We want to… empower you

Every member of staff and every student at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is encouraged by the desire to innovate, discover, explore and push the boundaries of achievement. We want to fulfil our personal and professional ambitions, and we want to change the future by connecting with the world. We know that shared learning, extraordinary research projects and even more extraordinary people are the key to making this happen, and it is why we have realised a steady rise up the league tables in recent years.

Holding a selection of prestigious awards and prizes such as the Queen’s Anniversary Prize, which was awarded to the College of Science and Technology, and international accreditation from the AACSB which placed the Business School among the top 5% in the world, we are immensely proud of the work our Schools are doing.  This demonstrates the potential that harnessing the talents of all our people can bring.

We are a truly global university, with students and staff drawn from over 160 countries and a network of international partners that spans the world. Our students know that they can expect an award-winning student experience, and our staff know that they’ll be encouraged to set the pace for change. They do that through more than just teaching the next generation of thinkers, they actively pursue their own interests too – from forming the Midlands Enterprise Universities Group in order to input their collective thoughts to the Midlands Engine summit, to individual research projects that are transforming national security, health and business, our unique teams are instrumental in changing the face of the UK.

And now you can join us. We are a collective unit who value ideas. We want people who will help us shape the future for the better, and we want people who are not afraid to use their creativity and ambition to make that happen.

If you are ready to discover more about how we are creating the future, then read on to find out about the core values that make us so different…

Our vision

NTU believes that the role of a university is to discover and to promulgate new knowledge and new ideas, and to shape the leaders of tomorrow who will be in the vanguard of change in society.

We seek to promote the idea of the University community, a community in which all members are valued for the skills they bring and the contribution they make.  This community encompasses not only staff, students and alumni but also partners, benefactors, friends and supporters. 

Over the last decade, over £421 million has been invested in NTU campuses and facilities. And with a further £175million set aside for the next five years, we are enjoying an exciting period of transformation. As part of that transformation, we have created a strategic plan to bring all of the Schools together, ensuring we are working towards the same goal of maintaining our position as a University of the Future.

Our strategic plan was developed in close partnership with our staff, students and stakeholders.  It articulates our ambitions across five key areas:

We possess strong relationships and robust processes that enable discovery, drive innovation, and change the world, our students, and ourselves. They promote our disciplinary breadth, our intellectual depth, and our commitment to working across boundaries.

It is not just us who values ideas – it is the people whose lives have been transformed as a result of the ideas we have nurtured from concept to fruition.

One of those ideas was Professor Paul Evans’ 3D X-ray scanning system, which enables airport staff to easily identify concealed weapons and explosives in luggage. Meanwhile Professor Ellen Billett’s pioneering testing methods are currently being used by the government to spot adulterated meat products and reduce food fraud, and Professor Stephen Forsythe’s studies have culminated in the safer production of powdered baby formula – resulting in the World Health Organisation introducing new guidelines for infant formula preparation. It is innovative thinking such as this that has led to us being awarded a highly prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education and it is this type of thinking that gives us the impetus to encourage our academics as they strive to be the best in their field.  

Our staff consistently amaze us with the depth of their understanding. It is because of this that we have recently launched a funded sabbatical scheme to ensure that our teams have the opportunity to develop their innovative research work, resulting in an environment in which every idea is listened to and valued.

It is because of this sabbatical scheme that we are proud to reveal the ongoing work across the University. Dr Shiva Sivasubramaniam of the School of Science and Technology is investigating inventive revision resources, Louise Taylor from Nottingham Law School is developing a reflective online portfolio assessment model and Dr Michael McCann from the Business School is working on an inspirational use of the Bloomberg Professional service that will enhance the students’ employment prospects.

Our teams are constantly striving to understand and learn more about the world, and in the process, make it a better, safer and more dynamic place to be – and winning the awards that showcase their skills.

All our students excel in developing the knowledge, skills, and resilience to play the positive role in society they envisage for themselves. They personalise their learning, combining theoretical rigour, practical relevance, and personal development. As the destination of choice for an increasingly diverse group of students and professionals, we collaborate with employers to challenge, surprise, and inspire all those who study with us.

Working with over 6,000 national and international companies in the private, public and third sectors, we are proud of the opportunities we are creating for our students.

We encourage every student to envisage what they want to do with their life and chase those goals, but the simple reality is that our connections make it that little bit easier for their dreams to become a reality. It is no surprise then that our students have an excellent employability rate, with 94% of undergraduates and 95% of postgraduates being employed or engaged in further study within six months of completing their courses. (DLHE 2014/15).

And of course those connections are fully utilised by our staff too, with many of their research projects impacting upon the forward momentum of new ideas and technologies, in keeping with needs of leaders in industry, business, the public sector and the professions.

As an international University, we nurture global citizenship, engage with the international research community, and attract talented students and staff from around the world.

We continue to attract talented students and academics from around the world, all keen to be involved in our uniquely supportive environment and we work collaboratively to ensure we learn as much as possible from each other. This relationship translates to solid links and partnerships worldwide, creating broad opportunities to engage with the international research community across every school and department, and fulfilling our ambition to nurture global citizenship.

We champion an environment of collective pride in the University in which the contribution of our colleagues is recognised and respected. We encourage their creativity and voice and have a reputation for attracting, rewarding and retaining colleagues who share our ambitions and display the expertise, experience and enterprise to deliver them.

It is not just our incredible schools and departments who are winning awards – it’s the university as a whole. That is why we are really delighted to say that in 2016, QS World University Rankings placed us in the top 4% of all universities and awarded us their highest five-star rating for internationalisation, teaching and facilities.

We are being recognised in these awards because our committed team support and encourage each other every step of the way, resulting in an environment that celebrates ambition. We enjoy creativity, and that is why we are reaching out to those who share our passion.

We play a leading role in the social, cultural, economic and environmental development of the City, East Midlands and United Kingdom. We deploy our resources and expertise in close alignment with strategic partners and engage with a wide range of organisations in order to enhance their prospects and those of our students.

Our commitment to enrich society starts with the relationships we have locally and our promise to invest in the social, cultural, economic and environmental needs of Nottingham, the East Midlands and the UK as a whole. With thousands of local students walking through our doors every year and many of them choosing to remain in the area to embark on their careers, we are ensuring a well-educated workforce remains committed to the locality– in turn ensuring this culturally varied and dynamic area will continue to flourish.

Furthermore, we are determined to do what we can to improve the world, so we have embarked on a number of green initiatives. With an award-winning carbon negative building on the Clifton Campus, and ranked 4th in the latest People and Planet University league table, we are delighted to say we are one of the greenest universities in the world.

And let us not forget the 4,000 hours of voluntary work that both staff and students have committed to local communities.

With a vision as clear cut as this, we are determined to continue developing our reputation as a socially aware university.

Our structure

Alongside the development of the strategy, the University has reviewed the organisational structure and capacity that will underpin its implementation.  We have invested in additional posts to the University Executive Team (UET) and reconfigured our three academic Colleges to ensure they broadly share a common disciplinary base to facilitate intra college teaching and research.

In order to make the most of our strategic plan, the University has reviewed the organisational structure of the various Schools and the teams that oversee them. As such, the new structure will lend itself to intra college teaching and research, with better use of facilities and shared knowledge.


Structure chart


We have three Colleges, each made up of Schools that complement each other.

The first of these is the College of Science and Technology, which consists of School of Science and Technology, and School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences.

The second is the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, which is made up of three Schools – Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Law School and School of Social Sciences.

Lastly, we have the College of Art, Architecture, Design and Humanities, which contains School of Art & Design, School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment and School of Arts and Humanities.

School structure