UCAS Code: N21
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, north-east England Show on Map
Site: Single site in city centre
|Mature on Entry:||10%|
|State school entry:||71%|
2171 (full- and part-time).
Arts, social sciences, business, law, biological sciences, medicine, dentistry, agriculture, science, engineering.
|Admission Information:||Wide range of academic qualifications accepted; entrance requirements in prospectus and on website. Offers specified in terms of grades rather than in tariff points.|
|Points on Entry (Mean):||402|
|Drop Out Rate:||4%|
|Accommodation:||All first years guaranteed accommodation (unless local) so long as they apply by the deadline.|
|Founded:||1834 as an institution of higher education; part of Durham University from 1852 until awarded university charter in 1963.|
|Structural features:||Medical school partnership with Durham University.|
|Site:||50-acre site in city centre.|
|How to get there:||By road via A1, junction A167 to Newcastle, follow signs to universities. Ferry services (from Scandinavia and Holland) from nearby North Shields. Newcastle Airport (7 miles outside city, connected by metro) with national and international flights. University adjacent to Haymarket metro station (local rapid-transit system) and close to local bus routes and city coach station. Railway station (20 minute walk or short metro ride away) has good links from all major cities.|
|Student advice & services:||Student advice centre, services for counselling, for mature students and for disability support; union society welfare; chaplaincy.|
|Amenities:||Large, newly-refurbished SU building, including large multi-purpose space for gigs and events, coffee shop and bar spread over two floors, union shop, 200-seater computer room, and social learning areas with 24-hour access. City has over 600 shops, a multitude of restaurants, bars and clubs; cultural attractions include the Sage Gateshead music centre and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.|
|Sporting facilities:||University sports centre with 6-badminton-court sports hall, state-of-the-art 125-station health and fitness suite, 2 large multipurpose halls, 4 squash courts and a dance studio. 5 sports sites with pitches and courts, a floodlit all-weather pitch, 18-hole golf course and boathouse on the river Tyne. Elite athletes’ squad; sports bursaries available.|
|Accommodation:||All first-year students guaranteed a place in university accommodation unless they are local, as long as they meet certain criteria. Over 3500 undergraduate places: half-board from £119 per week; self-catering £74−£132 pw (from £95 for ensuite); contracts Sept−June/July. Rent includes internet, energy and water charges and contents insurance (except for family accommodation). Most students live in privately-owned accommodation after first year; rents £50−£100 per week plus heating and lighting.|
|Library & information services:||Main library (Robinson Library) plus libraries in medical and law schools. Total of over 1 million books, 500,000 electronic books and resources, 2500 study places and many specialist collections (eg history of medicine, 19th & 20th century political & social history; Middle Eastern culture). Information provision, £219 pa spent for each student (FTE). Separate IT service; ratio 1:8 workstations to students. 2050 computers for student use: over 1500 networked across campus (including in halls), some open 24 hours; plus 750 in academic schools. All student rooms have internet access; free wireless access across main campus; a number of docking stations for students’ own computers. Blackboard virtual learning environment provides online learning materials; lecture materials published online; a web hosting service for students to publish their own web pages. IT support from IT service desk and 24/7 helpline; training packages; some IT skills courses run as part of degree courses.|
|Other learning resources:||Great North Museum (incorporating important collections from city and university); Hatton Gallery; Northern Stage theatre; 2 farms; marine biology station; research vessel; Dove Marine Laboratory; recording studio. Centres to allow for self-study of foreign languages and to develop academic writing skills.|
|Study abroad:||300+ students spend a period abroad each year. Formal links with some 200 partners worldwide: over 170 institutions across Europe (through Erasmus exchange programme); plus universities and colleges in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and the USA.|
|Careers:||Large careers service provides one-to-one advice, information and business start-up support for up to 3 years after graduation. University-wide iniative to provide opportunities for students to develop employability skills (eg working as a student ambassador, writing for university newspaper). Over 93% of graduates enter employment or further study within six months.|
|Living expenses budget:||Budget of approx £8000 per academic year (excluding tuition fees) recommended, or £870 a month.|
|Term-time work:||Careers service helps students to find part-time work (and full-time work in holidays); plenty of part-time work in the area. Newcastle work experience scheme offers paid work experience in local businesses.|
|Financial help:||Scholarships of £3000 in Year 1 (£2000 pa thereafter) for students whose family income is up to £25k pa, or £1000 pa where family income is £25k−£35k pa; 20 scholarships of up to £9000 pa for students with high entry grades, whose family income is up to £15k pa and who meet certain criteria (eg are care leavers, received free school meals); scholarships of £500 pa for students whose family income is up to £42.6k pa from specified poscodes or entry programmes ; plus 50 sports scholarships of £1000−£1500; and various subject scholarships of £1000−£4000. Care-leavers' bursary of £1000 pa. Also funds to help students who experience unexpected financial hardship during their course.|
|University tuition fees:||Home students pay £9000 pa for first degree courses (except those funded by the Department of Health; reductions for years abroad or on placement). International students pay £11,500 pa (classroom), £14,750 (lab/studio-based), £27,305 (clinical).|
Approximately 200 different degree courses
BA, BSc, BEng, MEng, MPhys, MMath, MChem, LLB, MBBS, BDS.
3 and 4 years; 5 years dentistry, medicine
Jack Samler (2nd year Philosophy)
What’s it like as a place to live? Great student-friendly city with welcoming locals. Big enough to remain exciting yet small enough to have a strong sense of community. Unbeatable nightlife and stacks of culture. Stunning architecture as well as beautiful surrounding countryside and coastline.
How’s the student accommodation? Depends on the location and how much you’re willing to spend. University accommodation varies depending on whether you live in catered or non-catered/halls or flat. The catered halls in which I spent my first were over-priced for what they were: small, grotty rooms and poor quality food. Now live in private accommodation in house of 8. Fairly expensive part of the city yet still fantastic value for money considering what one gets: extremely high quality houses/security. Of course, grottier areas that are far cheaper are available.
What’s the student population like? Diverse? Yes, international, but generally each ‘group’ (i.e. nationality) will stick together. Not many locals.
How do students and locals get on? Generally, well. Newcastle locals − extremely friendly and accepting of students. Obviously exceptions (most often on night out!).
What’s it like as a place to study? Very flexible courses, with ability to chop and change subjects and modules. Good facilities and constant re-development in process. Extensive library.
What are the teaching staff like? From my experience, mixed. Some un-engaging and uninterested, others encourage interaction and questions. Ultimately, depends on how much the student wants to get back.
What are student societies like? Students encouraged to join societies and clubs. Very impressive array on offer – whatever your interest, there will be an organisation through which you can channel that interest. More people than not in some sort of society, be it sport, music, drama, radio, art, computing, journalism etc.
What’s a typical night out? Entirely dependent on what you are into. Not many pubs but many bars to drink in before heading to a club. All musical tastes catered for: underground dance, acoustic, cheesy pop, jazz clubs, chart classics etc, varying from giant super-clubs to small, intimate venues. Many live acts playing, be they superstar DJs or unheard-of acoustic acts. Typically, one drinks at home with friends, before heading to a bar and then onto a club (kebab after optional!).
And how much does it cost? If you’re going to a mainstream club playing chart music, entry will be no more that £6. If you’re going to a dance club with live DJ, can be up to £20. Cheap drinks in bars before hand, as well as cheap taxis. Total cost will range from £12 to £40 typically.
How can you get home safely? Yes. Reliable taxis everywhere.
Is it an expensive place to live? Considering it’s a big city, no. (Northern England).
Average price of a pint? £1.80− £2.20 (but lots of student deals and happy hours).
And the price of a takeaway? Chinese: £6−7 approx. Indian: £8−9. Kebab: £4.
What’s the part-time work situation? Lots of nightclub promoting available with new nights cropping up all the time (paid usually at £6 p/h approx.). Otherwise, jobs fairly scarce unless working directly for the University (being a guide, helping with Freshers’ Week etc).
What’s the best feature about the place? Vibrant and eclectic nightlife and warmth of the locals. Fantastic football city too – and architecturally very interesting with dramatic old/contemporary contrasts. Stacks of culture. Also close to stunning coastline
And the worst? Hard to think of a bad feature! Perhaps the poor weather?
And to sum it all up? A welcoming and buzzing city that is alive with vibrant activity.
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