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Northumbria is a research-intensive, modern university with a global reputation for academic excellence. It was named UK University of the Year 2022 in the Times Higher Education Awards.

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Northumbria University is based in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne, which is regularly voted the best place in the UK for students, and has campuses in London and Amsterdam.

The University has its origins in the Rutherford College, founded in 1880. Today, by putting students at the heart of an outstanding experience, and with world leading research and award-winning partnerships, Northumbria is a challenger institution, transforming to take on tomorrow.

Northumbria is ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research power, according to the results of the latest Research Excellence Framework. The University is also ranked top 25 in the UK for the number of graduates entering professional employment, with nine out of ten graduates working or studying six months after graduation.

Northumbria works with major employers, including Nike, IBM, Nissan, Proctor & Gamble, the BBC, and the NHS, while more than 560 employers and 60 professional bodies sponsor or accredit the University’s programmes.  Innovative and entrepreneurial, we are also ranked top 5 in the UK, and first in the region, for graduate business start-ups.

One of the largest universities in the UK, Northumbria works in partnership with higher education institutions across the world and attracts students from 137 countries...

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Academic Departments

At Northumbria, students enjoy the very best education, taught by academics who are the experts in their field and have a passion for their subject. 

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Our Staff

Our students learn from the best – inspirational academic staff with a genuine passion for their subject, whose teaching is shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research.

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Our Partners

Northumbria works with business, cultural organisations, government and other universities to solve their problems, while giving a real world focus to our teaching, research and enterprise activity. 

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Our Facilities

Northumbria University has invested substantially in excellent facilities so that students have an outstanding experience during their time here.

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Leadership & Governance

We work as One University, underpinned by shared values and a robust governance structure, towards our vision to be a research-rich, business-focused professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence.

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Northumbria Open Days

Open Days are a great way for you to get a feel of the University, the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and the course(s) you are interested in.

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Research at Northumbria

Research is the life blood of a University and at Northumbria University we pride ourselves on research that makes a difference; research that has application and affects people's lives.

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Find out what life here is all about. From studying to socialising, term time to downtime, we’ve got it covered.


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