Nottingham Trent University was founded as a new university in 1992 from Trent Polytechnic, which was later Nottingham Polytechnic, but its roots go back to 1843 and the formation of the Nottingham Government School of Design, which still exists within the building today.
What followed those early days was the merger of many higher education providers. The Nottingham and District Technical College was set up in 1945, 13 years before Nottingham Regional College of Technology opened its doors for the first time. In 1959, the Nottingham College of Education was established at Clifton, prior to Nottingham Regional College appearing five years later. In 1966, the original Nottingham College of Design joined forces with the Regional College, becoming Trent Polytechnic by 1970.
Within five years, they had teamed up with Nottingham College of Education and, in 1988, a rebrand led to the name ‘Nottingham Polytechnic’. As was the case all over the UK, the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 was a gamechanger, with all Polytechnics and some higher education colleges qualifying for full university status. This led to the institution being renamed Nottingham Trent University.
Today, the university is rated 83rd in the UKK in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2018, and 601-800 globally. It has a Gold Teaching Excellence Framework, and in 2016 won the WhatUni award for being the best provider of its kind for international students.
Notable alumni include Matt Berry, the actor and comedian who has starred in hit shows like Toast of London, The IT Crowd and The Mighty Boosh; Labour Party Chair Hazel Blears; actress and television presenter Ana Boulter; and Dame Laura Knight, the first female artist to have been made a Dame of the British Empire.
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Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC) provides pathway courses in partnership with Nottingham Trent University, and is integrated into the university campus. NTIC boasts world-class facilities, high-quality teaching and a support network designed to pave the way for a bright future and equip students with the tools they require to succeed in their academic endeavours, and beyond.
When students pass their pathway course at the required level, and their attendance record is good, they are guaranteed a spot at Nottingham Trent University. The college’s diverse backdrop saw 57 nationalities represent it as recently as 2016. College staff welcome students from the moment they arrive in the UK, helping them to adjust to their new surroundings and make friends.
Students enjoy the best of both worlds, as they are exposed to both the first-class facilities at NTIC and also granted access to Nottingham Trent University’s resources, including libraries, computer laboratories, shops and Students’ Union. The opportunity to work alongside like-minded individuals from around the world presents a chance to learn about different cultures and forge meaningful, lasting friendships.
Kaplan International Pathways partnered with the university in 2005, and opened NTIC on the university campus. Kaplan has more than 40 university partners, and 20 learning centres across the globe. Its aim is to connect students, agents, sponsors, and partner universities by matching international education opportunities with individual ambitions.