General Information

Established in Nottingham in 1881, the University of Nottingham (UNOTT) received its Royal Charter in 1948 and now has a student community in excess of 37,000, from over 140 countries. We are ranked 8th in the UK by the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) on ‘research power’, with 80% of our research classed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. We are in the top 5 in the UK for collaborations with industry and are highly successful in attracting funding from Research Councils UK, charities, EU and industry, with research awards in 2014 worth £181m. UNOTT’s academics have won two Nobel Prizes since 2003. UNOTT is committed to equality and diversity and holds and Athena Swan Silver Award, in recognition of this. We engage with the local communities through an Access and Communities Unit, sharing and exchanging knowledge and skills.

The Nottingham Geospatial Institute (NGI)

In 2009, the UNOTT and the East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) inaugurated the GNSS/Galileo Research and Application Centre of Excellence (GRACE), capitalizing on world-leading research and training at the Nottingham Geospatial Institute (formerly the Institute of Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy – IESSG) to support industry, including SMEs. The NGI is part of the Faculty of Engineering, with a large multidisciplinary research portfolio, with emphasis on knowledge transfer. NGI has a longstanding research record on GNSS and Galileo. The NGI has the staff, expertise and infrastructure to fully support this ETN.

Research Facilities

NGI maintains a European network of 8 ionospheric monitor receivers and corresponding data archive (spanning about 15 years). GNSS data processing software (including the PPP software POINT, developed at NGI) and a Spirent GSS8000 simulator, which covers all Galileo and GPS new signals. A state of the art Septentrio PolaRxS multi-GNSS ionospheric monitor receiver sits at NGI to support research.

TREASURE Research Projects

  • Ionospheric scintillation sensitive tracking models and mitigation tools
  • Real-time PPP and RTK algorithm development