Teaching Excellence and Business Partnership awards for NTU

Nottingham Trent University recognised for innovative teaching methods and business partnerships at Guardian University Awards

Digital humanities project, Dawn of the Unread, which has transformed the students’ approach to learning about culture and the arts, took the top spot in the Teaching Excellence category.

Local writer James Walker led 112 students from the School of Arts and Humanities. Together they created an online interactive graphic novel about Nottingham’s past.

The novel sees the city’s famous historical literary figures rise from the grave to wreak revenge against the closures of libraries and low literacy in modern Britain.

Nottingham Trent University’s SCALE-UP project also took second in the same category. SCALE-UP focuses on learning by doing. Lectures are replaced by group problem solving activities in a specially designed learning environment.

Developed in the USA, Nottingham Trent University is the first UK university to offer full institutional support for the method. It has been shown to have many benefits for student learning, including enhanced problem-solving ability, increased conceptual understanding, and higher attendance and satisfaction rates.

Nottingham Business School’s work with the Nottingham Energy Partnership, which was initiated by the university’s Future Factory, received the award for Business Partnership.

As part of their core curriculum, students act as consultants to local businesses, helping them to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and achieve environmental accreditations. Local businesses involved in the project included the Castle Rock Brewery, Cloud Cars and Wego Couriers alongside the four local Clinical Commissioning Groups and Broxtowe Borough Council.

The project has demonstrated the key role business schools and students can play in providing practical supporting in the shift to a low carbon economy, by helping businesses work on reducing their environmental impacts and developing niche low carbon products. The student participation fills the skills, funding and time gap that often prevent businesses from gaining accredited EMS.

Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University, Professor Edward Peck, said: ‘As a 21st-century university we are always looking for ways to energise and transform learning. These projects are perfect examples of how we’re using real business engagement, new technologies and methods to engage our students.’

 

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