Northumbria University
Northumbria University is an academic institution located in Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle upon Tyne is a city and metropolitan borough of Tyne and Wear, in North East England. Historically a part of Northumberland, it is situated on the north bank of the River Tyne...

 in the North East of England
North East England
North East England is one of the nine official regions of England. It covers Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear, and Teesside . The only cities in the region are Durham, Newcastle upon Tyne and Sunderland...

. It is a member of the University Alliance
University Alliance
The University Alliance is a group of 23 British universities which focus mainly on business.As major providers of professional and postgraduate education, Alliance universities work with 27% of all UK students.-Members:...



Northumbria University has its origins in three regional colleges: Rutherford College of Technology, which was established by Dr John Hunter Rutherford in 1880 and opened formally by HRH The Duke of York
Duke of York
The Duke of York is a title of nobility in the British peerage. Since the 15th century, it has, when granted, usually been given to the second son of the British monarch. The title has been created a remarkable eleven times, eight as "Duke of York" and three as the double-barreled "Duke of York and...

 in 1894, the College of Art & Industrial Design and the Municipal College of Commerce.

Newcastle Polytechnic

In 1969, these three institutions were amalgamated to form Newcastle Polytechnic. The Polytechnic 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.

University status

In 1992, Newcastle Polytechnic was inaugurated as the new Northumbria University as part of the UK-wide process in which polytechnics
Polytechnic (United Kingdom)
A polytechnic was a type of tertiary education teaching institution in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. After the passage of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 they became universities which meant they could award their own degrees. The comparable institutions in Scotland were...

 became new universities
New Universities
The term new universities has been used informally to refer to several different waves of new universities created or renamed as such in the United Kingdom. As early as 1928, the term was used to describe the then-new civic universities, such as Bristol University and the other "red brick...

. It was originally styled, and its official name still is, the University of Northumbria at Newcastle (see the Articles of Government) but the trading name was simplified to Northumbria University in 2002. In 1995, it was awarded responsibility for the education of healthcare professionals, which was transferred from the National Health Service
National Health Service
The National Health Service is the shared name of three of the four publicly funded healthcare systems in the United Kingdom. They provide a comprehensive range of health services, the vast majority of which are free at the point of use to residents of the United Kingdom...



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 £4million bridge which in 2006 was officially opened by the former Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Lord Digby Jones.

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 become a Newcastle landmark since opening in September 2007, winning awards from The Journal
The Journal
The Journal was a popular current affairs newsmagazine on CBC Television from 1982 to 1992. It aired weeknights at 10:22 pm, following The National at 10:00 pm, and expanding on stories presented on there with in-depth interviews, documentaries, and televised "town hall" meetings...

 newspaper and the Low Carbon New Build Project of the Year accolade.

City Campus West is home to the Schools of Arts & Social Sciences, Built & Natural Environment, Computing, Engineering & Information Sciences and Life Sciences. Also located on this campus is the University Library, Students' Union building and Sports Central, a £30m sports facility for students, staff and the community which opened in 2010.
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 the home of Administrative Departments including Finance & Planning and Human Resources, using the space vacated when the School of Law moved to City Campus East.

The Students' Union building, at City Campus West, underwent a multi-million pound makeover with new lobby and recreational facilities, and a refurbished bar and cafe space, in summer 2010.

A second campus is located 2.6 miles (4 km) outside of Newcastle, on Coach Lane, and is known as the Coach Lane Campus at Cochrane Park
Cochrane Park
Cochrane Park is an area of Newcastle upon Tyne, England located in the north east of the city. It is home to the Coach Lane Campus of Northumbria University. It consists of many streets such as Hilden Gardens and Vancouver Drive, opposite the Lochside Public House...

 near the A188 (Benton Road). It is in the Dene
Dene, Newcastle upon Tyne
Dene is an electoral ward of Newcastle upon Tyne in North East England. The ward takes its name from the nearby gorge at Jesmond Dene. Contained within the ward are government offices of the Department for Work and Pensions and the Freeman Hospital. The population of the ward is 9,554, 3.7% of the...

 ward near Longbenton
Longbenton is a district of North Tyneside, England. It is largely occupied by an extensive estate originally built as municipal housing by Newcastle City Council in the 1950s and 1960s. It is served by the Tyne and Wear Metro stations Longbenton Metro station and Four Lane Ends Metro Station...

 and round the corner from Tyneview Park
Tyneview Park
Tyneview Park is a large government office site in Benton, Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Tyneview Park is home to many departments of The Pension Service, an executive agency of the Department for Work and Pensions.-Site:...

; a large Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions
The Department for Work and Pensions is the largest government department in the United Kingdom, created on June 8, 2001 from the merger of the employment part of the Department for Education and Employment and the Department of Social Security and headed by the Secretary of State for Work and...

 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.

Organisation and structure

Northumbria describes itself is a comprehensive university, offering 30 of Britain's 32 most frequently chosen 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 'clinical' courses in law accredited by the Law Society
Law society
A Law Society in current and former Commonwealth jurisdictions was historically an association of solicitors with a regulatory role that included the right to supervise the training, qualifications and conduct of lawyers/solicitors...

 and Bar Council
Bar council
A bar council , in a Commonwealth country and in the Republic of Ireland, the Bar Council of Ireland is a professional body that regulates the profession of barristers together with the King's Inns. Solicitors are generally regulated by the Law society....

. These allow graduates direct entry to the profession. The institution's Student Law Centre is 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
Islington is a neighbourhood in Greater London, England and forms the central district of the London Borough of Islington. It is a district of Inner London, spanning from Islington High Street to Highbury Fields, encompassing the area around the busy Upper Street...

, London.

Northumbria University employs more than 3,200 people and offers approximately 500 study programmes through eight Schools:

  • Arts and Social Sciences
  • The Built and Natural Environment
  • Design - based in Newcastle upon Tyne and Islington, London
  • Health, Community and Education Studies
  • Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences
  • Law
  • Life Sciences
  • Newcastle Business School

Northumbria University is international in its operations and reach, with programmes delivered in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, London and worldwide. Northumbria University recruits in Asia, with numbers of students studying degrees at partner institutions in Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of two Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China , the other being Macau. A city-state situated on China's south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour...

, Malaysia, Bangladesh
Bangladesh , officially the People's Republic of Bangladesh is a sovereign state located in South Asia. It is bordered by India on all sides except for a small border with Burma to the far southeast and by the Bay of Bengal to the south...

, Seoul
Seoul , officially the Seoul Special City, is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. A megacity with a population of over 10 million, it is the largest city proper in the OECD developed world...

 and elsewhere.


In the Research Assessment Exercise 2008 a small amount of research in nine of twelve areas submitted was described as "world leading".

Notable research awards in 2009/10 included funding from the Department of Health’s Policy Research Programme for a Northumbria-led national assessment of dementia care, in collaboration with the Universities of Edinburgh, Newcastle and Glamorgan. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council awarded £1.4 million to a Northumbria University research team working alongside the Universities of Birmingham, Central Lancashire, Swansea and London (Birkbeck) on energy consumption. RTC North and a private company, Nonlinear Dynamics - a world leader in its field – announced a research collaboration with Northumbria University which could lead to a major breakthrough in the production of bio-fuels. The three year project will bring together traditional scientific laboratory analysis techniques and some of the world’s most advanced data analysis software. A new company established by the University in 2010 will give manufacturers the chance to use computational chemistry to create “designer molecules” for the first time in an industrial setting. The process, Quantum Directed Genetic Algorithms™ (QDGA™), is a unique solution for identifying new catalysts and reactants.

Student life

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 five Sabbatical Officers (President and 4 Vice-Presidents) and a 37 member Student Council.

The Students' Union offers 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. It represents students in academic and non-academic matters through a nationally recognised School Reps and Post Graduate Research Reps Systems, as well as newly introduced Community Reps and Caucus group chairs.

The university building contains several venues for students to socialise in a safe environment, chiefly at Habita (Formerly Bar One), Domain (formerly The Venue) and Reds.

In 2011, Northumbria Student's Union received the National Union of Student's award for best higher education students union.

Notable alumni

  • Bibiana Aído Almagro Spanish politician, currently serving as Minister for Equality
  • Vera Baird
    Vera Baird
    Vera Baird is a British Labour Party activist, barrister, author and lecturer. She serves as visiting lecturer at London Southbank University and is co-director of Astraea: Gender Justice...

    , former MP for Redcar
    Redcar (UK Parliament constituency)
    Redcar is a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament by the first past the post system of election.-Boundaries:...

  • Tunde Baiyewu
    Tunde Baiyewu
    Tunde Baiyewu is a British singer of Nigerian descent and is a member of the easy listening duo, Lighthouse Family. In 2004 he embarked on a solo career, releasing the album, Tunde.-Career:...

    , vocalist, lead singer of the Lighthouse Family
    Lighthouse Family
    Lighthouse Family are a British musical duo that rose to prominence in the mid-1990s and remained active until the early 2000s. Vocalist Tunde Baiyewu and keyboardist Paul Tucker formed the act in 1993 in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK after meeting while studying at university...

  • Amanda Berry, Chief Executive of BAFTA
  • Rodney Bickerstaffe
    Rodney Bickerstaffe
    Rodney Bickerstaffe has been president of the UK National Pensioners Convention and was leader of Britain's largest trade union, UNISON until 2001....

    , former General Secretary of UNISON
    UNISON is the largest trade union in the United Kingdom with over 1.3 million members.The union was formed in 1993 when three public sector trade unions, the National and Local Government Officers Association , the National Union of Public Employees and the Confederation of Health Service...

  • Timothy Brown
    IDEO is an international design and innovation consultancy founded in Palo Alto, California, United States with other locations in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Boston, London, Munich, Shanghai, and Singapore, as well as Mumbai, Seoul, and Tokyo. The company helps design products, services,...

    , Chief Executive of IDEO
    IDEO is an international design and innovation consultancy founded in Palo Alto, California, United States with other locations in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Boston, London, Munich, Shanghai, and Singapore, as well as Mumbai, Seoul, and Tokyo. The company helps design products, services,...

  • Alan Campbell
    Alan Campbell (politician)
    Alan Campbell is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Tynemouth since 1997. He served as the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Home Office from 2008 until 2010, when the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats came to power...

    , MP for Tynemouth
    Tynemouth (UK Parliament constituency)
    Tynemouth is a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament using the first past the post voting system.-History:...

  • Chris Cook
    Christopher Cook
    Christopher Anthony Cook is an English swimmer.His specialism is breaststroke, and took gold in the 50 and 100 metre finals representing England at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne...

    , GB Commonwealth & Olympic Swimmer
  • Martin Corry, England rugby international, and Leicester Tigers
  • Steve Cram
    Steve Cram
    Stephen "Steve" Cram MBE is a British retired athlete. Along with fellow Britons Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett, he was one of the world's dominant middle distance runners during the 1980s. Nicknamed "The Jarrow Arrow", Cram set world records in the 1500 metres, 2000 metres and the mile during a...

    , English athlete and television presenter
  • Ali Dia
    Ali Dia
    Ali Dia is a former professional Senegalese footballer who once played for the English FA Premier League club Southampton after falsely claiming to be a cousin of Liberian international George Weah.- Career :...

    , Senegalese footballer
  • Rick Dickinson
    Rick Dickinson
    Rick Dickinson is a British industrial designer.-Early life:Dickinson graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic in 1979 with a First Class Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Design for Industry. The 'Design for Industry' degree was the first of its kind, formerly a three-year 'Industrial Design' degree...

    , designer of the ZX81
    Sinclair ZX81
    The ZX81 was a home computer produced by Sinclair Research and manufactured in Scotland by Timex Corporation. It was launched in the United Kingdom in March 1981 as the successor to Sinclair's ZX80 and was designed to be a low-cost introduction to home computing for the general public...

  • Robbie Elliott
    Robbie Elliott
    Robert James "Robbie" Elliott is an English former football left back who is currently the strength coach for the United States U-20 men's football team....

    , footballer and coach
  • Toby Flood
    Toby Flood
    Tobias Gerald Albert Lieven "Toby" Flood is an English rugby union player. He currently plays at fly half or inside centre for Leicester Tigers, having signed from Newcastle Falcons, and England.-Background:...

    , England rugby international, and Leicester Tigers
  • Dimitris Theocharis
    Dimitris Theocharis
    Dimitris Theocharis was born on October 15, 1977 in San Jose, California to Greek parents. He is a photographer and video director who works in the fields of fashion, advertising, and fine art photography, and is noted for his surreal, unique and often colourful style.-Early life and...

    , fashion photographer
  • Gary McCormick
    Gary McCormick
    Gary McCormick is a notable New Zealand poet, radio and television personality, debater and raconteur.McCormick began writing poetry in 1968. His published volumes are Gypsies , Naked and Nameless , Poems for the Red Engine , Poems by Request , Scarlet Letters , Zephyr and Lost at Sea...

    , Shreveport United Soccer Club Manager; C.E. Byrd High School Manager
  • Scott Henshall
    Scott Henshall
    Scott Henshall is a British fashion designer.Before becoming a fashion designer Henshall owned shops around Hartlepool before moving to London to become a designer...

    , fashion designer
  • Louise Hopkins
    Louise Hopkins
    Louise Hopkins is a British contemporary artist and painter currently living and working in Glasgow, Scotland.She was born in Hertfordshire, England, graduating from Glasgow School of Art MFA Programme in 1994 and from Newcastle Polytechnic in 1988...

    , artist
  • Jonathan Ive
    Jonathan Ive
    Jonathan "Jony" Ive, CBE is an English designer and the Senior Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple Inc. He is the leading designer and conceptual mind behind the iMac, titanium and aluminum PowerBook G4, G4 Cube, MacBook, unibody MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPod, iPhone, and iPad.- Early...

    , industrial designer, lead designer of the iMac
    The iMac is a range of all-in-one Macintosh desktop computers built by Apple. It has been the primary part of Apple's consumer desktop offerings since its introduction in 1998, and has evolved through five distinct forms....

     and iPod
    iPod is a line of portable media players created and marketed by Apple Inc. The product line-up currently consists of the hard drive-based iPod Classic, the touchscreen iPod Touch, the compact iPod Nano, and the ultra-compact iPod Shuffle...

  • Kevan Jones
    Kevan Jones
    Kevan David Jones is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for North Durham since 2001.-Early life:...

    , MP for North Durham
    North Durham (UK Parliament constituency)
    North Durham is a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament by the first past the post system of election....

  • Duncan Lloyd
    Duncan Lloyd
    Duncan Lloyd is a guitarist, songwriter and backing vocalist for Maxïmo Park. He is also in the experimental band Res Band from Derby.-Biography:...

    , lead guitarist of Maxïmo Park
    Maxïmo Park
    Maxïmo Park are a British alternative rock band, formed in 2000. They are signed to Warp Records. The band consists of Paul Smith , Duncan Lloyd , Archis Tiku , Lukas Wooller and Tom English...

  • Neil Marshall
    Neil Marshall
    Neil Marshall is an English film director, editor and screenwriter. Marshall began his career in editing and in 2002 directed his first feature film Dog Soldiers, which became a cult film. He followed up with the critically acclaimed horror film The Descent in 2005...

    , film director
  • Alexei Mordashov
    Alexei Mordashov
    Alexey Mordashov was born on 26 September 1965 in Cherepovets, Vologda Oblast. He is a Russian business oligarch and self-made billionaire...

    , Russian business oligarch
    Business oligarch
    Business oligarch is a near-synonym of the term "business magnate", borrowed by the English speaking and western media from post-Soviet parlance to describe the huge, fast-acquired wealth of some businessmen of the former Soviet republics during the privatization in Russia and other post-Soviet...

  • Bob Murray, former chairman of Sunderland AFC
  • Jamie Noon
    Jamie Noon
    Jamie Darren Noon is a rugby union footballer who plays at centre for CA Brive.-Career:Hard-running centre Noon joined the Falcons in the 1998/9 season, after a letter from one of his school teachers alerted the club to a player who had been totally missed by the representative rugby system in...

    , England rugby international, and Newcastle Falcons
    Newcastle Falcons
    The Newcastle Falcons is an English rugby union team currently playing in the Aviva Premiership. The club was established in 1877 and played under the name of Gosforth Football Club until 1990. The name was then changed to Newcastle Gosforth and the club began to play at Kingston Park stadium in...

  • Victoria Pendleton
    Victoria Pendleton
    Victoria Louise Pendleton MBE is a British Olympic and world champion track cyclist. Her father, Max, was also a British national grass-track cycling champion.-Early years:...

    , Olympic cyclist
  • Gerry Steinberg
    Gerry Steinberg
    Gerald Neil Steinberg, known as Gerry Steinberg, is a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom. He was Member of Parliament for the City of Durham from 1987 until his retirement at the 2005 general election.-Early life:...

    , former MP for City of Durham
  • Sting, musician
  • Paul Winsper
    Paul Winsper
    Paul Winsper is an English fitness expert and the sports performance director for Nike.-Biography:Winsper is a graduate of Northumbria University in Newcastle. He started his career as Fitness Coach with Durham County Cricket Club....

    , fitness expert
  • Zak Waters
    Zak Waters
    Zak Waters is an award-winning editorial photographer, whose newspaper clients include The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Times and Le Point....

    , photographer
  • Kevin Whately
    Kevin Whately
    Kevin Whately is an English actor.Whately is known for his starring role as Neville Hope in the British television comedy Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, his role as Dr Jack Kerruish in the drama series Peak Practice, and as Robert "Robbie" Lewis in the crime dramas Inspector Morse and...

    , actor
  • Jonny Wilkinson
    Jonny Wilkinson
    Jonathan Peter "Jonny" Wilkinson OBE is an English rugby union player and member of the England national team. Wilkinson rose to acclaim from 2001 to 2003, before and during the 2003 Rugby World Cup and was acknowledged as one of the world’s best rugby players...

    , England rugby international, and Newcastle Falcons
    Newcastle Falcons
    The Newcastle Falcons is an English rugby union team currently playing in the Aviva Premiership. The club was established in 1877 and played under the name of Gosforth Football Club until 1990. The name was then changed to Newcastle Gosforth and the club began to play at Kingston Park stadium in...

  • John Bynon, Associate Partner, Sanderson Weatherall LLP

See also

  • Kingston Park (stadium)
    Kingston Park (stadium)
    Kingston Park is a multi-purpose stadium in Kingston Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, England. It is used mostly for rugby union matches and is the home stadium of Newcastle Falcons. The stadium is also used for the Newcastle United Reserves to play their home matches...

  • Bullocksteads Sports Ground
    Bullocksteads Sports Ground
    Bullocksteads Sports Ground is a rugby and football facility in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. It is situated next to the Kingston Park stadium....

  • Northumbria University Press
    Northumbria University Press
    Northumbria University Press is the university press of Northumbria University. It is based in Newcastle upon Tyne and publishes a diverse range of books, including publications on language, photography, biography, travel and music....

  • JISC infoNet
    JISC infoNet
    JISC infoNet is a JISC Advance service supporting the strategic planning and deployment of technology within the UK Higher Education and Further Education sectors...

  • Sport Central
    Sport Central
    Sport Central is a purpose built sports centre and events arena located in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Opened in 2010 at a cost of £30 million, it forms part of the Northumbria University campus, in the city centre....

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