University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham was founded in 1991 as University College Nottingham, gaining a royal charter and its current name in 1948. It’s a member of the Russell Group of universities and has its main campus within the city of Nottingham, with smaller campuses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

It features in the top 25 UK universities in the Complete University Guide and The Times/Sunday Times University Guide as well as appearing just outside the top 100 in the QS World University Rankings. Currently there are around 35,000 students, including international students from over 150 countries around the world.

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The facilities at the University of Nottingham are modern and conducive to learning. The Lakeside Arts Centre hosts music, dance, theatre, exhibitions and workshops for students to perform in or spectate as part of a rich cultural life on campus. The University Park campus has three libraries: the Hallward Library, with four floors covering the arts, humanities, law and social sciences collections. The George Green Library of Science and Engineering houses collections of biological and pure sciences, engineering and psychology. The Denis Arnold Music Library is located inside the Lakeside Arts Centre and contains a large collection of musical scores and sound recordings that cover classical, ethnic and 20th century classical music. The University also has two student theatre companies.


Nottingham is a vibrant student town that is also the birthplace of folk legend Robin Hood. While there are outdoor activities for the green-minded to enjoy, there are also multiple bars and clubs to frequent, such as Oceana, Brickworks or Stealth. It is known as the ‘midlands’, with good transport links to both London, the UK’s capital. But there is plenty to do in Nottingham and the university is just a bus ride away from the city centre.

Based at the heart of England, Nottingham has one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK thanks to its gardens, parks and lake. It’s surrounded by lovely countryside including the famous Sherwood Forest of Robin Hood legends. Meanwhile its central location makes it easy to get around the country and explore the likes of London and Manchester.


The University of Nottingham has a proud sporting reputation. It was Sports University of the Year in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. It has also finished in the top 10 of the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) league for the last 20 years.



The University of Nottingham is ranked in the world's top 70 universities by the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022. It is also one of the top five most targeted universities by Britain's leading graduate employers, according to The Graduate Market in 2021 by High Fliers Research. 84.2% of Nottingham’s graduates were in employment or further study six months after graduation. The university offers placements and internships through partnerships with businesses like Rolls Royce, KPMG, Deloitte and PWC. Through the Nottingham Advantage Award programme, students can access a diverse portfolio of modules to further enhance employability.


The University of Nottingham acceptance rate is 11%.

The University of Nottingham employability rate is 84%.

The University of Nottingham is ranked 103rd in the QS World University Rankings, 38th in The Guardian University Guide and 158th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

There are numerous scholarships available for international students who wish to study at the University of Nottingham. The International Undergraduate Full-Fee Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship that covers full tuition fees for outstanding international students. The International Postgraduate Full-Fee Scholarship performs the same function for exceptional international students at the postgraduate level. The Developing Solutions Masters Scholarship is aimed at high-achieving international students who are committed to making a positive impact in their home countries. It supports postgraduate studies and includes a full tuition fee waiver.


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