Sectors and Partnerships

The university for business and partnerships
The Strategic Partnerships team works to develop the University's relationship with employers. Our role is to support industry and grow relationships that develop mutually beneficial longitudinal partnerships. This is achieved by enhancing workforce development through skills and knowledge; competitiveness, through innovation and research; and resource advantage, through access to our extensive pool of talented graduates. 

We work with a large range of employers, particularly those in the sectors discussed below. If you are seeking to develop unique organisational and competitive advantages across the areas of skills, talent, research or innovation, please contact us


Low carbon and sustainable futures
NTU's work to support the UK's 2050 target to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80%, relative to 1990 levels, has made a strong contribution to low-carbon economic regeneration in Nottingham. Major areas of focus are green built environment and buildings, green mobility, low-carbon technology design, sustainable consumption, economics and business policy for sustainability, and smart future cities. 

NTU are involved in the European Horizon 2020 REMOURBAN Smart Cities project, which aims to create sustainable urban regeneration. Local partners involved in the Smart City project are Nottingham City Council, Nottingham City Homes, and the Nottingham Energy Partnership. 

Towards the development of talent and skills, NTU is involved in the national Doctoral Training Alliance in Energy, which connects students and academics from across eleven Alliance institutions. It focuses on producing doctoral graduates equipped with the skills and experience to tackle major global energy challenges and become the leaders of tomorrow. 


Our work in the healthcare sector includes partnerships with Nottingham City Council and Nottingham County Council, and with NHS partners including Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. Other key organisations include social enterprises; and voluntary, third sector and private providers. 

Major challenges for the sector is the delivery of healthcare to an ageing population living with a range of long-term conditions, maintaining wellbeing, and improving the recruitment and retention of staff. 

NTU has worked with healthcare partners across these areas, designing and delivering professional CPD, apprenticeships, and an academic framework that supports provider-driven development. We have co-developed innovative research that evaluates transformations, creates innovative techniques, and offers unique facilities such as the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre.

The embedded nature of our NHS partnerships enables greater strategic organisational alignment. The benefits of this include allowing the rapid design of innovative placements for students and graduates, for example. 


Professional and public services
NTU's Strategic Partnerships team works with professional services firms in banking, accountancy and finance, law, and the insurance and consultancy industries. The University's public service engagement focuses primarily on the police, fire and prison services. 

Across the entirety of the professional and public services sector, there is a growing threat posed by the challenges of disruptive digital technology – materialising in the likes of fintech, insurtech, lawtech and cybercrime. NTU is helping to meet these challenges by providing talent, skills and innovative expertise in key areas including big data analytics, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, cyber security, and augmented reality.

Our expertise in law, science and business means that we can excel in levering our research excellence, teaching and industry connections to create organisational competitive advantage. Our partners include Capital One, Freeths, Santander, and Potter Clarkson. Our strong partnership with Nottinghamshire Police has seen the development and delivery of a new Policing Degree Apprenticeship and BA (Hons) in Policing


Materials and engineering
Key areas of focus include: functional smart materials; medical technologies; advance materials; "Industry 4.0"; digitalisation; cognitive robotics; and helping to increase productivity across UK industry through innovation and by providing appropriately skilled engineers of the future. Student projects target real-life industry scenarios that instil critical knowledge and promote cross-disciplinary working, moving away from traditional learning methods. 

Strategic partnerships with employers such as AECOM and Carillion help inform the relevance of NTU's teaching, learning and research impact. It also helps provide modern curricula, a highly skilled workforce aligned to industry needs, enhanced employment opportunities, and shared access to talent and knowledge that drives innovation through collaborative research. Other key collaborators we work alongside include PepsiCo, Fujitsu, Siemens and Speedo. 

In 2017, following a £50 million investment in state-of-the-art engineering and technology facilities, we launched our new biomedical, electronic, sport and mechanical engineering courses.


Cultural, creative and creative digital
NTU's creative pedigree dates back to its origin as Nottingham Government School of Design, founded in 1843. Since then, we've maintained an international reputation for excellence in the cultural and creative sector, coming in the Art and Design Top 150 in the QS World University rankings. Our creative courses place interaction with industry and employers at their heart. Businesses we work with benefit from student talent through work placements or project briefs, and many use this as a route to recruitment. We are also proud to train students in our industry-standard facilities. These include excellent product design, fashion and textiles facilities, the Centre for Broadcast Journalism, and our Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies

Our research in this field is often cross-disciplinary, bringing together scientific and creative expertise. Our strengths include the field of advance textiles, in which we have a global reputation for designing electronically active, wearable technology. Our new Global Centre for Heritage Research has its strengths in imaging and sensing, digital heritage, and heritage management. We are also members of the Midlands 3 Cities Arts and Humanities Doctoral Training programme. This means that cultural businesses can benefit from having one of our doctoral students placed with them to work on projects alongside their research. 

We are also committed to supporting SMEs in the creative sector. Current major interventions in this area include The Big House, the Enabling Innovation Design Hub, and our collaboration with Nottingham's Creative Quarter Company. Other strategic partners include the Nottingham Post, Notts TV, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham Playhouse, and Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature. 


Life sciences, food and drink
NTU's expertise in this sector includes work in the fields of medical technologies, biosciences, nanotechnology, forensic science and sport science. Cutting-edge scientific facilities available to partner organisations include a high-spec science lab that supports chemistry and bioscience teaching and research, and the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Facility. As one of the founding organisations, NTU works closely with BioCity and MediCity, which provide incubator support and laboratory space for companies to develop their business, product and research. 

Worth £96 billion, food and drink is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, with key issues for the sector including the ageing workforce and the ability to attract talent. NTU addresses the identified skills gap in the industry by providing training provisions through CPD, sponsored programmes and apprenticeships

Award-winning research and innovation comes through the work of the Food Authenticity and Research Services (FARAS), which offers testing and services to ensure integrity. NTU offers additional expertise in the field of food legislation and labelling, and attracts partners from across the UK. These include companies such as 2 Sisters Food Group, Greencore, Nestlé and Unilever.



NTU Fun Run
Food Authenticity
NTU 2017 Fashion Showcase