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History of the University
The University can trace its origins to:
- the School of Medicine and Surgery, established in 1834
- Armstrong College, founded in 1871 for the teaching of physical sciences
These two colleges formed one division of the federal University of Durham. The Durham Colleges formed the other division.
The Newcastle Colleges merged to form King's College in 1937. In 1963, when the federal University was dissolved, King's College became the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. The University's name changed to Newcastle University in 2006.
The first Chairs at the Colleges were not only in fundamental disciplines such as mathematics, chemistry, physics, arts and literature, but also in the regionally important applied sciences such as geology, mining, naval architecture, engineering and agriculture. Newcastle became known worldwide as a hub of industrial activity, with a strong civic university as its intellectual underpinning.
Vision and values
The combination of being globally ambitious and regionally rooted forms the basis for Newcastle University’s vision for the future.
We believe in, and strive for, world-class academic excellence – but excellence with a purpose.
We work on the supply side of knowledge creation and dissemination, and respond to the demand side of societal challenges. We are a large employer and a magnet for tens of thousands of young people, and form an integral part of civil society. That is the hallmark of a civic university.
The search for a combination of global excellence and local relevance is one replicated in many places in the world. We believe that our success as a civic university will in itself become an exportable commodity.
Our mission statement recognises the breadth of our academic purpose, our current and aspirational strengths, and our pivotal position in society.
We aim to:
- be a world-class research-intensive University
- deliver teaching and facilitate learning of the highest quality
- play a leading role in the economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England
Read Vision 2021- A World-Class Civic University to find out more about the University's values and vision.
Our principles and values recognise and build upon a foundation that is shared across the higher education sector.
We are committed to certain fundamental values, shared throughout the higher education sector, including:
- academic freedom
- the pursuit of knowledge and understanding
- a sound academic disciplinary base
- a methodology based on reason and evidence
- social responsibility
In addition, at Newcastle we:
- are committed to excellence
- value diversity
- respond to societal challenges
- place equal importance on research and teaching
- educate for life
- are globally ambitious and regionally rooted
- invest in excellent staff
Our vision and mission can be distilled into a number of institutional objectives, categorised in terms of our core functions, core structures and corporate activities.
As a university, our objectives are to achieve and maintain a:
- place in the top 20 in the UK for research
- place in the top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction
- focus on three Societal Challenge Themes: Ageing, Social Renewal, and Sustainability
- significant international, national and regional profile and reputation
- financial and environmental sustainability
Our objectives are defined in terms of our three core functions:
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