Nottingham Trent University is structured around nine schools, all of which have a track record in running successful short courses and summer programmes for our own students and for students visiting from overseas. The specialist subjects at NTU are animal, rural and environmental sciences, architecture, design and the built environment, art and design, arts and humanities, business, education, law, science and technology and social sciences.
The university is in the heart of the UK, with London and all the UK’s attractions within easy reach, making it a great place to be based for a very British summer school experience. NTU also boasts affordable accommodation on campus, £130 million investment in its facilities over recent years and one of the best student support services in the UK.
From 2012 to 2015 NTU also hosted a group of students from the USA on a Fulbright Summer Institute. The students explored art, design and humanities including museum studies, architectural heritage, photography, creative writing and much more.
Summer at NTU has therefore always been lively.
There are several reasons why NTU has run summer schools. One of the key reasons is that they are a great way to show off the university’s expertise. NTU has excellent resources that our full-time students enjoy throughout the year, including science and sports science laboratories, award winning expertise in law and our own mock courtroom, and industry-level fashion and textile design and making workshops. Notts TV, one of the UK’s first local TV stations, benefits from the equipment at NTU’s Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism, and the architectural model making studios continue to impress visitors from around the world.
All of these resources feature in the summer school courses.
So, for many years this summer school activity was going on, but it became clear that there was a lot of duplication with regards to administration and student support. From arranging accommodation on campus to booking rooms and resources, there were pockets of expertise doing similar tasks - but not necessarily in a joined up way.
Therefore, to bring together the knowledge of the summer school market, the opportunity to create programmes that blurred subject boundaries and the chance to share experience in student support became a natural progression.
At the same time, the international strategy of university was being discussed. The NTU international strategy not only aims to grow the number of international students, but also to build on the existing partnerships around the world – and the summer school courses have proved that they can play their part in achieving this.
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