The University of Nottingham
Posted on: May 18, 2011. Comments ( 1 )

University Park Campus lies to the west of the Nottingham city centre, the acres-330 (1.3 historic home of The University of Nottingham. With its famous lake and clock-tower and extensive parkland greenery, the university has an attractive campus, arguably one of the best in the country. Having won successive awards for architecture and landscaping, the latest being a Green Flag Award, the campus has been named the greenest in the country. Nottingham has several additional campuses—the “garden campuses” as known collectively—all of which share similar design features to the original—grade 1/2 period houses or halls situated around a lake with extensive botanic gardens. The Sutton Bonington campus, however, makes an exception, belonging to a class older than the University Park campus.

Other campuses (Local)
Major local establishments include the Sutton Bonington campus—near Loughborough, Leicestershire, the Jubilee Campus at Wollaton Road and the King’s Meadow Campus at Lenton Lane. Other establishments count amongst the Queen’s Medical Centre, School of Graduate Entry Medicine and Health at Royal Derby Hospital, Derby, the Clinical Science Building at Hucknall Road and the Adult Education Centre located at 14/22, Shakespeare Street.

Other campuses (International)
Established in 1999 at Semenyih, Selangor, Malaysia, The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus was the first campus of a British University in Malaysia and one of the first anywhere in the world—earning the distinction of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2001 and the Queen’s Award for Industry (International Trade) 2006. In September 2005, the Malaysia Campus moved to its new purpose-built campus at Semenyih, 30 km south of Kuala Lumpur city centre. Occupying a scenic position overlooking green hills on a 101-acre (0.41 km2) site, the campus was designed to become the Malaysian twin of the University Park Campus in the UK.

Followed up in 2004 and built at a cost of £40 million, The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China was completed in 2005 and was officially opened by John Prescott, the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister, in February 2006. Located in the Zhejiang Province, the Chinese twin of University Park in the UK includes a lake and its own version of Nottingham’s famous Trent Building. In November 2010, the university had been invited by Chinese officials to establish a new campus in Shanghai to compliment its operations in Ningbo, a discussion topic currently going on.

Students Union
Located at Portland Building, University Park Campus, the union represents nearly 37,000 students from over 140 countries, roofed under the UK, Malaysia and China campuses. The union supports 200 societies and 77 sports clubs, as well as a theatre, magazine (Impact), award-winning student-run radio station (URN) and a native TV station (NUTS). In 2007-08, there were 493 students from India studying at the University.

Entry and Courses Offered
With over 400 courses to choose from three mainstream levels, Undergraduate, Postgraduate and PhD, the University also offers additional Specials: Foundation Courses and preparatory English Language classes—specially tailored to help international students in both aspects. Opportunities for study-abroad & exchange, for visiting and resident students, can also be availed.

Over 200 courses are offered where a pick can be taken from a range of programs from Aerospace to Zoology grouped under five schools or department of study: Arts, Medicine and Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences and Engineering

Applicants can run their pen down a list of 300+ courses offered in this level with prefixes like MA, MArch, MBA, MSc and LLM under categories like Arts, Architecture, Cultural Studies, Education (e.g. Theology), International Cultures, Languages, Philosophy and Religion and Psychology in addition to traditional courses like Medicine, Health, Law, etc.

Registering 10 applicants per place, Nottingham is “…one of the hardest universities to get into in the UK” and “among the most sought-after in higher education”, both according to the Sunday Times. Entry into Nottingham is extremely competitive and as a result, new undergraduates average a UCAS tariff score in excess of 400. Nottingham University—with more than 49,000 applications for 2011 entry—is the third most popular university in the UK, and has been described by the Times as “the nearest Britain has to a truly global university” and the “prime alternative to Oxbridge”.

Learning Facilities
Apart from few common technologies, the University associates itself with “technology to support collaborative learning in new ways” like the WikiVet project—an online space created by students and professional vets as part of their learning, with more than 2,000 pages of information supplemented with a combination of video clips, photographs and interactive material. For certain components of learning which are difficult to explain conventionally, interactive visual frameworks—3D modeling—are deployed “to help students see and understand processes that are too small, too slow, or too fast to see and explore first hand”.
For effectiveness of interactive learning, certain lecturers use voting keypads to obtain feedback from the students to gauge their understanding in a learning environment.

Stationed at King’s Meadow Campus, down Lenton Lane, research at University of Nottingham is literally worth its while. With its residents being deployed in a research-intensive environment, talent and excellence morph into a double-positive contagion.

Nottingham had 26 departments rated ‘internationally excellent’ in the UK Funding Council’s RAE (Research Assessment Exercise) in 2001. Finishing at Seventh Place in the 2008 RAE, more than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top 10, with 14 in the Top 5 slot. Nottingham is also in the top four universities in Britain for the amount of research income received, being awarded over £150 million in research contracts for the academic year 2009-2010. Nottingham’s techno-kitty includes a 12 teraflop supercomputer.

Rankings and Recognitions
Being associated with two Nobel Prizes in the past decade, much of the pioneering work on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) was carried out at Nottingham—work for which Nottingham professor Sir Peter Mansfield received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2003. Leading economist Andrew Oswald describes Nottingham as “one of only 5 British universities capable of privatization and competing with the major universities in the United States”. Nottingham is ranked as the 8th best international university in the global “Best Places to Work in Academia 2010″ survey and according to the 2009 edition of the International Professional Classification of Higher Education Institutions—which assesses the number of alumni listed among CEOs in the 500 largest worldwide companies—is ranked 3rd in the UK and 28th in the World.

The university offers a wide range of scholarships—15, 27 and 9 for UG, Masters and Research, in respective order depending on the country/region to which the student belongs.

Scholarship of £1500 will be awarded on meeting all eligibility criteria. More information is given in this leaflet.
For continued excellence in academics, the top students in the Faculty of Engineering, progressing on their course will be awarded the Dean of Engineering’s Outstanding Student Prize. This includes a certificate in recognition of their achievement and £100 prize.

105 Scholarships are provided to students from Africa, India and mentioned countries of the Commonwealth as 30 sponsors towards full tuition fee and 75 sponsors towards half the tuition fees. Notification is aimed at six weeks before announced closure dates. Eligibility criteria are listed here.

40 scholarships on full tuition fees are sponsored on meeting eligibility criteria for International Research Excellence.

Cost of Studies and Job Opportunities
For undergraduate taught courses, international students’ fees range from £10,270 to £20,420 for the academic year 2011-2012. Tuition fees include registration, tuition, initial examination, graduation and membership of the University Association. For full-time students the fee also includes a membership for the Union of Students, though this is not mandatory. Part-time students may join the Union on application to its Secretary and payment of the appropriate fee. Other fee charges levied includes the examination/re-examination fee of £80 for UG up to £700 for doctoral degrees and payment of administration charges of £60-£90 for late payment. Fees are liable to change every year and students will normally be charged the rate for the fee band for the year in question. On an average, cost of studies—including miscellaneous and/or hidden costs—would amount to around 8 Lakh to 15 Lakh INR per annum. Compared to cost of studies in any other top-ranking overseas university—with an eye on current rates of exchange for Great Britain Pound (GBP) which is 72.46 INR—this estimate is arguably reasonable.

To soften the crunch of financial jaws, seeking jobs while studying abroad is most advisable. Unitemps, an initiative of the University’s Centre for Career Development has made things easier for the job seeker.

Cost of living—energy bills, food and accommodation—will amount to £700 per month translating to £6300 per academic year of nine months—an INR equivalent of 4.5 Lakh. This estimate however will vary by a margin depending upon personal likes and lifestyle.

Accommodation and Food
Nottingham’s accommodation provides more than 6,000 rooms, owned by the university or provided by external developers, all close to the campuses and ranging from modern self-catering flats to traditional catered halls of residence. Catered halls of residence provide a more “home from home” service. Fifteen halls, housing about 4,000 students across the University Park, Jubilee, and Sutton Bonington campuses, are owned and managed by Nottingham. Three meals a day are provided as part of the accommodation fee with a varied menu catering for various dietary requirements. Nottingham’s accommodation features rooms on each campus that are accessible to students with disabilities, including larger rooms for extra storage or work space, adapted bathrooms and facilities for those with hearing impairments.

As a city of many cultures the variety of eateries on offer is broad. In the city centre, Lace Market and Mansfield Road areas of the city you’ll find an array of places to grab a quick snack or linger over a lunchtime or evening meal. These range from foreign foods such as Greek, Indian, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Turkish, Spanish, French, Mexican, Thai, to fine-dining, seafood restaurants, pizza places, American diners and great quality pub dining.

Hidden away in the beautiful grounds of the University Park Campus is the University of Nottingham’s very own restaurant, The Hemsley. With a deliciously imaginative menu it is a perfect retreat to step into when one’s parents are coming to town. Also, located just down the road from the University, is Nottingham’s own Michellin-starred restaurant, Sat Bains—where those who don’t mind peeling off an entire student loan, will go. More here on restaurants and cafeterias on campus.

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    Smita Anant Kakade says:

    Want to select various courses

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