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Newcastle University has a global reputation for high quality teaching and is a Russell Group University that ranks among the world’s best universities.

Newcastle University can trace its origins to a School of Medicine and Surgery (later the College of Medicine), established in 1834, and to Armstrong College, founded in 1871 for the teaching of physical sciences. These two colleges formed one division of the federal University of Durham, the Durham Colleges forming the other division. The Newcastle Colleges merged to form King's College in 1937. In 1963, when the federal University was dissolved, King's College became the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and latterly, Newcastle University.

The attractive 50-acre city-centre campus is dominated by classic red-brick Victorian buildings arranged in blocks surrounding a quadrangle. The university is currently undergoing a multi-million programme of investment in its campus and facilities. The latest developments include a £35m building which houses many of the main student services under one roof, an £8-million renovation of the Grade II listed students’ union, extra investment in library facilities, and a teaching and accommodation complex for international students. There is also a newly-opened medical campus in Malaysia offering medicine and biomedical science degrees and a campus in Singapore offers degrees in naval architecture.

Newcastle University has over 20,000 students and employs over 5,000 people. With a world-class reputation for high quality teaching and cutting edge research, it rates highly in many of the University rankings and guides including:

• 12th in The Sunday Times 2012 University Guide

• 10th among our peers in the National Student Survey 2011

General Information
1963 (Origins traced to 1834)
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, UK
Newcastle University, NE1 7RU, United Kingdom
0191 208 3333
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City Campus

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Teaching quality

Newcastle University has a global reputation for high quality teaching and cutting-edge research. It is a member of the elite Russell Group, an association of leading research-intensive UK universities. All of the University research and academic staff are leading experts in their fields meaning that Newcastle students benefit from studying in a highly developed research environment.

Newcastle’s score in the annual National Student Survey 2011 is higher than the national average, with 89% of respondents agreeing or strongly agreeing that they were satisfied with the overall quality of their course. Fifteen of our individual subjects came in the top ten nationally for overall student satisfaction with Chemical and Process Engineering and Speech Sciences both achieving a 100% satisfaction score.

Most of our academic schools have advisory boards which include graduate employers as members, and we undertake regular surveys of employers’ perceptions of Newcastle graduates’ skills to inform improvements to our courses.

Careers service

The Careers Service is one of the largest in the UK and has won several national careers awards in recent years including being the first UK university careers service to be awarded the Matrix Quality Standard, for the high quality information, advice and guidance that they deliver. It was also rated 8th in the world in the annual International Student Barometer survey 2010. They provide support for up to 3 years after graduation.

The University puts a heavy emphasis on student employability with opportunities throughout their studies to improve their employability.

The award-winning ncl+ initiative provides opportunities for students to develop employability skills through activities outside of their degree, such as working as a student ambassador or writing for the University newspaper. There is also a Career Development module that enables students to count their work experience, volunteering activities or part-time employment towards academic credit for most courses.

Visit the Career Service website at

Library Facilities

The university library service is the only one in the UK to be awarded the government's Charter Mark five years in a row! As well as the main library, there are libraries in the Medical School and Law School. These house over 1 million books and 100,000 electronic resources, 15,000 electronic journals, 2000 study places, and a computerised online catalogue. The Robinson Library is open 24/7 during term time. (

The Walton Medical Library and the Law Library opening hours can be found at : and respectively.

Visit the Library Service website at

IT and computing

There are over 1,400 networked PCs in 44 clusters across campus including some with 24-hour access. Wireless access is active throughout most of the university campus. All student bedrooms are internet-ready, with almost all having a cable connection to the campus network.

You can access many programs using RAS (Remote Access Service) which would otherwise be unavailable to you. These programs include the whole Microsoft office package.

The University uses Blackboard is a virtual learning system allowing students to submit work online, access reading lists, take part in online discussions and e-mail academic tutors. The ReCap lecture recording service allows students to review lectures and other recorded materials, enhancing their understanding of complex topics and assisting their exam revision.


Newcastle is big on sport and has over 55 established sports clubs. The sports centre incorporates a large sports hall with a 125-station health and fitness suite, three large activity halls, four squash courts and a dance studio. There are also five main sports sites located in and around the city, including pitches and courts, a floodlit all-weather pitch for hockey and football and an 18-hole golf course 10 miles west of the city. There's a boat house located on the river Tyne, the home of University rowing.

Newcastle University has a long tradition of sporting achievement, finishing in the top 15 out of 146 in the British Universities and Colleges Sports table (BUCS) for the past six years. All students have the opportunity to take part in sports activities through an intramural sports league where students can create their own teams.

The University has an Elite Athletes Squad whose former members include Olympic Gold medallist Ed Goode and rugby player Tom May.

Scholarships Newcastle also offers a range of scholarships to support talented sportsmen and sportswomen who choose to study there, linked to the University’s Performance Sport Strategy. Eligibility is assessed on a case-by-case basis.


Newcastle University offers a range of affordable types of accommodation, including ensuite, catered and self catered. Most accommodation sites are within 10 minutes’ walk of the campus and the city centre. A number of rooms are available for students with special requirements, including rooms for couples and families.

The weekly rate for a place in university-owned halls/houses is between £71.89 and £125.75 self-catered (minimum price for ensuite £91.84), and between £102.34 and £120.05 (minimum price for ensuite £120.05) inclusive of meals. The average private rent is £64 per week. First-year students who meet the criteria and apply before the deadline are guaranteed a place in University accommodation.

Read more about all the types of accommodation on the accommodation website at

The Students Union

The Students Union is a stunning Grade II listed red-brick Victorian building and is the social-hub of university life. Having just gone through an £8 million refurbishment, inside you'll find 24-hour computer clusters, a bank, cafés, bars and a huge gig and event space. There is a university shop that sells all the essentials including all the stationary you'll ever need and plenty of essential food for those emergency run outs. The Union building also hosts the student newspaper and radio, not to mention a number of excellent and regular music performances. The Union building is never empty whether people are meeting their friends for lunch or to go tolectures, having a drink, getting some work done on the computer clusters or starting a night out.

Read more about Newcastle University's Student Union at

City and Transport

With a 50-acre city centre campus in the heart of Britain’s number one student city, Newcastle University can offer the ultimate student lifestyle. Renowned for friendly hospitality and a vibrant nightlife, the city is compact with an array of restaurants, bars and shops lining the picturesque streets and the Quayside. As a world-class cultural destination, Newcastle has a diverse music scene as well as outstanding museums, galleries and theatres.

Some of the best shopping in the north of England is available in the city centre and at the nearby Metrocentre, one of Europe’s largest shopping and leisure complexes. Ancient castles, beautiful countryside and the unspoilt coastline of nearby Northumberland can all be found close by.

The city’s Metro rail system makes it easy to get to the student-friendly suburbs, stunning beaches and Newcastle International Airport. Rail links make London a 3 hours trip and Edinburgh is around 1.5 hours.


Architecture Newcastle's campus is based around the original redbrick (and rather grand) pre-Victorian quadrangle. This dates back to its days as a medical school. It's certainly a thing of aesthetic beauty, with flower beds, trees and mature vegetation dotted around the quad. The well kept lawns provide the perfect location to just sit and relax with friends.

Away from the quadrangle the architecture of the university varies. Understandably, as the university gained independence in the 1960s some 60s and 70s Brutalist style buildings appeared. More recent developments include the new state-of-the-art building that houses the new business school (located away from the main campus and next to St James' Park) and the glass-fronted King’s Gate building housing all the main student services and visitor centre.

Surrounding area Jesmond and Heaton are probably the two large student areas. Jesmond is very affluent and leafy with plenty of restaurants and bars and is accessible by Metro. Heaton, not as wealthy as it perhaps once was, is still a comparatively affluent and vibrant part of the city. Both of these areas are relatively safe with low crime rates. Newcastle, as a city, has amongst the lowest crime rates of all major cities (Newcastle was ranked as the 7th safest city in the Complete University Guide 2011).Just a Metro or bus journey away from the city there are some stunning beaches and coastal areas such as Cullercoats, Whitley Bay, Tynemouth and South Shields. The wider region is one of the most beautiful areas of the country. Newcastle boarders the county of Northumberland, with its beautiful National Park, unspoilt coastline and ancient castles. There is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hadrian's Wall and other National Trust and English Heritage sites. Just outside Newcastle and not far from the university, is the gentle, green, largely agricultural Tyne valley. It is here, in the Tyne valley, where the university's two farms are located.


The University has a Student Advice Centre located in the Students Union which offers free professional support on areas from finance to housing and health to visa issues. The University also has a Student Wellbeing service that provides advice and guidance on a wide range of issues including, mental health, disability and faith.

Visit the Student Advice Centre website at

Visit the Student Wellbeing website at

Religious facilities

The Christian Union has a chaplaincy on campus. This caters from all Christian denominations and world faiths. There's also a Jewish and Buddhist chaplain and a Muslim prayer room. In Newcastle city centre there's a Roman Catholic cathedral, a Quaker meeting house, a Buddhist centre, a Hindu temple, an Orthodox synagogue and a Reform synagogue. In the city's suburbs there are mosques and more churches and synagogue.

Gateshead, just across the Tyne, has a significant Jewish population in and around the town centre with synagogues and educational institutions.

Partners Scheme

The university works closely with PARTNERS schools and colleges throughout the northern region to provide opportunities and support for students who may be thinking of applying to university. The scheme includes students receiving a guaranteed conditional offer or receiving lower entry requirements following a two-week assessed summer school.

For more information on Newcastle University's PARTNERS scheme visit the website at


There are three faculties at Newcastle University. These are then split into schools for each subject. Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) This faculty covers all the humanity subjects including Architecture, Geography, Law, etc. Medical Faculty This faculty covers all the medical subjects including Medicine and Dentistry The medical school also helps run the joint Newcastle Durham Medical School at Queen's Campus, Stockton. To attend here you need to apply for Durham University Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE) This faculty covers the engineering, biology, chemistry and agricultural departments.

Applicants considering Newcastle University

If you are considering Newcastle University for 2013 entry, you need to apply through UCAS. The Prospectus can be requested from the requests section of the Newcastle website.

The next university visit day will occur on 29 and 30 June 2012 ( Register for an information pack to be delivered to your house a couple of weeks before to help plan your visit day. You can also visit the university and join a campus tour led by current students. If you want a tour of a department, don't be afraid to ask through an email. The University is always happy to try and help.

If you have any questions, help is always available, contact the enquiries office at or call student services on 0191 208 333.

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