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Northumbria University

Northumbria University

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Northumbria is one of the UK’s best professional universities with a global reputation for academic excellence. Northumbria University is a truly international university with students from all over the world studying on its programmes, either on its Newcastle and London campuses in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and London or at one of the many partner institutions worldwide. Many students choose Northumbria University because of its reputation as one of Britain's best modern universities. With around 35,000 students from over 140 countries, Northumbria University is one of the UK’s largest and most successful universities.

Northumbria has a rich history going back through its constituent colleges to the late nineteenth century. It was founded as Newcastle Polytechnic in 1969 and inaugurated as a university in 1992. Offering courses in most major subject areas such as Engineering, Computing, Sciences, Business, Law, Design, Built and Natural Environment, Arts, Social Sciences, Psychology, Sport, Health and many more.


Newcastle and London

Why study at Northumbria University?

  • Academic Excellence - Northumbria University has an impressive record of high quality teaching and world-leading research.
  • Huge choice of education opportunities - Over 450 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees available.
  • Professional recognition - Many courses are professionally accredited and we enjoy great industrial links in the UK and overseas.
  • Scholarships and fee discount - Scholarships may be available for high achieving students. Tuition fee savings are also available for early payment and alumni.
  • Unbeatable facilities - Recent completion of £165 million campus investment, including £30 million sports facilities.
  • Employment - Our graduates are highly regarded by employers and we have the highest graduate employment rate of any university in the region.
  • Location - Newcastle was voted ‘Best Student City’ by MSN Travel in 2009 and 2010. The North East of England also has a very low cost of living, as well as a reputation for having the UK’s friendliest locals. The area also boasts the a very efficient public transport system, beautiful countryside, fabulous beaches and a rich history.
  • Student support - Free airport ‘Meet and Greet’ service to ease your arrival into the UK. We also offer a wide range of support services on campus to help you settle in and enjoy your time here.
  • Flexibility of study - September and January starts are available for many Masters programmes. A wide range of courses are also available to study by distance learning.
  • International student population - Northumbria University has been welcoming international students for decades and is currently one of the UK's top ten providers of taught postgraduate education.

Location & Facilities
Northumbria University London campus Map

Northumbria University is based in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne, a city voted as the best place in the UK for students for three years in a row. Its impressive £160-million City Centre campus has benefitted from extensive developments in the last five years and is just minutes' walk from the best of the city’s vibrant cultural attractions as well as within easy reach of Northumberland’s historic coastline and countryside. Newcastle upon Tyne has excellent global, national and local transport links. The international airport with direct links to Dubai, London, Paris and Amsterdam as well as many UK and European cities is just 15 minutes’ drive from the University and the main train station is five minutes away. Central London is less than three hours by train and Edinburgh is around two hours. The University is less than five minutes’ walk from three city centre Metro stations. Newcastle is ranked as the UK’s 8th safest city/town, ahead of Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester. The University also has a satellite base in Islington, London, which houses students on some masters level design programmes and its innovative P3i research centre.

Entry Standards

  • Northumbria attracts high-quality students. Its entry grades are among the highest in the sector and have shown continued improvement in the last decade.
  • Applications have risen by almost 50% per cent since 2007, which is testament to the University’s growing reputation and standing in the league tables.
  • Some subjects require applicants to attend an interview or provide a portfolio of their work before an offer is made.
  • A full listing of entry conditions are on the University website. Professional experience can also considered for entry onto programmes for mature students.

Teaching Standards

  • In the University’s most recent audit by the Quality Assurance Agency, the agency gave its highest level of confidence in the University’s academic standards and in the quality of learning opportunities available for students.
  • Northumbria University places a real focus on academic quality which is combined with research-informed teaching and influenced by its global and national links with professional bodies and associations.
  • This combination of academic quality with a professional, real-world focus gives Northumbria a distinct appeal which has led to an increased demand for places.
  • The University has a higher than average satisfaction rate, scoring 86% in the 2012 National Student Survey.
  • Almost half of Northumbria’s subject areas have satisfaction rates of 90% and above.
  • Four areas, including Nutrition and French Studies have 100% satisfaction, Mathematics and Statistics has 98% satisfaction and Law scored 94%.

Research Standards

  • Northumbria is a research-engaged, business-focused professional university which has spent £18 million to recruit new academic and research-active staff in the last three years to double its capacity in research and enterprise.
  • In the last Research Assessment Exercise, every area of research submitted was judged as being 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' making it the most improved university in the North of England. Architecture and the built environment, general engineering and nursing and midwifery were all high scorers.
  • The University promotes research that makes a difference to the economy, culture and society.
  • State-of-the-art sport, teaching and research facilities are housed in the new £30-m award-winning Sport Central.
  • The University has the UK’s first ecologically-valid sleep research centre at its Newcastle base and an environmental chamber which allows researchers to experience conditions equivalent to anywhere in the world.
  • An innovative research centre, P3i, is developing new products and services which are being specially designed for the way we will live in the future.

Academic Strengths

  • Northumbria is a leader in graduate employability with more graduates moving directly into employment than from any other university in the North East. In 2011, 90% of students were in employment or further study within six months of graduating.
  • Northumbria University has excellent relationships with employers and provides many opportunities for work placements to students as part of their studies.
  • More than 550 employers sponsor undergraduate programmes and accreditation from almost 50 professional bodies - one of the highest rates in the UK - means students leave with professionally certified qualifications.
  • Nine academics have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships which are given to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching .
  • The University has an award-winning partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art which has led to the establishment of a new institute of contemporary arts which will introduce unique learning opportunities in this field for students worldwide.

Student Facilities
Northumbria University Newcastle Campus

  • A £160-million development in its impressive city centre campus means Northumbria boasts one of the most attractive inner city campuses in the UK with environmentally-friendly buildings and tree-lined walkways.
  • A recent expansion to the University Library has seen an additional 100 IT spaces, more social learning and informal space, a zone fitted with Smart boards and a dedicated Language Zone.
  • The Library has an award-winning search engine which provides access to more than 500,000 books, 30,000 journals and in excess of 300 databases at any one time.
  • Northumbria University’s Library has been rated joint third in the UK, behind Oxford and Cambridge.
  • All students have a personal MyNorthumbria web page which allows them to view their class and exam timetables, enrol onto programmes, make online payments, apply for accommodation and view the availability of IT workstations in all buildings.
  • Blackboard, the University’s virtual learning environment contains lecture materials, study notes, reading lists, discussion forums, podcasts and vodcasts of lectures for reference at any time.
  • Innovative Desktop ANYWHERE software enables students to log into the University’s systems to access their emails and files from anywhere in the world.
  • IT helpline support is available 24/7, every day of the year.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Northumbria has made significant investments in its campus in the last five years, spending £160 million on new and improved facilities including City Campus East, Sport Central and major £7-million renovation programmes in both its Library and Students’ Union.
  • The University is currently constructing almost 1,000 new student bedrooms in nearby Gateshead town centre, which is home to the world-class cultural attractions of the Sage Gateshead music centre and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.
  • The new accommodation will be based in the heart of a thriving redeveloped town centre filled with shops, restaurants, cultural attractions and a cinema.
  • Overlooking the stunning Newcastle/Gateshead skyline and featuring fitness facilities, a multi-use games area and landscaped walkways, the new residence will offer students some of the best facilities in the country as well as some of the best views of any student accommodation.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • A huge range of part-time work is available in Newcastle’s thriving city centre stores, bars and restaurants.
  • JobsOnline, the University’s online vacancies system helps students and graduates to search for part-time work during term time and one-off or casual jobs, as well as full-time work during vacation periods; summer placements; volunteering opportunities and graduate vacancies and training contracts.
  • Many students can also find work on campus within the Students’ Union, sport centre or in administrative roles in departments.

Notable Alumni

Northumbria counts some inspirational figures amongst its most prominent alumni:

  • Sir Jonathan Ive - Apple’s Vice President of Industrial Design and designer of the iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad.
  • Tim Brown - Chief Executive of IDEO USA, one of the world’s leading design companies.
  • Warren Trezevant - Pixar animator with film credits including Toy Story, Monsters Inc and Cars.
  • Sting (Gordon Sumner CBE) - internationally renowned musician, songwriter and actor.
  • Peter Horbury - Executive Director for Design of Aston Martin, Jaguar and Land Rover cars at Premier Automotive Group.
  • Victoria Pendleton CBE - double gold medal-winning Olympic cyclist.
  • Stephen Miller - three time gold-medal winning Paralympic athlete and captain of the Team GB athletic squad at the London 2012 Summer Paralympics.
  • Martin Corry MBE - former England Rugby Union captain and winner of member of the 2003 Rugby World Cup winning squad.
  • Jonathan Marchbank - Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Mobile South Africa.
  • Rob Law MBE - founder of Magmatic and designer of the children’s Trunki cases which sell in more than 60 countries.
  • Kevin Whately - television actor, best known for his role as Lewis in Inspector Morse.
  • Steve Cram MBE - broadcaster and Olympic silver medallist, known as one of the world’s most successful middle distance athletes of all time.
  • Amanda Berry - Chief Executive of BAFTA, the British Academy for Film and Television Arts.
  • Steven Appleby - author and illustrator for national broadsheet newspapers the Guardian, The Timesand the Telegraph.

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