Newcastle University

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About the institution

The University can trace its origins to:

  • the School of Medicine and Surgery, established in 1834
  • 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 formed 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. The University's name changed to Newcastle Universityin 2006.

Our mission statement recognises the breadth of our academic purpose, our current and aspirational strengths, and our pivotal position in society.

We aim to:

  • be a world-class research-intensive University
  • deliver teaching and facilitate learning of the highest quality
  • play a leading role in the economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England

Our vision and mission can be distilled into a number of institutional objectives, categorised in terms of our core functions, core structures and corporate activities.

As a university, our objectives are to achieve and maintain a:

  • place in the top 20 in the UK for research
  • place in the top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction
  • focus on three Societal Challenge Themes: Ageing, Social Renewal, and Sustainability
  • significant international, national and regional profile and reputation
  • financial and environmental sustainability

Our objectives are defined in terms of our three core functions:

  • research and innovation
  • teaching and learning
  • engagement

Student Life

Newcastle University is a Russell Group university. It has a 50 acre campus in the city centre. The university owns the Great North Museum, which includes a library and archive that students can use. It also has a research catamaran and marine research lab on the coast and its campus in London offers undergraduate business degrees. Newcastle is renowned for its nightlife. The Venue in the Students’ Union is rumoured to be the longest bar in Europe and has hosted the likes of James Bay and Example.

You are at the heart of everything we do. We are continually investing in our campus, facilities and opportunities, to make sure you have the best experience possible.

This is reflected in high levels of student satisfaction:

  • We are top ten in the UK for overall student experience (The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2015)
  • We have a 93% overall satisfaction rate for international students (International Student Barometer 2015)

Newcastle University Students' Union reopened in 2011 following an £8m refurbishment. The inside of the Grade II listed building has been transformed, with some outstanding new facilities in the heart of campus, including:

  • 24-hour computer clusters and social learning areas /li>
  • a dedicated sports, societies and volunteering area
  • revamped bar serving food and drinks
  • café with facilities to work and relax
  • huge gig and event space, hosting live gigs and regular Saturday club nights
  • Subway sandwich shop, Starbucks coffee, banking services and ATMs
  • a shop selling student essentials

You will also benefit from services such as a brand new Student Advice Centre, print design service and an IT repair centre.


We've invested millions in developing our campus and facilities in recent years, including an £8m refurbishment of our Students' Union. On campus there's an art gallery, theatre and museum. Specialist facilities off campus include two farms and a marine laboratory.

Newcastle has achieved five QS Stars for its facilities from QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the first international assessment of its kind.

Key facts (HESA 2013/14)

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Degree classifications class of 2014 (HESA 2013/14)

First: 21%
2.1: 50%
2.2: 16%
Pass: 3%

Employability class of 2014 (DLHE 2013/14)

In work or further study 6 months after graduation
In professional employment 6 months after graduation
Median salary UK domiciled in FT employment

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