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Northumbria University
Established 1992 - gained University status
Newcastle Polytechnic established 1969
Type Public
Chancellor Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington
Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Wathey FRHistA FSA FRSA[1]
Students 29,850[2]
Undergraduates 22,825[2]
Postgraduates 6,805[2]
Other students 220 FE[2]
Location Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, UK
Campus Urban and Suburban

Northumbria University is an academic institution located in Newcastle upon Tyne in North East England. It is a member of the University Alliance- which represents the majority voice in British Higher Education, educating 26% of all students. Northumbria attracts 35000 students from 140 countries making it the largest university in the North East of England [3] and also the largest provider of graduates to the professions, business and industry in its region.[4] In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise the university delivered the most significant improvement in the North of England, with research in eleven of twelve areas submitted described as "world leading". It is led by Professor Andrew Wathey, who took up the role of Vice-Chancellor in September 2008, joining from Royal Holloway University of London, where he was Vice-Principal.

Its magazine-style prospectuses are multi award winning [5] and give a full overview of courses and the Northumbria student experience.

Northumbria University is international in its operations and reach, with programmes delivered in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, London and worldwide. Northumbria University has a strong profile in Asia, with high numbers of students studying degrees at partner institutions in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Seoul and elsewhere.

Alongside the University’s undergraduate cohort is the North East’s largest community of taught postgraduate students and ranks in the top 10 biggest providers of taught Postgraduate degrees in the UK[6].

The University has an excellent record in high-performance and team sport, and is an active sponsor of professional teams in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne. Some of its most notable alumni are national and international champions (shown below).


Academic Schools within Northumbria University

Northumbria is a broad University, offering 30 of Britain's 32 most popular academic disciplines. It specialises in business, arts and design, computing, environmental science, built environment, applied healthcare, sports science and psychology, and teacher education. Northumbria also offers pioneering courses in legal education accredited by the Law Society and Bar Council. These allow graduates direct entry to the profession. The institution's Student Law Centreis a unique clinical legal education enterprise, where law students participate in a legal advice and representation scheme on behalf of real clients, as part of their academic and professional development. The service is run as a full legal service, just like any other firm of solicitors. Practising lawyers closely supervise the students' work and have overall responsibility for ensuring that clients receive a professional service.

The School of Design in Newcastle upon Tyne also has a satellite campus in Islington, London. Fashion is world-leading at Northumbria. International prizes won recently by students included the Mittelmoda Award 2009[7] won by Northumbria graduate Nicola Morgan.

Northumbria University employs more than 3000 people and offers approximately 500 study programmes through nine Schools:

  • Applied Sciences
  • Arts and Social Sciences
  • Built Environment
  • Design - based in Newcastle upon Tyne and Islington, London
  • Health, Community and Education
  • Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences
  • Law
  • Newcastle Business School
  • Psychology and Sports Sciences


The University has two large campuses. City Campus, located in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, is divided into City Campus East and City Campus West by the city's central motorway, and linked by a newly opened £4million bridge which was officially opened by The Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Lord Digby Jones.

The new City Campus East is home to the schools of Law, Design and the Newcastle Business School (NBS). NBS and Law are housed in one building, and the School of Design is across a courtyard. City Campus East has already become a Newcastle landmark since opening in September 2007, winning awards from The Journal newspaper and the Low Carbon New Build Project of the Year accolade.

City Campus West is undergoing refurbishment including the extension and landscaping of Ellison Quadrangle. A £30m Sports facility for students, staff and the people of the City and Region is set to open in June 2010. It will offer the newest and most up to date indoor sports arena and training facilities anywhere in UK higher education.

A second campus[8] is located 2.6 miles (4 km) outside of Newcastle, on Coach Lane, and is known as the Coach Lane Campus at Cochrane Park near the A188 (Benton Road). It is in the Dene ward near Longbenton and round the corner from Tyneview Park; a large Department for Work and Pensions office, accessible via the Four Lane Ends Interchange. The Coach Lane Campus is home to School of Health, Community and Education Studies. A free Shuttle Bus runs between the two campuses at hourly intervals during University opening times and also runs until approximately 2200 Monday to Friday.

The next stage of the redevelopment of City Campus West is a new vehicular access route to the north of the campus from Sandyford Road. Demolition of Northumberland Annexe has now been completed [9] and work has commenced on the new £30 million state-of-the art Sports Centre containing a 6-lane, 25-metre swimming pool [10], a 40-metre, four-lane sprint track [11] and a 150-machine gym [12] . The long term plan is for Northumberland Road to be pedestrianised with work staring in late 2009 and due to be completed in the summer of 2010 [13]. The Sutherland Building, formerly the Medical School of Durham University (1887-38), which was a naval warehouse during World War II, and the Dental School of Durham University (1945-78) is earmarked to be the home of Administrative Departments, using the space vacated when the School of Law moved to City Campus East.

The Student Union building, at City Campus West, is currently (November 2009) undergoing a multi-million pound makeover with new lobby and recreational facilities, and refurbished bar and cafe space.


Northumbria University has its origins in three regional colleges: Rutherford College of Technology, the College of Art & Industrial Design and the Municipal College of Commerce. An amalgamation of these three institutions formed the Newcastle Polytechnic in 1969, which became the major regional centre for the training of teachers with the incorporation of the City College of Education in 1974, and the Northern Counties College of Education in 1976. Northumbria was inaugurated as a university in 1992 as part of UK-wide process in which polytechnics became new universities.

Notable alumni

Students' Union

The Students' Union is run by students for students as a campaigning and representative organisation. It is a charity currently exempt from registration and is led by 5 Sabbatical Officers (President and 4 Vice- Presidents) and a 37 member Student Council.

NSU's mission statement is to, "Have a positive impact on the lives of all its members"

This positive impact is achieved through a range of student activities such as Northumbria Student Community Action(NSCA), One Planet, Raise and Give(RAG), Give It A Go and Skills sessions. Also strong academic and non academic representation through a national recognised School Reps and Post Graduate Research Reps Systems, as well as newly introduced Community Reps and Caucus group chairs.

The building itself contains several venues for students to socialise in a safe environment, chiefly at Habita (Formerly Bar One), Domain (formerly The Venue) and Reds. It hosts a range of club nights, including: 'Get Y' Skates On', which caters for the alternative types and the most popular night, 'Wiggle' which often offers themed nights and a wide variety of mainstream music. At the end of each term NSU also has a 'Final Fling' - in 2009 the summer fling is to be replaced by Carnival.

Northumbria University Press

IN 2002 Northumbria University opened a book publishing arm "Northumbria University Press" based in Newcastle. Northumbria Press publishes a diverse list of books including language, photography, biography, travel and music.[14]

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