Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has claimed a hat-trick of prestigious accolades, winning major awards for the third year in a row. It’s no mean feat, and showcases NTU’s dedication to delivering excellence in teaching and learning.
We took a closer look at these three new titles – together with NTU’s TEF Gold Standard award – to learn how NTU has once again come out on top.
A growing list of major accolades
NTU has received official awards and commendations from leading institutions in 2017, 2018 and 2019, and we’re proud to shout about each and every one.
2019: NTU named The Guardian University of the Year
The most recent addition to our growing list of awards is The Guardian’s 2019 University of the Year. NTU were the inaugural winners of this title, receiving it in April. The award recognises the university that most successfully combines academic excellence with inclusivity.
Based on several competitive criteria, this award measures performance and improvement in The Guardian university league tables. The league tables themselves are based on the university activities and achievements that matter most to young people – namely employability, student satisfaction and quality of teaching.
The Guardian award also measures retention amongst those who come from areas of low participation in higher education. It takes gender balance into consideration, as well as the Stonewall charity’s ranking of good practice on LGBT issues.
Judy Friedberg – editor of The Guardian University Guide – said: “Nottingham Trent’s performance across a range of measures has been exceptional this year. The University delivers overall academic excellence while paying close attention to the success of each individual student, no matter their background.”
Read more about the prestigious Guardian University of the Year award.
2018: NTU named Modern University of the Year
September 2018 saw NTU named Modern University of the Year in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. This coveted annual award recognised NTU for its strong student satisfaction, quality of teaching, engagement with employers, and overall student experience.
The award announcement came just two weeks after NTU was shortlisted for “University of the Year”, as part of The Times Higher Education Awards. This accolade was awarded as the University moved for the first time into the top 50 of The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide’s league table – ranking joint 47th.
Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University, said: "We are very proud to have been awarded the title of Modern University of the Year in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
“It is very pleasing that this authoritative guide recognises our strong student satisfaction. Our overall score of 89% in the National Student Survey is particularly significant, considering our large student body.”
Read more about the renowned Modern University of the Year award.
2017: Times Higher Education University of the Year
Known as the Oscars of the higher education sector, the title of University of the Year is the most coveted honor in the Times Higher Education Awards.
NTU was praised by judges for its tireless hard work and “bold ambition” in transforming a vision into reality. Our impressive record for outreach – together with our use of learning analytics to improve retention – was also commended.
Professor Edward Peck commented: “These are indications of the commitment and dedication our whole University has towards our strategic plan, which has been built around ensuring both a value-based and systematic approach to delivering equality of opportunity to our students.”
The award was presented by Al Murray, during a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.
Read more about the elite award in: Nottingham Trent University named University of the Year 2017.
Teaching Excellence Framework: Gold rating
Not only has NTU been awarded a host of accolades, but it has also been rated Gold in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the highest attainable ranking for university teaching.
The TEF rating is judged by an independent panel of higher education experts, who assess the quality of the undergraduate student experience. Experts have judged that NTU delivers teaching and learning for its students of outstanding quality, representing the very highest standards found in the UK.
Professor Edward Peck said: “This award of the highest accolade available for university teaching is testament to the commitment and creativity of our staff, students and partners. It reflects their commitment to putting teaching quality and student satisfaction at the forefront of our approach to creating opportunities for all.”
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