We have an international reputation for excellence in the cultural and creative sector.

Our creative courses put interaction with industry and employers at their heart, and our research in advanced textiles and wearable technology is globally renowned.

Our current cultural strategic partners are; Nottingham Castle Trust, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature.

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Linking courses with industry

NTU champions arts and culture and plays an active role in the cultural life of the city. We have Strategic Partnerships with Nottingham Contemporary, the Nottingham Castle Trust, Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature and ChalleNGe Nottingham, the Cultural Education Partnership.These relationships span multiple schools and colleges and create opportunities for students, staff and the wider public. We also enjoy mutually beneficial relationships with many more city cultural organisations at course of college level.

Each of our Cultural Strategic Partnerships are bespoke. Common components include opportunities to deliver essential and real-world work experiences for students, whilst providing a valuable resource for our sector partners; collaborative research projects including the hosting of doctoral students; co-design and co-deliver of public engagement programmes that grow audiences and diversity workforces.

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Our research

Our research is often cross-disciplinary, bringing together scientific and creative expertise.

Our strengths include the field of advanced textiles, in which we have a global reputation for designing electronically active, wearable technology.

Our new Global Centre for Heritage Research has its strengths in imaging and sensing, digital heritage, and heritage management.

We are also members of the Midlands 3 Cities Arts and Humanities Doctoral Training Partnership. This means that cultural businesses can benefit from having one of our doctoral students placed with them to work on projects alongside their research.

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Supporting SMEs

We are committed to supporting SMEs in the cultural sector. Current major interventions in this area include The Big House, the Enabling Innovation Design Hub, and our collaboration with Nottingham's Creative Quarter Company.

Want to speak to us?

Lucy Phillips

+44 (0)115 848 2068


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