The University’s teaching is underpinned by its research. Its world-leading research ranges from cancer immunotherapy and airport security systems to social policy and cultural studies, and the University is currently holding £22 million in research grants and contracts (Financial Year 2008/09). The University held its own in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, although it entered fewer academics than some of the other leading new universities.
The John van Geest Cancer Research Centre was established in 2008, as a new research centre within the School of Science and Technology, as a direct result of core funding from the John and Lucille van Geest Foundation. The School of Science and Technology is host to research facilities including the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Centre, the Natural Sciences Research Centre, the Imaging and Display Research Facility and the Van Geest Cancer Research Centre; for physiological and sport related research the School boasts an Environmental Chamber capable of replicating extreme environmental conditions. The School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences has a greenhouse, Veterinary Nursing Centre and Animal Unit.
The Boots library is the flagship library of Nottingham Trent University. It is situated in the centre of the City site and supports the schools of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Art & Design, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Law School and Social Sciences. It is located in a modern purpose build building, completed in 1998 at a total cost of £13 million. The library contains more than 533,000 books and 2500 journals in addition to DVDs, newspapers and magazines.
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, English Language and Literature, Other Studies and Professions Allied to Medicine, French and Law
The world number one golfer and honorary graduate Lee Westwood recently opened the new Lee Westwood Sports Centre on the University’s Clifton campus. The new centre has sport and athlete support facilities, including sports halls, studios and fitness suites, and a nutrition training centre.
NTU is consistently ranked in the top 20% of institutions in the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) championships and is the current champion in the hugely popular Varsity series against local rival The University of Nottingham.
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