Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Science and Engineering Excellence

Science and Engineering Excellence

Building on our history, shaping our future.

Our Faculty has a long and proud history. The Science and Engineering Excellence project is about how we build on our recent succeses and shape the next generation of our Faculty.

The future

To support our plans for growth, we are reorganising our Faculty: on 01 Augsut 2017 the ten Schools that we have currently will become four, with a fifth unit in Singapore.

Our School of Computing Science will be renamed School of Computing. During the summer, the School of Computing will take up residence in the University’s new £58m Urban Science Building on our Science Central site.  The School will also lead our work in forming the £30m National Innovation Centre for Data.  Professor John Fitzgerald will be heading the new School.

We are forming a School of Engineering that will host Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Geomatics, Marine Technology and Mechanical Engineering. The School which will be headed by Professor Phil Taylor.

Our School of Natural and Environmental Sciences will be home to Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Sciences, Food, and Marine Sciences.  Professor Rob Edwards will head the new School.

Our School of Mathematics and Statistics will expand to include the growing subject area of Physics at the University.  The new School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics will be led by Professor Andrew Willmott.

The fifth unit for our Faculty will be Newcastle University Singapore.

For PGR (ie PhD, EngD, MPhil) offer holders, a list of sowing which School your supervisor will be in is available: 1617_SAgE_Academic_Staff_New_Schools (PDF: 210kb).

Building on Research Excellence

  • Over the last year ten years, the Digital Institute has had played a major role in bringing more than £50m in external research income to the University
    • In March 2016 the government announced that it will invest £15m in the National Innovation Centre for Data in Newcastle.  These funds will be matched by the University to create a £30m investment which will be placed on our £350m Science Central site
  • Our £58m Urban Sciences Building will open at the start of the 2017-18 academic year
    • As well as being home to the School of Computing, the will be our hub digitally-enabled urban sustainability including Urban Observatory and Smart Grid technology
    • As part of our role in the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities, the Urban Science Building will host an Urban Water Hub with experimental facilities at building, street and neighbourhood scales

  • Farm-based teaching and research platform NU Farms is enjoying investment as part of our role in the government's Agri-Tech Innovation Centres and our work on sustinable rural energy from anaerobic digestion
  • We host the £20m National Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI), primarily funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Siemens
  • Strong RAE2008 and REF2014 performance, particularly in Computer Science and InformaticsCivil and Construction Engineeringand Electrical and Electronic Engineering