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Social Mobility, Diversity and Inclusion at NTU

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Here at NTU, we are committed to supporting our diverse student population to succeed whilst at university, and in their careers, regardless of their background.

NTU were the first Higher Education institution to sign the social mobility pledge and were named University of the Year at the 2019 Social Mobility Awards. Our work in this area also contributed to winning the Guardian University of the Year award in 2019 – recognising our commitment to narrowing the attainment gap for low participation groups.

Our ‘Rise’ programme provides additional support for students who are statistically the most disadvantaged in terms of their career prospects. This includes students with low household incomes, those with disabilities, and care leavers. Students from ‘Rise’ backgrounds make up almost 50% of NTU’s population.

We support students through initiatives such as funding and bursaries for undertaking work placements, reimbursing costs incurred to attend interviews, and tailored development programmes to improve students’ confidence and commercial awareness.

How your business can get involved

We recognise the value of industry insight in shaping our students’ career journeys. We are keen to work in collaboration with industry to support students whilst helping employers to develop their diversity and inclusivity practices and connect with target groups.

Engaging with any events or initiatives at NTU will naturally open your organisation up to a diverse student audience. We also run targeted programmes which provide opportunities for employers to engage with widening participation students:

Rise PLAN Programme

Research shows widening participation students are the most likely to benefit from year-long sandwich placements but are least likely to undertake them*. The Rise PLAN programme supports second-year students in their search for a placement through a series of workshops improving their confidence, resilience and commercial awareness.

We welcome employers to speak to students as part of this programme to promote their organisation and career opportunities, by delivering a presentation, followed by Q&A alongside other employers. It’s the perfect platform to promote placements directly to an engaged group of diverse students and position yourself as an inclusive employer for future graduate recruitment.

This programme takes place twice a year - in Term One (November) and Term Two (March).

*'Closing the UK's progression gap' Report, Nottingham Trent University/Social Mobility Pledge, 2019

Rise Insight Programme

The Rise Insight Programme is a new NTU initiative providing local organisations with a platform to showcase their business to the next generation of diverse talent, by hosting an Insight Day. The programme is open to first-year, widening participation students from a range of disciplines with transferrable skills.

The programme aims to:

  • Expose students to a range of industries they may not have considered, raising their commercial awareness and career aspirations
  • Highlight the breadth of career opportunities within the local area
  • Allow employers to inspire students about their organisation, building a future talent pipeline for placement and graduate roles

Rise Ability Programme

Rise Ability is an employability programme specifically tailored for students with disabilities, long-term health or neurodiverse conditions, who face additional barriers in their career journey. We provide specialised workshops covering topics such as:

  • discussing disability with employers,
  • requesting adjustments, and
  • connecting with disability confident employers.

We welcome industry insights into all of our workshops on the programme, allowing employers to support disabled students with their career development whilst raising their profile as an inclusive organisation.

Inclusive Recruitment

Our Inclusive Recruitment course is a non-accredited interactive learning and development programme, delivered by NTU's Employability team. Delivered weekly over five bitesize sessions the programme aims to develop your understanding and knowledge around inclusive recruitment of early career talent.

Find out more about the course and secure your place here.

We are keen to support employers with their own EDI events and initiatives or explore developing something bespoke to meet your objectives.

Contact to start a conversation about Social Mobility, Diversity and Inclusion at NTU.