Nottingham Trent wins inaugural Guardian university of the year award

Nottingham Trent wins inaugural Guardian university of the year award

Nottingham Trent University has actually been crowned university of the year in the Guardian’s annual awards for its inclusive curriculum and concentrate on social movement.

The award, which was presented this year, is determined on the basis of a number of procedures, consisting of efficiency and enhancement in theGuardian league tables These concentrate on the university activities that matter most to youths: quality of mentor, trainee fulfillment and employability.

In 2015, Nottingham Trent overtook its elite Russell Group rival, Nottingham University, in the Guardian’s university league tables for the very first time. The previous polytechnic, which has 30,000 trainees throughout 4 schools in the city and surrounding countryside, was amongst the greatest risers in the rankings.

The Guardian award consider how great universities are at maintaining trainees who originate from locations of low involvement in college, and whether their black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) trainees do in addition to their white peers. Reward points are granted for race charter awards; Athena Swan awards, which show gender balance; and Stonewall’s ranking of great practice on LGBT problems.

Prof Edward Peck, vice-chancellor of Nottingham Trent University, stated social movement is a top priority given that a quarter of the trainee body is from families with a combined earnings of ₤15,000 or less. The university was the very first to sign up to the federal government’s brand-new social movement promise, which devotes it to dealing with schools and companies to enhance life opportunities for youths from disadvantaged backgrounds.

” We have actually been extremely figured out to decrease a few of the achievement spaces for a few of our trainees, and in specific to narrow the spaces in between those who get graduate level tasks and those who do not,” Peck stated.

As part of this drive, the university keeps track of scholastic development carefully utilizing an advanced knowing analytics system, which determines how frequently trainees utilize the library or log into the virtual knowing environment. The university has actually likewise made work experience compulsory for all degree courses, and has actually upgraded all its courses to guarantee they lead plainly towards a profession.

The upgrade formed part of a larger 18- month procedure of curriculum overhaul throughout the university. This began with personnel driving a double-decker bus around school, to which academics were welcomed on board to talk about how they might modernise their curriculums to enhance employability, diversify reading lists beyond white European thinkers, and show the UN’s sustainable development goals.

” It brought the entire procedure to life,” stated Eunice Simmons, deputy vice-chancellor. “It’s made a huge distinction in a great deal of our courses.”

Variety is another top priority for Nottingham Trent considered that one third of its trainee body is BAME, and the university is striving to decrease the variation in grades with white trainees.

Among the developments which has actually allowed this is a team-based knowing job called Scale-Up, which won the Guardian award for course and curriculum style. The job was presented amongst 16,000 trainees, and the university’s preliminary findings reveal that the technique has actually narrowed the space in between how well white and BAME trainees do by 4.2 portion points.

The university sees itself as a “social business” with a concentrate on dealing with the regional neighborhood, according to Peck. Great deals of tasks are targeted at disadvantaged locals considered that the city ranks among the poorest in the UK.

The university runs the award-winning Much Safer Living Structure, a rehab job for sexual wrongdoers which is underpinned by the university’s research study, and a legal suggestions centre, through which trainees have actually assisted regional homeowners declare ₤ 3m worth of advantages they had actually been rejected.

” It was a requirement in the city. It speaks with social addition, it establishes trainee abilities and experience, however it in fact makes a genuine distinction to individuals’s lives,” Peck stated.

Classification winners

Advancing staff equality

Winner: University of South Wales
Runners up: University of Essex, University of Strathclyde

Business collaboration

Winner: Heriot-Watt University
Runners up: University of Leicester, Salford University

Course and curriculum design

Winner: Nottingham Trent University
Runners up: Brunel University London, University of Huddersfield

Digital innovation

Winner: London School of Economics
Runners up: Coventry University, Staffordshire University

Employability and entrepreneurship

Winner: Norwich University of the Arts
Runners up: Leeds College of Music, University of Central Lancashire


Winner: University of Worcester
Runners up: UWE Bristol ( International Water Security Network), UWE Bristol ( Task Zulu)

Marketing and comms campaigns

Winner: University of London
Runners up: University of Bath, University of Sheffield

Research impact

Winner: University of Manchester
Runners up: Heriot-Watt University, University of Exeter

Retention, support and student outcomes

Winner: UWE Bristol
Runners up: Sheffield Hallam University, University of Glasgow