Originally known as Newcastle Polytechnic, the University was formed in 1969 from the amalgamation of three regional colleges: Rutherford College of Technology, the College of Art & Industrial Design, and the Municipal College of Commerce. These colleges themselves had origins which were deeply rooted in the region. The practical and vocational training needs of local industry had stimulated the development of relevant post-school education as far back as the nineteenth century.
Building on these firm foundations, the Polytechnic became one of the leading institutions of its type in the UK. It became a major centre for the initial training of teachers with the incorporation of the City College of Education in 1974, and subsequently the Northern Counties College of Education in 1976.
In 1976 the Polytechnic, which already offered nurse training, began occupational therapy and physiotherapy training. September 1992 marked the inauguration of the University when the Polytechnic was awarded university status and became Northumbria University. In 1995 the incorporation of the Bede, Newcastle and Northumbria College of Health Studies was transferred into the University.
A book providing a detailed account of the history of Northumbria University has been published by Northumbria University Press. Rutherford’s Ladder: the Making of Northumbria University, 1871-1996 charts the early history of Northumbria University and the academic institutions from which it was created.
- Applied Sciences
- Architecture and Built Environment
- Computer Science and Digital Technologies
- Education and Lifelong Learning
- Mathematics and Information Sciences
- Mechanical and Construction Engineering
- Media and Communication Design
- Newcastle Business School
- Law School
- School of Design
- Physics and Electrical Engineering
- Public Health and Wellbeing
- Social Sciences and Languages
- Social Work and Communities
- Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
- 24/7 Library was rated joint 3rd in the country, alongside Cambridge University, in the Times Higher Education 2014 Student Experience Survey. It provides access to more than 570,000 books, 400,000 e-books and 50,000 print and electronic journals.
- Technical facilities support ground-breaking research and ensure students have the practical tools they need to get the most out of their courses. We have state-of-the-art laboratories, prototyping workshops, CAD suites, media labs and more. And all of this is backed up by IT support that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Sports centres offer fantastic opportunities for people at every level of fitness. We have fitness centres, a sprint track, squash courts, a six-lane 25m swimming pool and numerous outdoor pitches. At our flagship Sport Central facility the main arena can cater for up to 3,000 people and is home to the Newcastle Eagles, the most successful team in the British Basketball League.
- City centre accommodation is a safe home-from-home for students from the UK and all corners of the world. University-owned and -managed accommodation offers a choice of quieter environments and superb social opportunities for those looking to meet new friends.