Collections and two television studios
  • China Campus: The University admitted its first students in the city of Ningbo, China in 2004, and the purpose-built campus was formally opened in February 2006, as part of a joint venture. The University then became the first foreign university to establish an independent campus in China.
  • School of Veterinary Medicine and Science: The University of Nottingham officially opened the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science in April 2007 (having admitted its first students in September 2006). It was the first purpose-built new veterinary school to be opened in the UK in 50 years

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