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Our Vision, Values and Strategy

From Newcastle. For the world.

Our vision and values drive everything we do. 

As an institution, our core purpose is to become a more globally inclusive organisation and to provide new knowledge and creative solutions that have a positive, tangible effect on the world around us – from local communities to the whole world. 

Working for an employer that shares your values is an important part of feeling fulfilled; we hope you share Newcastle University’s vision of positively changing society. 

We’ve given you a taster of our values, vision and strategy below, and you can view it in more detail in our vision and strategy document.

Our Vision

At Newcastle University, we have a collective sense of purpose that drives us every day. 

As a world-leading university, academic excellence is core to our mission. But we don’t limit ourselves to academia only. 

As a people-focused organisation, we harness innovation and creativity and welcome individuals from all backgrounds. We know that a diverse workforce offers an unrivalled breadth of insights and experience, and we are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Our Values

We have two sets of values that underpin our work. These values are embedded into everything we do as an organisation and aim to create a better environment for our people, students and society.


EDI is more than a box-ticking exercise to us. It’s embedded into every aspect of our practices, from recruitment to our EDI strategy and equal pay.  

We aim to make sure nobody is disadvantaged because of who they are. 

We hold memberships and accreditations with leading institutions dedicated to gender, race, sexuality and disability equality. Find out more on our equality, diversity and inclusion page.

Social and Environmental justice

We are committed to social justice in all that we do. We have a responsibility to create a fairer and more just society and we take this seriously. Through our work, we draw attention to and work to reduce poverty and socio-economic discrimination. Our work with the North East Child Poverty Commission shines a light on the true state of poverty in the North East, while our community hub is helping to upskill economically deprived communities.

Environmental justice is essential in the face of rampant climate change. Our scholars are undertaking research to understand our impact on the planet and how we can make positive changes. Find out about our various research strands on environmental justice or social justice.

Aspirational values

Our aspirational values guide our future growth as an institution and are practised by every colleague at the university.

Our strategy

We exist for the benefit of society, and we have four key strategies that focus how we contribute to the world around us.