Newcastle University features in the top 200 of most world rankings, and the top 20 of most UK rankings. In particular, we are currently ranked at:
It is estimated that there are about 17,000 universities in the world. They are of a wide variety, operate in very different contexts, and may pursue different aims and objectives. Therefore, it does not always make sense to rank one of them as better or worse than the other. None the less, there are a number of organisations which attempt to compile lists, rankings and league tables of “the best” universities in the world, or in any given country.
If you are interested in university rankings and league tables, we recommend that you look at as many of them as you can, not just at any particular one, and that you treat all of them with caution.
Different league tables measure different things, so you should check whether the table you are looking at actually measures the things you are interested in. Also, they assign different weights to the things they do measure, so you should know which of the topics they cover they consider to be more important. The weightings may vary from one year to the next (often without any notice or explanation), which would affect the rankings even if nothing else had changed. Moreover, small changes in data can make a very big difference in rankings from one year to the next. Therefore, you should ideally look at a university’s rankings not just in the current year, but over a period of a few years.
We also recommend that you look at “single topic rankings” such as the National Student Survey or the Employability Rankings, which, because they only measure one thing, rather than bundle together different things, are more reliable. Most of the common rankings and league tables are compounded out of a number of single-topic rankings, and their outcomes depend on the way in which the compounding is done.
Many university league tables are compiled and published by newspapers. When you look at them, you should remember that the first priority of a newspaper is to sell a story to the public.
For your convenience, we have prepared the following:
The quality of Newcastle University research has been recognised by the award of two Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education. The 2005 award was for a project to address the damage to the environment caused by polluted water from abandoned mine workings, and the 2009 award recognised our research in the field of ageing and health.
The University has received national recognition for its Library and Estates teams, winning the 2011 'Outstanding Library Team' and 'Outstanding Estates Team' categories in the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards. In 2012 the University’s Staff Development Unit also won the Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development category for its ‘Unpacking Your Chair’ scheme, which was developed for new professors and in 2013 the University won the Outstanding Leadership and Management Team award.
Newcastle has also been shortlisted in the Excellence and Innovation in the Arts, Widening Participation Initiative of the Year and Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development categories in the Times Higher Education Awards.