Organisational information, locations and contacts, constitutional and legal governance.
The information in this section shows how the University is organised. It includes the legal status of the University, which member of staff or group within the University is responsible for specific functions and where they fit in the overall structure of the University.
Student activitiesStudent activities
For information about the Student Union’s operations and activities, its constitution and governance arrangements, as well as the services that it offers for students, visit the Student Union website.
This section contains information relating to how the University was established and its standing from the point of view of the law.
Ultimately the corporate status of the University is conferred by relevant statutes, in particular the Education Reform Act of 1988 and the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 which are available from the Office of Public Sector Information.
History of the University
Newcastle University was officially founded in 1963 through an Act of Parliament but it is in fact a much older institution. It can trace its origins back to 1834 to a School of Medicine and Surgery and also to the Armstrong College, which was founded in the city in 1871 for the teaching of the physical sciences. More detail on this can be found on our History of the University page.