Varsity Series (Nottingham)
|Charity Varsity Series|
|City or region||Nottingham|
|Teams involved||Nottingham Trent University and University of Nottingham|
|First contested||2004 (as the Charity Varsity Series)|
|Most recent meeting||2014: Nottingham Trent University 7–8 University of Nottingham|
|Next meeting||2015: January until June|
|All-time series (since 2004 only)||Nottingham Trent University 4–6 University of Nottingham (1 tied)|
|Largest victory||2013: University of Nottingham 10–5 Nottingham Trent University|
|Broadcasters||NUTS, URN and Trent TV|
The Varsity Series, or the Charity Varsity Series, comprises a number of sports events pitching the charity since 2004. The university that wins the most events is declared winner. One point and half a point are awarded for winning and drawing an event, respectively. The two institutions are based in Nottingham in the United Kingdom and the rivalry is contested in a variety of sports, although ice hockey is seen as the premier event and is the most attended university ice hockey match outside of North America, selling out the 10,000-seat National Ice Centre since 2009. The winner takes home the Varsity Trophy, which they hold until the conclusion of the following year's series. The University of Nottingham currently leads Nottingham Trent in total series wins by 6-4; since 2004, one series has been drawn, in 2011. The University of Nottingham have won the last 3 series in succession.
- Format 1
- Charities 2
Rivalry beyond the Varsity Series 3
- Academic 3.1
- Sport 3.2
Early years 4
- 2001 4.1
- 2002 4.2
- 2003 4.3
Charity varsity 5
- 2004 5.1
- 2005 5.2
- 2006 5.3
- 2007 5.4
- 2008 5.5
- 2009 5.6
- 2010 5.7
- 2011 5.8
- 2012 5.9
- 2013 5.10
- 2014 5.11
- External links 6
- References 7
The two universities compete against each other in fifteen events across eleven sports. The winner of an event wins a point and both teams earn half a point in the event of a draw. The hosting of the rugby league, netball, basketball and cricket alternates from year to year and the remaining events are held at fixed venues. The table below lists all the events that have been contested in the Varsity Series, the year in which they were first contested and the number of times they have been contested until 2013 inclusive. Penalty shoot-out wins are not counted as draws.
|Event||Series||Years||NTU wins||UoN wins||Draws|
|Rugby league, men's||10+||–present||5+||4+||0+|
|Rugby union, men's||9+||–present||2+||4+||1+|
|Rugby union, women's||10+||–present||5+||4+||1+|
|Ice hockey, men's||10||2005–present||6||4||0|
|American football, men's||5||2010–present||5||0||0|
Since 2004, ticket sales from the Varsity Series have been used to raise money for
- "Varsity Football At Meadow Lane".
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- "Platform Newspaper: This Year's Headlines (2001/02)".
- "Volume 15 Issue 9". 5 March 2007.
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- "Volume 15 Issue 6". 22 January 2007.
- "Volume 16 Issue 12". 12 May 2008.
- "Volume 14 Issue 11". 2 May 2006.
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- "Footballers on target in vital varsity ties".
- "Volume 15 Issue 10". 11 April 2007.
- "Volume 15 Issue 13". 4 June 2007.
- "Varsity results". Nottingham Trent University. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
- "Icy start to the 2008 Varsity Series".
- "Nottingham's Ice Hockey Varsity, a brief history....". 14 February 2011.
- "Varsity Ice Hockey – watch it live online". University of Nottingham. Retrieved 19 November 2010.
- "Outlaws undone by ill-disciplined offense".
- "Nottingham the comeback kids in shootout thriller".
- "Uni drown Trent swim team hopes yet again with faultless performance".
- "UoN widen the gap in super league showdown".
- "Trent close Varsity gap as clinical finishing goes amiss".
- "Basketball – Trent dominate again as Uni go 4–3 down".
- "Here come the girls".
- "Trent underdogs prove too much for Uni".
- "Women's Football – Uni pay the penalty".
- "Simpson the hero for uni in shoot out triumph".
- "Men's hockey sweep past Trent in a much needed win".
- "Uni outplayed in Varsity showdown at Clifton".
- "Varsity first blood to Trent as Outlaws still in search of Varsity win".
- "Varsity Ice Hockey – Revenge of the Trent army".
- "Varsity Swimming – Swim team races on for first Uni point".
- "Uni fail to convert early dominance as Trent sneak a win".
- "Varsity Basketball – Not too little just too late for uni to secure a win against Trent".
- "Varsity Netball – The girls put Uni back on the Varsity track".
- "Varsity Basketball – A team effort grants glory for the boys".
- "Varsity Hockey – Uni ladies finally get their revenge".
- "Varsity Hockey – Penalty drama to take Uni into the lead".
- "Varsity Football – Penalty heartache for girls".
- "Varsity Football – Plummer plunders Trent defence".
- "Varsity Rugby Union – Resolute defence provides Uni with hard fought win".
- "Varsity 2012 underway as Nottingham University draw first blood in Rugby League".
- "Varsity Ice Hockey: Trent deny Nottingham University win in a thriller".
- "Varsity 2012: Trent suffer swimming defeat but avoid whitewash". Platform. 1 March 2012.
- "NTU Renegades dominate Outlaws to tie Varsity Series". Platform. 3 March 2012.
- "Hockey Varsity: Girls stroll to victory as Men lose to Trent on flicks".
- Batty, Jake (17 May 2012). "Uni Women Complete Perfect Season with Varsity Win".
- Cook, Will (17 May 2012). "Men Suffer Last Minute Heartbreak".
- "MEN’S RUGBY UNION TEAM BANNED FROM VARSITY AFTER ‘INITIATION’".
- """University of Nottingham Students' Union: "Varsity American Football Cancelled.
- "TRENT LEVEL VARSITY SERIES AFTER 40-12 RUGBY LEAGUE VICTORY".
|19:45, Monday 27 January||Men's ice hockey||National Ice Centre||NTU 3–4 UoN|
|18:30, Friday 7 February||Men's rugby league||Harvey Hadden Stadium||NTU 40–12 UoN|
|18:30, Sunday 23 February||Men's American Football||Clifton Campus||NTU 26–13 UoN|
|17:00, Monday 24 February||Women's basketball||Capital FM Arena||NTU 20–61 UoN|
|19:00, Monday 24 February||Men's basketball||Capital FM Arena||NTU 43–75 UoN|
|13:00, Wednesday 12 March||Swimming||University of Nottingham Swimming Pool||NTU 77–143 UoN|
|17:30, Friday 14 March||Men's table tennis||Clifton Campus||NTU 3–2 UoN|
|19:45, Friday 14 March||Women's netball||Clifton Campus||NTU 37–29 UoN|
|13:00, Saturday 22 March||Women's rugby union||Clifton Campus||NTU 17–32 UoN|
|15:00, Saturday 22 March||Men's lacrosse||Clifton Campus||NTU 14–6 UoN|
|17:00, Friday 28 March||Women's hockey||Beeston Hockey Club||NTU 0–7 UoN|
|19:00, Friday 28 March||Men's hockey||Beeston Hockey Club||NTU 1–3 UoN|
|Monday 12th May||Women's football||Meadow Lane||NTU 2–0 UoN|
|Monday 12th May||Men's football||Meadow Lane||NTU 3–1 UoN|
|Sunday 8th June||Men's cricket||Clifton Campus||UoN win by 3 runs|
|Series||NTU 7–8 UoN|
The rescheduled American football took place at Clifton Campus, nearly a month after the original date set. Uni showed dominance in defence for the first half, scoring a touchdown for the first time in their Varsity history. Despite this, Trent prevailed, winning 26-13 to score a fifth successive American football win. Both universities returned to the Capital FM Arena for the basketball matches. In the women's game, Trent lost the tip-off and never recovered as Uni stormed to a 61–20 victory. The men's fixture began as a much closer affair before Uni's impressive momentum shone through, winning comfortably 75–43. At the end of February, Uni led the series 3–2. At the start of March, Uni continued its dominance of the pool in the Swimming Varsity, smashing Trent 143–77 to take a two-point lead. Later in the week Trent drew level, with a clean sweep in the netball and table tennis double header.
To celebrate 10 years in the Charity Varsity Series, ice hockey opened the series on Monday 27 January. Trent led 3–0 at the end of the first period, but Uni managed to return 4 unanswered goals over the next two periods, scoring its final goal ten minutes before the final whistle, winning a second consecutive ice hockey match for the first time since 2010. American Football was scheduled to take place on Friday 31 January, but was postponed due to safety concerns at the venue. Fortunately, the issue was rectified in time for the next event, rugby league. With a BUCS league separating them, Trent stormed to a comfortable 40–12 victory. .
Varsity 2014 sees Nottingham Trent host the "swing events" (lacrosse and netball). Controversy arose when the University of Nottingham's Men's rugby union team was found to have breached student union rules in 2013. Originally, the ban was to take effect during the 2013 Varsity, but was pushed back to 2014 due to an appeal. As such, the University of Nottingham cannot field a team for the event, and the event is not on the 2014 calendar. In order to keep the final score odd and avoid a tie, table tennis was added to the calendar. Women's rugby union was still part of the series, taking place at Nottingham Trent's Clifton Campus.
|18:30, Friday 1 February||Men's American football||Harvey Hadden Stadium||UoN 0-24 NTU|
|17:15, Monday 11 February||Women's basketball||Capital FM Arena||UoN 51–47 NTU|
|20:15, Monday 11 February||Men's basketball||Capital FM Arena||UoN 83–70 NTU|
|18:30, Friday 15 February||Men's rugby league||Harvey Hadden Stadium||UoN 8–14 NTU|
|18:30, Monday 18 February||Men's ice hockey||National Ice Centre||UoN 4-3 NTU|
|14:30, Wednesday 13 March||Swimming||University of Nottingham Swimming Pool||UoN 138-80 NTU|
|17:30, Friday 15 March||Women's hockey||Beeston Hockey Club||UoN 3-1 NTU|
|19:30, Friday 15 March||Men's hockey||Beeston Hockey Club||UoN 6-5 NTU|
|14:30, Wednesday 20 March||Women's netball||University of Nottingham Sports Centre||UoN 54-34 NTU|
|17:00, Wednesday 20 March||Men's lacrosse||University of Nottingham Sports Centre||UoN 16-11 NTU|
|17:15, Thursday 9 May||Women's football||Meadow Lane||UoN 0-1 NTU|
|19:45, Thursday 9 May||Men's football||Meadow Lane||UoN 0-2 NTU|
|17:15, Monday 13 May||Women's rugby union||Meadow Lane||UoN 34-17 NTU|
|19:45, Monday 13 May||Men's rugby union||Meadow Lane||UoN 22-3 NTU|
|13:30, Tuesday 4 June||Men's cricket||Clifton Cricket Ground||NTU won by 56 runs|
|Series||UoN 10–5 NTU|
Varsity Wednesday included the final matches before the summer, Netball and Lacrosse. The Netball match was a turbulent affair, but the Uni women emerged victorious. With 7 victories, Trent needed to secure the Lacrosse match to remain in contention for the Varsity Championship. Although a close match last year, Uni took the home-field advantage and won the game 16-11. With only 5 matches remaining, Uni retained the Varsity Championship for 2013, also doing so before the Easter break.
After the holidays, and with only pride to play for, Trent gave an impressive performance at Meadow Lane for the football. The women's match ended 1-0 to Trent who just outplayed their opponents. For the men's match, Trent continued their momentum to take the game in the second-half, scoring two goals and resigning Uni to another defeat in consecutive years. A few days later, however, at the rugby union matches, Uni's team found the form absent from the football. The uni women's team showed a clear dominance of the Trent team, beating them by a resounding 34-17. Immediately following, the men's match again carried Uni's momentum as Trent fell apart, costing them needed points. The final score reflected the ill-form of Trent as Uni stormed to victory, 22-3. The series wrapped up with Cricket at Clifton campus. Trent were able to beat Uni by 56 runs and claim one final consolation point. This left the final Varsity score as 10-5 to Uni, making the series victory the largest since 2004 and the first time Uni won the series before the summer term.
The Varsity Swimming was brought forward due to the Uni team competing in BUCS finals on the pre-arranged date of Super Wednesday. The Uni team continued to outclass Trent, winning the match 138-80. 2 days later, the action moved to Beeston Hockey Club for the Field Hockey matches. Trent scored early in the Women's match, but Uni scored 3 times in the second half to win the match. The men's match was a far tighter affair with Uni again emerging on top, winning the game 6-5. After this success, Uni lead the series 6-2.
Basketball was moved from 'Super Varsity Wednesday' to the Capital FM Arena. In front of a 2016-sized crowd, Uni won both women's and men's matches to lead the series 2-1. Although Uni looked set to win the Rugby League match, Trent held on and delivered a stunning comeback to win the match 8-14 and tie the series 2-2. In front of a 7,000 capacity crowd, Uni took an early 3-0 lead in the ice hockey. Trent gained one goal back in the first play, before two quick goals in the final play looked to take the match to extra time. However, a last minute Uni winner ensured that Uni led the series 3-2 with a 4-3 win.
Varsity 2013 saw the University of Nottingham host the 'swing events' (lacrosse and netball.) After the visible change in crowd size witnessed in 2012, American Football opened the Varsity Series on the Friday night prior to Super Bowl Sunday (opposed to the traditional Sunday afternoon.) Nottingham Trent won the opener with a dominant 24-0 victory.
|18:00, Saturday 18 February||Men's rugby league||Harvey Hadden Stadium||NTU 18–22 UoN|
|18:30, Monday 20 February||Men's ice hockey||National Ice Centre||NTU 7-5 UoN|
|13:00, Wednesday 29 February||Swimming||University of Nottingham Swimming Pool||NTU 182–313 UoN|
|13:00, Friday 2 March||Men's American football||Harvey Hadden Stadium||NTU 21–4 UoN|
|15:30, Friday 16 March||Women's hockey||Beeston Hockey Club||NTU 1–4 UoN|
|17:30, Friday 16 March||Men's hockey||Beeston Hockey Club||NTU 2–2 UoN (5–4 on penalties)|
|14:00, Wednesday 21 March||Men's lacrosse||Clifton Campus, Nottingham Trent University||NTU 13–14 UoN|
|14:00, Wednesday 21 March||Women's basketball||Clifton Campus, Nottingham Trent University||NTU 54–61 UoN|
|16:00, Wednesday 21 March||Men's basketball||Clifton Campus, Nottingham Trent University||NTU 74–58 UoN|
|18:00, Wednesday 21 March||Women's netball||Clifton Campus, Nottingham Trent University||NTU 46–38 UoN|
|17:15, Tuesday 15 May||Women's rugby union||Meadow Lane||NTU 20–44 UoN|
|19:45, Tuesday 15 May||Men's rugby union||Meadow Lane||NTU 17–15 UoN|
|17:15, Friday 18 May||Women's football||Meadow Lane||NTU 0–1 UoN|
|19:45, Friday 18 May||Men's football||Meadow Lane||NTU 3–1 UoN (a.e.t.)|
|14:00, Wednesday 6 June||Men's cricket||Clifton Cricket Ground||UoN beat NTU by 7 runs (D/L method)|
|Series||NTU 6–9 UoN|
The final event, cricket, was again held at Nottingham Trent's Clifton Campus, and was played in the Twenty20 format. Rain disrupted play, but Trent were able to complete their innings at 130–6. Uni managed to complete 10 overs before rain caused the end of play. As play was abandoned with University having scored 69–2, they were victorious thanks to the Duckworth–Lewis method. The final Varsity score was 6–9 to Uni.
This meant a 2-point lead for University with 5 events remaining and this became a 3-point lead when the women's rugby teams met at Meadow Lane and Trent lost out 20 points to 44. The men's rugby was won 17–15 by Trent, bringing the Varsity score to 5-7 to Uni. The Varsity Football matches were held in honour of Ariel Olsen, a NUWFC player who had died of meningitis during the Easter holidays. Each match held a 1-minute applause prior to kick-off as a mark of respect. University won the women's game 1–0, resulting in the University of Nottingham becoming the 2012 Varsity champions. The men's result ended 1–1, with Trent winning 3–1 after extra time.
Two weeks later, on 16 March, was Field Hockey Day and the spoils were shared. First the University of Nottingham girls' team emphatically overcame their opponents by 4 goals to 1. Later, the Trent men's team edged victory on penalty flicks after the game ended two apiece to leave the series level at 3–3. Super Varsity Wednesday in the following week turned out in favour of University, who won the lacrosse, netball and women's basketball events; Trent won the men's basketball (although University fielded their second team due to BUCS commitments). This gave Uni a lead in the series of 4-6.
Broadcast live online, in a joint venture between NUTS and Trent TV, was the Series' premier event: the ice hockey at the sold-out Capital FM Arena. The first two periods were close-run affairs, Trent University's early two-goal advantage being cancelled out by the end of the first period to leave the score at 2–2 and Trent University levelling before the second intermission to make it 3 apiece. The University of Nottingham's early third period lead was against the run of play and 4 Trent University goals without reply sealed the victory and series leveller, before a late consolation goal made it 7–5.
The following week, the universities clashed in the swimming event and while the University of Nottingham once again came out on top, Trent University did nonetheless avoid a whitewash unlike the previous year, winning 3 of the 25 races, but losing 313–182 on points. On 2 March, the universities met at the Harvey Hadden stadium for the American football event which had been postponed due to adverse weather conditions. Trent University's "Renegades" had the better of the University of Nottingham's "Outlaws" throughout the game and ultimately won the game convincingly, by 21 points to 4.
For Varsity 2012, Nottingham Trent University hosted the traditional 'swing events' (basketball and netball) and an eleventh sport was introduced: field lacrosse. American football was scheduled to open the series on 5 February, but the game was postponed due to the snowy weather. As a result, it was rugby league which was first to take centre stage on 18 February. Trent University sprung into a 12–0 lead with three early tries, but the University of Nottingham reduced the arrears with a converted try before half-time. With the scores level at 18–18 and extra time looming, Will Meddings scored the winning try, to give University of Nottingham a four-point win in the series opener.
|13:00, Sunday 6 February||Men's American football||Harvey Hadden Stadium||UoN 0–8 NTU|
|19:45, Monday 21 February||Men's ice hockey||National Ice Centre||UoN 2–4 NTU|
|13:00, Wednesday 2 March||Swimming||University of Nottingham Swimming Pool||UoN 379–225 NTU|
|14:00, Sunday 5 March||Men's rugby league||Highfields Sports Ground||UoN 14–24 NTU|
|15:30, Friday 11 March||Women's basketball||University of Nottingham Sports Centre||UoN 49–54 NTU|
|17:00, Friday 11 March||Women's netball||University of Nottingham Sports Centre||UoN 41–40 NTU|
|18:30, Friday 11 March||Men's basketball||University of Nottingham Sports Centre||UoN 73–63 NTU|
|15:30, Friday 18 March||Women's hockey||Beeston Hockey Club||UoN 1–0 NTU|
|17:30, Friday 18 March||Men's hockey||Beeston Hockey Club||UoN 3–3 NTU (4–3 on penalties)|
|17:15, Monday 9 May||Women's football||Meadow Lane||UoN 1–1 NTU (1–3 on penalties)|
|20:00, Monday 9 May||Men's football||Meadow Lane||UoN 2–1 NTU (a.e.t.)|
|17:30, Thursday 12 May||Women's rugby union||Meadow Lane||UoN 5–32 NTU|
|20:00, Thursday 12 May||Men's rugby union||Meadow Lane||UoN 18–7 NTU|
|11:00, Monday 6 June||Men's cricket||Clifton Cricket Ground||NTU beat UoN by 7 wickets|
|Series||UoN 7–7 NTU|
In 2011, the universities will compete in the same ten disciplines as 2010. While the American football, ice hockey, rugby union, football, swimming and hockey remain at their fixed venues, the tradition of alternating the host for the other events will continue, so the University of Nottingham will host the rugby league, netball, basketball and cricket. Nottingham Trent University won the opening event – the American football, again hosted on the day of the Super Bowl – by eight points to zero, scoring a single touchdown along with a two-point conversion. Nottingham Trent University then went on to win the ice hockey event in comfortable fashion, never losing the lead which they took early on and eventually winning the match 4–2. The University of Nottingham then halved Nottingham Trent University's series lead after the swimming event, which they are still yet to lose, having won the competition on each of the three occasions it has been staged. The busiest day of the Varsity Series calendar opened with a Nottingham Trent University victory in the women's basketball event, as the series score became an impressive 4–1 in their favour. The University of Nottingham, however, had the better of the day, as they struck back with narrow victories in the women's netball and men's basketball matches. The University of Nottingham then remarkably took a narrow series lead by winning its third and fourth consecutive events in the women's and men's hockey games; the former a tight 1–0 victory and the latter a more exciting 3–3 draw eventually decided on penalties. Nottingham Trent University were then able to level the scores after the Easter break when they won the women's football match on penalties after a late UoN equaliser had made the match 1–1 and taken it to spot-kicks, but UoN re-took the series lead with a 2–1 extra-time win in the men's match. The same pattern followed in the rugby union later that week – Nottingham Trent University prevailing in the women's event but losing out in the men's – as the Nottingham Trent University girls thrashed the University of Nottingham girls by 27 points before the University of Nottingham men managed a hard-fought 18–7 win. A month break to proceedings followed with the University of Nottingham's one-match series lead still in tact and just one event remaining, the cricket, Nottingham Trent University needed to win to level the series, which they did and therefore retained the trophy.
|13:00, Sunday 7 February||Men's American football||Harvey Hadden Stadium||NTU 14–6 UoN|
|18:30, Monday 15 February||Men's ice hockey||National Ice Centre||NTU 6–6 UoN (0–2 on penalties)|
|15:00, Wednesday 24 February||Swimming||University of Nottingham Swimming Pool||NTU 255–415 UoN|
|15:00, Sunday 28 February||Men's rugby league||Lady Bay Ground||NTU 16–18 UoN|
|17:00, Wednesday 10 March||Women's netball||Nottingham Trent Sports Centre||NTU 36–26 UoN|
|18:00, Thursday 11 March||Women's basketball||Nottingham Trent Sports Centre||NTU 75–58 UoN|
|20:00, Thursday 11 March||Men's basketball||Nottingham Trent Sports Centre||NTU 59–32 UoN|
|17:30, Tuesday 16 March||Women's rugby union||Meadow Lane||NTU 5–14 UoN|
|19:45, Tuesday 16 March||Men's rugby union||Meadow Lane||NTU 18–5 UoN|
|17:30, Monday 22 March||Women's football||Meadow Lane||NTU 3–1 UoN|
|19:45, Monday 22 March||Men's football||Meadow Lane||NTU 2–2 UoN (3–4 on penalties)|
|17:00, Wednesday 26 March||Women's hockey||Beeston Hockey Club||NTU 5–2 UoN|
|19:00, Wednesday 26 March||Men's hockey||Beeston Hockey Club||NTU 3–4 UoN|
|Friday 4 June||Men's cricket||Clifton Cricket Ground||NTU beat UoN by 48 runs|
|Series||NTU 8–6 UoN|
In 2010, the universities competed in ten disciplines, including American football for the first time. Nottingham Trent University won eight of the fourteen events. Such was the demand for tickets that the University of Nottingham's television station, NUTS, aired the ice hockey match live online. Also, for the first time in recent Varsity history, drawing was eliminated and penalty shoot-outs would determine the outright winner.
|14:00, Wednesday 25 February||Swimming||University of Nottingham Swimming Pool||UoN beat NTU|
|Sunday 8 March||Men's rugby league||Lady Bay Ground||UoN 10–18 NTU|
|19:30, Monday 9 March||Men's ice hockey||National Ice Centre||UoN 6–1 NTU|
|14:00, Wednesday 18 March||Women's netball||University of Nottingham Sports Centre||UoN 26–43 NTU|
|16:00, Wednesday 18 March||Women's basketball||University of Nottingham Sports Centre||UoN 58–50 NTU|
|18:00, Wednesday 18 March||Men's basketball||University of Nottingham Sports Centre||UoN 47–61 NTU|
|17:30, Wednesday 22 April||Women's football||Meadow Lane||UoN 0–0 NTU|
|19:45, Wednesday 22 April||Men's football||Meadow Lane||UoN 1–2 NTU|
|17:30, Monday 27 April||Women's rugby union||Meadow Lane||UoN 15–0 NTU|
|19:45, Monday 27 April||Men's rugby union||Meadow Lane||UoN 13–13 NTU|
|17:45, Wednesday 29 April||Women's hockey||Beeston Hockey Club||UoN 5–1 NTU|
|19:30, Wednesday 29 April||Men's hockey||Beeston Hockey Club||UoN 3–3 NTU|
|Monday 4 May||Men's cricket||Highfields||UoN beat Trent by six wickets|
|Series||UoN 7.5–5.5 NTU|
In 2009, the University of Nottingham secured victory, winning seven events, drawing one and losing five. Swimming was included as an event again for the first time since 2006. A sell-out crowd of 7,000 saw the University of Nottingham win their first ice hockey match against Trent in Varsity competition.
|19:35, Monday 25 February||Men's ice hockey||National Ice Centre||NTU 2–0 UoN|
|17:30, Monday 3 March||Women's football||Meadow Lane||NTU 3–0 UoN|
|19:45, Monday 3 March||Men's football||Meadow Lane||NTU 2–0 UoN|
|14:00, Wednesday 12 March||Women's netball||Nottingham Trent Sports Centre||NTU 44-22 UoN|
|16:00, Wednesday 12 March||Women's basketball||Nottingham Trent Sports Centre||NTU 55–42 UoN|
|18:00, Wednesday 12 March||Men's basketball||Nottingham Trent Sports Centre||NTU 68–70 UoN|
|17:30, Monday 21 April||Women's rugby union||Meadow Lane||NTU 10–10 UoN|
|19:45, Monday 21 April||Men's rugby union||Meadow Lane||NTU 3–10 UoN|
|18:15, Thursday 24 April||Women's hockey||Beeston Hockey Club||NTU 1–2 UoN|
|20:00, Thursday 24 April||Men's hockey||Beeston Hockey Club||NTU 4–2 UoN|
|Wednesday 30 April||Men's rugby league||NTU 14–20 UoN|
|Men's cricket||NTU beat UoN by 3 runs|
|Series||NTU 7.5–4.5 UoN|
In 2008, Nottingham Trent University emerged victorious, winning seven events, drawing one and losing four.
|Thursday 1 March||Men's ice hockey||National Ice Centre||UoN 3–5 NTU|
|17:30, Monday 12 March||Women's football||Meadow Lane||UoN 0–2 NTU|
|19:45, Monday 12 March||Men's football||Meadow Lane||UoN 0–3 NTU|
|Wednesday 14 March||Women's netball||University of Nottingham Sports Centre||UoN 43–35 NTU|
|Wednesday 14 March||Women's basketball||University of Nottingham Sports Centre||UoN beat NTU|
|Wednesday 14 March||Men's basketball||University of Nottingham Sports Centre||UoN 71–59 NTU|
|Thursday 26 April||Women's hockey||Beeston Hockey Club||UoN 1–2 NTU|
|Thursday 26 April||Men's hockey||Beeston Hockey Club||UoN 5–2 NTU|
|17:30, Monday 30 April||Women's rugby union||Meadow Lane||UoN 5–10 NTU|
|19:45, Monday 30 April||Men's rugby union||Meadow Lane||UoN 29–10 NTU|
|Men's rugby league||Ferryfields||UoN 38–8 NTU|
|11:00, Sunday 27 May||Men's cricket||Trent Bridge||Match abandoned due to rain|
|Series||UoN 6.5–5.5 NTU|
|Thursday 1 March||Men's ice hockey||National Ice Centre||NTU 5–5 UoN (3–0 on penalties)|
|17:30 Tuesday 6 March||Women's football||Meadow Lane||NTU 3–0 UoN|
|19:45, Tuesday 6 March||Men's football||Meadow Lane||NTU 0–2 UoN|
|19:00, Tuesday 13 March||Men's rugby league||Ferryfields||NTU 22–14 UoN|
|Thursday 15 March||Women's basketball||University of Nottingham Sports Centre|
|Thursday 15 March||Men's basketball||University of Nottingham Sports Centre|
|17:30, Tuesday 20 March||Women's rugby union||Meadow Lane||NTU beat UoN|
|19:30, Tuesday 20 March||Men's rugby union||Meadow Lane|
|Thursday 22 March||Women's netball||University of Nottingham Sports Centre|
|Wednesday 3 May||Women's hockey||Beeston Hockey Club|
|Wednesday 3 May||Men's hockey||Beeston Hockey Club|
|Saturday 6 May||Swimming||University of Nottingham Swimming Pool|
|Sunday 7 May||Men's cricket||Trent Bridge||Match abandoned due to rain|
|Series||NTU 8.5–4.5 UoN|
On 6 March 2006, the University of Nottingham secured victory in the football match, winning 2–0 for the third time in four years.
In 2005, Nottingham Trent University won the ice hockey match on penalties and the football match 1–0. This was the first time ice hockey had featured in the series, adding to the football, basketball, hockey, rugby and netball events. Trent won the women's rugby union event. The cricket was abandoned. Trent won the series.
2004 saw the University of Nottingham victorious in the football for the second consecutive year by a margin of two goals to none. This was the first year that the series was organised for the benefit of charity. The University of Nottingham secured a series victory.
The University of Nottingham retained the Varsity Football Cup with a 2–0 victory over Nottingham Trent University.
In early March 2002, the University of Nottingham beat Nottingham Trent University 5–1 in the men's football match and 1–0 in the women's.
Nottingham Trent University won the men's football contest on penalties after the match finished one apiece after extra time.
It is unclear when the first varsity match was played or whether an organised series was contested in this period.
In British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competition, Uni have always finished between fourth and seventh position since 2002–03, whereas Trent have finished between 18th and 43rd. The Varsity Series is not a part of BUCS competition. The University of Nottingham compete in green and gold for the Varsity Series, as they do in BUCS events, and Nottingham Trent University wear pink, black and white. ice hockey is not a BUCS sport, so is not bound by the rules that the other sports are. As a consequence, the two universities ice hockey teams, which outside Varsity competition compete as a combined team as the Nottingham Mavericks, wore yellow and blue respectively until 2014, when the BUCS colours were worn.
The University of Nottingham has stronger academic credentials than Nottingham Trent University, generally ranking higher in the university league tables. Nottingham Trent University has its origins in the Nottingham Government School of Design founded in 1843 and later Trent Polytechnic, which became Nottingham Trent University under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992, when polytechnics, which had a stronger focus on applied education, became eligible for full university status. The University of Nottingham was originally a constituent college of the University of London known as University College Nottingham, before being upgraded to full university status in 1948.
Rivalry beyond the Varsity Series
- 2004: Children's Centre –- Nottingham City Hospital
- 2005: The Asian Tsunami Appeal
- 2006: The Danielle Beccan Memorial Trust
- 2007: CP Sport
- 2008: Nottinghamshire Royal Society for the Blind
- 2009: Balls to Poverty
- 2010: CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young)
- 2011: PASIC (Parents Association for Seriously Ill Children)
- 2012: CP Sport
- 2013: Headway
- 2014: DKH Legacy Trust