Our Schools

There has never been a more exciting time to join us. We are striving towards our aim to Create The University of the Future. To help us deliver, we are now looking to make a significant number of senior leadership appointments of established academics across the University.

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  • Research

    We possess strong relationships and robust processes that enable discovery, drive innovation, and change the world, our students, and ourselves. They promote our disciplinary breadth, our intellectual depth, and our commitment to working across boundaries.

    The Valuing Ideas theme of the NTU Strategic Plan outlines an ambition and actions to develop further international excellence and impact in focused areas of research.

    Our Doctoral School provides opportunities for research degrees including MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorates.

  • School of Arts and Humanities

    Committed to globally-oriented teaching and research in Arts and Humanities, the School has widely recognised strengths in English, Media, History and Heritage, Language Studies and Journalism. It holds the accolade of being the UK’s leading academic provider for teaching excellence (Guardian University Awards, 2015). Our links with local and national television including Notts TV, GameCity and the National Videogames Arcade, museums, galleries, local schools, volunteering and literary and language events, open up the classroom to the cultural life of the city and beyond. We offer our students a wide range of national and international work placements and extensive opportunities for study abroad or international volunteering.

    Our research is rich and diverse. Particularly strong areas include:

    • Communication
    • Culture and Media Studies
    • English
    • French
    • History

  • School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

    Our industry-focused courses combine theory, expert insights and ‘live project’ experience, as well as professional accreditation. All include key themes such as internationalisation, global citizenship and sustainability, and utilise our extensive resources and expertise across the entire sector. Our postgraduate courses can be studied full or part-time and many offer distance learning and continuing professional development routes.

    Our research is divided into two areas:

    Architecture and Built Environment research

    • Architectural Heritage and Identity
    • Real Estate
    • Sustainable Technologies
    • Lean Project Management
    • Smart Heat Network

    Product Design research

    • Sustainable Consumption
    • Design for Health and Wellbeing
    • Advanced Design and Manufacturing Engineering

  • School of Art &Design

    We have been teaching Art and Design since 1843, making us one of the UK’s most well-established, renowned and respected creative universities. We are proud to help our students to launch their creative careers, with an impressive 92% going on to employment or further study within six months of graduating*. The School offers an art school experience, with all the benefits of a large university in a city with a thriving arts scene and a strong creative economy. Our expert staff will guide the students through real-life projects, work placements, competitions, guest lectures and exhibitions while you work in our outstanding facilities and world-leading research activities.

    Our research centres, groups and networks include:

    • Advanced Textiles
    • Creative Textiles
    • Fashion Marketing and Communication
    • Sustainable Consumption
    • Health and Wellbeing
    • Fine Art
    • Representation and Material Culture

    Professional Doctorates

    • Doctor of Digital Media
    • Doctor of Design
    • Doctor of Fashion Industry
    • Doctor of Fine Art

  • Nottingham Law School

    Nottingham Law School is one of the largest law schools in the UK providing courses for every stage of legal training. Based on the City Campus, our students thrive in our outstanding facilities and close knit community.

    With established research centres and close links with industry, we ensure Nottingham Law School is at the forefront of modern legal education. We are very proud of our outstanding and long-established reputation and have received recognition for our innovation and impact, recently being named as Legal Education Provider of the Year 2016 by the Solicitors Journal. In addition, we have received numerous awards for our pro bono activities, including the LawWorks Award for Best Contribution by a Law School and the Access to Justice Foundation Award 2016.

    We offer an extensive range of innovative undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses, informed by academic research of national and international impact.  Our extensive links with legal and other professions, both in the UK and overseas, are reflected in the design of our course portfolio.  Our graduates progress into a wide range of challenging and rewarding professional careers.

    We have a dynamic and lively student community. The Nottingham Law School Legal Advice Centre, our unique and ground-breaking teaching law firm, offers extensive pro bono opportunities for students. Other school community activities include mooting, volunteering, work experience, overseas placements, summer schools, guest lectures, careers skills workshops, professional and networking lunches, prize giving ceremonies and much more. We believe we create a personalised and positive student experience, which is reflected in our 91% overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2017).

  • Nottingham Business School

    Nottingham Business School at Nottingham Trent University (NBS) is an internationally accredited business school and is a pioneer in personalised and experiential learning for all its students. As one of UK's top business focused schools NBS provides education and research in business, management and economics that combines academic excellence with impact on business and society.

    For nearly 4 decades NBS has been working closely with chartered professional bodies and almost all its courses are accredited by relevant professional bodies. NBS gained EPAS accreditation in 2013, and AACSB accreditation in 2016 as well as being shortlisted for the Business School of the year by the Times Higher Education. The school continues to enact its strategy of maximising international accreditations.

    With a 5000 strong student population, covering Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Doctoral and Executive Education, NBS works with more than 900 companies and organisations across the world and benefits from one of the highest student demands in the UK. Each of NBS’ students have the opportunity to tailor their learning experience to their aspirations through the use of academic and industry mentors, analytics, and a comprehensive range of personal development and experiential learning opportunities.

    The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) recognised 95% of our research as world leading, internationally excellent with 100% of impact score rated as 3* and 4*. The combination of research output and impact in the REF 2014 results confirmed the position of NBS research as internationally excellent for research with impact. Further strategic investment and research developments since REF2014 have created a highly attractive and vibrant research community and environment at NBS.

    Our faculty is amongst the largest and most diverse of any business school in the UK, chosen for their academic pedigree and direct business experience who engage with leaders and practitioners in business, public bodies and government.

    As part of Nottingham Trent’s strategic vision of ‘Creating a University of the Future’, NBS has embarked on a major programme of investment for the next phase of its ambitious growth programme to develop NBS as a distinct and leading centre for business and management research education that prepares the business leaders of the future.

  • School of Science and Technology

    The School is one of the few places in the UK where students can study core sciences alongside innovative areas like Computing and Technology, Forensics, Sport and Biomedical Sciences. The School benefits from over £23 million in research funding and boasts superb facilities, including internationally-recognised 3D security scanning and vision systems, some of the best researching laboratories in the UK, and the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre. It is also one of the few sites in the country to offer an environmental chamber to Sports Science students. With links to a wide range of national and international partners, both postgraduate and undergraduate students, have the opportunity to take a year-long placement during their studies.

    Our research focuses on the following underpinning platforms:

    • Biomedical Sciences and the John Van Geest Cancer Research Centre
    • Computing and Informatics
    • Materials and Engineering
    • Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement Research Centre

  • School of Social Sciences

    The School of Social Sciences aspires to be recognised nationally and internationally for our theoretically informed and applied research. This is reflected in our five departments which support high quality academic research and teaching and learning, which, in turn, informs and underpins the applied research of our groups and centres and the high quality student experience.

    The School is a large, approximately 4,800 students and 300 academic staff, and vibrant academic community which offers a wide range of qualifications across five departments; Sociology (including Criminology, Youth Justice and Youth Studies); Psychology, Politics and International Relations, Social Work and Health and the Nottingham Institute of Education.

    Our staff are not only experienced and committed teachers, but also enable discovery and innovation through world-leading applied research. We take pride in offering high quality courses, at both undergraduate and postgraduate, that are intellectually stimulating and are often responsive to the needs of communities, society and professional practice.

    The ambitions of our School are to:

    • promote our culture that values the diversity of all our communities; and publicises and celebrates excellence in all we do.
    • further develop a vibrant and inclusive learning and teaching environment grounded in scholarship, research, and professional practice.
    • be recognised nationally and internationally for our theoretically informed and applied research.
    • develop an internationally mobile community that transforms our scholarship.
    • seek to influence and shape civic, cultural, and social life through our strategic partnerships
    • maximise the employability of our students through our curriculum and engagement with our external partners.

    Department of Sociology

    The Department of Sociology brings together around 50 staff with expertise in Sociology, Criminology, Youth Justice and Youth Studies. We offer a range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels with some 1000 students.

    Our courses are highly rated. In the 2017 National Student Satisfaction Survey, the full-time BA (Hons) Youth Studies scored 100% for overall satisfaction – the fourth year in a row . Our courses are also distinctive for their commitment to enabling students to undertake meaningful work experience during their studies including, on BA (Hons) Sociology and BA (Hons) Criminology, the opportunity to participate in pioneering Service Learning experiences with a wide range of community organisations in Nottingham and beyond. We offer our students an international experience across all courses, including a growing portfolio of international exchanges. For BA (Hons) Criminology students wishing to pursue a career in the police, there is also the option to pursue a dedicated Police Pathway, developed in partnership with Nottinghamshire Police.


    In the Department of Sociology, research is at the heart of everything we do. We are home to a wide range of research expertise and experience spanning each discipline. In Criminology, we have world-leading research grouped under the theme of Quantitative and Spatial Criminology led by Professor Andromachi Tseloni, with a track record of securing high status funding (3 major ESRC grants in recent years) and research that can demonstrate a sustained impact on crime reduction at a local and national level. Over ten years ago, we established one of the first research centres for hate crime. Now under the leadership of Dr Irene Zempi, a leading expert in this area, the new Centre for the Reduction of Hate Crime, Bias and Prejudice, is working proactively with police services, victims groups, campaigning organisations and with offenders to make a positive difference to policy and practice. We are also a founding member of the East Midlands Police Academic Collaboration (EMPAC), co-ordinated at NTU by Dr Becky Thompson and Professor Simon Holdaway. EMPAC brings together the region’s Universities, Police Services and Police and Crime Commissioners to set and respond to emerging research priorities.

    In Sociology, we have particular expertise in participatory and collaborative research carried out with the communities and organisations - such as schools, businesses, local authorities and government agencies - that we serve. Work in this area includes expertise around community engagement, organising and development (Dr Jason Pandya-Wood, Dr Craig Lundy and Sharon Hutchings), human rights cities (Dr Michele Grigolo), sustainability (Dr Mark Weinstein) and migration (Professor Azrini Wahidin and Dr Tom Vickers). The sociology of identity and inclusion/exclusion is also a strong strand of work in the Department, most notably through Dr Mike Keenan’s work on religion and sexuality.

    We have a growing number of PhD and Prof Doc students within the Department, many of whom have been successfully awarded full bursaries to pursue their research. We also have an active research seminar programme with a range of visiting speakers, providing research staff and postgraduate research students with the opportunity to share knowledge and ideas.

    All of our research is enriched by connections with visiting fellows and professors, and thriving links with international partners.

  • School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences

    NTU is one of only a handful of universities in the UK with the outstanding rural resources to support research and postgraduate study in Animal and Environmental sciences. Our Brackenhurst campus is a dedicated 200-hectare farm, woodland and wetland estate. We undertake research activity in partnership with key organisations such as the Environment Agency, The Wildlife Trusts, Kennel Club, British Horse Society and the National Trust, and have international links with key organisations and academic institutions.

    Our research focuses on four main themes:

    • Natural Environment
    • Ecology and Conservation
    • Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security
    • Animal Behaviour, Performance and Welfare

  • Student Support Services

    The Student Affairs portfolio at Nottingham Trent University represents a range of supporting services designed to enhance and support the holistic student experience. The breadth of support currently provided includes support for Finance, Health and Wellbeing, Student Visas and Learning matters, as well as Faith and Chaplaincy and our Student Service One Stop Shop Centres.

    Our ambition is to create a completely integrated student support environment at NTU, one that is recognised as exceptionally effective both nationally and internationally, such that every student at NTU can rapidly access and receive targeted and appropriate assistance, have their concerns addressed, remain focused and achieve their ambitions while optimising their academic and personal development.

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