Northumbria University

 

 

Overall ranking: Came 64th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide for 2014.

History: Dates back to the late 19th century. Newcastle Polytechnic was reborn as Northumbria University in 1992.

Address: Two campuses in and near to Newcastle upon Tyne's city centre- City Centre and Coach Lane. There's a satellite base in Islington, London, for students on some masters design programmes.

Ambience: City Centre West campus in the centre of Newcastle is a mix of Victorian municipal and sixties concrete. Newcastle itself is buzzing 24/7 with a vibrant cultural scene, while Northumberland's coastline and countryside is within easy reach. Newcastle has been ranked as the UK's 8th safest city.

Who's the boss? Professor Andrew Wathey, a music historian, is vice-chancellor and chief executive.

Prospectus: 0191 243 7420 or request one online here.

UCAS code: N77

What you need to know

Easy to get into? Yes on the whole. The average entry requirement is 280 UCAS points but there are a range of access schemes for those from non-traditional backgrounds. Work or other relevant experience is sometimes accepted in place of formal qualifications. Big for fashion and nursing.

Added value: Big on solar power: Northumberland Building in the City Centre campus was fitted with the largest solar panel in the country and the university has opened a new and renewable energy laboratory. A £100m development has been completed at City Centre East. Recent expansions to the University Library, now rated joint 3rd in the UK behind Oxford and Cambridge. Top notch IT helpline support.

Vital statistics: One of the biggest of the new universities with over 31,000 students and 3,000 staff. More than half of students are full-time undergraduates.

Teaching: 58th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide.

Research: 76th out of 124 in the Research Assessment Exercise.

Graduate prospects: 73rd out of 124 with 60.2 per cent finding graduate level employment.

Any accommodation? Yes, nearly 5,000 bedrooms. Rent ranges widely depending on where you go, with prices starting at around £85 per week for a self-catered single room. Large en-suite studios are available at a higher price of up to £188 per week.

Cheap to live there? Not particularly. A room in a shared flat will set you back around £85 per week.

Transport links: Good for trains: high-speed service links London, Newcastle and Edinburgh. International airport with direct links to Dubai, London, Paris, Amsterdam and many other UK and European cities, just a fifteen minute drive. Five minute walk from three Metro stations.

Fees: Most full-time home and EU undergrads will pay £8,750 for the 2013/14 academic year. Students pay £1,000 during any placement years. Students on the nursing, midwifery, operating department practice, physiotherapy and occupational therapy courses pay no tuition fee as they receive funding from the NHSE.

Bursaries: Various means-tested bursaries are available, with full details here.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: Hot. Four award-winning union bars (particularly Habita and Domain) with four dance nights a week. Live music is a big attraction in the city. Visit the large arena or smaller clubs.

Price of a pint: About £3.10 on average in Newcastle but £1.50 for pints of Carling and Strongbow in the SU.

Sporting reputation: Pretty sporty- ranked 15th out of 148 in the BUCS league. Recent investment in sporting facilities.

Notable societies: Stitch, Bake and Bitch offers exactly what it says on the cake tin, with the Aerobic Dance club is great for working on your fitness to the latest hits.

Glittering alumni: Pop star Sting; Rodney Bickerstaffe, UNISON; Scott Henshall, fashion designer; Jonathan Ive, one of the designers of the iPod and iMac; and Victoria Pendleton, gold Olympic medal winner.

Alternative prospectus: Find out more and ask questions of current Northumbria students on The Student Room.

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