About the University

Student Experience & Teaching Quality

Student Experience and Teaching Quality

Student Experience

Our commitment to teaching quality and improving the student experience is reflected through our results in national and international student satisfaction surveys.

Newcastle University was rated as one of the top institutions in the country in the 2016 National Student Survey. We achieved 90% overall satisfaction. The results place us joint 12th in the UK for student satisfaction among comparator universities.

We're in the top 10 in the UK for student experience for the second year in a row (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2016).

The International Student Barometer Survey Autumn 2016 gave us an overall satisfaction rating of 94% among our international students. We received strong scores for teaching, student support, living experience, campus facilities, Careers Service, safety and campus environment. The results place us top 20 in the world and top 5 in the UK (among participating institutions).

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. The score reflects students' satisfaction with their living and academic experience, and the Centre's support services.

Social life

We have a well-deserved reputation for sporting excellence with consistently high finishes in the British Universities and Colleges Sports League (BUCS). We finished 9th overall in the 2015/16 rankings (out of more than 160 participating institutions).

Newcastle’s social life is top-rated by students – joint 1st in the 2016 and 2015 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.

Awards and Accreditations

The 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 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 is reflected by the award of nine National Teaching Fellowships to our academic staff. The awards recognise and reward individual excellence in university teaching in England and Northern Ireland.

Award-winning library service

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

Triple accreditation for Newcastle University Business School

Newcastle University Business School has been awarded accreditations by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) under its EQUIS scheme, the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Just 1% of business schools worldwide hold triple accreditation.