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.

‘World leading’ or ‘internationally recognised’ research was identified in all of our submitted subject areas by the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008, and are ranked 17th in the UK for research power (according to the influential publication, Research Fortnight).

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 will further assess the quality of research in the UK’s higher education institutions around three main criteria:

  • quality of research outputs
  • impact of research (beyond the University)
  • vitality of the research environment

In 2012/13 we attracted £125.1m in research funding grants from a variety of funders including UK research councils, charities, the EU and the government.


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