Where can I study?
Newcastle University is one university in the city and attracts over 19,000 students every year. The university is a major research university and was established as a medical school in 1834. Newcastle University is a member of the Russell Group: a collaboration of research universities. The university occupies a campus near Haymarket in the centre of the city and includes a number of buildings and facilities. The Armstrong building is the oldest building on the campus and was opened in 1888, the building is home to the ‘King’s Hall’, which is the main hall for ceremonies. The Devonshire Building can also be found on the university campus and opened in 2004; the building uses motorised shades to control the temperature of the building and has won numerous awards for its design including the RICS Building of the Year Award.
Newcastle University is organised into three faculties: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, and Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering. The Medical School in the university has a strong reputation for excellence and can be highly selective in the application procedure. The Law School is also highly regarded and has a strong reputation to match. The university has reported that the law school receives over 1000 applications every year for one of 170 places available.
The University of Newcastle has a solid reputation across a wide range of faculties and often ranks within the top universities in the UK. In 2012, The Times Higher Education World University Rankings placed Newcastle 146th out of the top 400 universities in the world.
Another university in Newcastle is Northumbria University, which is a member of the University Alliance. It has a student population of almost 30,000 students. There are two campuses- one of which can be found in the city centre, another at Cochrane Park. Notable Alumni include the singer Sting and rugby player Johnny Wilkinson.