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If you are already based in the East Midlands, you’ll know about the fantastic lifestyle Nottingham offers its inhabitants. Combining a fantastic mix of city with countryside, this spectacular region boasts a £12.1 billion economy that has been steadily growing over the last 10 years. And with £1 billion currently being spent on bringing our transport and business infrastructure up to a world-class standard, we can offer a London standard of living.

Nottingham Life

Based in the heart of the UK, Nottingham’s central location, vibrant social life, cultural gems and stunning countryside – all at affordable prices – makes it one of the most desirable places to live and work.

With Liverpool and Manchester on your doorstep, there is no more convenient place in the country to call home. Efficient rail links will take you to a multitude of UK destinations, while the East Midlands airport means that you can be in a European city within a couple of hours. And of course getting around Nottingham couldn’t be simpler, with a tram system and pedestrianised streets that are easy to navigate.

In fact, negotiating Nottingham’s streets is an absolute joy. From the UK’s oldest tavern to a host of restaurants including Michelin-starred Sat Bains, there’s something for every taste. And if shopping is your passion, then you are in for a treat as our retail options such as Paul Smith, Hugo Boss, Joules, Ted Baker, L’Occitane, Jo Malone, Vivienne Westwood and Jack Wills have seen us ranked 5th in the UK for the quality of our retail experience.

For those who prefer sport, you wouldn’t be short of choice. Home to two football clubs, the world-famous Trent Bridge cricket ground, plus the National Water Sports Centre and many country parks, Nottingham is as varied as it is dynamic. Unsurprisingly, many NTU students and staff play for their local sports clubs while many more enjoy the legendary Sherwood Forest or the beautiful Peak District, both just a short drive away.

If you prefer to keep your activities a little more low-key, then step into the Nottingham playhouse, enjoy the New Art Exchange, dip into one of the museums or explore the network of caves that run underneath the city.

Of course, choosing a destination for your new home is not just about the culture and transport options, it is also got to provide you with a good quality of day-to-day life. But with living expenses being around five to seven percent lower than the UK average, you will find your income goes that little bit further in Nottingham. Whether you are looking to buy or rent, property across the city stretches from airy loft conversions in the city’s historic Lace Market, to modern riverside apartments. For a family-friendly area, West Bridgford, Mapperley or Beeston might suit your needs, or perhaps one of the gothic Victorian mansions in the Park Estate.  

We want our staff to enjoy a good work-life balance. It is a key element to ensuring they are happy and committed to their jobs… which is why we are so confident you will find what you are looking for in Nottingham.


With a range of both core benefits and additional flexible benefits that are offered to all staff, we like to think that we’re one of the most desirable employers in the region.

Our salaries are competitive both locally and within the sector. Plus, with a lower-than-average cost of living in Nottingham, and our commitment to undertake regular pay benchmarking with other Higher Education establishments and the private sector, you can feel confident that we are providing our staff with a fair income.

We offer a generous holiday entitlement of between 28 and 40 days per year (depending on grade of the role and inclusive of University closure days), plus all statutory bank holidays.

Every member of staff is offered access to a pension scheme via either the Local Government Pension Scheme or Teachers Pensions, which we will top up with a significant contribution. Other useful information worth noting is:

  • Academics may join the Teachers' Pension Scheme (TPS).
  • The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) is open to Researchers and all Professional Services and Support staff.
  • Current members of the Universities Superannuation Scheme appointed to lecturing posts (including heads of teaching departments and professors), may be eligible for continued membership of USS.

We value the commitment and achievement of our staff, particularly as they support us during an exciting period of change in which we are all focussed on becoming a University of the future. As such, we offer rewards for exceptional contribution through our appraisal process.

Rewards for Continuous Service are not just counted from your start date at NTU. In certain circumstances, we will also count your service at other recognised UK institutions, such as in HE / FE establishments. This means your entitlement to enhanced benefits that are based on length of service will take into account service accrued at these institutions.

We want each and every member of staff to get the most out of the University by developing their skills. This means we will encourage your ambitions to develop in your role – be that taking a course leading to qualifications, or workshops and mentoring. We'll even support you if you choose to undertake external qualifications and attain professional qualifications.

We believe that our students deserve the highest standards of education, so we’re committed to constantly updating our academic practices:

If you teach or support learning

You will be provided with a range of development opportunities, including:

  • Professional development will be considered from the beginning of your employment with NTU, if not before
  • A supported route to achievement of Fellowship via our HEA accredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD) framework
  • Development of your academic practice at any stage of your career
  • Seminars, writing retreats, mentoring and support for peer review of teaching
  • A broad range of support for the use and application of learning technologies. 

If you are engaged in research

  • The Researcher Development Framework informs our development provision for those engaging in and developing their research.

If you hold an academic management or leadership role

  • Development is also offered for those undertaking academic management or leadership roles, such as Course Leaders.

We’re committed to enriching society, so we fully support individual staff and departmental teams as they take on volunteering opportunities. These opportunities can be as diverse as helping in a school breakfast club to being a trustee of a charity, and provide staff with a unique chance to develop new skills and become involved in community life.

Whether you need hands-on medical care or online advice and guidance, we’re committed to supporting all of your health and wellbeing needs. Providing access to a range of confidential services our Occupational Health Advisors offer a selection of services such as health surveillance programmes, counselling and physiotherapy. We also run regular events to deliver advice and provide a variety of health screening activities.

Our gym membership is available to staff and their family members and offers activities at both the City and Clifton campuses including:

  • Unlimited use of gym and sports hall
  • Free group classes including Zumba, Pilates and Yoga
  • Access to NTU sports clubs
  • Swimming at the University of Nottingham pool
  • 30ft climbing wall (City Campus)
  • Sports therapy suite (City Campus)

Staff at our Brackenhurst Campus benefit from discounted membership at a local leisure centre providing similar facilities.

We understand how important it is to our staff to find a good work/life balance, so we’re open to part-time and flexible working, enabling staff to combine their work responsibilities with caring responsibilities.

From childcare vouchers to a cycle to work scheme, we offer a wide range of flexible benefits that staff can apply to their individual circumstances. These benefits offer discounts for our employees and their families and provide savings on day-to-day expenditure. For more information, take a look at MyChoice Flexible Benefits.