Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is a university in Nottingham, England. Its origins date back to 1843. It was founded as Trent Polytechnic (later Nottingham Polytechnic) in 1970 before gaining university status in 1992. It is one of the largest universities in the United Kingdom, serving more than 24,000 students.
In 2007, The Guardian wrote that NTU "is one of the top places in the country for graduate employment and the University has significant international recognition of its work in Art and Design, Communication, Business, Cultural and Media Studies, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts, English Language and Literature, Other Studies and Professions Allied to Medicine, French and Law.
NTU has established industrial links with a number of national and multinational companies such as Microsoft and Lehman Brothers. Representatives from these companies deliver talks to prospective placement students or those pondering career options upon graduation.
Located just north of Nottingham City Centre, the city campus offers subjects such as law, social sciences and art & design. The campus is currently undergoing an ambitious £70 million development, which will see two of the University's largest and oldest buildings, Newton and Arkwright, linked by a postmodern "quadrangle". Stephen Jackson, the University's Chief Financial and Operations Director said in 2006 that when work is completed in 2009, "the project will go a long way towards enhancing NTU’s national and international reputation as a dynamic and forward-thinking institution".
Situated at Clifton, around four miles from Nottingham, the Clifton Campus is home to the University's Schools of Arts and Humanities, Education, and Science and Technology. The campus, linked to the city by a regular student bus service, also offers two halls of residence (Peverell and Gervase), numerous sports facilities, and a student union bar, "The Point".
The University also recently joined forces with Microsoft to form the Microsoft Academy at Nottingham Trent University.
The University's in-house managed learning environment is also based around Microsoft technology, namely Exchange, with University-wide use of the Virtual Learning Portal now in its fifth and final year (4.85 TB of materials served and 6.7 million logins during the 2006/07 academic year. . The in-house MLE is due to be replaced by Desire2Learn for the 2008/09 academic year.
In October 2004, the University underwent a rebranding, which included the amalgamation of Faculties into new Colleges, the introduction of a new logo and the dropping of the definite article from the official University name. The old logo still appears around department buildings, although much of the old signage has been removed and replaced with rebranded versions on all three campuses.
The University has partnerships with many universities and colleges throughout the world. Since 1998 NTU has awarded a number of business and law degrees Griffith College Dublin, Ireland the law degrees since 2004 has been recognised by King's Inns, Dublin as satisfying the requirements of entry to that institution, the first independent institution to do so.
In July 2005, the University purchased the Belgrave Centre, thus releasing Nottingham Law School from its ongoing rental commitment along with the added benefit of providing rental income from the Government Office of the East Midlands, which currently has a tenancy agreement until 2010 for approximately half of the building.
The University has recently entered into a partnership with Kaplan Inc. to form the "Nottingham Trent International College" (NTIC) which, through foundation courses and pre-masters courses, helps international students to progress to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at NTU and other UK universities.
In June 2008 Sir Michael Parkinson was named as the first Chancellor, responsible for a number of duties, including representing the university on special occasions and conferring degrees at graduation ceremonies. The official installation as Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University will take place in a special ceremony on Tuesday 11 November 2008, at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham.
2005 saw the start of a regeneration project to update much of the University's estate to meet the growing needs of the University. Improvements to date include:
In July 2008, the management of Nottingham Trent University terminated its recognition of the University and College Union (UCU), a step UCU assert will profoundly damage its members' ability to negotiate with their employers at NTU. As of July 9th 2008, UCU has contacted its members to recommend a greylisting, or academic boycott of the university.
The students' union, "NTSU", has bases at all three campuses.
On the City Campus, the Union is based in the Byron House building. Facilities include a bank, two bars (Glo and Sub), a gym, catering facilities (including a cafe and diner), a shop, and a sports hall. The Students' Union executive committee is also based there. The building is home to the Union's "Climax" night on a Saturday, with a capacity of 3,000 students accommodated by both bars, and much of the remaining building (which is transformed to allow its special use for the night). Other nights include "The Tone Club" (a specialist indie band night), and "Assault" (for rock and punk fans).
On the Clifton Campus, the Union is based in the Benenson Building. Facilities there include a bank, a bar and diner (known as "The Point"), a gym, a shop, and a takeaway. Clifton's flagship night is on a Friday, and host to the nationwide club night, "Flirt!".
Brackenhurst also has an NTSU presence, featuring a shop and bar ("The Orangery").
The student magazine is called Platform and is published every fortnight.
The Union radio station, Fly FM, has won the BBC Best Student Show award, and recently relaunched as an online station. The station broadcasts five days a week, from 11 am to 10 pm, with a vast variety of shows from its flagships, "Off The Record" and "Lunch With..." to shows specialising in a variety of specialist genres including house, drum and bass and soul. 97.5 KICK FM, the original radio station, was created in 1996 and won three Radio 1 student radio awards.
The Students' Union television station, Trent TV, was launched in 2006. Programmes include coverage of Freshers' Week, "Kinki" nights out at Nottingham's Ocean nightclub, "Student Pads" – a parody of MTV Cribs – and "Pitchside": a sports show that includes interviews with some of the biggest names in Nottingham sport.
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