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Nottingham Trent University
Motto "Shaping futures"
Established 1992
Type Public
Chancellor Sir Michael Parkinson
Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Gorman
Students 24,225[1]
Undergraduates 18,640[1]
Postgraduates 5,265[1]
Location Nottingham, United Kingdom
Campus City, Clifton and Brackenhurst
Affiliations University Alliance
Association of Commonwealth Universities
European University Association
Arkwright Building

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is a university in Nottingham, England. Its origins date back to 1843. It was founded as Trent Polytechnic (later Nottingham Polytechnic) in 1970 before gaining university status in 1992. It is one of the largest universities in the United Kingdom, serving more than 24,000 students.[1]

In 2007, The Guardian wrote that NTU "is one of the top places in the country for graduate employment"[2] and the University has significant international recognition of its work in Art and Design, Communication, Business, Cultural and Media Studies, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts, English Language and Literature, Other Studies and Professions Allied to Medicine, French and Law.[3]



  • 1843 - Nottingham Government School of Design opened
  • 1858 - The Nottingham Government School of Design moved to Commerce Square
  • 1865 - The Nottingham Government School of Design moved to Waverley Building
  • 1881 - University College was established. It later became the new university's Arkwright Building.
  • 1941- The Victorian Arkwright building, on the corner of South Sherwood Street and Shakespeare street, was hit during the Nottingham Blitz the building was partially destroyed as it took a direct hit, It was rebuilt a number of years later, 45 people were killed
  • 1945 - Nottingham and District Technical College was designated.
  • 1958 - Nottingham Regional College of Technology was opened.
  • 1959 - Nottingham College of Education opens at Clifton
  • 1964 - Nottingham Regional College was officially launched.
  • 1966 - Nottingham College of Art and Design was linked with the Regional College - as a Polytechnic designate.
  • 1970 - Trent Polytechnic was granted polytechnic status.
  • 1975 - Trent amalgamated with Nottingham College of Education at Clifton.
  • 1988 - The official name change to Nottingham Polytechnic took place.
  • 1989 - Nottingham Polytechnic Higher Education Corporation was founded.
  • 1992 - The Nottingham Trent University was launched.
  • 2008 - Nottingham Trent University is named as the top post-1992 university.
  • 2009 – NTU named as the UK’s most environmentally friendly university by the People and Planet Green League published in the Times Higher Education Supplement.


With the arrival of Vice-Chancellor Neil T. Gorman, the University underwent a major change in organisation. It is now composed of four Colleges, which bring together a number of Schools:

 Boots Library at the city site, Nottingham Trent University

Industrial links

NTU has established industrial links with a number of national and multinational companies such as Microsoft, Toyota, Boots and Rolls Royce. Representatives from these companies deliver talks to prospective placement students or those pondering career options upon graduation.[citation needed]


Nottingham Trent University has three campuses:

City Campus

Interior of the renovated Newton building
Interior of the renovated Newton building

Located just north of Nottingham City Centre, the city campus offers subjects such as Law, Social Sciences and Art & Design. The campus is currently undergoing an ambitious £70 million development, which will see two of the University's largest and oldest buildings, Newton and Arkwright, linked by a modern glazed Central Court. Stephen Jackson, the University's Chief Financial and Operations Director said in 2006 that when work is completed "the project will go a long way towards enhancing NTU’s national and international reputation as a dynamic and forward-thinking institution".[4]

Clifton Campus

Mammoth Sculpture Outside Erasmus Darwin building
Mammoth Sculpture Outside Erasmus Darwin building

Situated at Clifton, around four miles from Nottingham, the Clifton Campus is home to the University's Schools of Arts and Humanities, Education, and Science and Technology. It also hosts an Anthony Nolan Trust Cord Blood Bank, and the newly operational John van Geest Cancer Research Centre, recipient of the largest research grant awarded to a Post-1992 university). Clifton campus is linked to the city campus by a regular student bus service (as often as every 12 minutes during term), also offers halls of residence (Peverell and College Drive), numerous sports facilities, cafes, a library and a student union bar, "The Point", as well as an astronomical observatory.

Interior of Peverell halls of residence
Interior of Peverell halls of residence

Brackenhurst Campus Home to the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, Brackenhurst is approx 14 miles from Nottingham. It is a countryside estate with woodland, a lake and landscaped gardens. It is home to a glasshouse, equestrian centre, Vetinary Nursing building and also has its own dairy farm and licensed bar. It is situated near Southwell.

Recent developments

The City Campus benefited from the completion of the Nottingham Express Transit (NET) light rail system in December 2003, which provides a tram stop outside the Boots Library. This allows a direct link to the Nottingham city's main railway station.

Trams passing Nottingham Trent University
Nottingham Express Transit at the NTU stop on Goldsmith Street

The University also recently joined forces with Microsoft to form the Microsoft Academy at Nottingham Trent University.[citation needed]

The University's in-house managed learning environment has recently been replaced, after University-wide use of the Virtual Learning Portal (VLP) for five years (4.85 TB of materials served and 6.7 million logins during the 2006/07 academic year). [5]. The in-house MLE has now been replaced by Desire2Learn from the 2008/09 academic year onwards with the Virtual Learning Portal being officially retired at the end of 2008.

Rebranded signage.

In October 2004, the University underwent a rebranding, which included the amalgamation of Faculties into new Colleges, the introduction of a new logo and the dropping of the definite article from the official University name.[citation needed]

The University has partnerships with many universities and colleges throughout the world. Since 1998 NTU has awarded a number of business and law degrees Griffith College Dublin, Ireland[6] the law degrees since 2004 has been recognised by King's Inns, Dublin as satisfying the requirements of entry to that institution, the first independent institution to do so.[7]

In July 2005, the University purchased the Belgrave Centre, thus releasing Nottingham Law School from its ongoing rental commitment along with the added benefit of providing rental income from the Government Office of the East Midlands, which currently has a tenancy agreement until 2010 for approximately half of the building.[8]

The University has recently entered into a partnership with Kaplan Inc. to form the "Nottingham Trent International College" (NTIC) which, through foundation courses and pre-masters courses, helps international students to progress to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at NTU and other UK universities.[citation needed]

In June 2008 Sir Michael Parkinson was named as the first Chancellor, responsible for a number of duties, including representing the university on special occasions and conferring degrees at graduation ceremonies (although he was absent from all the 2009 graduation ceremonies). The official installation as Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University took place in a special ceremony on Tuesday 11 November 2008, at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham.[9]

Nottingham Trent University co-hosts Gamecity, a five day video game festival which takes gaming out into the streets, shops and cinemas of Nottingham. It takes place in October each year.

February 2010 the university launched a historic lace archive of more than 75,000 intricate lace samples, considered to be of national and international importance.

Estate regeneration

New Computing & Informatics Building.

2005 saw the start of a regeneration project to update much of the University's estate to meet the growing needs of the University.[citation needed] Improvements to date include:

  • A new £8 million Computing & Informatics building on the Clifton Campus.
  • New Centre for Effective Learning in Science (CELS) building.
  • The suite of glasshouses and polytunnels at Brackenhurst campus were opened in 2006.
  • 2006 New accommodation residences at Brackenhurst Campus built.
  • The Art & Design Bonington Building on the City Site has been completely refurbished, with a new front section, a two-storey atrium, an increased number of exhibition spaces, and a cafe. Home to Bonington Gallery which exibits a wide range of work.
  • 2008 His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex opened the East Midlands’ first state-of-the-art Veterinary Nursing Centre and Animal Unit at Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst Campus.
  • The Chaucer Building on the City Site, home of Nottingham Law School, Centre for Broadcast Journalism and the School of Social Sciences is currently being fully refurbished, with new paintwork, signage, reception, lecture theatres, and lifts. A new state-of-the-art entrance, fascia and foyer dedicated to the Centre for Broadcast Journalism was completed in February 2009 and officially opened by Sir Michael Parkinson.
  • The complete refurbishment of the Newton and Arkwright buildings and the construction of a glazed link building between the two. The complex includes ten new lecture theatres, high-tech teaching rooms, offices, a student services centre, computer rooms, cafes and a restaurant. It is also home to the brand new Nottingham Conference Centre[10], a purpose-built facility for corporate and academic conferences in the East Midlands.
  • Building work is now underway to extend the University's main sports centre based at its Clifton campus. The larger building will play host to a range of new facilities - including three new squash courts - that will be made available to the local community and talented athletes, as well as the University's own students and staff.

Nottingham Trent Students' Union

The students' union, "NTSU", has bases at all three campuses.

On the City Campus, the Union is based in the Byron House building. Facilities include two bars (The Pulse and Sub), a gym, catering facilities (including a cafe and diner), a shop, and a sports hall. The Students' Union executive committee is also based there. The building is home to the Union's "Climax" night on a Saturday, with a capacity of 3,000 students accommodated by both bars, and much of the remaining building (which is transformed to allow its special use for the night). Other nights include "The Tone Club" (an indie band night), and "Assault" (for rock and punk fans).

On the Clifton Campus, the Union is based in the Benenson Building. Facilities there include a bank, a bar and diner (known as "The Point"), a gym and shop. Clifton's flagship night is on a Friday, and host to the nationwide club night, "Double Vision!".

Brackenhurst also has an NTSU presence, featuring a shop and bar ("The Orangery").

The student magazine is called Platform and is published every fortnight.

The Union radio station, Fly FM, has won the BBC Best Student Show award,[citation needed] and recently relaunched as an online station.[11] The station broadcasts five days a week, from 11 am to 10 pm, with a vast variety of shows from its flagships, "Off The Record" and "Lunch With..." to shows specialising in a variety of specialist genres including house, drum and bass and soul. 97.5 KICK FM, the original radio station, was created in 1996 and won three Radio 1 student radio awards.[citation needed]

The Students' Union television station, Trent TV,[12] was launched in 2006. Programmes include coverage of Freshers' Week, "Kinki" nights out at Nottingham's Ocean nightclub, "Student Pads" – a parody of MTV Cribs – and "Pitchside": a sports show that includes interviews with some of the biggest names in Nottingham sport.[citation needed]

Partner universities


List of Chancellors

List of Vice-Chancellors

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b c d "Table 0a - All students by institution, mode of study, level of study, gender and domicile 2006/07" (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  2. ^ "Nottingham Trent University". The Guardian. 2007-05-01.,,489448,00.html. Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  3. ^ RAE 2001 results; units mentioned have ratings of 5 and 4, and account for 26% of research-active staff
  4. ^ "Newton and Arkwright plans unveiled" (PDF). Grapevine (Nottingham Trent University): p. 1. Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  5. ^ Virtual Learning Portal (VLP) Headline Statistics
  6. ^ Nottingham Trent University - Delegated Centres
  7. ^ List of King's Inns' Approved Degrees for becoming a barrister in Ireland - King's Inns' website
  8. ^ "Belgrave deal: a ‘vital advance’" (PDF). Grapevine (Nottingham Trent University): p. 3. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  9. ^ Sir Michael Parkinson Appointed as First Chancellor
  10. ^ Nottingham Conference Centre website
  11. ^ "Fly FM - New Music For Britain's Coolest Uni... Nottingham Trent!!". Nottingham Trent Students' Union. Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  12. ^ "Trent TV". Nottingham Trent Students' Union. Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  13. ^ "清雲科技大學與外國學校(含學術機構)簽署學術交流合作協約". Ching Yun University. Retrieved 2008-03-09. 

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