The sights and sounds of one of the world’s leading capital cities await the first students who will be arriving to study at the University’s newest branch campus, Newcastle University London, in September 2015. This latest expansion of the University’s activities complements our established and successful branch campuses in Malaysia and Singapore. Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tony Stevenson, explains the thinking behind the University’s decision to open a London campus.
‘Back in December 2013, the University’s Executive Board asked me to conduct a feasibility study and come up with a business plan for a potential Newcastle University operation in London,’ says Professor Stevenson. ‘Building on our existing relationship with INTO University Partnerships (which has successfully established an international student centre now home to 800 students on Newcastle’s campus), the idea was that the new campus would be a joint venture between the University and INTO for the delivery of Newcastle University degrees and pre-University programmes for international students. More than this, it would enable us to create a research hub in London, with connectivity to national and global stakeholders and audiences.’
Occupying a five-storey block on Middlesex Street in the heart of the City of London, within walking distance of Liverpool Street railway station and with fashionable Spitalfields Market and its plethora of cafés, bars and restaurants on the doorstep, Newcastle University London has a great deal to offer. The London campus will have teaching and support facilities for 1,200 students, offering specific programmes aimed at international students as well as a variety of opportunities for Newcastle-based students to undertake projects in the capital. It will provide students and staff with increased links to government and national and international businesses based in London, as well as housing a new research hub and allowing the University to improve its programme of alumni and stakeholder events.
‘We’ve come to London because it builds on our international activities, and because we want to position our research and teaching on a global stage,’ says Professor Stevenson. ‘We want to develop a global student community, and we want to add London life and culture to that. Critically, we want to involve international business, to benefit both students and our partner organisations.’
Plans for the London campus include guest lectures from business and industry experts, workplace-based assignments and work experience placements. The advantages for business partners include postgraduate research projects focused on investigating their business challenges, and fast-track graduate recruitment. There are also plans to develop CPD and business consultancy from the Middlesex Street headquarters, giving businesses access to the research capability of the University’s academic staff.
Newcastle University London’s first students will commence their studies in September, with an official opening ceremony planned for Autumn 2015. For further information visit: www.ncl.ac.uk/london
Professor Tony Stevenson is the University’s Deputy Vice- Chancellor. He is responsible for the development of the University’s capital, annual and five-year strategic plans.
published on: 17 August 2015