The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 70 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THES) World University Rankings.
It provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation - School of Pharmacy).
In the UK, the University is consistently ranked highly in the league tables for Higher Education Institutions, published by The Guardian, The Times and The Sunday Times. It was awarded “UK University of the Year” by The Times Higher Awards 2006.
In The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2006, it is ranked in the Top 10 by British academics and the overall quality of teaching across departments at Nottingham wins a place in the Top 10 for Teaching Quality.
In The Times and The Guardian league tables Nottingham has 29 academic schools/departments ranked in the Top 10 by subject, and 14 ranked in the Top 5.
The University is one of the most popular choices for applicants, featuring in the Top 5 for volume of applications. It is also a Top 10 university for sports infrastructure and excellence, and it ranks in the Top 5 for the fewest number of students to leave their course before graduation.
The Sunday Times says "A model of consistent excellence, Nottingham has been ranked between 8th and 12th in every edition of The Sunday Times Good University Guide over the past nine years. It identifies the university as one of the most desirable destinations in higher education with first-rate facilities, attractive campuses and the opportunity for some to study at Semenyih, near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and Ningbo in China, where parallel courses are taught in English."
The Guardian says "Nottingham is traditionally one of the most popular universities for undergraduate applications. The university offers great facilities and a strong academic record. Popular with overseas students, Nottingham has also established new campuses in Malaysia and China."
Nottingham's first civic college was opened in the city centre in 1881, four years after the foundation stone was laid by former prime minister, W E Gladstone. This achievement was made possible by an anonymous benefactor who had offered £10,000 for a college on condition that a suitable building be erected by the Council and that the college should be endowed with £4,000 a year.
After the First World War, the college expanded rapidly and outgrew its original building. In 1928 the College moved to what is now the main campus, University Park. Initially, it was accommodated in the elegant Trent Building, with its distinctive tower, and was officially opened by King George V in November of that year. An endowment fund was set up to support the further development of the site and to provide new courses and scholarships.
Even in its early days on this site, the College attracted high profile visiting lecturers including Professor Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi and H G Wells.
In 1948, the college was awarded the Royal Charter, becoming The University of Nottingham and now able to confer degrees in its own name.
Since then, the University has continued to grow. The Medical School, the first to be established in the 20th century, opened in 1970 and, in 1995, the School of Nursing was formed following the merger of the Mid-Trent College of Nursing and Midwifery.
The £50 million Jubilee Campus development opened in 1999 and subsequently the prestigious National College for School Leadership has been co-located on the campus.
Recent developments have been even more ambitious, with an overseas campuses in Malaysia and China.