What an Impact! Celebrating £242m for University projects

We are proud to report the official closing of Impact: The Nottingham Campaign — with a huge thank you to all our 18,500 donors who have helped raise a phenomenal £242,140,000 for the University, and to our 1,678 volunteers who have shared their time, skills and expertise with our global University community.

This has been the most successful fundraising campaign in the University’s history, and we have smashed our ambitious targets not once, but twice! Together we have progressed life-changing research for children with brain tumours, discovered new insights into diseases like breast cancer and dementia, and helped thousands of students to achieve more than they ever thought possible.

A transformational campaign

A few highlights include:

  • 3,228 talented students from all backgrounds said ‘yes’ to their University place, thanks to donations to our scholarship programmes.
  • 13,298 students have boosted their skills and employability by getting involved in volunteer community projects in the UK and around the world — thanks to donations to our Cascade fund.
  • Over 1,000 students have discovered new career paths, insights and opportunities, by spending time with our inspirational volunteers and mentors.
  • Pupils at 160 schools in the East Midlands, living in areas under-represented within higher education, have participated in educational activities to raise aspirations and help them prepare for university.
  • Over 50 talented Research Fellows and PhD studentships have joined our University community — plus 7 new Chairs, including a Chair of Jewish Studies.
  • The time taken to diagnose a childhood brain tumour has halved in the UK. Today, 7 out of 10 children survive a brain tumour — more than ever before.
  • Pilot results for our blood test to detect breast cancer early are looking very positive — with this innovative technology set to progress to the next stage.
  • Our award-winning campuses have been transformed with state-of-the-art new facilities, including the innovative SABMiller Brewing Facility at Sutton Bonington and the GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry at Jubilee Campus.
  • Over 21,500 students are now participating in our sport and physical activity programmes, thanks to a transformational gift from Law alumnus David Ross, whose generosity supported our impressive new sports village at University Park
  • More than 4,000 students in the UK, Malaysia and China have taken modules at the Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Enterprise. The Ingenuity Lab within the institute currently supports more than 2,500 members and 162 active businesses.

We thank all staff who support our work through payroll giving — Small Change, Big Impact — and to everyone who has taken part in Nottingham Life Cycle down the years, held a fundraising event or help support and manage our amazing volunteers. We also thank our students — everyone who works so hard to make the most of a scholarship, takes part in a Cascade project or participates in our mentoring programmes and career talks. Our donors, volunteers and alumni love to hear from you, and you never fail to impress and inspire our broader University community.

Though the Impact Campaign is coming to a close, our work is not done. Talent needs a catalyst. We will build on these strong foundations in the coming years, ensuring that our University remains a place where merit — not background — defines a Nottingham student, and where world-class research continues to tackle the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

Discover more about how the Impact Campaign is changing lives.

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