Northumbria University, Newcastle

Northumbria University, Sutherland Building, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST


Northumbria University, Newcastle

About the University

Northumbria University is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence. It is one of the largest universities in the UK with almost 30,000 students from over 130 countries. Newcastle is an extremely popular city for students due to huge variety of restaurants, bars, shops, museums and beautiful coastlines and country sides to explore there really is something for everyone.


Originally known as Newcastle Polytechnic, the University was formed in 1969 from the amalgamation of three regional colleges: Rutherford College of Technology, the College of Art & Industrial Design, and the Municipal College of Commerce. These colleges themselves had origins which were deeply rooted in the region. The practical and vocational training needs of local industry had stimulated the development of relevant post-school education as far back as the nineteenth century.

Building on these firm foundations, the Polytechnic became one of the leading institutions of its type in the UK. It became a major centre for the initial training of teachers with the incorporation of the City College of Education in 1974, and subsequently the Northern Counties College of Education in 1976.

In 1976 the Polytechnic, which already offered nurse training, began occupational therapy and physiotherapy training. September 1992 marked the inauguration of the University when the Polytechnic was awarded university status and became Northumbria University. In 1995 the incorporation of the Bede, Newcastle and Northumbria College of Health Studies was transferred into the University.

A book providing a detailed account of the history of Northumbria University has been published by Northumbria University Press. Rutherford's Ladder: the Making of Northumbria University, 1871-1996 charts the early history of Northumbria University and the academic institutions from which it was created.


Over the last decade, Northumbria has invested more than £250m in its campuses to provide students with a world-class experience during their time with the University.

Our estate in Newcastle comprises of two campuses, one in the heart of the city and one just three miles away at Coach Lane. With its award-winning architecture, modern teaching buildings and impressive sports facilities, the City campus creates an environment that encourages learning and self-development. Coach Lane Campus is home to all students from the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, and has excellent computing and library services; its own modern Students' Union, and new sports facilities.

We also offer courses in London, where our campus is ideally situated just minutes away from Liverpool Street station. Most recently, we have introduced new exciting programmes taught in Amsterdam, one of Europe's most dynamic and beautiful cities.


At Northumbria, we understand that where you live is a big aspect of your student life. That's why we make sure you shape your experience from start to finish. When applying for accommodation, you can the exact building, flat and room based on real online availability. Once you've found the perfect room for you, you can confirm your booking online within minutes.

We guarantee accommodation for all first year students and all of our residences are all within easy reach of the University campuses and Newcastle's bustling culture and nightlife. Everyone is welcome in our accommodation, from new and current students, to undergraduates and postgraduates, both from the UK and around the world.

Interesting Facts

Northumbria University has produced some of the world's most outstanding innovators – including Sir Jonathan Ive, Senior Vice-President of Apple and designer of the iPhone, iPod and iMac.

Around 94% of students will get a job or go on to further training or study within six months of graduating.

University Information

School Type: Public

Established: 1969

Times Ranking: 66

Guardian Ranking: 68

Independent Ranking: 58

Tuition Fee: $ $ $

No. of students: 20000+

Acceptance Rate: 31 - 40%

Ave High School GPA: 3.1 - 3.5

Student / faculty ratio: 17:1

Degrees offered: Bachelor's degree,Master's degree,Doctorate

Popular Courses

Art & Design

Location Details

Northumbria University, Sutherland Building, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST

Country: UK

Location: City centre

Town/City: Newcastle

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