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The University of Northumbria at Newcastle is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence. Its main campus is located in the heart of the city of Newcastle upon the Tyne, which is consistently voted one of the best places in the UK for students.

The University of Northumbria at Newcastle has its origins in the Rutherford College, founded in 1880. Today by, putting students at the heart of an outstanding experience, and with world leading research and award-winning partnerships at its core, Northumbria has become a new kind of excellent university.

More about the University of Northumbria at Newcastle

Northumbria is ranked in the top ten in the United Kingdom for the number of graduates entering professional employment and nine out of ten of their graduates are working or studying for a postgraduate or specialty degree six months after graduation. The school is ranked 21st out of 111 universities in the 2014 Times Higher Education Student Satisfaction Survey.

The University of Northumbria at Newcastle works with a number of major employers, including Nike, IBM, Nissan, Proctor & Gamble, the BBC, and the NHS, and more than 560 employers and 60 professional bodies sponsor or accredit the University’s programs. Innovative and entrepreneurial, the institution is also ranked fourth in the UK for graduate business start-ups.

In addition to its campus in Newcastle, the University of Northumbria also has a campus in London, and works in partnership with a multitude of other higher education institutions across the world, attracting students from over 135 countries.

The University of Northumbria: Campuses

The campuses of Northumbria University provide a high quality environment for the school’s students; an environment featuring a vibrant and friendly atmosphere that helps students feel right at home.  In investing in its goal to provide a high-quality student experience, the main Newcastle City Center Campus has recently undergone a stunning transformation, thanks in large part to a £200 million investment.

The newest section of the Campus, connected by tree-lined walkways, has won over 20 awards for design and sustainability. In addition to providing the most up-to-date teaching, learning and research facilities, students can also access the extensive library and the school’s IT resources 24/7.

The University of Northumbria at Newcastle offers a wide array of choices when it comes to student accommodation, and their flagship Sport Central facility caters to all students, from performance athletes to individuals who just want to try out a fitness class. Northumbria won the national WhatUni Student Choice Award in 2014 for the best city life of any university in the United Kingdom.

In addition to the main campus at Newcastle, the University of Northumbria also boasts their Coach Lane and London campuses.

The nearby Coach Lane Campus is home to students studying for degrees and certificates in the areas of education, nursing, healthcare and social work. It hosts the school’s Clinical Skills Center, as well as cafes and sports facilities, and is linked to the City Center Campus by a free shuttle bus that is in service at all hours of the day and night. The Students’ Union has its own presence at Coach Lane as well as at the City Center Campus in Newcastle.

The London Campus of the University of Northumbria allows students to combine the excellence of the main university campus with a convenient location in the capital’s business and financial district.

Collectively, each and every Northumbria student, across all three Campuses, can access the institution’s award-winning employment services, comprehensive student support and 24/7 digital library, complete with over 400,000 e-books and other digital materials.

The quality of campus life, regardless of the campus one chooses, is one of the main reasons why Northumbria University has been rated 21st out of 111 UK Universities by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey in 2014.

University of Northumbria at Newcastle: Vision

Northumbria University is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence.

Their ambition is to consistently be in the top 30 of all universities in the United Kingdom, and today the school is transforming to become a new kind of outstanding university—one that focuses on the accomplishments of its students. To achieve this remarkable transformation, between 2014 and 2018 the university plans to:

  • Build a global reputation, improve its market position and increase its revenue streams.
  • Grow high quality research and use that research to drive excellence in all of their programs and activities.
  • Maximize the satisfaction of all students and stakeholders of the university.
  • Strengthen their operational efficiency and effectiveness, and foster a culture of continuous improvement.
Northumbria University:  Life in Newcastle

Those who are considering studying at the University of Northumbria may have questions about what life is actually like in the beautiful city of Newcastle.  Here are just a few details about what they can expect:

In 2014, Newcastle was once again voted as the UK’s best city for students, and Northumbria University received the best "City Life" award in this year's WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

Nestled along the Tyne, Newcastle is regularly named one of the UK’s Best University Cities by the MSN Travel Guide. This is partly due to the city’s compactness, which makes it large enough to be vibrant and exciting, yet small enough to feel like home. These awards are also the result of the sheer number of students that call the city home: one in every six people in the city of Newcastle is a student.

Newcastle is packed with bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs, so it’s easy to see why the city is so popular among university students of all ages.

Newcastle boasts a combination of friendly culture, rich history and sporting passion that can rival any city in the world. There is a thriving scene for those who enjoy theatre and cinema. Music lovers are also well catered to, with big names regularly appearing at the Metro Radio Arena and the O2 Academy.

The city’s arts and cultural scene has become one of its defining characteristics. The world-class BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art attracts people from far and wide. Northumbria University has partnered with BALTIC in opening a new cultural hub for art, called BALTIC 39. A number of other galleries mean that art-lovers will be spoiled for the sheer number of choices as they walk the streets of the city.

All Programs Available:
  • Arts, Design and Crafts
    • Fine Arts
  • Business
    • Business Administration
  • Education
    • Education
  • Engineering
    • Engineering Science
  • Health
    • Health Occupations
  • Human Studies and Services
    • Social Work
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Newcastle City Campus, Ellison Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle, The United Kingdom, NE1 8ST

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