NTU named Modern University of the Year in Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide
Nottingham Trent University has been named Modern University of the Year in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
The award recognises NTU for its strong student satisfaction, its quality of teaching, the overall student experience and its engagement with employers.
The announcement comes just two weeks after the university was shortlisted for the prestigious ‘University of the Year’ title in the forthcoming Times Higher Education Awards.
The University has also moved up into the top 50 of The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide’s overall league table, with a ranking of joint 47th.
This caps a year of outstanding achievements, following the University’s highest possible ‘gold’ rating in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework, and a satisfaction score of 89% in the National Student Satisfaction Survey - the fifth highest score amongst mainstream universities.
Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University, said: "We are very proud to have been awarded the title of Modern University of the Year in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
“It is very pleasing that this authoritative guide recognises our strong student satisfaction; our overall score of 89% in the National Student Survey is particularly significant considering our large student body.
“Our strategic plan puts innovative teaching and work placement opportunities at the core of what it means for us to be a teaching intensive university. This award, along with our Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, highlights our success in creating opportunities for students from all sectors of UK society.
“I am grateful to everyone at the University, and all those who support it, for the role they have played in this award. It is a fantastic start to our new academic year as we begin welcoming our new students to NTU today.”
Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: "Ranked third among the modern universities in our league table this year with a top 50 ranking overall, it has been an exceptional year for Nottingham Trent. It has improved its ranking in six of our key performance indicators.
"Its success is underpinned by outstanding scores in the National Student Survey. An analysis of the data, conducted for the Good University Guide sees students ranking the university eighth in the UK for the quality of teaching, and just four places lower for the wider student experience.
"A focus on the student experience together with strong engagement with employers - which bears fruit with more than three-quarters of students gaining professional jobs or going into further study on graduation - make Nottingham Trent the outstanding candidate to be our Modern University of the Year."
In May it was also announced that the University had climbed 19 places to 34th place in The Guardian University Guide 2018 – one of the biggest climbs made by a university.
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NTU is one of the largest UK universities with nearly 30,000 students and almost more than 4,00 staff across four campuses, contributing £500m to the UK economy every year. It is one of the most environmentally-friendly universities, containing some of the country’s most inspiring and efficient award-winning buildings.
The University is passionate about creating opportunities and its extensive outreach programme is designed to enable Nottingham Trent to be a vehicle for social mobility. NTU is the sixth biggest recruiter of students from disadvantaged backgrounds in the country and 95.6% of its graduates go on to employment or further education within six months of leaving and almost 80% go on to graduate entry level jobs or education.
NTU is home to world-class research, winning The Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2015 - the highest national honour for a UK university. It recognised the University’s pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula and combat food fraud.
With an international student population of approximately 2,600 from around 100 countries, the University prides itself on its global outlook.
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 published on September 24 provides students and their parents with an invaluable first reference point on the path to finding a university place. It contains full profiles of all universities.
The league table is made up of nine indicators including student satisfaction with teaching quality and their wider student experience, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, service and facilities spend, and degree completion rates.