Nottingham Trent University named University of the Year 2017

The title is the most coveted honour in the prestigious Times Higher Education awards, rightly dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of the higher education sector.

Professor Edward Peck receiving University of the Year award
Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University receiving award.

Judges praised the University for "combining bold ambition with the hard work required to turn vision into reality" and highlighted Nottingham Trent's impressive record on outreach and its use of learning analytics to improve retention.

This has been a phenomenal year in terms of recognition for the exceptional work of staff and students at our university.

Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University

It comes just two months after Nottingham Trent celebrated being named the Times and Sunday Times Modern University of the Year, acknowledging success in both the National Students’ Survey and recent league tables.

Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent, said: “This has been a phenomenal year in terms of recognition for the exceptional work of staff and students at our university.

“As well as these industry awards, our teaching also achieved the highest Gold award in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework and our commitment to sustainability was recognised at the recent Green Gown Awards in which Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Eunice Simmons won the leadership category.

“These are indications of the commitment and dedication our whole university has towards our strategic plan which has been built around ensuring both a value based and systematic approach to delivering equality of opportunity to our students. What is also rewarding is to know that, through the social and commercial opportunities opened up to them while at NTU, our students and graduates are also transforming the lives of others.”

The award was presented by Al Murray at the glittering ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Times Higher Education editor John Gill said: "This year has been a tough one for universities which have been buffeted not only by the rapidly changing policy environment but also by an unprecedented succession of headlines questioning what they do and how they do it. The winners of this year's Times Higher Education Awards offer the perfect response, illustrating the extraordinary talent, creativity and sheer hard work that is to be found across our university sector."

  • Notes for editors

    • Nottingham Trent University is Modern University of the Year 2018. The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide award recognises NTU for its strong student satisfaction, quality of teaching, overall student experience and engagement with employers.
    • Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has been awarded the highest, gold, rating in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework for its outstanding teaching and learning.
    • NTU is one of the largest UK universities with nearly 28,000 students and more than 3,500 staff across four campuses, contributing £496m 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 the its graduates go on to employment or further education within six months of leaving.
    • 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.

Nottingham Trent University named University of the Year 2017

Published on 1 December 2017
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