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Life outside of the classroom

Last updated 23 July 2020.

It’s been shown that students who get involved in additional activities outside of their studies tend to do better academically and experience better well-being. Over the summer term we introduced online extracurricular activities as we wanted all of our students to have the opportunity to do and feel their best.

From September, teaching will take place in a blend of classroom and online delivery and we want to ensure you have the opportunity to experience other aspects of university life too. We are planning for you to continue to have access to a range of extracurricular activities, some of which will be available on campus (in accordance with Government guidelines) and some online.

Activities, employability and networking

  • Sports activities available in Term One 2020

    NTU Sport are working hard to make sure that there will be something for everyone.

    • NTU gyms will be open from September, although subject to a booking system, and numbers of people allowed in at any one time will be limited to ensure social distancing can be maintained.
    • A full exercise class schedule will be available, and we are looking at how we might be able to increase capacity, as well as offering online classes.
    • NTU’s Play for Fun programme will have an adapted range of activities available
    • NTU’s 60 sports clubs, catering from all levels will be active, although some club activities will be adapted according to Government guidance.
    • The NTU sports volunteering programme will be available.
    • NTU sport for more details

  • Cultural activities

    Open to all students, we’ll be offering a variety of cultural and creative activities and events for students to get involved with and enjoy. Whether that’s face-to-face, virtually or a combination

    Find out more about NTU curated and created.

  • Music

    NTU Music will be offering their full programme of vocal and instrumental groups, tuition and practice facilities in the Music Centre on City Campus.

    This includes:

    • Choir, Chamber Choir and Gospel Choir
    • Big Band, Brass Band, Concert Band, Drumline and String Sinfonia
    • Band Development Programme.

    You’ll be making music as safely as possible and staying connected with NTU Music’s friendly community.

  • Will I be able to visit Bonington Gallery on the City Campus?

    Bonington Gallery will shortly confirm when it will reopen with a diverse and ambitious programme of exhibitions. In the meantime they be offering screenings, lectures and seminars through their digital channels.

  • Metronome Creative Quarter Campus

    Metronome, NTU's public live performance venue, will return with a full programme of events as soon as Government guidelines permit.

    October will see the launch of WRAP, a new programme of events and activities for students, focused around writing and reading for pleasure.

    WRAP offers different ways to enjoy reading and writing, such as think creative workshops and mentoring, performances, book groups and more.

    Delivered in close partnership with our friends at Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, WRAP celebrates all kinds of words and all kinds of individual and collective voices.

  • Employability

    How can I improve my employability skills during Term One?

    You can take part in a wide range of employability activities throughout the year, including live online practical workshops and employer sessions. Our activities and jobs fairs will be delivered online and on campus, if it’s safe to do so depending on Government  guidelines and will be available as:

    • catch up’ recordings
    • virtual jobs fairs
    • bite-sized e-learning activities and tutorials.

    These activities can help you gain points towards your Employability Awards.

    You'll be able to develop your ability to get a job or placement, improve your applications and CV and interview practice and find specific roles with employers looking to recruit NTU students.

    Got a question?

    Ask away on Employability’s LiveChat – open to NTU’s students (and graduates!) every weekday.

    If you're a current NTU student, find out more on Employability Online.

    If you're a new student at NTU, discover employability opportunities available to you that can give you a competitive edge when you graduate.

  • Postgraduate employability opportunities

    We have dedicated resources, advice, support and contacts to help you as a postgraduate student progress along your career path, including a new ‘Making the Most of Postgraduate Study’ e-learning activity and dedicated advisers for each School.

    In addition, you can take part in a wide range of employability activities throughout your postgraduate year, including:

    • live online practical workshops
    • employer sessions (all of which will be available as ‘catch up’ recordings)
    • virtual jobs fairs
    • bite-sized e-learning activities and tutorials.

    You can use these activities to gain points towards your Employability Awards. Our activities and jobs fairs will be delivered online and on campus, as and when is safe to do so, depending on Government guidelines.

    Got a question?

    Ask away on Employability’s LiveChat – open every weekday to all NTU’s students and graduates!

    Get more information on our Employability Online’s Postgraduates Employability Advice page.

  • NTU Global lounges and exploring the world through NTU

    You can visit the NTU Global Lounges at the City and Clifton Campuses or the Virtual Global Lounge to:

    • network and connect with new friends from across the globe
    • organise and take part in cultural activities
    • learn a new language.

    The physical Global Lounges will be open at a limited capacity, and we will resume events as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, you can join us in the Virtual Global Lounge for live chats, Language Café, games afternoon, and training sessions.

    NTU Global Lounges are open to all NTU and NTIC students and colleagues from the UK and abroad.

    Take a look into one of our virtual global lounges.

  • Supporting your faith

    NTU Faith provides an opportunity to bring together the cultural diversity of students in our new NTU Faith and Chaplaincy Digital space.

    You can get involved in conversations about different faiths, meet our friendly and experienced faith and chaplaincy pastoral team, connect with NTU student faith ambassadors and create opportunities to connect with our diverse external faith communities in Nottingham.

    We celebrate a number of the major faith festivals and we will continue to do so through our digital online activities so you can participate or just observe.

    Faith and chaplaincy activities will also take place adhering to Government social distancing guidelines. All are welcome.

  • Learn a language

    The NTU University Language Programme (ULP) provides a range of language courses to students, so you will have the opportunity to learn a new language or improve your existing foreign language skills.

    Find out more about the ULP.

Nottingham Trent Students' Union

  • Nottingham Trent Student Union spaces

    NTSU are opening all their spaces across NTU campuses in time for Term One 2020 with new layouts, events and operating procedures in place to help a smooth and safe operation.

    This includes our coffee shops, bars, shops, and social spaces to help you make the most out of your time on campus.  We will be increasing the scale of our events as soon as the Government regulations allow.

    NTSU also has a variety of events and activities taking place on campus and online. Look out for quizzes, wellbeing activities, live music, debates, and events.

  • Nottingham Trent Students Union societies and Give It a Go

    NTSU has over 120 societies you can join.

    These student-led societies have a range of activities planned, virtually and physically, for you to get involved in throughout Term One, including:

    • academic
    • common interest
    • cultural
    • faith
    • media
    • creative
    • political and campaigning.

    If there isn’t a society for your specific interest already, we can help you set one up.

    The Give it a go programme will launch at the start of Term One 2020, and will offer virtual and in person events covering just for fun, mental health andwellbeing, skills and learning and trips and tours.

Still need help?

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