Clifton Campus

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What's happening and why? 

We're committed to providing an inspiring teaching, learning, and research environment as well as an excellent student experience.

Recent investment has already seen Clifton Campus benefit from a new sports centre, new halls of residence, an Olympic-style hockey pitch, a fantastic high-specification laboratory, and refurbishment of The Point as well as the upgrade of the library.

The most exciting stage of the redevelopment has included the construction of a modern pavilion and a fantastic new Teaching and Learning building, which opened in September 2015.

New developments 

New Indoor Tennis Centre
A fantastic new indoor tennis centre has recently been unveiled at the Clifton Campus. Located next door to the artificial turf pitch, this impressive new facility boasts a large glued laminated timber structure covering 4 tennis courts built to British Tennis specification and provides high lux level lighting for evening play. For court bookings visit the NTU Sport webpages.

The Pavilion building
The Pavilion building is the central building for those of you studying at Clifton. It boasts two levels of social study space, enclosed learning spaces called pods, collaborative booths, a coffee shop, and a new home for security and main reception.

Clifton Teaching and Learning building
The Teaching and Learning building, which adjoins the Pavilion, has three lecture theatres, eight teaching rooms, and two seminar rooms. All of these are fitted with the latest audiovisual equipment, and the flexibility to change classroom layouts.

Clifton Library entrance
Work has reached completion on the creation of a stunning new entrance for Clifton Library. The redevelopment sees the culmination of two years of refurbishment works which have transformed the library into a bright and spacious place, putting us at the very heart of the campus. From its position adjacent to the Pavilion building, a new covered walkway will enhance connectivity to the heart of the Campus. Changes to the internal layout to enhance library services which include relocation of the Information Desk into the entrance to ensure that you will get a warm welcome and help is always on hand.

The Plaza
The Plaza to the front of the two new buildings is a central outdoor area with large open spaces, featuring attractive planting and seating areas, and excellent Wi-Fi access.

Green Zone
To keep these new buildings and outdoor spaces looking their best and to create an attractive pedestrian-friendly environment for you to enjoy, a 'Green Zone' has been introduced. This is an area on Campus that will be free from smoking (including electronic cigarettes) and unauthorised vehicles and parking of bicycles. The rules on dropping of chewing gum and litter will also be reinforced. This map shows the boundary line for the 'Green Zone' and also where the designated smoking areas on Clifton Campus can be found.

The Refectory
Next door to the Pavilion sits the recently refurbished Refectory. The upgrade includes new decoration, furniture, lighting, and an impressive lantern roof to bring in lots of natural daylight. In addition, the transformed space includes three new serveries, an eclectic mix of soft seating, three IT study pods, and an outdoor eating area providing an enjoyable and relaxing dining experience for staff and students at Clifton.

New Clubhouse opens at Clifton
The Clubhouse at Clifton is now open. This new facility serves the 3G football pitch, the hockey pitch, tennis courts, and the nearby lacrosse pitch. It provides changing rooms for sports teams and officials and also includes a social area that has the capacity to be used for meetings, team talks and post-match refreshments.

Current developments 

New Interdisciplinary STEM Teaching and Engagement Centre
Last year the University secured £5 million from HEFCE to establish further facilities devoted to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Construction works are underway to develop a new Interdisciplinary STEM Teaching and Engagement Centre (ISTEC). The new facility will be sited adjacent to the Ada Byron King building and will contain state-of-the-art laboratories for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students. The building is due for completion December 2017.



Enquiries about Clifton Campus transformation can be emailed to Clifton Transformation.

Other recent developments 

Multi-use laboratory: The Rosalind Franklin building

The high-specification multi-use centre allows up to 200 students to work simultaneously and provides some of the UK's finest laboratory facilities for Chemistry and Biosciences. It encourages collaborative work between different sciences and provides a multimedia rich environment to support excellent teaching, training, and learning. Internationally renowned research will also be housed in the building.

Sports Village

Exceptional sport and fitness facilities are available for amateur enthusiasts and aspiring Olympians alike.

Over £5 million has been invested over the last three years, including in the development of the Lee Westwood Sports Centre and, more recently, a new blue artificial turf hockey pitch has been installed to provide a performance very similar to that of the London 2012 Olympics pitches.

Other developments include four new tennis courts, also in blue, and a new artificial pitch for football and rugby.

Halls of residence

Our vibrant and sustainable student residences provide a total of over 700 modern, functional and comfortable bedrooms, grouped around spacious and stylish kitchens and living areas – dramatically enhancing the living environment for students.

The residences are also the site for our ambitious solar panel installation, which is one of the largest in the UK. A total of 132 solar panels have been installed, providing 33,000 litres of hot water each day and saving 61 tonnes of CO2 per year.

The Point

The students' social venue, The Point, has been completely refurbished. Capacity has almost doubled, with two dance floors providing variety and flexibility.

Clifton Library

Clifton Campus Library was refurbished with new furniture, shelving, carpets, decoration and an exciting new layout.

There is now a more diverse range of study spaces, more bookable group study rooms, additional silent study spaces and open access group study furniture.

We've doubled the number of PCs and there are more spaces where you can plug in and use your own mobile device.

Pop in to the library for a look around, visit the website, or take a look at these photos.

Pavilion at Clifton campus
Pavilion at Clifton campus
Pavilion at Clifton campus
Pavilion at Clifton campus
New Clifton redevelopment
Lecture hall at Clifton campus
Lecture hall at Clifton campus
Clifton campus
Clifton campus
the new Clifton Library entrance