Student Experience and Teaching Quality

Rated highly by students

Newcastle University was rated as one of the top institutions in the country in the 2014 National Student Survey with the results placing us joint 6th for student satisfaction amongst comparator universities in the UK.

Newcastle is ranked 10th overall in the UK and 3rd for quality of staff and lecturers in the Times Higher Student Experience Survey 2015.

Overall satisfaction levels for students on pathway programmes at our INTO centre are 94%. This is the highest level at any of INTO's eight centres in the UK and reflects students' satisfaction with both their living and academic experience, and the support services provided by the centre.

UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)

QAA Quality Mark thumbnailThe UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has commended our management of academic standards and quality of learning by giving us a 'judgement of confidence' – the highest rating available.

We were particularly praised for our work to improve the employability of our students and the excellence of our research-based teaching. Read Newcastle University's latest QAA review report.

National Teaching Fellowships

The quality of our teaching has been reflected by the award no fewer than nine National Teaching Fellowships to our academic staff since the scheme was launched in 2000. The awards recognise and reward individual excellence in teaching in higher education in England and Northern Ireland.

Award-winning library service

Our University library is the only one in the UK to have been awarded five Charter Marks, in addition to the new customer services Excellence standard. The Library was also named Outstanding Library Team in the 2011 THE Leadership and Management Awards for work to develop the e-book collection.

European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) badge for Newcastle University Business School

Newcastle University Business School is one of an elite group of only 128 schools worldwide who have attained the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) badge conferred by the European Foundation for Management Development.

Sporting excellence

We have a well-deserved reputation for sporting excellence with consistently high finishes (top 16 out of around 146 Higher Education institutions for the past nine years) in the British Universities and Colleges Sports League (BUCS).

Newcastle: best social life

Newcastle’s social life is top-rated by students (joint first in 2013 and joint second in 2014, The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2014).