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Why choose The University of Nottingham?††††††††
The University of Nottingham, described by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2016 as ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university', has award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia and hosts a truly global academic community in all three countries. The University of Nottingham is placed 70th in the world and in the top 1% of universities internationally by the latest (2015) QS World University Rankings.

Placed 8th in the UK for research power by the latest Research Excellence Framework (with The Department of Engineering ranked 3rd in the UK for research power), Nottingham is a major research institution which delivers work of international significance.

Find out more about studying at The University of Nottingham
Join our Faculty of Engineering:
The Faculty of Engineering at Nottingham is known for its world-class research, inspirational teaching, and diverse academic community. We’re ranked 7th in the UK for Engineering and Technology (Times Higher Education World Rankings 2015) and 3rd in the UK for Research Power (2014 Research Excellence Framework).

You’ll find our world-class faculty is a friendly and supportive working environment. You’ll work alongside creative and inspirational people who are eager to share their experiences and we are committed to supporting talented people and to developing partnerships with industry, funding bodies and government agencies, in order to create an exemplary environment where discovery, scholarship, innovation and public engagement thrive.

By joining us at Nottingham, you will be part of a faculty with:
  • Over 100 years engineering expertise
  • Five departments all ranked within the Top 20 in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2016)
  • More than 98% of its research of international quality, with 85% graded as ‘world-leading’ or 'internationally excellent’† (2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • A group of exceptional and highly cited academic staff and world-leaders in their fields of research
Teaching and Learning:
Learning Aerospace Engineering at Nottingham University
  • At The University of Nottingham, we combine traditional teaching methods with the latest in learning technology.
  • Our courses are informed by the very latest research findings and many are delivered by research scholars, passionate about their subjects. Our library facilities and online resources provide a level of access to material that students could only expect in a research-intensive university.
  • At Nottingham, we adopt a range of innovative teaching methods to create a stimulating and effective learning environment.
  • Problem-Based Learning – an approach which fosters skills in group working and collaboration, self-direction, reasoning, critical reflection, and knowledge acquisition and application – is incorporated into many courses.
  • Visual technologies, including simulations, video conferencing, and interactive whiteboards, are widely used to support and enhance student learning. We are also developing wider uses for the technology including direct links with the University’s campuses in China and Malaysia; and the use of video conferencing to enable joint projects involving students from around the world.
  • The University’s U-Now initiative is an online resource that offers a fascinating insight into the work that takes place at Nottingham. The U-Now site allows knowledge to be shared widely and acts as a window onto our teaching and learning activities. Academics across the University post learning resources onto the site for wider use.
Student Life:
Student studying at Nottingham University
  • Our Students’ Union hosts more than 200 societies and 70 sports clubs. If you can’t find the one you’re looking for, they can give you the support to start your own.
  • Nottingham New Theatre, our award-winning student-run theatre, produces up to 15 shows a semester, travels to the Edinburgh Fringe and is prolific at the annual national Student Drama Festival, winning seven awards in 2013.††
  • In 2014, University Radio Nottingham (URN) was named ‘Best Student Radio Station’ for†five years running at the Student Radio Awards. Each year sees them win a clutch of awards at the SRAs, which are judged by a panel of top industry broadcasters.
  • Karnival, our student-led fundraising group, is the largest of its kind in Europe. They raised†over £1.7m for various local and national charities in 2014.
  • Karnival were also presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Breast Cancer Campaign award in May 2012, for continually outstanding fundraising over the last 16 years; an accolade never previously won by a student-run organisation.
  • The student run Sutton Bonington Farmers' Market was named 'Market of the Year' in the 2012 BBC Food and Farming Awards, dubbed the Oscars of the food world by Jamie Oliver.
  • The University of Nottingham has finished in the top 10 of the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) overall league for the last†20 years – it’s little wonder we were the UK’s 2nd most successful university at the London 2012 Olympics.
  • The University of Nottingham is†ranked as†one of the leading universities for student experience in the UK†by the†Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, 2015.
  • Safety is a key priority for the authorities in Nottingham. The latest police stats show crime in the city is at one of its lowest points for 30 years, with figures from the Government revealing that offences in Nottingham have recorded one of the highest reductions in the number of crimes in England and Wales.†
  • Nottingham was named one of the best and safest places for a night out in the UK in 2014. It retained its Purple Flag award for the fifth consecutive year, an accolade that recognises excellence in the running of town and city centres at night.
  • The University is recognised internationally for the quality of its research. Nottingham is highly successful in attracting funding from research councils, businesses and industry, and in 2012/13 attracted a record £170m to fund projects in key disciplines.†
  • Our funding from research councils showed an 87% growth in 2012/13 and EU funding rose by 25%.
  • In the Leiden Ranking 2011/12, which measures the research performance of universities worldwide according to the number of most highly cited articles published in the world's top research journals, Nottingham was ranked in the top 100 with 841 articles.†
  • The extent of our international research collaboration was also measured, with 1,446 research articles on projects involving Nottingham and international partners. This result demonstrates the global reach of our research.†
  • The strength of our research was recognised by the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, which placed Nottingham among the UK’s leading research-led institutions.
  • The latest†REF ranked Nottingham 8th in the UK in terms of research power, which measures the quality and quantity of research conducted by an institution. More than 97% of†research†is recognised internationally, with wide-ranging impacts on society, the economy, health and welfare, culture, public policy and the environment. More than 80 per cent of Nottingham research is ranked in the highest categories — ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ — up from 58 per cent the last time the exercise was carried out in 2008.
  • Funding for research at the University reached record levels in 2013-14, with awards totalling £181m.
  • Nottingham’s outstanding performance in REF 2014 follows a prestigious national accolade — winning†‘Research Project of the Year’†at the†Times Higher Education Awards 2014†for the discovery of a new layer of the human eye.
Our research generates discoveries, many of which can have profound social, economic and cultural benefits and will address major global challenges. That's why we work with our staff and students to help realise the real-world impact of their research.

We do this by developing business ideas and building enterprise skills so that inventions and innovations are developed into successful businesses. Winner of the first ever Times Higher Enterpreneurial University of the Year award (2008), in February 2012 the University was also awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, as well as the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation).

The University has been involved in over 40 spin-out and related companies and has a current portfolio of 30 spin-outs, of which 16 have products in the marketplace. Each of these companies has grown from research undertaken at the University.
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