The University of Nottingham is one of the many UK Universities.


1881 - Nottingham’s first civic college Nottingham's first civic college was opened in the city centre in 1881, four years after the foundation stone was laid by former Prime Minister, W E Gladstone. An anonymous benefactor had offered £10,000 for a college on condition that a suitable building be erected by the Council and that the college should be provided with £4,000 a year.

1928 - The move to University Park After the First World War, the college outgrew its original building. A generous gift by Sir Jesse Boot, of 35 acres of land at Highfields, presented the solution and in 1928 the College moved to what is now the main campus, University Park. Initially, it was accommodated in the elegant Trent Building and was officially opened by King George V in November of that year. Even in its early days on this site, the College attracted high profile visiting lecturers including Professor Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi and H.G. Wells.

1948 – Becoming The University of Nottingham In 1948, the college was awarded the Royal Charter and became The University of Nottingham, now able to award degrees in its own name. During this period the School of Agriculture was established when the Midland College of Agriculture at Sutton Bonington merged with the University. Continued growth

The University of Nottingham continued to grow and still focuses on its development.

  • The Medical School: In 1970 we established the UK’s first Medical School in the 20th century, and in 1995 the School of Nursing was formed following the merger of the Mid-Trent College of Nursing and Midwifery. In 2003 a new campus was opened in Derby City General Hospital
  • Jubilee Campus: The £50 million Jubilee Campus development opened in 1999 and subsequently phase two opened in March 2009. The campus has won numerous awards due to its environmentally-friendly features
  • Malaysia Campus: The University opened a campus in Malaysia in 1999. Subsequently a new purpose-built park campus was opened in September 2005 in Semenyih, Malaysia, close to Kuala Lumpur International Airport
  • King’s Meadow Campus: In March 2005 The University opened the King’s Meadow Campus in the former Carlton Television Studios. The campus is home to many of The University’s administrative and support units, Manuscripts and Special Collections and two television studios
  • China Campus: In February 2006 a purpose-built campus was opened in the city of Ningbo, China, as part of a joint venture. The University then became the first foreign university to establish an independent campus in China
  • School of Veterinary Medicine and Science: The University of Nottingham officially opened the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science in April 2007. It is the first purpose-built new veterinary school to be opened in the UK in 50 years


In the latest global tables published in 2008, The University of Nottingham was again confirmed as a world-class university.

  • Ranked 10th in the UK and 26th in Europe by the established world rankings index compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Ranked in the Top 1% of all universities worldwide in The Times Higher World Rankings 2009 with a ranking of 91st in the world - a 75 place rise since the table’s first publication in 2004

Student Population 2008/2009:

Students Based in Nottingham
Study Mode Full-time Students Part-time Students Total Students
Foundation 166 0 166
Undergraduate 21,321 1,417 22,738
Postgraduate Taught 2,432 1,200 3,632
Postgraduate Research 2,182 492 2,674
Other Award 564 683 1,247
Total 26,665 3,792 30,457

Academic Departments:

University of Nottingham offers over 50 unique academic departments.

  • American and Canadian Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Arts (Faculty of)
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biosciences
  • Built Environment
  • Business School
  • Chemical and Environmental Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • China Policy Institute
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classics
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Community Health Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Contemporary Chinese Studies
  • Continuing Education
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering Engineering
  • Engineering (Faculty of)
  • Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy
  • English Language Education
  • English Studies
  • Film and Television Studies
  • French and Francophone Studies
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • German Studies
  • Graduate Entry Medicine and Health
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Language Centre
  • Law
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Medicine & Health Sciences (Faculty of)
  • Midwifery
  • Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Molecular Medical Sciences
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Philosophy
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Physiotherapy Education
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Russian and Slavonic Studies
  • Science (Faculty of)
  • Science and Society
  • Social Sciences (Faculty of)
  • Sociology and Social Policy
  • Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
  • Theology and Religious Studies
  • Veterinary Medicine and Science
  • Work, Health and Organisations

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Just as an interesting side note Nottingham provides a Masters on Robin Hood and his merry men. (Maybe I should have applied to that program instead of Computer Science)