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Purple Flag Award - What Does It Mean To You?

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Nottingham Trent University is the first UK university awarded the Purple Flag accreditation – for its night-time culture and promoting the safety and well-being of visitors and students!

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Similar to the Blue Flag for beaches – the Purple Flag accreditation is given for the evening and night-time economy (ENTE) which aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town and city centres between the hours of 5pm and 5am. Areas awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for providing a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment and culture while promoting the safety and well-being of visitors and local residents.

Since 2007, the programme has awarded the Purple Flag status to over 70 towns and cities in the UK and Ireland. Purple Flag accredited areas have all reported a consistent increase in footfall and a decrease in crime within the ENTE.

The Purple Flag Universities and colleges programme (PFU&C) was launched in 2017 by the Association of Town and City Management and forms a new part of the Purple Flag accreditation programme. The aim is to raise the quality and transform the experience of all who study, live and work in universities and colleges across the UK.

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Professor Eunice Simmons, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University said: “We’re thrilled to be paving the way for our students by providing an environment which has been recognised for its safety, as well as the diverse culture and experiences on offer.

“As a university, we work hard to ensure that our students have an unforgettable university experience, both in terms of the course they study as well as life outside lectures. A lot of work is done behind the scenes to ensure that this happens, and we’re delighted to be recognised for those efforts.”