Research Excellence

Newcastle University is a member of the Russell Group: the association of leading research-intensive UK universities.

We have one of the largest European Union research portfolios in the UK and have research links with many other countries. We have a proven track record of meeting the most pressing societal challenges through socially relevant research.

REF 2014

The Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), a six-year assessment of research activity in 154 UK higher education providers, puts Newcastle University at 16th in the UK for research power, a rise of one place from 2008.

REF 2014 confirms Newcastle’s global academic status, with the University’s research into areas such as neuroscience, English language and literature and computing science rated as amongst the leading departments in the UK.


Our research quality is recognised by prestigious awards such as the Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education. We have received awards for our pioneering research into treating polluted water from abandoned mines, our world-leading work on ageing and health and internationally renowned research into sustainable rural economies and societies.

Research at Newcastle