University of Northampton

At the heart of all that we do and offer is our commitment to transforming lives and inspiring change. At the University of Northampton we offer 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.

About the University of Northampton

Our 14,000 students study across two linked campuses, with restaurants, shops, bars, Students’ Unions and a range of accommodation. In September 2018 we will moving to our brand new Waterside campus, which is located closer to Northampton town centre. The new campus will provide a modern, urban environment for learning and teaching, right in the heart of the town.

The University of Northampton undertakes a very wide range of high quality and impactful research at local, national and international levels.

Our researchers generate new knowledge through original work and test theories and ideas – often working in collaboration with charities, companies and other educational institutions - before sharing their real-life experiences with students in the classroom. Current research projects being undertaken by the University are exceptionally varied, from hard-hitting topics such as ovarian cancer, to the science behind endurance. Whatever the subject area, all of our research has one overarching aim: to transform lives and inspire change.

Research carried out by the University of Northampton was officially recognised as world-leading in quality, following the results of the UK-wide Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014. The REF assessed the quality of research conducted by universities between 2008 and 2013. Northampton’s research was recognised as world-leading in quality in six of the nine areas submitted, including the Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy.

Our university in numbers

96% Employability for three years running
HESA Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2013/14, July 2015.  Percentage of UK domiciled full-time first degree leavers in work and/or further study six months after graduating.

Number 4 in UK for Employability
HESA Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2013/14, July 2015, compared to full university status HEIs in England, with over 1,000 respondents for full-time first degree leavers.

Top 5 for employability
The Guardian University League tables 2016 ranked us 16th out of 119 institutions for ‘Overall Student Satisfaction’. We are also placed in the top four for ‘Satisfied with Feedback provided by academic staff to students’, and in the top 20 for ‘Satisfied with Teaching’.

The University of Northampton’s School of Health in numbers:

Guardian Statistics 2016

Nursing and Midwifery:

  • Ranked 7th for career prospects
  • Ranked 16th for value added
  • Ranked 12th for student-staff ratio

Health Professionals:

  • Ranked 5th for NSS Feedback
  • Ranked 2nd for value added
  • Ranked 12th for staff-student ratio

Social Work:

  • Ranked 10th for value added

Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016

Subjects allied to Medicine (Health & Exercise, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Paramedic Science and Professional Practice) ranked top 20 for Teaching Quality

Anatomy and Physiology (Human Biosciences) ranked 2nd for Graduate Prospects

Social Policy (Health Studies, Health and Social Care) ranked top 20 for Teaching Quality

Our Social Commitment

The University of Northampton has a unique commitment to social innovation and creating social impact. This means that, as an institution, we work hard to have a positive effect on the world around us. This ethos is evident in everything we do.

We’re not afraid of change; in fact, we fully embrace it. We were the first UK University to be awarded the Ashoka U ‘Changemaker Campus’ designation, in recognition of our commitment to social innovation. The universities who share this accolade are world-leading, successful and innovative. We’re very proud of this achievement.

While at the University, all of our students can develop the skills they need to be social innovators, people that can apply new thinking to long-standing and difficult problems, in order to change things for the better. Social impact, ‘doing good stuff’, is what makes our students stand out.

Our impact on the community

The University of Northampton has placed social impact and innovation at the heart of our strategy - ensuring our work has a positive effect on the communities we serve.

The University makes a valuable contribution to the local area, and social enterprises and initiatives established by the University benefit the local and the national community.

Our Strategy, Transforming Lives + Inspiring Change, sets out four Changemaker Challenges:

  • Make Northamptonshire the best county in the UK for children and young people to flourish and learn.
  • Make Northamptonshire the leading county in the UK for Health and Wellbeing.
  • Build the cultural and heritage traditions of Northamptonshire into world class attractions.
  • Make Northamptonshire the best county in the UK to start, build and run a business.

Staff and students of the University strive to achieve in these challenges, to build both a successful University and thriving county.

If you would like further information or to get involved with our institution, please use the contacts below

Carol Phillips Carol.Phillips@northampton.ac.uk