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Northumbria University’s origins trace back to 1871 when Dr John Rutherford established the Bath Lane Elementary School in Newcastle. This led to the opening of Rutherford College and in the decades that followed the merger of other dynamic institutions, eventually leading to the Northumbria University we know today.
Today, Northumbria University is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence. The results of the Research Excellence Framework in 2014 showed Northumbria was the biggest riser in the research power rankings since the previous exercise in 2008, and that its absolute gain in market share of research power was third highest in the sector.
Officially the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, the university is based in the best two cities for students in the UK, Newcastle and London. Northumbria is one of the largest universities in the UK, attracting more than 33,000 students from 135 countries.
Location and Transport
The University has two separate campuses in the North East of England. The largest, City Campus, is situated in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. Coach Lane Campus is situated 3 miles from City Campus and linked by the University's free bus service. Northumbria University’s campuses provide a high quality environment for students, with a vibrant and friendly atmosphere.
The newest section of City Campus has won over 20 awards for design and sustainability. As well as modern teaching, learning and research facilities students can access the library and IT resources 24/7. There is a wide choice of student accommodation, and the flagship Sport Central facility caters for everyone from performance athletes to students who just want to try a fitness class. Northumbria has won the national WhatUni Student Choice Award 2014 for the best city life of any university in the UK.
The nearby Coach Lane Campus is home to education, nursing, healthcare and social work students. It hosts the Clinical Skills Centre, cafes and sports facilities. The Students’ Union has its own presence at Coach Lane as well as at the City Centre Campus.
Northumbria opened its new London Campus in September 2014. The campus provides access at undergraduate and postgraduate level to professional, industry-based programmes. Based in the heart of London’s business and financial district, the campus creates new links and opportunities for students in the national and international business sector.
The quality of campus life is one of the reasons why Northumbria University has been rated 21st out of 111 UK Universities by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2014.
The University’s expanding global presence includes partnerships and collaborative ventures with high-quality institutions in Hong Kong, Indonesia, the Caribbean and many more countries, as well as offices in China, Malaysia, Thailand and India. Earlier this year Northumbria signed a new strategic partnership with BINUS International in Indonesia to create the BINUS-Northumbria School of Design.
Road travel, by coach or car, is particularly easy as Newcastle stands on the premier north-south route in the UK. Newcastle is also well connected with rail services operating from many cities including Edinburgh, London and Leeds and Newcastle also has its own international airport operating both domestic and international flights to cities including Birmingham, Belfast, Paris, Dubai, Barcelona and New York.
Newcastle is a very compact city so getting around is easy. It has one of the best integrated transport systems in the country, centred upon the Metro system, and the extensive bus networks.