Newman University

2014 League Table Ranking 106
2014 Overall Score 488
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Entry Standards 299 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 18.4 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
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Research Assessment 1.52 Help
Research Assessment
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Academic Services Spend 942 Help
Academic Services Spend
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Student Satisfaction 4.07 Help
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Facilities Spend 239 Help
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Graduate Prospects 51.4 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 78.3 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 56.8 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 34.5 Help
Green Score
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  • Formed in 1968 to train teachers, Newman University has expanded to provide a range of single and combined honours degrees, higher degrees and work-based foundation degrees.

Location and transport

  • Birmingham is at the heart of the UK's rail and motorway network. There is easy access to Newman from the M6, M5 and M42.  Birmingham International airport has flights to many parts of the world, and low cost airlines.
  • Based in the south west of the city, Newman is approximately 20 minutes from the city centre and overlooks the picturesque Bartley reservoir.

Entry standards

Entry requirements vary by course but for most courses the following requirements apply:

  • Single and Combined Honours You will normally need to have a minimum of 280 points, including a minimum of two A2 levels at grade C or above; plus five GCSEs (or equivalent) including English Language at grade C or above. Some Single and Combined Honours courses will require qualifications in a particular subject at A level or GCSE. Please see the course specific entry profile for more information.
  • Primary Initial Teacher Education You will normally need to have 280–300 UCAS points (depending on specialism) including at least two grade Cs or above at A2 level (AS, General Studies or Critical Thinking are not considered), plus you will have passed five GCSEs (or equivalent) including English Language, Mathematics and a science-related subject at grade C or above prior to application. Recent and relevant work experience, during the last two years, in a British primary state school setting is required before the interview. Please remember that applicants to Initial Teacher Education courses, will also need to meet CRB, and health clearance requirements, see the Additional Entry requirements section for further information.

Student mix

  • Newman welcomes students from all backgrounds, who have the ability to gain from a degree.
  • Total places 2,800 (in total, or about 800 new places per year at UG level).
  • Applications top place ratio 5.5:1.
  • Male to female ratio, 25:75.

Course flexibility

  • Most courses comprise of a combination of essential modules to ensure students have a solid grounding in their subject, complemented by a range of optional modules to allow students to specialise in areas of greatest interest.
  • A range of flexible learning courses allow students to study alongside full-time students, offering a more flexible and affordable university experience.

Teaching standards

  • As a student-centred university, teaching standards are exceptionally high, as recognised by the National Student Survey. An interactive teaching style is used to enable students to question and embed their understanding.
  • Newman historically has one of the best graduate employment rates in the UK.

Research standards

  • Although Newman's priority is research-informed teaching, it also has a strong research culture, with many academic staff publishing widely.  Particular areas of expertise for research are Psychology, Education, Sport and Early Years.

Academic strengths

  • Newman has an excellent reputation for the quality of its courses and is ranked high in the UK for teaching excellence.
  • Vocational learning is extremely important at Newman. All courses have work placements embedded throughout the course, enabling students to develop the skills valued by employers.
  • Many of the courses are recognised by professional bodies such as the Chartered Management Institute, BASES and British Psychological Society.

Student facilities, including library and computing

  • Newman has an iconic, state-of-the-art library, and the campus is covered by wireless internet (including halls).  Newman students also have access to the latest journals in their field through electronic resources.

Disability services

  • Newman is an inclusive scholarly community, offering an extensive service for disabled students.
  • Find out more on disability services at Newman University online, telephone 0121 476 1181 extension 2421, or email

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union is your key to an exciting, fulfilling and varied social life. From live band nights to talent shows, comedy clubs and theme nights, we have something to suit every taste. Whatever your hobby the chances are that there is a club or society for it. If there isn't you can always be the one to give it a kick start.
  • Members of the union are always pleased to hear from potential students, and give them an insider's view of Newman – email the students' union at, or telephone on 0121 483 2225.


  • Newman’s sports centre has an extensive variety of facilities and activities on offer. The newly refurbished and professionally developed fitness suite and performance room complements the existing artificial sports pitch, sports hall, gymnasium and squash courts.
  • Whatever your level of involvement there are friendly fixtures in a variety of sports including football, rugby, cricket, badminton and volleyball for both men and women. High level athletes also have the opportunity to represent Newman in their chosen sport or you can gain coaching qualifications in a range of sports. These can help you to progress your career in sport or education.
  • In addition to the formal sports teams competing in the British Universities and Colleges Sport Championships there is also an emphasis on sport for recreation at Newman. As a student you can take advantage of the wide choice of recreational fitness activities including dance, zumba, martial arts and fitness clubs on campus throughout the week.

Recent/prospective new builds

  • A £20-million refurbishment pf the campus has recently been completed, including an impressive new library that provides an inspirational learning environment with spectacular views over the reservoir.

Availability of part-time work

  • Lots of part-time jobs available in Birmingham. Many students also work on campus in areas such as housekeeping, bar, sports centre and student ambassador work.

For further information

  • +44 (0)121 476 1181
  • Newman University
    Genners Lane
    Bartley Green
    B32 3NT
UCAS Code N36

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