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Northumbria University

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Overview of Northumbria University

Northumbria is a research-rich, business-oriented, professional institution with a global reputation for academic excellence. A bold, confident and ambitious university, it is an institution that embraces the future and faces challenges ahead. Northumbria can trace its origins back to the Rutherford College in Newcastle, late 19th century. More than 130 years on, Northumbria is empowering a new generation of innovators, visionaries and change-makers to transform lives, make a remarkable impact on the world, and take on the future.

Now based in two of the UK’s best student cities, Newcastle and London, Northumbria has students from 131 countries and an increasing international presence, with partners in Singapore, Indonesia, China, Qatar and beyond. These collaborations were further strengthened in 2018 with the announcement of an agreement with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) to open a campus in Amsterdam to support Northumbria’s internationalization strategy and its ambitions to develop global partnerships. This is one of many developments that has seen Northumbria continue to build its reputation as one of the most ambitious and fast-moving universities in the United Kingdom.

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Newcastle is located in the north-east of England, about four hours north of London by rail. The city has a population of around 200,000 and was voted the best student town in 2011. The famous Tyne River divides the city from a wide variety of cultural attractions, including galleries, museums, nightlife and shopping, giving students of all kinds plenty to see and do. The Metro system, which connects the university and the region, also runs along the sandy beaches of Whitley Bay and Tynemouth.

  • Sam Ainsley, artist.
  • Amanda Berry, Chief Executive of BAFTA
  • Gavin Brown, art dealer
  • Nigel Cabourn, fashion designer
Fun Facts
  • St James Park, the home of Newcastle United, is one of the oldest football stadiums in the UK and is situated right in the core of the town.
  • Newcastle is the birthplace of many famous people including comedian Rowan Atkinson (AKA Mr Bean), singers Cheryl and Sting, and TV presenters Ant & Dec.
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