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Newcastle is both a red brick university and a member of the research-intensive Russell Group. As well as being rated highly in both national and international league tables, the multi-facultied institution of Newcastle is also known for its high quality of teaching. Sustainability is also an important factor at Newcastle, with their environmental commitments being rewarded with a First Class award from the People and Planet University League.
Fun, friendly and effortlessly cool, Newcastle has gained an enviable reputation as one of the UK's favourite student cities. One in six people in Newcastle is a student, helping create the city's vibrant social scene and renowned nightlife.
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The University can trace its origins to a School of Medicine and Surgery (later the College of Medicine), established in 1834, and to Armstrong College, founded in 1871 for the teaching of physical sciences. These two colleges formed one division of the federal University of Durham, the Durham Colleges forming the other division. The Newcastle Colleges merged to form King's College in 1937. In 1963, when the federal University was dissolved, King's College became the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and latterly, Newcastle University.
Each year the University confers a number of honorary degrees upon candidates worthy of such distinction. Dr Martin Luther King has one of these honorary degrees from Newcastle University with the ceremony taking place on 13 November 1967.
Newcastle Campus spreads across a 50-acre site on the edge of Newcastle city centre and is the hub of Newcastle student life. On campus there is a range of first class facilities with continual investment of over £10 million per year to improve the award-winning teaching, learning and research services. As a truly civic university Newcastle has a strong sense of place meaning that while the University does operate on a national and international scale, it recognises the extent to which its location in the city of Newcastle helps to form its unique identity.
- Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
- Architecture, Planning and Landscape
- Arts and Cultures
- Biomedical Sciences
- Business School
- Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials
- Civil Engineering and Geosciences
- Combined Honours Centre
- Computing Science
- Dental Sciences
- Education, Communication and Language Sciences
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- English Literature, Language and Linguistics
- Geography, Politics and Sociology
- History, Classics and Archaeology
- Law School
- Marine Science and Technology
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Mechanical and Systems Engineering
- Medical Sciences Education Development
- Modern Languages
Newcastle University is a member of the Russell Group: the association of leading research-intensive UK universities. The University has one of the largest European Union research portfolios in the UK and has research links with many other countries with a proven track record of meeting the most pressing societal challenges through socially relevant research.
Newcastle has received awards such as the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education which recognise the quality of its research. Furthermore in 2010, the University's Research Office won the Outstanding Research Management Team award in the prestigious Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards.
The majority of Newcastle degrees offer study abroad opportunities and the University has almost 200 exchange partners worldwide. Newcastle takes part in the ERASMUS scheme allowing students to take part in a study placement at a partner European University, and on some courses, do a work placement in another European Country. The University also runs a Non EU Exchange Programme which is a Newcastle University initiative that encourages students studying at the University to spend part of their studies overseas. The programme gives you the opportunity to undertake a study placement at a one of Newcastle’s including universities in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the USA.
Newcastle University has two overseas campuses in Malaysia and Singapore. The University has established an international branch campus in Johor, Malaysia to provide its undergraduate degrees in Medicine (MB BS) and the Biomedical Sciences (BSc), and opportunities for postgraduate study. Degree programmes are also delivered in Singapore, through Newcastle’s collaboration with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT). The advantages of these campuses mean that international students can benefit from all the quality and reputation that Newcastle University has to offer but pay significantly less than if they were to study the same degree in the UK.
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Fees & Finance
Newcastle invesst millions of pounds in financial support for UK students. Their generous range of scholarships and fee discounts help around 30% of new undergraduate students starting their degrees in 2016.
There are up to 20 Promise Scholarships worth up to £9,000 per year for new UK students of high ability from low income backgrounds, made up or a 50% cash bursary and a 50% tuition fee discount. To be eligible, you must be predicted to achieve at least AAB at A-level, or equivalent, and have a household income of £15,000 or less.
Opportunity scholarships of up to £1,000 per year are available to students with a household income of £35,000 or less.
Depending on your circumstances, Access scholarships are also available to students with a household income of £42,600 or less.
Newcastle University Library consists of 3 main libraries. The Robinson Library is the main campus library and has resources for all subjects except medicine and law. The Walton Medical and Dental Library is in the Medical School and serves the needs of the Medical, Dental and Biomedical Sciences. The Law Library is located in the Law School and provides extensive resources for all those engaged in learning and researching law. Some of the highlights of the Library Service at Newcastle include 100,000 electronic resources and over one million books, over 500,000 e-books - one of the five largest collections in the country, laptop and e-book reader loan scheme for use in the library, bookable group study rooms, special collections of rare and historic books, manuscripts, maps and illustrations, high-tech space for relaxed meetings and group study in the Robinson Library, and internet café and the Learning Lounge in the Robinson Library. The wealth of library services has been recognised by the prestigious Customer Service Excellence award for the quality of its services and the awarding of five government Charter Marks in a row.
On arriving at the University you will receive a login, e-mail account and filestore on the University's IT network. IT services include over 1,400 fully networked PCs, across 40 clusters, some with 24-hour access, express workstations across campus, web hosting service for publishing your own web pages and blogs, accessible equipment such as height adjustable desks, large monitors and posture aids, and a laptop loan scheme for use within the library.
Newcastle University has a great reputation for sport. Its sports teams have finished in the top 20 out of 146 Higher Education institutions in the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) table in 2013.There are more than 60 student-led sports clubs, covering a wide range of competitive and recreational sports under the banner of ‘Team Newcastle’. These clubs welcome students of all abilities and, with professional coaching available for many sports, it's a great time to try something new.The Students' Union organises a Go Play taster programme for students who don’t want to commit to a particular sport. There is also an Intra Mural sport programme which allows you to form new teams with friends, or join established teams associated with your course or halls of residence, and play in one of the recreational leagues. There is a varied and vibrant programme of exercise classes throughout the year for all ability levels including mind/body classes such as Pilates and yoga, dance classes such as Zumba and fitness classes including aerobics, pump and tone, cardio combat and spin cycling. The Centre for Physical Recreation and Sport also offers a swim card that allows discounted swimming at any Newcastle Authority Swimming Pool.
The three-storey Sports Centre provides an extensive suite of indoor facilities and acts as a base for Newcastle’s Physical Recreation and Sport Service, which supports a wide range of sporting activities.Indoor facilities include 125-station health and fitness suite, a dance studio, four squash courts, a double court sports hall, two multi-purpose rooms, strength and conditioning suite and sports massage clinic. Outdoor facilities include a range of high-quality pitches for football, rugby, tennis, cricket and lacrosse as well as two all-weather floodlit pitches and a water sports centre on the banks of the River Tyne, which is home to the University’s rowing and canoeing clubs. The quality of the University’s facilities was confirmed when Newcastle was one of only four UK universities chosen as an official Games-Time Training Venue for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Newcastle University Students' Union (NUSU) can help you make the most of every opportunity open to you at university with over 200 student societies and sports clubs and a range of student media opportunities including The Courier, a weekly student newspaper, Newcastle Student Radio and TCTV (The Courier Television). NUSU offers a community volunteering scheme, Student Communication Action (SCAN) which offers over 200 different activities each year. The Give It a Go Scheme programme of one-off taster activities helps you to make the most of your spare time and the Go Play programme gives you the chance to try a new sport under the guidance and support of coaches, with no experience or commitment necessary.
The Newcastle University Students' Union reopened in 2011 following an £8 million refurbishment. The inside of the Grade II listed building has been transformed, with some outstanding new facilities in the heart of campus including 24-hour computer clusters and social learning areas, brand new Student Advice Centre, revamped bar serving food and drinks, huge gig and event space, hosting live gigs and regular Saturday club nights, Subway sandwich shop, Starbucks coffee, café with facilities to work and relax, shop selling student essentials, IT repair centre and print design service.
Health and Well-Being
Mental Health and Counselling Support helps with and responds to students' emotional needs and general wellbeing. The service has a preventative, as well as responsive role, offering therapeutic intervention, group work, life skills support, consultancy and training. The service offers initial appointments and aims to see students within five working days from the day that they make contact.
There is a service to assist students with dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties in achieving their potential. This service provides one to one study support with a qualified tutor, exam concessions, diagnostic assessment with a chartered psychologist, advice on applying for Disabled Students Allowance and advice and support for students who think they may be dyslexic.
Advice, information and guidance are available to disabled applicants and students at all stages of their university career. Disability Support also liaises with academic schools over students' support requirements and external agencies where appropriate.
The Student Well-Being website provides helpful information for students as to what to do in the case of a range of illnesses. All students are also required by the University Regulations to register with a medical practice.
Religion and Spirituality
The Chaplaincy Team is currently made up of several Christian chaplains, a Buddhist chaplain and a Jewish chaplain and is committed to religious tolerance, diversity and respect. The Chaplaincy can offer prayer and worship, confidential listening and support, faith exploration, spiritual accompaniment, discussion and engagement, meditation and socials and friendship. There are several prayer rooms on campus. In the chaplaincy there is a multi-faith non-bookable Prayer room. Also in the chaplaincy there is the bookable Mandela Room, for those of all faiths or none: particularly suitable for groups of up to 30 people. There is a Muslim Prayer Room in King George VI building and another available on Fridays near the Medical School. Many Christians use St Thomas' church which does not belong to the university but is closer to some university buildings than the chaplaincy. The university chaplain is also vicar here.
Newcastle has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK, with 95.2% of its 2012 UK/EU graduates entering employment or further study within six months of graduating. More than three quarters of those in jobs achieved a professional or managerial position. This track record places the University in the top 15 of the major university league tables for graduate career prospects.
This success is down to the Careers Service which is one of the best, largest and most innovative in the UK being rated 13th out of 163 universities world-wide in the annual International Student Barometer survey 2012. Services include one-to-one sessions with a professional careers adviser, drop-in CV checks, unique online resources and a huge range of skills development workshops. The service also supports students and graduates who want to start their own business with over 28 new businesses set up by students in 2011-12. Support is provided by a dedicated team of business advisers, entrepreneurs and professional partners. Students have access to workspace facilities, including hot desks with PCs and printing facilities. The University has a Graduate Connections network which enables current students to access careers-related knowledge and experience from past graduates. Newcastle graduates can also benefit from careers support for up to three years after graduation with business start-up support available indefinitely.
The University works with employers to ensure that its degrees reflect the skills needed in the world of work. Many degrees are accredited by professional organisations, employers visit campus regularly to deliver lectures and practical sessions, each academic school has an advisory boards with graduate employers as members and students are taught and assessed in ways that encourage the development of transferable skills. There is also direct input from employers on the design of degrees and Career Development Modules which means that students can be accredited for volunteering or paid work experience.
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At Newcastle there is a range of competitively priced accommodation to choose from with an Accommodation Service on hand to help you find the place that’s right for you and your requirements. Most of the accommodation sites are within 10 minutes' walk of campus and the city centre and there is the option to live in either catered or self-catered accommodation. There is accommodation where study bedrooms are arranged on corridors with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities as well as a number of purpose-built flats for between three and seven students.
In catered accommodation you will be provided with breakfast and evening meals on weekdays during term-time. Catered accommodation offers a range of facilities such as shop, computer cluster, bar, music practice area, laundrette, table tennis room, snooker room and limited car parking. In self-catered accommodation cookers, microwaves, refrigerators and freezers, ironing boards, vacuum cleaners, kettles and toasters are all included, as well as kitchen packs which include crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. Accommodation in flats is arranged as a number of study-bedrooms sharing a central kitchen, common room and bath and/or shower facilities. Some rooms offer en suite facilities. A small number of the self-catered sites offer larger communal areas where groups of students can gather together.
Rooms are normally allocated to students of similar age and academic status; every effort is made to allocate new undergraduate students in the same part of each site. This helps students make a large number of friends very quickly, developing a strong feeling of community.
English Language Requirements
As a guideline, the University usually require at least IELTS score of 6.5. Applicants whose IELTS score is between 6.0 and 6.5, or equivalent, at the time of application will usually be expected to complete a pre-sessional course at the University before the programme begins.
Newcastle has a team who regularly make visits to countries all over the world so that you can meet them and ask them questions. The University also has education agents in 40 countries who can offer you help and advice about applying to Newcastle. On arrival in Newcastle Airport you will be met by the Welcome team who will be there to help you with your luggage and provide transport to take you to your accommodation. There is a four-day International Welcome programme to help you adjust to life in the UK. It includes information sessions covering topics such as registering at the University, University facilities, student life at Newcastle and social events introducing you to the city and surrounding area. Advice will be given on registering with a local doctor, registering with the Overseas Visitors’ Office and opening a bank account. Throughout your time at Newcastle there is an International Office which is an excellent source of advice and information. There is also an International Students Society which is one of Newcastle’s biggest student societies and it organises a range of social events and trips throughout the year.