Northumbria University

2015 League Table Ranking 58
2015 Overall Score 645
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Entry Standards 362 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 18.5 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.15 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,006 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.02 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 395 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 61.4 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 87.8 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 63.8 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 32.0 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Northumbria University has a rich history dating back to the late 19thcentury, which has created an attractive campus scattered with Victorian buildings alongside state-of-the-art teaching, research and social accommodation.
  • Northumbria is one of the UK’s best professional universities with a global reputation for academic excellence. It has long-established links with industry and a strong record in graduate employability.
  • It is the largest University in the North East of England both at undergraduate and postgraduate level, with 33,000 students from more than 100 countries. It has more than 3,500 international students on campus and a similar number studying overseas.
  • Northumbria offers degrees in the majority of subject areas, specialising in programmes relating to arts, design and social sciences; business and law, health and life sciences to engineering and environment.
  • Most subjects are taught in Newcastle city centre, with health, education and community programmes based at Coach Lane, just over a mile from the main campus.

Location and Transport

  • 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.

Student Mix

The 27565 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of Study
Mode of Study
Full Time
Part Time
Student Gender

Course Flexibility

  • Many programmes offer opportunities for student placements or sandwich years, allowing students to gain industry experience.
  • Most programmes combine compulsory and optional modules to broaden your personal development.
  • Some optional modules can relate to different subject areas to allow you to study a foreign language or a subject which enhances your main course or look at a topic of particular interest.
  • There are many opportunities to study all over the world thanks to the University’s strong exchange programmes.

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

  • 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.

Disability Services

  • The Disability Support team offers information, advice, guidance and support to disabled students and those with long-standing medical conditions or specific learning difficulties which may affect their study at the University.
  • A Disabilities Adviser will meet with all students who have indicated they have a disability and will discuss your individual support requirements. They will make recommendations to your tutors if required and can ensure than any individual disability-related exam arrangements can be made.  
  • For more information email

Students' Union

  • Northumbria’s Students’ Union was named the best in the UK by the National Union of Students in 2011.
  • A £7-million renovation of the Students’ Union building has created an impressive space for learning, recreation and support. It features three award-winning bars and club venues and a newly-refurbished performing arts and live music centre.
  • The Students' Union is here to make sure you have the best experience possible at University. It is run by students for students to ensure you can have your say in what the Students' Union does and how it is run.
  • All students automatically become union members and can benefit from the wide-range of benefits and discounts available.
  • Northumbria Students’ Union runs a host of clubs and societies as well as offering advice and representation and running a student rep scheme.
  • The Union provides welfare support for students as well as encouraging them to help others through its volunteering scheme and its annual fundraising campaign. Last year, Northumbria students raised £69,000 for charity.


  • Northumbria is consistently ranked in the top 20 of the British Universities and Colleges Sport league tables.
  • Outstanding sporting graduates include Olympic cyclist and double-gold medallist Victoria Pendleton, former England Rugby Union captain and Rugby World Cup winner Martin Corry; Paralympic world record holder Stephen Miller and athletes Steve Cram MBE and Brendan Foster, who founded the Great North Run.
  • A huge combined investment of over £40 million in staff and facilities means that students of all abilities are offered an outstanding sporting experience.
  • The £30-million Sport Central building opened in 2010 with features including a 3,000-seat indoor arena, a 25-m swimming pool, a climbing wall, golf simulators, squash and aerobics courts and fitness centre fitted with 150 machines, each with in-built TV’s and MP3 docking stations.
  • There is an extensive and generous sport scholarship scheme that financially supports talented student athletes throughout their degree, including full-fee sport scholarships.

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 Times and the Telegraph.


For further information

  • +44 (0)191 232 6002
  • Northumbria University
    Ellison Building
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 8ST
UCAS Code N77

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