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Northumbria University


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Building/Place Year Built Notes
 Burt Hall  1895  Grade II listed
 Business and Law School    
 Camden Court    
 Campus Services    
 Clapham House    
 Claude Gibb Hall    
 College House  1883  Grade II listed
 Drill Hall  1849  Grade II listed
 Ellison Building    
 Ellison Place (nos 21& 22)    
 Ellison Terrace    
 Glenamara House    
 Hadrian House    
 Health Centre    
 Lipman Building    
 Lovaine Hall and Flats    
 Northumbria Nursery    
 Pandon Building    
 Rutherford Hall    
 Sutherland Building  1895  Grade II listed
 Trinity Building  1895  Grade II listed
 Victoria Hall    

Northumbria University, officially the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, is a university located in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England. A former polytechnic, it was established as one of the new universities in 1992. It is a member of the University Alliance and the second university of Newcastle.


Northumbria University has its origins in three Newcastle colleges: Rutherford College of Technology, which was established by John Hunter Rutherford in 1880 and opened formally in 1894 by the Duke of York (later King George V), the College of Art & Industrial Design and the Municipal College of Commerce.

Newcastle Polytechnic

In 1969, the three colleges were amalgamated to form Newcastle Polytechnic. The Polytechnic became the major regional centre for the training of teachers with the creation of the City College of Education in 1974 and the Northern Counties College of Education in 1976.

University status

In 1992, Newcastle Polytechnic was reconstituted as the new University of Northumbria, as part of a nationwide process in which polytechnics became new universities. 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.


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 £4 million bridge which in 2008 was officially opened by the former Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Lord Digby Jones.

City Campus

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, designed by Atkins, opened in September 2007, winning awards from The Journal 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 Sport Central, a £31m sports facility for students, staff and the community which opened in 2010.

The Sutherland Building, formerly the Medical School of Durham University, 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 multimillion-pound makeover with new lobby and recreational facilities, and a refurbished bar and cafe space, in summer 2010.

In September 2016 the Sandyford Building was acquired from Newcastle College.

Coach Lane

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 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. Coach Lane Campus has computing and library services; its own Students' Union, and sports facilities, including indoor courts, a fitness suite, outdoor rugby and football pitches, and an all-weather floodlit pitch. A free shuttle bus scheme runs between the two campuses.

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London Campus

Northumbria University has a campus in Central London that was opened in 2014. This campus concentrates mainly on business courses offering postgraduate Master of Science degrees in Marketing, Financial Management and International management. The campus is located close to a number of underground stations such as Aldgate and Liverpool Street. Postgraduate students studying with Northumbria University at the London Campus can also gain an internship as part of their studies.

Organisation and structure

Northumbria describes itself as a comprehensive university, offering 30 of Britain's 32 most frequently chosen academic disciplines. It specialises in law and 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 and Bar Council. These allow graduates direct entry to the profession. The institution's Student Law Office is a clinical legal education enterprise, where law students participate in a legal advice and representation scheme on behalf of real clients, under the supervision of practising lawyers .

The School of Design in Newcastle upon Tyne also has a satellite campus in Islington, London.

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

  • Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Faculty of Engineering and Environment
  • Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Seoul and elsewhere.

Academic profile


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

Student life

Northumbria Students' Union is 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 19-member Student Council.

The Students' Union offers a range of student activities such as NSU/Community, NSU/Media (Which encompasses NSU/TV, NSU/Radio, NSU/Life and NSU/Snaps), NSU/Rag (Raise and Give), NSU/Societies, NSU/Employability, Duke of Edinburgh awards and Fast Friends. It represents students in academic and non-academic matters through a nationally recognised School Reps and Postgraduate Research Reps Systems.

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 Students award for best higher education students union.

In 2016, Northumbria Student's Union received the National Union of Students award for Student Opportunities and runner up for the Education Award.

Notable alumni

  • Bibiana Aído Almagro, Spanish politician, previously served as Minister for Equality
  • Vera Baird, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, former MP for Redcar
  • Tunde Baiyewu, vocalist, lead singer of the Lighthouse Family
  • Amanda Berry, Chief Executive of BAFTA
  • Rodney Bickerstaffe, former General Secretary of UNISON
  • Gavin Brown, art dealer
  • Alan Campbell, MP for Tynemouth
  • Nigel Cabourn, fashion designer
  • Chris Cook, GB Commonwealth and Olympic swimmer
  • Martin Corry, England rugby international, and Leicester Tigers
  • Steve Cram, English athlete and television presenter
  • Ali Dia, Senegalese footballer
  • Rick Dickinson, designer of the ZX81 computer
  • Robbie Elliott, footballer and coach
  • John Fashanu, Nigerian footballer and TV personality
  • Toby Flood, England rugby international, and Leicester Tigers
  • Mary Glindon, MP for North Tyneside
  • Scott Henshall, fashion designer
  • Louise Hopkins, artist
  • Ben Houchen, The first Mayor of Tees Valley
  • Sir Jonathan Ive, industrial designer, lead designer of the Apple Inc. iMac and iPod
  • Kevan Jones, MP for North Durham
  • Emma Lewell-Buck, MP for South Shields
  • Duncan Lloyd, lead guitarist of Maxïmo Park
  • Guy Mankowski, author
  • Neil Marshall, film director
  • Peter Middlebrook, global political economist and CEO of Geopolicity Inc.
  • Alexei Mordashov, Russian business oligarch
  • Bob Murray, former chairman of Sunderland AFC
  • Jamie Noon, England rugby international, and Newcastle Falcons player
  • Victoria Pendleton, Olympic cyclist
  • Gerry Steinberg, former MP for City of Durham
  • Sting, musician
  • Zak Waters, photographer
  • Kevin Whately, actor
  • Jonny Wilkinson, England rugby international, and Newcastle Falcons player
  • Paul Winsper, fitness expert
  • Bharti Kher, contemporary artist
  • Jason Holland, designer
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