University of Northampton
University of Northampton, a unique blend of vibrant campus life, superb facilities and academic excellence. At the heart of all that we do and offer is our commitment to transforming lives and inspiring change.
We are proud of our groundbreaking new areas of study and our growing reputation for research excellence, with state of the art facilities we ensure all our students have access to extensive libraries, IT suites, studios, innovative learning spaces and laboratories. University life is spread across two linked campuses, with restaurants, shops, bars, Students’ Union and a range of accommodation options.
To ensure you get the very best, we have invested millions of pounds in facilities and buildings on both campuses. Based in Northamptonshire, at the heart of England and only a short journey from London, Birmingham, Oxford and Cambridge, there is never a shortage of things to do and see. While the county boasts rolling countryside, castles and canals, the town of Northampton offers students an exciting urban experience, complete with activities, events, nightclubs, bars, shops and sports. At the University of Northampton we offer all our students an outstanding academic experience, filled with learning and teaching excellence, cutting edge facilities and an exciting and stimulating life both on and off campus.
The University’s £25million St John’s Halls of Residence in Northampton town centre, which opened at the start of 2014, offers students a town centre living experience. In addition to our on campus sports facilities, the University’s sports partnerships mean that wherever our students live in Northampton, sports and leisure facilities are close at hand. All our students have access to excellent facilities operated in and around Northampton at discounted rates. Completed in February 2015, the £8.5million University of Northampton Innovation Centre will offer business support and advice for businesses in the social enterprise sector. Students will have the opportunity to work with these businesses on placements and internships.
The university had 13,285 students spread across its two campuses in 2014/15. It is divided into six schools: Arts; Science and Technology (formerly Applied Sciences); Education; Health; Business and Social Sciences.
The Sunley Conference Centre is for management training and development and also provides a large part of the university’s conference facilities.
The university offers a wide range of undergraduate degrees, foundation degrees, diplomas and a variety of postgraduate opportunities up to PhD level. It is one of only a handful of universities in the UK to offer two-year fast-track degrees (currently for management and marketing and law) and it also offers four-year extended degrees with a year in industry. The university is internationally renowned for waste management education and research. Other centres of excellence include Centre for Children and Youth (childhood and Children’s Geographies), Transpersonal Psychology, leather technology and lift engineering. Degree programmes in Environmental Science subjects offer overseas fieldwork trips for undergraduate students to locations such as North America and the Canary Islands.
In the 2012 Guardian University League Table, the university was ranked first for ‘value added’ and climbed 31 places but fell back on the 2013 figures.
The university was awarded ‘The Outstanding HEI Supporting Social Entrepreneurship Award’ at the UnLtd/HEFCE ‘Dare to be Different’ national conference in June 2011. and has also been named the Midlands most ‘Enterprising University of the Year’ for both 2011 and 2012, in recognition of its work in social enterprise. In February 2013, the university received international recognisation for its commitment to social innovation and entrepreneurship by being designated a ‘Changemaker Campus’ by Ashoka U. Northampton is the first Changemaker Campus in the UK and joins a global network of 21 other Changemaker Campuses.