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Quality Education

We pride ourselves in delivering academic excellence, encouraging students to challenge the status quo and help them develop skills to tackle the global problems of tomorrow. Central to this is ‘Education for Sustainable Development’ - sharing an understanding of sustainability challenges and developing the skills needed to address them. We provide such education to students and the wider community through our taught courses as well as through additional opportunities and outreach.

In the Spotlight: Student Opportunities

There are a multitude of ways that students at Northumbria can develop knowledge and skills to solve global sustainability concerns. Our teaching is driven by high quality research and real-world examples encouraging students to explore and tackle the biggest challenges in their discipline. Every year hundreds of our students have the opportunity to complete workplace placements. These not only provide personal development for future employment but also give insight into challenges and practices within their chosen sector. We also provide a wide range of extra opportunities to learn about sustainability and to make a positive difference, including our Sustainable Futures student forum which embeds the student voice within our sustainability strategy.

At a Glance: From Our Research to Our Operations

  • Student Representation The University is committed to ensuring that students are provided with the opportunity to contribute to the shaping of their learning experience, individually, collectively and through the Students’ Union. There is student representation concerning estates, planning, finance and strategic decision making via the following Groups and Committees:

  • We also provide a wide range of lifelong learning opportunities, to provide skill development and to ensure practitioners are equipped to tackle new challenges. These include distance learning, short courses, and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes.
  • Our Business School is a PRME Champion School (Principles for Responsible Management Education), acting as an exemplar of incorporating issues including ethics and sustainability in its education, knowledge transfer and business engagement activities.
  • We host free public lectures for the general public which are delivered by industry experts, both from the ranks of our own leading professors as well as external guest speakers.
  • Committed to supporting accessibility of education, we offer a number of scholarships, bursaries and other financial support packages to students. This includes our Sanctuary Scholarships for those seeking asylum in the UK.
  • We participate in the North East Collaborative Outreach Programme (NECOP) to enhance Higher Education aspiration and attainment in the region.
  • As the leader of the Think Physics collaborative project, we work with partners to inspire children to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) disciplines. We work with 29 partner schools and additional linked schools across 5 local authorities to reach on average 17800 young people, 1000 teachers and trainee-teachers, and 1600 parents/carers annually.

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