The University of Nottingham was established by Royal Charter in 1881 and is ranked in the top 1% of all universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2014/15). In 2004, Nottingham alumni were awarded two Nobel awards, with the Nobel Prize for Medicine going to Sir Peter Mansfield for his pioneering work in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and an additional Nobel Prize for Economic Science to a Nottingham graduate and former member of staff, Professor Clive Granger.
More than 90 per cent of research at the University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranked the University 7th in the UK by research power. In teaching, 30 subjects at Nottingham have received the top ‘excellent’ rating in national assessments of quality undertaken by the Teaching Quality Assurance Agency. Nottingham University Business School has been ranked as both ‘internationally excellent’ for research and also ‘excellent’ for teaching, placing it at the very top of UK rankings of its Business Schools. In addition, it has been ranked as one of the top five business schools for research in Europe by the Financial Times.
The University of Nottingham is a truly international university and amongst its staff and around 40,000 students it welcomes more than 140 different nationalities. In addition to its growing UK presence, Nottingham is particularly noted for its strong links with Asia. The university opened the first ever branch campus of a British university in Kuala Lumpur in 2000 with a purpose-built campus being built near the city and opened in 2005. Also, in 2005 the Deputy Prime Minister officially opened its second overseas campus in Ningbo in China. Nottingham’s commitment to China is significant and unique: in addition to its new campus it has a thriving Institute of Contemporary Chinese Studies, with around 1,000 students taking courses on China, and an international ‘Think Tank’ on China - the China Policy Institute.
The University of Nottingham's internationalisation efforts were recognized with the prestigious Queen’s Award Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in 2000 and the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade & Industry in 2001 and 2006.
The University’s strategy is based on the belief that the ability to operate in a global context is increasingly essential for success, and that the opportunities for world-changing teaching and research lie beyond national boundaries. As part of its approach, the university has worked closely with the Universitas 21 network since its launch in 1997 and values this relationship highly. We have developed student mobility programmes with U21 partner institutions and provide U21 scholarships for over 120 undergraduate and postgraduate students currently on U21 exchange programmes. We also provide funds for academic and administrative staff to support the development of research, teaching and professional links with U21 partners. In 2006 Nottingham was a key partner in developing the U21 Certificate in Global Issues and is a leader in the field of e-books across the U21 network, as well as the PhD scholars' network which is now being duplicated across many of the network's partners. Nottingham is also an active supporter of U21 Global in the development of borderless e-learning.