University of University of Nottingham

University of University of Nottingham


The University of Nottingham is again confirmed in the intercontinental higher education elite, in global tables published this year (2008). The established world rankings index compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University ranks Nottingham 10th in the United Kingdom. The Times Higher World Rankings in 2008 place Nottingham in the Top 1% of all universities worldwide. The institution is now firmly established within the world’s 100 best universities in both tables.

This year the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2009 stated:

“……Always knocking on the door of our elite top 10, a place to study at Nottingham remains among the most sought-after in higher education. Teaching and research excellence spans all disciplines with only Cambridge and Manchester boasting more than Nottingham’s 33 top-rated teaching subjects.”

The other established world universities league table — issued by The Times Higher Education in the United Kingdom — currently ranks Nottingham 86th in the world. The University has risen more than 80 places since the table was first published in 2004

World-Class Research

Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s 2008 table of the world’s leading universities ranks Nottingham research in Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy 29th best anywhere in the world.

Nottingham academics undertaking research in Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy perform strongly alongside colleagues at The University of California Berkeley (32nd), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (33rd) and Cornell University (30th) — and Nottingham is one of only 5 British institutions in the World Top 30 for Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy, with Oxford, Cambridge, University College London and Imperial College London.

Student carrying out Research in lab

The table — which reflects the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the volume of highly cited researchers within the faculty, and the number of articles published in the most prestigious academic journals — also places Nottingham in the world’s Top 50 for Agricultural and Life Sciences, and the world’s Top 100 universities in the Social Sciences. Arts and humanities subjects are not included in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings.

The Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) table — giving overall worldwide University rankings — places Nottingham in the Top 10 of all institutions in the United Kingdom. Full details can be found at

Studying in a World-Class Institution

For students and prospective students, research partners and funders, the latest university rankings are excellent news. Nottingham students are learning from truly pioneering academics. In Pharmacy, to take just one example, every member of the academic staff is also a teacher, and the number of medical research staff involved in the provision of lectures and teaching sessions here is extremely high.

Nottingham — alongside Cambridge and Manchester — was rated top choice by leading companies recruiting UK graduates in an independent survey for The Times newspaper.

It enjoys one of the highest completion rates anywhere in UK higher education. Once students enrol on a Nottingham degree course, nearly all will go on to complete their studies.

Coming to Nottingham to study is a hugely attractive proposition — borne out by the continuing number of high calibre applicants (Top 5 choice in 2008) and by the record number of international students, who now represent more than 143 nations, and who help to create truly cosmopolitan campuses. Nottingham's student mix is diverse — and thanks to high levels of investment in student financial support, and an imaginative programme to attract the broadest range of talented applicants — it is becoming more reflective of society, with the number of students from lowest-income groups rising from 17 per cent to 22 per cent since 2005.