On 10 April, the winners of the 2019 Guardian University awards were announced at a glamorous ceremony in London. This year, a new award was introduced — we are delighted to announce that one of our partners, Nottingham Trent University (NTU), won the first ever Guardian University of the Year award!
The award recognises a university that combines academic excellence with inclusivity, works hard to attract a diverse student community, and provides the support that students need to excel.
Reasons NTU is University of the Year
The award is calculated on the basis of several measures, including performance and improvement in the Guardian league tables, and a commitment to quality of teaching, student satisfaction, and employability.
1. Great rankings
In the last few years, NTU has been climbing the university league tables and was among the highest risers in the latest Guardian University Guide rankings — it is currently ranked 16th in the UK.
2. Inclusive curriculum
As well as great rankings, NTU has shown dedication to creating an inclusive curriculum. Over the past 18 months, the University has been in the process of updating its curriculum across the board. The aim has been to modernise the University’s degrees to improve employability, to diversify reading lists beyond European thinkers, and reflect the United Nation’s sustainable development goals.
Furthermore, the fact that NTU won the Guardian University award for ‘Course and Curriculum Design’ as well as the University of the Year award, shows just how much of an impact the curriculum update has already had.
3. Social mobility
Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor of NTU, has stated that social mobility is a priority. The University welcomes students from all walks of life, and it is committed to helping students from less privileged backgrounds to succeed.
In fact, NTU was the first institution to sign up to the UK government’s new social mobility pledge, which commits it to working with schools and employers to improve life chances for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
To help do this, the University monitors academic progress using a state-of-the-art learning analytics system, which measures how often students use the library or log into the virtual learning environment.
Other successful partner universities
NTU wasn’t our only university partner to do well in the Guardian University Awards this year. The University of Essex was shortlisted in the ‘Advancing Staff Equality’ category; UWE Bristol was shortlisted for the ‘Internationalisation’ category (thanks to its International Water Security Network and Project Zulu), and it even won the ‘Retention, Support and Student Outcomes’ award.
If you’d like to start your path to one of our partner universities, then explore the links below.