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Research Strategy


Research Strategy

Our research strategy sets the ambition for growth of people and resources that will fulfil our potential as a world-class, research-intensive University.

Our research has changed the world

Newcastle has long been a crucible of technological, cultural and social change. While once the city was a byword for coal, rail, and the first electric lights, today Newcastle is the home of cutting-edge innovations in art, computing, ageing and medicine.

Today, our research exemplifies a powerful combination of attributes. We:

  • connect creative discovery with impact for economic and societal benefit
  • work with external partners in real-world testbeds
  • offer combined excellence in research and education
  • use our international campuses to facilitate the global reach of our research
  • configure our work so that it crosses disciplinary boundaries

We have the diversity of disciplines to address big challenges, but at a scale where we can work cohesively across the University.

Professor Brian Walker, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research Strategy & Resources

Transformative initiatives

Our Research Strategy plays to the University's powerful combination of attributes. Our transformative initiatives are well aligned with the changing priorities and ecosystem of research and innovation in the UK and around the world.

We work to the guiding principles of ‘visibly leading’, ‘working together’, giving people ‘freedom and opportunity to succeed’ and ‘responding to challenges’.

The priority actions under our Research Strategy encompass three ‘transformative initiatives’.

These include Newcastle University Centres of Research Excellence (NUCoREs), Newcastle University Academic Track Fellowships (NUAcT) and Newcastle University Academies.

We are excited to be growing a diverse community of future research leaders who champion the University’s values of excellence, creativity and impact.

Professor Candy Rowe, Director of NUAcT Fellowships

Contact Us

If you are interested in finding out more about our Research Strategy at Newcastle University, please email