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APPEAL: Graduate Camille Webley was drawn to Nottingham Trent by the university’s resources and the friendliness of its staff and students

NOTTINGHAM TRENT is the best modern university in the UK according to The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

The university – also shortlisted for the prestigious ‘University of the Year’ title in the forthcoming Times Higher Education Awards – is one of the UK’s largest with about 28,000 students studying across four campuses.

Almost a quarter of NTU’s students are from BME communities, and over the last five years BME UK undergraduate student numbers have increased to more than 5,000.

Students and staff come from more than 160 countries, so NTU is a truly global university. And with more than 80 student clubs and societies to get involved with, the university has a vibrant and active student community at its heart.

NTU’s student satisfaction rates are among the highest in the country according to the latest national figures; its satisfaction score of 89% in the National Student Satisfaction Survey was the fifth highest score amongst mainstream universities. In addition to this, the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework recently rewarded the university’s outstanding teaching and learning with the highest possible ‘gold’ rating.

More than 95% of the university’s 2016 graduates were in work or training six months after leaving the university, and almost 80% were in graduate level jobs or graduate entry educational programmes.

DESTINATION: Architecture student Somtochukwu Iwuafor came to study at Nottingham Trent from Lagos, Nigeria

Increasingly, employers want to recruit graduates who have real-world work experience, and the university prides itself on delivering courses that prepare students for a successful career and the world of work. That’s why all of the university’s courses, across every subject area, offer a work experience opportunity.

The university’s specialist careers consultants are available to offer advice on everything from career planning to completing applications and performing at interviews.

NTU also offers an exciting alternative route to a degree and a rewarding career within a chosen industry. Completing a higher or degree apprenticeship enables students to develop industry-specific work experience ahead of their full-time university peers. All whilst gaining a matching qualification, earning a full time salary, and having no tuition fees to pay back.

Nottingham is a world-class student destination, with a thriving arts scene and top shopping, international sports facilities, and award-winning nightlife. According to the 2016 NatWest Student Living Index, it is also ranked in the top ten of the most cost-effective student cities in the UK

Camille Webley graduated from the university this year with a degree in product design. She said:

“When I first came to visit NTU the atmosphere is what drew me in, followed by the friendliness of both the staff and the students. The resources for my course were also a deciding factor, the workshops were stocked with equipment which was different, in a good way, from other universities that I'd seen previously.”

Final year architecture student, Somtochukwu Iwuafor, came from Nigeria to study at NTU. He said:

“One of the major factors that influenced my decision to attend NTU is its vibrant student life. Having grown up in arguably the fastest-paced city in Africa, Lagos, I became accustomed to finding serenity amidst a bustling environment and, even though I didn’t come searching for the exact kind of energy from back home, I needed an avenue to connect me with an attribute of home, and this is what NTU provided me.”

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