Its roots go back to 1843 with the establishment of the Nottingham Government School of Design which still exists within the university today. It is the 16th largest university in the UK (out of 165) with 26,890 students split over three different campuses.
Nottingham Trent University was ranked in the number 700 and above (701+) category in the world by the QS World University Rankings. In 2008 The Complete University Guide named Nottingham Trent the “top post-1992 University” in the country. The university has “one of the best employability records of any university in England and Wales”. It maintains close ties to over 6,000 businesses and 94% of students progress to full-time employment or further education within six months of graduating.
The Guardian calls Nottingham Trent “the most environmentally friendly university in the country”.
In 2009 it was awarded the title of “the most environmentally friendly university in the UK”, by The People & Planet Green League (the only independent ranking of British universities’ environmental and ethical performance). Also since 2009, 100% of the university’s electricity has been generated by renewable sources.
The university has a strong research arm with, in 2008, 74% of the university’s research considered of “international status” and “an impressive 8% ranked as world-leading”. The 2014 REF upgraded the status of the university’s research, with 90% considered of either “world-leading”, “internationally-excellent”, or “internationally-recognised” status. In November 2015, the university was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, “the highest national honour for a UK University” based on numerous research projects.