The school was inaugurated in 1871 as part of Armstrong College and was based in the basement of the Armstrong Building. The conditions were reported as very cramped for the large electrical machines. In 1947 the school moved to Grey Hall, the old empty Presbyterian Church where the Northern Stage now stands, opposite the Students' Union building. The school moved to its current home Merz Court in 1964. Merz Court was officially opened by Prime Minister Harold Wilson in 1965.
In 1871 'Armstrong College' was founded for the teaching of physical sciences. This became 'King's College' (University of Durham) in 1937. In 1963 King's College became the 'University of Newcastle upon Tyne', which has operated as 'Newcastle University' since 2006.
The school has also changed names over the years. We are still trying to find out the Schools official names in the early years. It is sometimes referred to as the 'Electrical Department'. When King's College became the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1963 the school was the 'Department of Electrical Engineering'. This changed to the 'Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering' in 1969 when the school started significant research in semiconductors and established its first clean room. In 2002 the name changed to the 'School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering' (EECE) with the arrival of the Microelectronics System Design research group from Computing Science. In 2012 we became the 'School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering' (EEE).
Our IET and EngC accredited degree programmes aim to educate engineers to a standard which will enable them to provide a substantial and lasting contribution to the profession of electrical and electronic engineering. A further aim is to produce graduates with the ability to continue with their own personal development beyond graduation.
It is an objective of the degree programme to provide students with the necessary technical competence, tools and personal skills that will enable them to continue to develop their understanding, expertise and professionalism as they progress through their career.
The aims and objectives of the degree programmes are met by providing a progressive education in the field of electrical and electronic engineering. Though lectures, laboratory work, project work and tutorial activities appear in all stages of the courses, the emphasis changes as the student matures. Directed support, through the personal and course tutor system, is given in early studies, with the emphasis on project work, student independence and decision making growing throughout the course.
We have state of the art teaching labs which are regularly updated. We have 4 internationally active research groups. Our academics are at the forefront of their respective fields and this is feed back in to our teaching. The school also has numerous industrial contracts and contacts.
Our school has a truly international flavour with students from 57 different countries studying here. We believe that mixing with people from different cultures and backgrounds helps to improve the educational experience.
We have our own student society 'ShockSoc' which organises many fun events and social outings.
We have had a few famous graduates, including the actor and comedian Rowan Atkinson who graduated in 1975.