The University of Northampton is an amalgamation of Northampton’s colleges of art, technology and education, becoming the Nene College of Higher Education in 1975, before becoming the University of Northampton in 2005.
It currently operates from two campuses to the north of the town centre: Park Campus at Kingsthorpe and Avenue Campus, which is opposite a large park known as the Racecourse.
In September 2018, the university will relocate to a brand new £330 million Waterside campus, complete with a brand new learning hub, sports pavilion, low carbon energy centre and a new student union building, which was once a train engine shed. The Student’s Union is one of just three UK universities to offer free sports and societies to all students.
It is divided into four faculties: the faculty of business and law, the faculty of arts, science and technology, the faculty of health and society; and the faculty of education and humanities. The university offers a wide range of undergraduate degrees, foundation degrees, diplomas and a variety of postgraduate opportunities up to PhD level.
It is one of very few UK universities to offer two-year fast-track degrees (in management and marketing and law) and it also offers four-year extended degrees with a year in industry. It is internationally renowned for waste management education and research. Other renowned centres include Centre for Children and Youth (childhood and Children's Geographies), Transpersonal Psychology, leather technology and lift engineering.
Northampton is within easy distance of London, Birmingham and other major centres, with easy access to international airports and railway stations.