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City & Regional Partnerships

City and Regional Partnerships


The positive difference we make to the city of Newcastle and the wider North East is a critical part of our role as a civic university.

We work closely with local and regional policymakers and partnerships, including:

Angel Alliance

Newcastle and Durham universities have joined forces to maximise the impact of the scientific discoveries being made at both leading research institutions.

The partnership focuses on enhancing the research base and turning academic research into commercial success. The Angel Alliance builds on the impressive track record in both universities in creating spin out companies.

The structure supports the translation of technology from the non-clinical to the clinical sector through direct engagement with the clinical base of the regional NHS Foundation Trusts. Alongside Newcastle University’s Faculty of Medical Sciences, this includes the:

  • Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
  • South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Newcastle Academic Health Partners

Newcastle Academic Health Partners joins Newcastle University with the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

The partnership is at the forefront of the translational medicine revolution. Its principal aim is to translate scientific advances made in the faculties at Newcastle University into direct benefits for patients being treated in our partner NHS Trusts. This strategy has led to major advances in the healthcare of patients within the region, as well as nationally and internationally.

Key areas of focus include:

  • ageing
  • stem cells
  • cancer
  • cell biology
  • genetics
  • drug development
  • medicine in society
  • neuroscience

Visit Newcastle Academic Health Partners on the Faculty of Medical Sciences website.

Newcastle Science City

Newcastle Science City is a long-term committed partnership between Newcastle University and Newcastle City Council.

The partnership aims to maximise the potential of our science base by helping to:

  • create new businesses
  • attract investment
  • strengthen science networks
  • ensure that local people can become part of our continued scientific achievement

Following a review of the partnership in 2014 the partners agreed to focus delivery on Science Central. Set to become a hub for research, innovation and collaboration, it is one of the largest developments of its kind in the UK.

Science Central was officially opened in February 2015 by Minister for Cities, Greg Clark MP. This followed the completion of phase one work on site, including the opening of The Core, Science Central’s landmark building. Plans have been unveiled for Newcastle University’s £58 million Urban Sciences Building.

The university has also secured £10 million of research funding in the Chancellor’s budget speech. This funding will help establish a new urban water infrastructure facility in the Urban Sciences Building, opening in Autumn 2017. This will be integrated into their equivalent urban infrastructure test-beds for energy, transport and ICT infrastructure already under development.

The council have also secured funding, through the North East Local Growth Fund, towards a laboratory space facility and a Low Carbon Energy Centre on Science Central. Options are being explored for prime commercial and residential plots.

The partnership will now build on their collaborative approach to planning the future of the city. This combines the council’s expertise in delivery with the University's academic expertise to address big societal challenges.