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Newcastle retains its global Top 150 position in a leading HE guide

Published on: 19 June 2019

Newcastle University has been ranked in the world's top 150 universities by an influential guide.

The QS World University Rankings 2020 has ranked Newcastle University 146th in the world out of 1,000 institutions, while the responses from over 44,000 employers rank the University 89th in the world for employer reputation.

Professor Chris Day, Vice-Chancellor and President, Newcastle University, said: “The top 100 ranking for employer reputation reflects our commitment to delivering an outstanding student experience and helping our students to develop the skills needed by employers. I am proud that our students and graduates are recognised for being creative, innovative, enterprising and global in their outlook by so many of the organisations that employ them.

“The strong performance in this influential guide is a testament to our research excellence in a range of areas, such as Ageing and Health, Energy, Data, Cities, and Culture and Creative Arts.”

Top employability score

Newcastle University has long-standing relationships with a range of regional, national and international businesses, including Ernst & Young LLP, Nissan, Siemens, Procter and Gamble, GSK and Northumbrian Water.

Helen Kelly, Talent Attraction Advisor, Ernst & Young LLP, said: “We have worked with Newcastle University for a long time and it’s a partnership that just continues to strengthen. The calibre of students is very high and their career offering is fantastic, which ensures that the students are work ready when they leave University. The students that I’ve met from Newcastle University are always open minded, inquisitive and informed.”  

Newcastle University student Stephanie Wilson landed a marketing internship with Veritent, a digital start-up in Newcastle.

She said: “The internship gave me a structured routine to follow outside of my degree course timetable and enabled me to meet some really knowledgeable, friendly, helpful individuals who have taught me lots about how to succeed in my chosen career field.

“Furthermore, it has supported my applications for year-in-industry opportunities and contributed to my achievement of being offered a placement at a major global company for 2019/20.”  

The league table, produced by global higher education consultancy QS Quacquarelli Symonds, ranks the world’s top 1,000 universities. QS’s flagship site,  was visited nearly 70 million times in 2018 by students, the global academic community, and policymakers internationally, making them the world’s most-consulted rankings of their kind.

The high employability position in the QS World University Rankings 2020 follows on from the Guardian University Guide 2020, which ranks Newcastle University joint 6th in the UK and the Complete University Guide 2020 and the Sunday Times university league table​, which ranks Newcastle University in the country's top 10 for graduate prospects.

The latest Higher Education Business & Community Interaction Survey​ (HEBCIS) survey places Newcastle University third nationally for graduate entrepreneurship for the combined revenue of its 186 trading start-ups (£40.3m) and third for the amount of external investment raised by graduate start-ups (£13.7m), demonstrating their quality and growth potential.​

Prospective students and their parents will have a chance to explore Newcastle University’s courses during the summer undergraduate Open Days, which take place on 28 and 29 June


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