Northampton, University of

 

 

Overall ranking: Came 73rd out of 123 in the Complete University Guide for 2015.

History: In 1924, Northampton Technical College was established on the site of the current Avenue Campus. This was followed by the School of Art in 1937. In 1972, Northampton College of Education was opened on the site of the current Park Campus and the three institutions merged in 1975 to form Nene College. During the 1990s, the College incorporated St Andrews School of Occupational Therapy, the Leathersellers Centre and the Sir Gordon Roberts College of Nursing and Midwifery. The only higher education provider in Northamptonshire, it changed its name and became a university college in February 1999. Gained university status along with the power to award its own research degrees in 2005.

Address: Two main campuses in Northampton. The main Park campus is on the outskirts of town with the Avenue campus closer in.

Ambience: Park Campus (the larger of the two campuses) is set in 30 hectares of open, green parkland. It is the home to the University’s Schools of Education, Business, Education and Social Sciences. Avenue campus is one mile from Northampton town and is the home to the University’s Schools of the Art and Science and Technology. 

Who's the boss? Professor Nick Petford is Vice Chancellor. Formerly of Bournemouth and Kingston Universities, Nick has worked in industry (BP) and on academic and commercial research projects throughout the world and is known internationally for his expertise in magmatic systems and volcanology. 

Prospectus: 0800 358 2232 or order one here.

UCAS code: N38

What you need to know

Easy to get into? You'll need somewhere between 280 and 320 UCAS entry points, but in the spirit of widening participation, non-traditional qualifications are welcomed. No particular A-level grades are expected, but some courses will require specific A-levels. Mature students are considered in their own right. Click here to find out more.

Vital statistics: Over 14,000 students, and over half are over 21 at the start of study. They have a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, certificates and diplomas. There are six schools: Applied sciences, the arts, education, health, Northampton Business School and social sciences. Two year fast-track degrees are on offer too.

Added value: You can study leather technology at postgraduate level, this being the centre of the British shoe industry, and it prides itself on links with business. The BA (Hons) in social welfare is the only course in the UK to combine a degree with a Certificate in Fundraising from the Institute of Fundraising. As part of the university's new strategy, it aims to be the top university in the UK for social enterprise by 2015, and was awarded the international accolade of "Changemaker Campus" from the world's leading network of social entrepreneurs last year in recognition of its commitment to social enterprise. Huge investment in new developments are underway- £11m in the science and technology school, £3.8m in the education school, half a million into the Students' Union, and £25m into the construction of the St John's Halls of Residences, which was completed earlier this year. Outline planning permission has also been granted for a brand new Waterside Campus, which will see all six of the university's schools moved to the site in Northampton's Waterside Enterprise Zone. The astronomical £330m project is hoped to be up and running by Autumn 2018.

Teaching: 19th out of 123 in the Complete University Guide, a huge improvement on last year.

Graduate prospects: 90th out of 123 with 57.2 per cent finding graduate level employment.

Any accommodation? There are 1,700 rooms available across both campuses and in Northampton town centre, with a further 449 rooms made available since earlier this year with the opening of the new halls of residence. Rent ranges from £60 for a twin room to £118.50 for a single room with en-suite. Click here for a price list, and here for a virtual tour of the halls.

Cheap to live there? Not bad. Private rents can go for anything from £75 to £105 per week.

Transport links: Northampton is on the train line from London Euston to the West Midlands and the North West.  A number of trains stop in Northampton and the journey to London or Birmingham takes one hour.  Or you can drive: it's 20 minutes to the M1. Or take the coach from Northampton town centre. There are free buses between the two main campuses and subsidised fares between the campuses and the town centre and railway station. 

Fees: £9,000 a year for full-time EU and home undergraduates.

Bursaries: Means-tested bursaries may be available to eligible undergraduates whose family incomes are less than £40,000. There are also a wide range of scholarships. Visit the website for details.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: The union has recently been refurbished. On Park Campus, check out nightclub NN2 and the laid-back Central Park Bar. The Pavilion is a must with 2-4-1 cocktail pre-drinks before student night Flirt! on Saturdays at NN2. George's Bar on Avenue Campus is always buzzing too.

Price of a pint: £3.15 is the average in Northampton.

Sporting reputation: In 80th place in the current BUCS league out of 145.

Notable societies: Cake Soc and Surf Soc both need a new committee to run them next year, while Cheese Appreciation Society is always popular.

Glittering alumni: Gavin Douglas, Fashion Fringe winner; Phil Manning, BBC Fossil Detective; Phil Drummond, musician/ artist; Andrew Collins, broadcaster.

Alternative prospectus: Check out student ratings for everything from uni facilities and job prospects to the SU and eye candy on Northampton's What Uni? page here.

News
peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
News
news
Life and Style
Couples have been having sex less in 2014, according to a new survey
life
New Articles
i100... with this review
PROMOTED VIDEO
Voices
Holly's review of Peterborough's Pizza Express quickly went viral on social media
Sport
footballTim Sherwood: This might be th match to wake up Manchester City
Arts and Entertainment
musicHow female vocalists are now writing their own hits
New Articles
i100
News
news
Arts and Entertainment
musicBiographer Hunter Davies has collected nearly a hundred original manuscripts
News
Blahnik says: 'I think I understand the English more than they do themselves'
people
Arts and Entertainment
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey
TVInside Downton Abbey series 5
Life and Style
The term 'normcore' was given the oxygen of publicity by New York magazine during the autumn/winter shows in Paris in February
fashionWhen is a trend a non-trend? When it's Normcore, since you ask

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam