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Northumbria University

History

Since its foundation in the historic city of Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumbria has developed into a successful regional, national, and international institution. Formed in 1969 from the amalgamation of three regional colleges, the Polytechnic became one of the leading institutions of its type in the UK. It was awarded university status in September 1992 and became Northumbria University.

Education

We offer highly rated courses with many programmes accredited by professional bodies. Our courses are at the forefront of real-world current knowledge and practice and informed by global perspectives and research to shape and enrich our teaching. You’ll learn from inspiring and passionate academics who are pioneers in their areas of expertise. Our lecturers boost our student's independence, build their transferable skills, and develop their critical thinking. To ensure students receive the best of what Northumbria has to offer, our staff are committed to delivering outstanding teaching experiences enriched through successful partnerships and collaborative working with external organisations.

Research

Ranked top 25 in the UK for the research power (Research Excellence Framework, 2021) Northumbria is a research-intensive university with a proud heritage of making a difference to individuals and to society. We have a number of areas where our research is truly outstanding and is shaping knowledge and practice around the world. We call these our Peaks of Research Excellence. Focused and cohesive areas of outstanding research they are a vital part of our vibrant research landscape. Collaborating with external partners is a vital part of the research process and we encourage existing and new potential partners to reach out.

Career

We are ranked top 30 in England for career prospects, both for the number of students achieving a First or 2:1 grade and for the above average number of students in high-skilled jobs or further study within 15 months of leaving (Guardian University Guide, 2024). More than 430 employers sponsor our students, and more than 50 professional bodies accredit our programmes, ensuring that they are relevant and up-to-date.  This is one of the highest figures in the UK, meaning our students are ‘work ready’ when they graduate. We were praised for this in the Which? University Student Survey 2018 which ranked us as one of the top-rated universities for ‘job readiness’.

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2025
535 13
2024
548 103
2023
651
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2025
-
2024
501
2023
501
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2024
-
2023
801 -200
2022
601
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2025
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2024
-
2023
708
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Student services

As well as the academic support from your tutors, there are teams of people who are there to help you reach the point of graduation feeling nurtured, fulfilled, and supported at every step of your student journey. Our friendly and specialist Student Life and Wellbeing advisors are here to offer support, whatever your needs and circumstances, such as around disability issues, faith issues, counselling and mental health support, finance and funding, welfare issues and international student support. Our Graduate Futures team are also there to help you achieve your career ambitions, make the most of your experiences, develop your skills and manage your future.

Housing services

At Northumbria, we understand that where you live is a big aspect of your student life. We have over 3,000 rooms that are available either self-catered or catered and the majority of accommodation is a few minutes’ walk from campus. When applying for accommodation, you can choose the exact room, floor and residence online based on real-time availability, and view your flat occupancy before you arrive to find out if your flatmates are male or female, undergraduate or postgraduate, UK or international, and use social media to connect with them. We also provide free 1GB broadband in all Northumbria University accommodation.

Library services

One of the best academic libraries in the UK, with around half a million print books, over 900,000 e-books and around 85,000 e-journals, our library provides learning spaces to meet a variety of needs, from silent or quiet study, through to social and collaborative learning. Open 24/7 during term-time, the award-winning building has held the UK Customer Service Excellence (CSE) standard since 2010.

ICT services

Ranked 10th in the UK for Facilities (WhatUni Student Choice Awards, 2024), students have access to modern labs, workshops, CAD suites, media labs and classrooms with all the necessary IT facilities to achieve the best education possible. There’s also plenty of study spaces, digital hubs and touch down spaces, including our Digital Commons. IT support is also available 24/7 to assist with any queries.

Medical services

Your health matters. We’re there to guide, signpost and support you. Our Accessibility & Inclusion, Counselling & Mental Health, Wellbeing, Chaplaincy & Faith and International Student Support services hold the Customer Service Excellence award accredited by the Home Office. We also recommend registering with a Doctor (GP), as it’s essential for medical support while you’re in the UK.

Campus life

We want students to make the most of our fantastic campus and feel safe and supported and ready to make the most of life at university. Ranked 9th in the UK for Student Life (WhatUni Student Choice Awards, 2024), our City campus is based in Newcastle’s city centre with Coach Lane Campus a mere 7-minute drive out of the city. On each Campus there are a range of cafes that serve hot and cold food which can be pre-ordered via an app, and places to meet up with friends, including bars at the City Campus Students’ Union. We also have a wide array of learning spaces available, where students can meet, study, and collaborate, including our Digital Commons.

Sports facilities

Whether you just want to get fit and have fun, or whether you’re a talented athlete, Northumbria Sport has something for everyone - from our performance sport programme through to the clubs and leagues, or as a member of our award-winning Volunteering and Internship programme. Our City Campus flagship £30 million Sports Central is home to a state-of-the-art fitness centre, squash courts, a sprint track, six-lane 25m swimming pool, a number of high-quality outdoor pitches, sauna, steam room, exercise classes and sports clubs, plus much more. The main Sports Central arena can also hold up to 3,000 spectators.

Student clubs

The Students’ Union is run by students for students, and offers a range of services and activities, including over 100 clubs and societies covering a range of interests and cultural beliefs, as well as volunteering opportunities. Recently voted by students as being in the Top 20 Best Student Unions by the Student Crowd Awards, 2023. We also have a new initiative, ‘Be Part of It’, which is a programme of activities exclusive to Northumbria students and offers a fantastic opportunity for new experiences, to make friends and have the best experience while you are here with us. This also includes discounted tickets for a huge variety of activities including paddle boarding, cocktail making and theatre visits.

Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom

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