Newcastle University is a civic university with a global reputation for academic excellence. With nearly 6,000 staff and a turnover of almost £490 million it plays a leading role in the economic, social and cultural development of the north east of England.

Founded in 1963, with origins in the nineteenth century, nearly 17,000 undergraduate and over 6,200 postgraduate students are now engaged in its excellent research-informed degree courses, learning from and working alongside academics who are at the cutting-edge of their discipline. Twenty-nine percent of students and 30% of academic staff are from overseas, and the university now has medical and engineering campuses in Malaysia and Singapore. A new London campus opens in September 2015.

A critical part of its role as a civic university is the positive difference it makes to the city of Newcastle and the wider north east of England. Newcastle has also committed to ensuring that its research helps address some of the world’s key issues by focusing on selected societal challenges: ageing, social renewal and sustainability. In the most recent assessment of research quality in UK universities, 31% of Newcastle’s research was rated world-leading, with a further 48% rated internationally excellent.

The University received its third Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2013, for its long-term research and development of new strategies for the rural economy, having won twice before - in 2005 for innovative solutions to cleaning up minewater pollution, and in 2009 for its pioneering research in the field of ageing and health.

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