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The University of Northampton

One of England's oldest universities

You may be surprised to learn that Northampton was once the home to only the third university in the country – but it was shut down by King Henry III because of fears it would cause “no small damage” to the attractiveness of nearby Oxford. It took 740 years for a university to once again be established in Northampton, when in 2005 the decree was repealed by the Privy Council, allowing the University of Northampton to be reborn. The modern University of Northampton exists to share knowledge, support creativity and strives to make a positive difference will change the future through adding value to society. It educates thousands of students from across the UK and overseas each year, with particular strength in driving the town’s creativity through its teaching and research in the arts, engineering and computing disciplines. Not only that, but the university celebrates and complements Northamptonshire’s international reputation as the origin of the finest shoemaking in the world through its Institute for Creative Leather Technologies - a unique research and education centre that responds to the scientific and technological needs of the leather industries that are worth billions to the global economy. The University of Northampton continues to play a key role in supporting entrepreneurship and enterprise, and by working with local organisations helped ensure that in 2016 the town was first for new business creation - even beating London. Furthermore it has pledged to devote its considerable knowledge and expertise to further strengthen the county’s education and economy. The University of Northampton is proud to bring Higher Education to Northamptonshire – Britain’s Best Surprise! Visit to learn more.

Contact & Opening Times

The University of Northampton, Waterside Campus, University Drive, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 5PH||
01604 735500

Open Monday to Friday, Closed on Bank Holidays.

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Visitor Information & Facilities

  • Bar / lounge
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Coach parking
  • Couples
  • Fitness centre
  • Free parking
  • Group tours
  • Lift
  • Meeting / conference space
  • Restaurant
  • Tea & cake
  • Tea & coffee
  • Wheelchair access
  • Wifi

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