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Nottingham Trent University ranks 5th in world for university sustainability

NTU has been ranked as the fifth most sustainable university in the world for the second year running.

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NTU has been ranked as the fifth most sustainable university in the world for the second year running. The UI GreenMetric World University Ranking is an initiative of Universitas Indonesia. Universities from around the world are invited to take part, with over 700 institutions ranked in the 2018 survey.

UI GreenMetric is currently the only global university ranking that measures the commitment of universities to sustainability issues. Universities are scored against their infrastructure and performance relating to energy, climate change, waste, water, transport and education.

NTU is one of only four universities to score full marks in the education section, which looked at factors such as number of publications, number of events, and number of student organisations all related to sustainability.

It was also one of only 10 universities to score full marks in the waste section in the 2018 ranking, which looked at the recycling programme, initiatives to reduce paper and plastic and treatment and disposal of various types of waste.

Due to NTU’s strong position in the UI GreenMetric in recent years, delegates from international universities including Chile, South Korea, Australia and Austria have visited NTU to understand how to be more sustainable.

Current projects that the Sustainable Development team is working on include the launch of WARPit in September– an online platform which makes it easy for staff to share surplus items such as furniture and stationery; creating new green spaces though projects such as Greening The City;  the ongoing Plastic Planet campaign to reduce the consumption of single use plastic and the soon to be launched Green Rewards – a new staff engagement platform that will be launching early in 2019, aimed at encouraging  greener behaviour across the university.

For more information on the Sustainable Development Team or to get in contact, visit

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    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) was named University of the Year 2017 at the Times Higher Education Awards, and Modern University of the Year in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. These awards recognise NTU for its high levels of student satisfaction, its quality of teaching, its engagement with employers, and its overall student experience.

    NTU has been rated Gold in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework – the highest ranking available.

    NTU is one of the largest UK universities. With 30,000 students and more than 4,000 staff located across four campuses, the University contributes £900m to the UK economy every year. It is one of the UK’s most environmentally friendly universities, containing some of the sector’s most inspiring and efficient award-winning buildings. 96% of its graduates go on to employment or further education within six months of leaving.

    Our student satisfaction is high: NTU achieved an 88% satisfaction score in the 2018 National Student Satisfaction Survey.
    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 among the UK’s top five recruiters of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    NTU is home to world-class research, and won 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 over 3,000 from around 100 countries, the University prides itself on its global outlook

Published on 20 December 2018
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