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Nottingham Trent University and Vision West Nottinghamshire College West receive Excellence in Collaboration award

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and Vision West Nottinghamshire College (VWNC) have won the ‘Excellence in Collaboration’ category at the British Chamber of Commerce, Nottinghamshire Business Awards 2022.

Nottingham Trent University and Vision West Nottinghamshire College West receive Excellence in Collaboration award
NTU and VWNC have been recognised for their successful partnership at the Nottingham Business Awards 2022

This category aims to recognise and celebrate successful business partnerships, where organisations have collaborated on a project with successful outcomes for those involved.

West Nottinghamshire College serves Mansfield, Ashfield and surrounding areas. Around 3000 16-18 year olds, 1000 apprentices and 5000 adults study on a wide range of courses.

NTU is one of the UK’s most successful universities and recruits more UK based undergraduates than any other university. NTU was awarded The Times and The Sunday Times Modern University of the Year 2023 and ranked second best university in the UK in the Uni Compare Top 100 rankings (2021/2022). NTU is a major provider of business support in the local economy from ‘start-up to scale-up’ and has supported 1,700 local SME’s in the past three years.

As part of this collaboration, VWNC has provided NTU with a base in Mansfield NTU from which it can project the entirety of its offer across local communities.

The collaboration is built upon a shared set of 12 principles and is aimed at bringing the strengths of each partner for student benefit but also to support the businesses and communities of Mansfield and Ashfield.

The two partners are committed to developing a curriculum offer from level 2 to level 7 in Mansfield that will help local employers across a wide range of sectors to address their skills needs. Level 2 to Level 7 cover GCSE and NVQ’s all the way up to Postgraduate study.

NTU received accreditation to create nursing courses on the Mansfield site, and since 2021 almost 200 students have enrolled on nursing programmes.

The partnership has enabled multiple pathways students can take from VWNC into NTU, such as the nursing and teaching. Both parties are working closely with nearby hospital Kings Mill, primary schools, and the wider business community to enable people to study and work locally.

NTU has introduced a wide range of funded courses directed at employers such as leadership, marketing and construction. The NTU Knowledge Exchange team are also bringing the opportunity to engage with academics, undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as other businesses in order to help them embrace new technologies into their operations.

VWNC and NTU are working in partnership with Ashfield District Council to create the Automated Distribution and Manufacturing Centre. This facility will support local and regional businesses to embrace automation and robotics successfully and will also provide opportunities for businesses already using these technologies to explore further investment through testing and prototyping.

NTU have recently launched the Enterprising Ashfield programme which will support start-up and early-stage local businesses, whilst its “Finders Keepers” programme will help local businesses to attract graduates.

A number of ministers have had their attention caught by this collaboration and sessions with the Minister for Higher Education, Minister for Skills and the Chair of the Education Select Committee have all taken place over recent months.

Andrew Cropley, Principal and Chief Executive of West Nottinghamshire College, said: “Winning things like this collaboration award tells people that we are committed to partnership and committed to doing the right thing for our community. It of course also raises our profile, raises our reputation and gives us a chance to talk about all the great things we are doing as a college in partnership with Nottingham Trent University.

“The link with Nottingham Trent University has helped make our campuses have even more vibrancy and its helped us to really make a difference and gives us access to the wider influence that the university has, Mansfield is now a university town.”

Sarah Mayfield, Director of Mansfield Hub and UK College Partnerships at Nottingham Trent University, said: “Working together with West Nottinghamshire College, we are helping more people to gain access to higher skilled employment, required by employers, via a higher education route available in Mansfield”

“The university is also collaborating with West Nottinghamshire College to provide enterprise support to businesses from start up to scale up. It’s fantastic that our efforts have been recognised through Nottinghamshire Business Awards win.

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    About Nottingham Trent University

    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) received the Queens Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2021 for cultural heritage science research. It is the second time that NTU has been bestowed the honour of receiving a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its research, the first being in 2015 for leading-edge research on the safety and security of global citizens.

    The Research Excellence Framework (2021) classed 83% of NTU’s research activity as either world-leading or internationally excellent. 86% of NTU’s research impact was assessed to be either world-leading or internationally excellent.

    NTU was awarded The Times and The Sunday Times Modern University of the Year 2023 and ranked second best university in the UK in the Uni Compare Top 100 rankings (2021/2022). It was awarded Outstanding Support for Students 2020 (Times Higher Education Awards), University of the Year 2019 (Guardian University Awards, UK Social Mobility Awards), Modern University of the Year 2018 (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide) and University of the Year 2017 (Times Higher Education Awards).

    NTU is the 5th largest UK institution by student numbers, with nearly 39,000 students and more than 4,400 staff located across five campuses. It has an international student population of 7,000 and an NTU community representing over 160 countries.

    Since 2000, NTU has invested £570 million in tools, technology, buildings and facilities.

    NTU is in the UK’s top 10 for number of applications and ranked first for accepted offers (2021 UCAS UG acceptance data) It is also among the UK’s top five recruiters of students from disadvantaged backgrounds and was the first UK university to sign the Social Mobility Pledge.

    75% of NTU students go on to graduate-level employment or graduate-entry education / training within fifteen months of graduating (Guardian University Guide 2021).

    NTU is ranked 2nd most sustainable university in the world in the 2022 UI Green Metric University World Rankings (out of more than 900 participating universities).

Nottingham Trent University and Vision West Nottinghamshire College West receive Excellence in Collaboration award

Published on 13 January 2023
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