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Study with us | A guide to our facilities

Study with us | A guide to our facilities

by Newcastle University

According to one of the most popular university ranking systems – QS World University Rankings – our facilities are five-star.

High specification labs, innovative teaching and lecture spaces, clinical skills suites, rehearsal spaces, industry standard workshops and studios, are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our facilities.

In the first of our 'Study with us' series of blog, find out about some of our state-of-the-art facilities and subject specific resources you’ll use during your degree at Newcastle.

We're making sure we follow the UK government's guidelines regarding safety and physical distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the changing nature of the pandemic some services and facilities may not be available as described.

Newcastle University Library Service

No matter what degree you chose, you’re bound to spend a lot of your time in the library; and our library service is multi-award-winning.

We have four libraries: our main library, the Philip Robinson; the specialist Walton Medical Library and our Law Library; and the Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms with their innovative digital learning spaces.

Through our library service you’ll have access to 0.8 million print books, 0.6 million e-books and 55,000 e-journals. We also hold Special Collections of rare books and manuscripts, including unique archives of historical significance.

Our libraries offer spaces to study, think, learn, collaborate and consult; they house PC clusters, offer a laptop loan scheme and provide services including a 24/7 library online enquiry service, online subject information guides, academic and study skills support. 

 

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IT Service

Get connected and stay connected with WiFi that’s widely available in halls and across campus. And if you need help to get online, drop in to one of our Connection clinics.

Our free Newcastle University app will help you manage your student life – view your timetable, manage your library account, find a PC on campus and much more. And our virtual learning environment will give you 24/7 access to your reading lists, course modules, handouts and group discussions.

We’ll support your learning with ReCap, which records lectures and events so you can watch again at any time, and you can access your files and protected websites from anywhere, through our Windows Virtual Desktop.

Need software? Download the collaborative tools you need – such as Teams and Zoom – or access software for your own PC, either free or at a reduced price.

Sport and exercise

As one of the UK’s top sporting institutions, we’ve invested £30m in new facilities to make your sport and exercise experience even better.

Our Sports Centre is the hub of student sport on campus. Enjoy facilities including an eight-court sports hall, four glass-backed squash courts and multi-purpose studio spaces, with a new high-tech 180-station gym, spin studio, and mind and body studio opening soon.

Our outdoor facilities include a water sports centre that’s home to Newcastle University Boat Club, a rowing ergometer training centre, and a fantastic range of artificial and floodlit pitches, all at easy-to-access locations around Newcastle.

We’ve also developed cutting-edge sports laboratories, including a gait track, environmental chamber and performance suite to study the science of sporting success.

Newcastle Helix

Our living laboratory, this £350m urban regeneration project is becoming an internationally-renowned innovation centre for sustainable engineering, ageing and data sciences.

Newcastle Helix is bringing together global companies with some of the best tech and science talent and researchers on the world to turn theory into life-changing new products.

 

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Urban Sciences Building

Home to our School of Computing, this £58m state-of-the-art building is based on Newcastle Helix.

Our students access innovative teaching at a world-leading centre in computing research, with outstanding facilities including: a cyber-physical systems laboratory; PCs with Raspberry Pi3 to explore and develop computer programming and operation; and a decision theatre – an interactive 3D facility that can be used to collaborate and visualise data in different ways.

The Language Resource Centre

Learn a new language or brush up an existing one at one of the foremost independent language learning centres in the UK.

Our Language Resource Centre supports learning with free self-study resources in over 100 languages, it’s equipped with 80 PCs with language learning software, 40 satellite channels in 16 languages and offers 800 foreign language films. You can also access online English language study materials.

NU Farms

Commercially operated, our two farms of more than 800 hectares, are used for research, teaching and demonstration.

Students gain valuable insight into how real-world farms operate, accessing facilities for our agricultural, scientific and engineering programmes.

Dove Marine Laboratory

Supporting the teaching and research of our marine scientists, the laboratory is equipped with an on-site live aquarium. It’s also home to the Dove Time Series, established in 1969 and now the longest-running coastal zooplankton time series in the UK.

Research vessel, The Princess Royal

This state-of-the-art research vessel was designed as a floating laboratory for both marine scientists and engineers. Students use our vessel to carry out a range of activities, from investigating every aspect of the marine environment, to handling and assessing the performance of a small craft.  

The Princess Royal is supported by a marine station with facilities for staff and students to use when preparing for trips on the vessel, plus a recirculating seawater aquarium.

 

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Northern Stage

Our on-campus theatre is home to the largest producing theatre company in the North East of England. It showcases local, national and international performances, including productions by our student drama societies.

Great North Museum: Hancock

The museum’s collections range from natural history to world cultures. Highlights include a replica T-Rex skeleton, Ancient Egyptian mummies, and a gallery devoted to Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site.

Students learn how to professionally handle artefacts from the museum’s extensive collections, access its geological and mineralogical specimens and explore material from prehistory to modern day. 

Hatton Gallery

One of the largest exhibition spaces in North East England, the gallery’s permanent collection includes works spanning five centuries of art. Sharing the same building as our Fine Art department, it’s here both undergraduate and postgraduate students exhibit their work in their final degree show.

Culture Lab

A hub for research in digital creative practice and film practice, the Culture Lab is equipped with camera, audio, lighting and projection equipment, as well as a green screen. Students have access to an industry-standard recording studio and high quality HD video editing systems.

We hope this blog post has given you a flavour of some of the fantastic facilities at Newcastle University. To find out more about subject specific resources explore our undergraduate course profiles, or check out our postgraduate programmes.