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Our Student Charter

This Charter applies to all students and all programmes at all locations. It is a summary of the University's aspirations for all students and has been developed in partnership with the Students’ Union. Northumbria University and the Students' Union are committed to working together to enable an excellent student experience for all.

"In partnership, Northumbria University and Northumbria Students’ Union encourage staff and student behaviours underpinned by values of equity, diversity and fairness. Collegiality and a concern for ethical behaviour and for the welfare of individuals within the University and wider society are paramount, as is upholding standards in order that students are justifiably proud of their achievements and the value of a Northumbria award.

We are committed to providing an outstanding experience for all our students. We hope you enjoy your time at Northumbria and achieve your full potential to take on the challenges of tomorrow”

Joint Statement from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Wathey, and the Students’ Union President, Emmanuel Kabengele

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We ask you to:

  • Actively engage with your learning opportunities both inside and outside of the University, take responsibility for your own learning and development
  • Ensure you are aware of University regulations, policies and procedures
  • Participate in all opportunities to receive feedback on your assessed work as well as opportunities to give feedback on your learning experience
  • Keep your University record up to date
  • Engage with the academic and personal support advice services offered
  • Treat your peers, staff and members of the local community with respect, dignity and courtesy at all times (please refer to University expectations for student conduct)
  • Show respect for University resources and facilities
  • Retain contact with the University after graduation, embracing a lifelong partnership with Northumbria University
  • Be an active member of our community and support the wellbeing and success of staff and students.


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Northumbria University will provide:

  • Academic excellence at the heart of everything we do and for the benefit of our students
  • Teaching and learning that provides a research-rich, experiential and enquiry-based educational experience supported by the best technology
  • A high quality and challenging learning experience focused on equipping you with the knowledge, skills and attributes you need to succeed in a changing digital world
  • Access to our virtual learning environment from any device, at any time, and anywhere
  • Impactful and relevant feedback on your assessments and performance (within 20 working days) to help you strive for excellence
  • Support from research-active staff who are committed to your academic and personal development and opportunities to meet and learn from other academic staff who are research-active leaders in their field
  • Outstanding resources for learning
  • Accurate, transparent and timely information about your programme which includes induction sessions, programme handbooks, guides and resources supported by an outstanding VLE
  • A dedicated personal tutor, and tailored, personalised student support and wellbeing services
  • Opportunities for you to develop your career and employability, including placements and options to explore enterprise and self-employment
  • Simple ways to share your views on your whole student experience, driving innovation and strengthening partnerships between staff and students.


Northumbria Students' Union

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Northumbria Students’ Union is committed to Your Education, Your Wellbeing, Your Community and Your Future. NUSU promise:

  • Your education and representing your academic interests will always be our number one priority within the University and nationally
  • To be democratic and champion your interests - you choose the students who will be trained and supported to lead your Students’ Union and represent you
  • Access to our free, independent and confidential academic advice service
  • A welcoming and safe environment on campus and in your Students’ Union
  • Your physical, emotional and mental needs are clearly understood
  • To campaign against the inequalities our students face and work with you to create an inclusive, healthy and sustainable campus
  • To welcome you to Northumbria and provide you with relaxing spaces to have fun and enjoy your free time
  • To recognise and celebrate diversity across campus
  • To foster a strong student community and offer a wide range of societies and volunteering opportunities so you can make friends and pursue hobbies
  • Our opportunities will help you develop the skills and experiences you need to succeed in future employment and improve your prospects
  • To work in partnership with the University to enhance your future potential.

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