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Life Below Water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

17 Sustainable Development Goals are at the core of the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They represent a blueprint for peace and prosperity that all its member states adopted in 2015.

Find out more about how Newcastle University is working towards these goals to help create a better and fairer world.

Goal 14

We are proud of our department of Marine Sciences, which is leading in the field. The teaching and research within this department has a focus on climate change impacts and resilience. The department has an excellent programme of outreach for young learners.

The Living Deltas Hub looks at nature and culture in living deltas in Asia. We also have a research project studying mining pollution which looks at the issue nationally and globally.


Marine sciences

The Marine Sciences department is located in our School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. It's known for its leading, teaching and research.

The department puts on an excellent, free outreach programme for schools and young learners in the region. A summer school is also run annually for 9 to 14-year-olds.

Delve Deeper is the marine sciences distance learning course that is offered to anyone who works or has an interest in the field of marine science. It's used for professional development of staff in the:

  • Marine Management Organisation (MMO)
  • Natural England

The research themes of the department focus on threats to:

  • marine ecosystems
  • mitigation of climate change impacts and resilience

UKRI GCRF Living Deltas Hub

Our Living Deltas Hub operates across delta systems in South and Southeast Asia. The project studies the relationships between nature and culture.

The Hub involves researchers from institutions in Europe, North America and Asia.

Mining pollution

Civil engineers at Newcastle University are exploring freshwater pollution from current and historical mining activities. They are tackling this global problem in the UK and overseas.

Campus impact

We have controls in place to limit our discharges to prevent pollution of water. Our Environmental Management System (EMS) puts these controls in place and is certified to ISO 14001.