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For nearly two centuries, the staff and students of both universities have, in some shape or form, been part of the Nottingham community.

See how university volunteers help Abdulhameed in his school

For the community

Ten year old Abdulhameed Elgareidi has been taking part in workshops designed to support children to build key life skills, deliver their own social action projects and make the transition from primary to secondary education as seamless as possible.

Students from the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham College run sports workshops for children in their final year of primary school as part of the Laureus Sport for Good programme.

The sport and life curriculum, delivered after school by student leaders, works with pupils like Abdulhameed to develop key transition skills and create a social action initiative, using sport and physical activity to help engage them.

Abdulhameed’s School, Forest Fields Primary, hosts the workshops, which cover teamwork, resilience, respect and managing your emotions.

Student volunteers lead sporting activities with children from Forest Fields Primary School

Abdulhameed joined the club because he enjoys sport and was interested to find out more about volunteering.

He’s been working with university students from all across the world, as well as pupils in secondary school, all of whom are volunteers. Together they are planning an event aimed at helping homeless people.

He’s hoping to carry on volunteering in the community outside school, and is looking forward to starting secondary school in September.

“I really enjoy working with the university students because they teach us new things and sometimes we get to teach them new things.”

Abdulhameed Elgareidi, Forest Fields Primary School


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Explore the impact of the universities in more detail

We deliver around £181m of direct economic impact, and a further £108m of indirect economic impact annually, through student spending in the Nottingham community

The economic activity of our universities supports over 25,000 jobs in the greater Nottingham area

We help more than 5,000 students and 500 staff volunteer over 100,000 hours to good causes

NTU Law School pro bono advice service, the Legal Advice Centre, recovered almost a million pounds for local people last year

Our world-class sporting facilities are open to all, and over 40,000 adults and children use them each year

We host hundreds of community events each year, from public lectures and seminars, festivals to exhibitions, arts and craft activities, cultural events and film and theatre screenings

The joint end of year ‘pack for good’ recycling campaign has raised over £180,000 for the British Heart Foundation