Our Vision

The development of the Waterside Campus will deliver the University’s aspiration that we will have transformed ourselves into an internationally facing University committed to delivering outstanding life-changing opportunities in education, underpinned by a culture of entrepreneurship, purposeful research and social enterprise recognised around the world for its originality and impact.

We are admired nationally for our market-led, value-added offer and unswerving commitment to the economic, social and cultural success of the region.

This new Waterside Campus will place us in the heart of the community. It is a hugely exciting project with an investment of more than £330m. 

Professor Nick Petford Vice Chancellor and CEO University of Northampton


The Key Supporters Of This Project


"Northamptonshire County Council holds, as a high priority, the prosperity and economic success of the county. The proposal from the University of Northampton to relocate to the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone will give a massive boost to the local economy, encourage real growth and further investment into the area, and add a top quality education and skills offer to the other incentives in the Enterprise Zone’s portfolio.

The County Council is ready to give any support necessary to help the University in its aspirations."

Jim Harker, OBE, FRICS Leader of Northamptonshire County Council


"SEMLEP is pleased to support the relocation proposals of the University of Northampton. We believe that the future positioning of the University within the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone supports the Local Enterprise Partnership’s aim of creating a dynamic environment for businesses and social enterprises to flourish. Skills are key to business success and the University’s proven strengths in social enterprise and graduate employability will facilitate the growth of jobs and businesses in the Enterprise Zone and across the whole of the South East Midlands."versity campus would have huge economic benefits for the town and beyond."

Dr Ann Limb OBE DL Chair of SEMLEP


"Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership is delighted to support the move of the University into the Waterside Enterprise Zone.

The University is, and always has been, at the very heart of the economic growth of our County and plays a key and integral part of our economic future.

Aligned with the regeneration plans of Northampton town centre, the influx of the student community will also breathe new life into the town and further boost the economy."

Paul Southworth, Chairman of Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership



"We are very fortunate in Northampton that we have 18 major regeneration projects moving ahead rapidly, which are attracting investment, putting more feet on the ground and boosting the local economy. Bringing the University into the Enterprise Zone is a very important part of our strategy to ensure Northampton’s future economic prosperity. It will provide employers with a pool of talented, skilled people and encourage further investment in the town. This is a really exciting development and we strongly support it."

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader, Northampton Borough Council


*HESA Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2013/14, July 2015.  Percentage of UK domiciled full-time first degree leavers in work and/or further study six months after graduating.