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 2017 National Student Survey. We achieved 88% overall satisfaction. The results place us joint 15th in the UK for student satisfaction among comparator universities.

We're in the top 10 in the UK for student experience for the third year in a row (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017).

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 10th overall in the 2016/17 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.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The Government has introduced TEF to address four main objectives: better informing students’ choices about what and where to study; raising esteem for teaching; recognising and rewarding excellent teaching; and better meeting the needs of employers, business, industry and the profession.

It assesses against three main criteria of undergraduate study:

  • teaching quality
  • learning environment
  • student outcomes and learning gain

We are proud to have achieved the best possible outcome - a Gold Award - in the TEF. This means that, based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that Newcastle University delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award

Teaching Excellence at Newcastle University

The award of TEF Gold status is a ringing endorsement of Newcastle University’s long tradition of excellence in teaching – one which is already recognised in many different surveys and assessments and, most importantly, by our own students.

Most significant among these is the annual National Student Survey where student satisfaction levels are consistently among the highest in the UK, with 90% of our students saying they are happy with their time at Newcastle. A separate independent study of our international students also shows the same high levels of satisfaction.TEF gold status means that current and prospective students can be confident that they will achieve the best possible educational experience at Newcastle University.

TEF gold status means that current and prospective students can be confident that they will achieve the best possible educational experience at Newcastle University. We pride ourselves on providing an excellent educational experience for every one of our students, regardless of their circumstances. We are gratified that this has been singled out for praise by the TEF panel, who noted that: ‘students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes, especially with regard to mature, disadvantaged and disabled students.’

In awarding us Gold status, the TEF panel cited compelling evidence of the University’s commitment to research-led teaching that means our students are consistently engaged with developments from the forefront of research and scholarship. They also applauded our institutional culture of monitoring, promoting and rewarding excellent teaching.

Crucially for students choosing Newcastle, the panel commended our commitment to enhancing students’ employability. It highlighted the University’s Graduate Skills Framework which identifies the critical skills and attributes employers are seeking from graduates and which is embedded into every undergraduate module.

Overall, this is an excellent outcome and gives renewed impetus to our commitment to delivering the best possible educational experience for our students, providing them with excellent opportunities and investing in the high-quality facilities they need and expect.

Read about our excellent teaching and some of the many academics who help support our students in our TEF submission.