The University of Nottingham, described by The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 as ‘the embodiment of the modern international university’, has award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It is a member of the Russell Group and also of Universitas 21 (an international network of research universities). It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings, placing it in the top 1% of all universities worldwide.
In the 2010/ 2011 academic year, there were just over 32,000 students registered at Nottingham’s UK campuses, including just under 8,500 EU and international students from over 100 countries. The number of students studying worldwide at the University, including students on its China and Malaysia campuses, is around 39,000 in total. Entry into Nottingham is extremely competitive with approximately 10 applicants for every place, and with applicants averaging over AAA at A-Level with an entry tariff well worth of 400 points.
In the most recent QAA Institutional Audit (2009) the University received the highest possible commendation and was praised for a number of features, including the contribution of their Graduate and Student Service Centres to supporting and enhancing the student experience and the University's systems for listening and responding to the student voice.
The University is also 'one of the most employer-friendly universities in the world' (Virgin Alternative Guide to British Universities) being ranked amongst the top 20 most targeted universities in the world by leading employers in the THES world rankings, and in a recent Times High Fliers survey being named in the top 3 most targeted British universities by leading graduate recruiters.
History of the University
The University's history goes back as far as 1798, when it was an adult education school. The building of the original University College on Shakespeare Street (in the city centre) was started in 1877, and was formally opened in 1881, as a college of the University of London. It then moved to the campus that is now University Park in 1928, the land for which was donated by Jesse Boot.
The college received a royal charter in 1948 which gave it the power to award its own degrees (rather than via the University of London) and hence it became a university in its own right. In 1947 the University merged with the Midlands Agricultural and Dairy College to form the Sutton Bonington Campus. In 1999 Jubilee campus was formed on the site of the old Raleigh factory. The University of Nottingham was one of the first UK Universities to expand into Asia, constructing campuses in both China and Malaysia. Expansion has also taken place on a domestic level; the King’s Meadow Campus was opened in 2005 and the new School of Veterinary Science was opened in 2006.
There are 10 libraries across the University's UK campuses as well as those in Malaysia and Ningbo, China.
Staff and students need a University or Library Card to use the collections and facilities at all libraries. Some services are also provided to visitors or those with more formal links to the University.
Libraries include the Hallward Library, which has four floors dedicated to arts, humanities, law and social sciences, which is considered to be one of the UK's finest library buildings. There is a cafe area with wireless Internet access, and multiple computer areas. There are also places for silent individual study, meeting rooms which can be booked and larger rooms for group study. The Jubilee Campus is home to the striking Djanogly Learning Resource Centre, one many spectacular pieces of modern architecture on the campus.
IT and computing
Once you become a student at the University of Nottingham, you receive your own e-mail address. You also gain access to the 'Student Portal' where you can find various important information such as examination timetables, results, fee payments, updating personal information. Through the Portal, you can also access Moodle where you can access lecture notes, assignments and other module resources, the online library catalogue (UNLOC), access to Athens e-books etc.
There are computers in all libraries and in designated computer rooms. Depending which room you are in, there may be a laser printer, scanners and video conferencing facilities . At the start of the academic year, students receive a number of printer credits - if these run out, it is possible to purchase more.
The Students’ Union's Athletic Union has a wide range of sports teams competing in BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) leagues. The University has a wide range of sports facilities on all campuses including tennis courts, a sports hall and a swimming pool. Access to the facilities is by payment of an annual optional membership fee. The options are gold £199 silver £114 and bronze £69. For the less frequent users, fees of £5 and £7.50 per session apply for the Sports Centre/Swimming Pool and the Fitness Centre respectively.
The Students’ Union has a dedicated Officer with a committee who are responsible for welfare issues within the University. The Equal Opportunities and Welfare Officer 2012-2013 is Mike Dore. There is also an Accommodation and Community Officer (Sian green) and an Education Officer (Matthew Styles) amongst a total of nine Students’ Union Officers.
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The Cripps Health Centre, situated on University Park Campus is primarily for use by the students and staff of the University and their families. There is also a dental practice, a Boots Pharmacy and an Occupational Health unit. At the beginning of every academic year, new students are asked to register with the practice. Emergency appointments can always be made, but for all other appointments you will need to book in advance. The centre deals with issues ranging from contraception and travel medicine to minor surgery and physiotherapy.
The University runs a ‘Healthy U’ campaign every year to raise awareness and provide information on a variety of health issues. A range of events are hosted during ‘Healthy U Week’ which aim to provide students with the motivation needed to kick-start or maintain a healthy lifestyle.
On the ground floor of the Portland Building (located in University Park), there is a Students' Union shop which sells a variety of things including food, alcohol, stationery, magazines and University merchandise. The opening hours range from 8am to 9pm. Opposite this is Boots, offering a selection of health and beauty products, not to mention the 'meal deal' that is popular among students. Situated on the second floor is Blackwell's bookshop which stocks a mixture of subject-related textbooks and general fiction. Recently, a branch of Starbucks has opened at the back of Blackwell's. Jubilee Campus also has an SU shop, a smaller Blackwell's bookshop (that specifically caters for the courses that are provided on the campus) as well as a number of cafes dotted around the campus.
Food and Drink
The University has a wide range of catering available on all campuses. The Students' Union bar (Mooch), located in the Portland building on the University Park Campus, offers a good range of quality food and drink (that's very good value for students).
Both Santander and NatWest have small branches located in the Portland Building of University Park Campus. A NatWest branch also exists within The Exchange building on Jubilee Campus. Branches of all the major banks and building societies can be found in the City Centre.
Public transport in the Nottingham area is popular and well funded. Both Broadmarsh and Victoria Shopping Centres have their own bus stations, and Broadmarsh Bus Station is located within walking distance of the train station.
Free transport is provided between the different campuses of the University of Nottingham under the Hopper Bus scheme.
Careers and part-time jobs
The Careers and Employability Service, is located on Level C of the Portland Building, University Park Campus. Students can seek information and advice related to graduate employment, job interviews, work experience, writing a CV and other related topics.
Jobs available on campus include working within any of the assorted shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as in the University's accommodation sites. The Students' Union bar 'Mooch' also employs students during term time. There’s also a Unitemps service available for finding part-time and holiday jobs. The Student Ambassadors Scheme hires students on a regular basis to work flexible, part-time hours at University events such as open days.
There is a chapel on the Lower Ground Floor of the Portland Building. Although a Christian and Catholic chapel, it is open to any faith and they are very good in pointing you out to any religious institutions better suited to your beliefs on or off campus.
There is also a separate male and female mosque for Muslim students on the top floor of the Portland building.
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Sports and societies
University of Nottingham Students' Union has more than 200 student societies and another 78 clubs associated with its Athletic Union. Every year, the Union takes part in the ‘Varsity Series’, a series of sporting events, between the students and staff of both The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University. The Union’s societies include the student-run magazine ‘Impact’, which is published during term time, as well as award-winning URN Radio and NUTs TV stations. There is also a popular theatre and drama group ‘The New Theatre’ which is the only completely student-run theatre in England.
Students' Union Executive Officers 2013/14
President: Ellie McWilliam
Activities Officer: Will Knapp
Sports Officer: Tom Hicks
Community Officer: Dave Cordell
Education Officer: Dasha Karzunina
Postgraduate Officer: Laura Theobold
Equal Opportunities and Welfare Officer: Mike Dore
The nightlife scene in Nottingham is vibrant and thriving; there are plenty of student nights with cheap drinks, and cheap entry. It is possible to buy tickets in advance either online or from the Students' Union. The Students' Union also host a freshers week (known as Week One) every year with day and night-time events, both on campus and in the city.
Clubs: Alternative / Rock clubs include the legendary Rock City & the Pit and Pendulum pub. The main dance club is Stealth (next to Rock City) and was voted 'Best Club' in the Nottingham Bar & Club Awards 2008 & 2009. They host DJs & live bands (Annie Mac, Justice, Andy C, Skream, Zane Lowe, Sasha, High Contrast, David Guetta, Erol Alkan etc). Indie clubs include The Rescue Rooms, The Bodega (formally the Social) and the Cookie Club. Commercial Clubs in town include Oceana, Ocean, Faces, Kudos, Flares, Reflex and Gatecrasher.
Live Music Venues: Rock City - 2500 capacity . The Rescue Rooms - 400 capacity The Bodega - 200 capacity Trent FM Arena
Bars / lounges: Places include: Lizard Lounge, Skin, Tantra, Cucamara, Vodka Revolution, Santa Fe, BZR, the Pitcher and Piano. There are plenty of reasonably priced pubs in Nottingham, especially in Lenton (if you're a second year student living off campus). These include the The Old Peacock, The Happy Return, The Grove and The Bag o' Nails.
Nottingham City Centre has a large selection of restaurants and places to eat. Popular chain restaurants located in the City Centre include Wagamamas, Bella Italia, TGI Fridays, Pizza Express and Zizzis, amongst others. Three of Nottingham's drinking establishments, The Bell Inn, Ye Olde Salutation Inn and Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, claim to be the oldest in the city and are certainly amongst the oldest in the country.
Nottingham City Centre offers a wide selection of shops. There are two shopping centres: Broadmarsh and Victoria Centre within walking distance of each other, with good transport links to both from in and around campus. There are also a number of other shops in the surrounding area, with typical brands such as Marks and Spencers, H&M, Topshop, HMV, Boots, Monsoon, Zara, Debenhams and Gap to be found. Within walking distance of the University Park campus is the small town of Beeston, which itself boasts a small number of shops, as well as a large Sainbury's supermarket and an even bigger Tesco Extra.
There's also a number of independent boutiques and specialist shops in the cosmopolitan Hockley area. Nottingham is highly regarded in the world of fashion design and local lad Paul Smith opened his first shop here. The original store remains in Byard Lane and is now surrounded by other famous designer stores such as Vivienne Westwood, Hugo Boss, Kurt Geiger, and Ted Baker.
Nottinghamshire is perfect for those who like to get outdoors. Whether it's relaxing in one of the county’s many parks or rambling in the countryside. The Peak District is also nearby. Nottingham is probably most famous for Robin Hood- you can't escape him, he's everywhere! There are a lot of tourist attractions and cultural outings to get stuck into including The City of Caves, museums and art galleries, Nottingham Castle, theatres and much, much more.
University Park Campus
The main campus of the University is ‘University Park’, (or UP). The other campuses of the University have been designed along a similar ‘theme’ to UP, keeping them as ‘garden campuses’ and featuring a lake. (The exception to this is Sutton Bonington, which predates UP, but is still a green campus, and does have a pond!) UP is about 330 acres and is one of the largest campus universities in the UK. There are 12 halls of residence on the campus.
University Park Campus accommodation
- Ancaster Hall – 270 students
- Cavendish Hall – 279 students
- Cripps Hall – Just over 300 students. Grade II listed building.
- Derby Hall – 326 students
- Florence Boot Hall –Is the oldest hall on campus holding just under 200 students. Was an all female hall until 2000 and does not have individual 'blocks' like many other halls do. Instead, it is a single building where students live in 'wings' and you can walk from one end of the hall to the other without going outside.
- Hugh Stewart Hall – 347 students. Was an all male hall until 2000. Until July 2006 had the last student run bar at the University (and the second last in the UK – the other one being in Oxford).
- Lenton and Wortley Hall – Just over 300 students. Formed from an amalgamation of Lenton Hall and Wortley Hall.
- Lincoln Hall – 221 students, was an all male hall until 1997.
- Nightingale Hall – Is the smallest hall on campus with only 150 students. Also known as Florence Nightingale Hall. Was an all female hall until 2000. Also does not have a block system.
- Rutland Hall – 260 students. There is a lot of rivalry between Rutland and the other halls on campus, particularly Sherwood Hall.
- Sherwood Hall – 267 students
- Willoughby Hall – 260 students
Jubilee Campus is where the Computer Science and Education departments are based, as well as the Nottingham University Business School. Jubilee opened in 1999 and is about one mile away from University Park. It was named ‘Jubilee’ as 1998 was the Golden Jubilee of the Royal Charter being granted to the University. The campus was designed with plenty of greenery and a lake, similar to UP. It was also designed with environmental considerations, such as grass roofs and solar panels. The library (Sir Harry & Lady Djanogly Learning Resource Centre) is in the middle of the lake (but don't worry, there is a bridge to it!).
Jubilee Campus accommodation
- Newark Hall – Undergraduate, 400 students
- Southwell Hall – Undergraduate, 200 students
- Melton Hall – Postgraduate
Southwell and Newark Halls are catered, and all the halls at Jubilee are en-suite. There is a free hopper bus between Jubilee and UP, which runs every 10 minutes. Both Newark and Southwell halls have their own bar and Common Room. Residents here eat at the Atrium, a modern dining glass room with colourful chairs! As with other catered halls, students receive breakfast, lunch and dinner on their meal card.
Despite being away from University Park campus, residents at Jubilee Campus have every opportunity to join in with the fun!
Sutton Bonington Campus
The Sutton Bonington Campus is home to the ‘School of Biosciences’, the new ‘School of Veterinary Medicine and Science (which opened in September 2006). The campus is about 12 miles south of Nottingham, there is a free shuttle bus which runs between the Sutton Bonington and University Park campuses for students (the journey takes about 25 minutes).
Sutton Bonington has a library (The James-Cameron Gifford library), teaching and research facilities, 400-acre farm (University Farm), dairy and halls of residences. It also has café and canteen, a student bar and JCR, Natwest bank, Blackwell’s bookshop, Londis store, gym, sports hall, and astro-turf pitch.
The campus its own ‘branch’ of the Students' Union – the Sutton Bonington Student Guild.
Sutton Bonington Campus accommodation
The SB halls of residence come under the name of ‘Bonington Hall’ which is the largest hall in the university. In reality though, Bonington Hall is made up of a series of smaller halls.
- Kingston – This is the oldest hall, built before the First World War and until recently was an all male hall.
- Normanton – This was built after Kingston, but was built in the same style to ‘match’, it was until recently an all female hall (and was often referred to as ‘The Nunnery’!
- Everton House – This is for postgraduates only.
- St. Michael’s Flats – This is mainly for students with families and/or international students.
There are several off-campus residences which are owned or arranged by the University.
- Albion House- This is in Beeston and houses 160 postgraduates.
- Cloister House- This is in Dunkirk and houses 70 postgraduates.
- St. Peter’s Court- This self catered residence run by Unite has about 800 students housed in flats of 3-7 people. All rooms are en-suite. There are two blocks to SPC, the newer of which was opened for September 2005.
- Raleigh Park- This is a 5 minute walk from Jubilee Campus. It is a self catering complex made up of five ‘courts’. Sillitoe, Roddice, Byron and Chatterley (which are flats) and Madison (which is flats and houses). Most undergraduate flats and houses have shared bathrooms, with en-suite flats usually being reserved for postgraduates.
- Broadgate Park- This is made up of self catering flats and houses just outside University Park (UP), and houses about 2,400 students. It is located on the edge of Beeston and it is run by UPP and is about a 15 minute walk into the centre of University Park campus and a possible 45 minute walk into Nottingham's city centre.
King’s Meadow Campus
This is a newer addition to the University. They purchased the former Carlton TV studio site on Lenton Lane in March 2005. This now houses a lot of the administrative departments of the University along with the Department of Manuscipts and Special Collections. Situated on the edge of the Dunkirk district, it is less than a mile from University Park and Jubilee Campus, and many offices and meeting rooms overlook Nottingham’s historic castle.
The University of Nottingham has two international campuses.
The university also has a campus based in Malaysia, in Semenyih (which is near Kuala Lumpar). This campus was opened in 2000 and was the first purpose built UK campus in a foreign country. Occupying a scenic position overlooking green hills on a 101-acre site, and designed to mirror the attributes of University Park in the UK, the campus is a self-contained and self-sufficient neighbourhood village in a garden environment with over 3800 students.
The 140-acre Ningbo campus was opened to students in 2005 and was officially opened by John Prescott, the UK's Deputy Prime Minister, in February 2006. Like the Malaysia Campus, Ningbo Campus builds on the attributes of University Park in the UK and includes a lake and its own version of Nottingham's famous Trent Building.
Nottingham uni has set some ‘strange’ records over its time, including: the radio station breaking the world record for the longest ever continuous radio broadcast – 42 hours; fitting the most people into a Ford Sierra (27!); the longest line of dancing drag queens (49) (haven’t got a clue why!) - set by Broadgate Park Karni reps and residents. Another recent addition is the Aspire sculpture, the tallest freestanding sculpture in the UK, located on Jubilee Campus.
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