About the University

Research Excellence

Research Excellence

Newcastle has a world-class reputation for research excellence. We are 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. Our research links cross the globe, including strategic partnerships with Monash University in Australia and Groningen University in the Netherlands.

We have a proven track record of meeting the most pressing societal challenges through socially relevant research.

Research Excellence Framework

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 our global academic status. The University’s research into areas such as neuroscience, english language and literature and computing science rated as amongst the leading 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
  • world-leading work on ageing and health
  • internationally renowned research into sustainable rural economies and societies