Teaching Quality

Teaching Quality


Our research and teaching are closely linked and your lecturers are at the forefront of research in their discipline.

We continually monitor quality and review our existing and new programmes to ensure they reflect recent academic developments and importantly, meet market and employer needs.

QAA review

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) review particularly commended us on the fact that students who met the (audit) team were complimentary about the experience of studying in a research-intensive environment. They spoke of the motivation they gained from being taught by leading researchers. Read Newcastle University's latest QAA review report.

The Careers Service also received praise from the QAA. It contributes effectively to the employability of the University's students. It particularly works with academic departments to embed employability skills in the student learning experience.

QAA checks how UK universities and colleges maintain the standard of their higher education provision. Click to read this institution's latest review report. The QAA diamond logo and 'QAA' are registered trademarks of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

QS Stars

Newcastle University has achieved five QS Stars from QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the first international assessment of its kind. More than 200 universities worldwide have now signed up to the QS Stars rating system. The Stars system rates universities against a number of performance indicators. We are proud to have been awarded five stars overall and in the following areas:

  • research
  • employability
  • teaching
  • facilities
  • internationalisation
  • innovation
  • inclusiveness
  • engineering-chemical
5 Star rating, 2018

Highest quality teaching in the UK

Highest quality teaching in the UK

We deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students. In recognition of this, the UK Government have awarded us Gold status in the UK Teaching Excellence Framework, which is the highest quality level for undergraduate study in the UK.

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework and our award.

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award

Internal quality checks

Our own rigorous internal quality measures include our students' feedback - we ask them about the quality of their learning opportunities and experiences.

Boards of studies (which include student representatives) actively respond to this feedback.

Our students can also elect members to staff-student committees, which consider the quality of learning experiences and make recommendations.

Assessment and feedback

We'll provide you timely feedback on your assessments.

We provide feedback in a variety of ways: 

  • written on your work
  • in lectures or tutorials
  • via our real-time online systems

Feedback may come from lecturers, from your student peers, or from yourself. Learning to give yourself feedback is an important skill that you will use throughout your career. You can use your feedback by:

  • reviewing your work
  • looking at the criteria for the work
  • looking at the feedback comments
  • thinking about how you can improve in future assessments. 

Timescales for receiving feedback

  • Coursework: within 20 working days of the deadline 
  • Exams: within 20 working days from the end of the exam period

20 working days is usually 4 weeks, not including Bank Holidays or University closure days. If this falls during the holidays then you will get your feedback at the start of the next semester/term.


Some assessments may be exempt from providing feedback. Or sometimes we may not be able to provide feedback within the timescales we aim for. In either case, we'll tell you in advance and let you know when you can expect to receive it.