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Nottingham Trent University voted University of the Year at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

NTU scooped two awards in this year’s Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCAs) including the coveted University of the Year accolade.

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Whatuni University of the Year 2023

The WUSCAs recognise universities’ efforts to meet and exceed student experience and are the largest annual awards in the UK voted for exclusively by students.

The University of the Year award is a reflection of how students perceive their whole university experience. Students are asked to take into account everything that has shaped their time at an institution, both on a personal and academic level.

Simon Emmett, CEO at IDP Connect, organisers of the WUSCAs said: "The Whatuni awards celebrate creativity, resilience and innovation within higher education. Nottingham Trent University has shown this in leaps and bounds, securing the esteemed University of the Year award.”

“This year's scores are significantly higher than previous years, highlighting the excellent work done across the sector.”

Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor and President at Nottingham Trent University said: “These awards are particularly special to us because they are voted for by our students, and I am proud to be able to call NTU the University of the Year. We are committed to giving our community a student experience like no other, and this accolade is testament to this hard work.

“Thank you to all our students for their support and for sharing their views, we are delighted that all our hard work is creating such a brilliant experience for you.”

One NTU student says:

“Nottingham Trent University has been fantastic. My course being Graphic Design surprised me. The facilities the course offers are great. As well as the teaching staff that are extremely talented and know which direction to guide you in. The best aspect of NTU for me is the fact I can do a degree I love and also play a sport I love, such as netball. Not many creative universities offer this experience. So it’s the best of both worlds.” – Student review on Whatuni 

NTU also took the top spot in the Postgraduate category – improving its runner-up position from last year. Students vote for the facilities available for postgraduate students as well as how they welcome and support them through their studies.

"[Nottingham]Trent is a great place to study because of the variety of people here, the global, cultural, contextual differences between each student. You have the chance to make so many new friends who come from all walks of life! The tutors are supportive and full of incredible knowledge and ideas which they are very happy to share and discuss with you. Trent allows and encourages you to develop your identity, thoughts and dreams to be the best version of yourself." – Student review on Whatuni 

NTU also narrowly missed out in the Student Life and International categories, further confirmation of the support and welcome all students receive.

Overall, NTU was shortlisted in six categories for this year’s Awards.

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    About Nottingham Trent University

    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) received the Queen’s 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 University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023. 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 approximately 40,000 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.

    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 voted University of the Year at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

Published on 27 April 2023
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