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Meet Jimmy Chipolata: NTU’s therapy dog!

There are already plenty of reasons you should consider studying at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) — it ranks in the top 40 in the UK for student satisfaction (Guardian University Guide 2023) with a work placement opportunity on every degree.

NTU also won the award for Outstanding Support for Students at the Times Higher Education Awards 2020! However, if you need more convincing, we’d like to introduce you to NTU’s newest and cutest member of staff: Jimmy Chipolata, the NTU therapy dog!

Meet Jimmy Chipolata — the official NTU therapy dog

Jimmy belongs to NTU’s Head of Student Employability, Debra Easter, but he’s more than just a pet — he has a very important job at the university, just like his owner!

Jimmy is a registered therapy dog and has been working part-time alongside Debra at Nottingham Trent as a Therapy, Wellbeing, and Student Employability Specialist.

“We get quite a lot of students who miss their pets at home and are having a stressful time with workload and exams, and Jimmy soothes them.”​​

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This means, that when students are feeling stressed or upset, Jimmy helps cheer them up! Debra says:

“Since Jimmy has been here, I’ve seen people come forward who normally wouldn’t come and talk, such as lesser-engaged and shyer students. Lots of our staff and students’ wellbeing can improve just by stroking Jimmy…

We get quite a lot of students who miss their pets at home and are having a stressful time with workload and exams, and Jimmy soothes them.”​​

Lots of UK universities have campus cats or dogs, but few of them work as hard as Jimmy does! Thankfully Jimmy loves all the attention he gets from the students — in fact, he gets upset if anybody ignores him!

Not that anyone could ignore this miniature fashion icon, whose stylish outfits have won him more than 1,000 followers on Instagram.

Join Jimmy at Nottingham Trent University

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