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The Universities for Nottingham initiative is a pioneering collaboration, which brings together the combined strength and civic missions of Nottingham’s two world-class universities. Over the next few years it will improve the way we work with each other and with our local partners to help change the lives of local people for the better.

“What makes a place a place?” Nottingham Poet Georgina Wilding introduces the Universities for Nottingham initiative

What's happened so far?

For the first stage of this initiative, Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham have jointly undertaken an economic, social and cultural impact study to benchmark the contribution we currently make to our local communities, people and place. We have also started to map the many hundreds of different locally-focused programmes and initiatives currently run by our institutions. Our aim is to identify areas where, if we worked together in collaboration, we could have a bigger impact on the lives of local people.

Our ambition

Our ambition is to use this base as a foundation from which we can work more effectively with each other and with our partners to unlock the talent and expertise of our two universities. Together, we want to help drive improvements in economic prosperity, educational opportunity, health and wellbeing and environmental sustainability across our region.

Through this initiative we want to say clearly to the people, communities and businesses with whom we share a common place, that we are also your universities… the Universities for Nottingham.

Explore the impact of the universities in more detail


teachers working in local schools and nurseries were trained at our universities in the last three years


specialist medical staff working in the local community trained at our universities in the last 3 years

£145 million

boost to the local economy every year from our 15,000 international students from 137 different countries  


new businesses established over the last 5 years supported by NTU’s The Hive and the University of Nottingham Ingenuity Lab


volunteer hours given to good causes by over 5, 000 students and 500 staff

We support the creative industries directly through cultural organisations like Nottingham Contemporary, the Creative Quarter Company, the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies and Nottingham Lakeside Arts


business delegates using our facilities including the East Midlands Conference Centre, the Orchard Hotel and the Jubilee Centre


students from Nottinghamshire studying at our two universities