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Newman University, Birmingham

Newman University
The main entrance and library
Former names
Newman College of Higher Education
Newman University College
Motto Latin: Ex Umbris in Veritatem
Motto in English
From the shadow to the truth
Established 1968 (1968)
Type Public
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Principal Peter Lutzeier[1]
Students 3,110[2]
Undergraduates 2,820
Postgraduates 290
Location Birmingham, England
Campus Suburban
Affiliations Cathedrals Group

Newman University is a public university based in the suburb of Bartley Green in Birmingham, England. The university was founded in 1968 as Newman College of Higher Education. From 2008 to 2013 it was known as Newman University College, until gaining full university status in 2013.


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
  • Degrees 3
  • Reputation 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Originally called Newman College of Higher Education, the institution changed its name to Newman University College in January 2008 after gaining degree-granting powers the previous September.[3][4] In 2013 it was awarded full university title and became Newman University.[5] The university is named after the 19th century religious figure Cardinal Newman, who had strong links with the city of Birmingham, through being an Oratorian and a member of the Birmingham Oratory.

Newman University is the fourth most highly ranked of the five universities in Birmingham according to the Complete University Guide, below the University of Birmingham, Aston University, and Birmingham City University.[6]

Although specifically a Catholic institution, the university specifies that it welcomes students and staff from any religions or backgrounds. Newman University bases its employment and admissions ethos on principles of tolerance and inclusion.[7]

Newman remains influenced by the teachings on university education by Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman. His view of a university is of a scholarly community wherein the focus is on training the mind to think rather than just diffusion of knowledge.


The university is in Bartley Green about 8 miles (12.9 km) south-west of the city centre. The campus is designed around a series of inner quadrangles, near academic, administrative and pastoral buildings.[8] St Mary's Chapel is located at the heart of the campus and offers chaplaincy support to those of any faith and spaces for religious exercise or general relaxation.[9]

In 2013, the university invested £20m in developing parts of the campus, including a new library and entrance named the St Chad Building.[10] These were opened by Olympic athlete Kristian Thomas and nominated for the Education category BD Architect of the Year Award, 2012.[10][11][12]

The campus has a number of artworks. A piece entitled 'The Globe', designed by Planet Art in nearby West Bromwich, was installed outside of the new library building in May 2012. 'The Globe' includes quotations from John Henry Newman on faithfulness and commitment.[13] A statue of John Henry Newman, designed and created by Tim Tolkien, is in the Ryland Quad of the campus.[14]


Newman was given taught degree awarding powers in September 2007.[3] and full university status in 2013 [5] It offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. Initial Teacher Education (ITE) is available at both undergraduate level and through the Postgraduate Certificate in Education as well as taught and research-based postgraduate degrees and a range of Foundation Degrees. Undergraduate and postgraduate subject areas include:

  • Ancient history
  • Business (Sustainability & Ethics)
  • Creative Writing
  • Counselling
  • Criminology
  • Drama
  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Education Studies
  • English
  • English Literature
  • History
  • Local history and heritage
  • Management Studies
  • Philosophy, Religion and Ethics
  • Psychology
  • Sports studies & Sports Coaching Science
  • Teacher training
  • Theology
  • Working With Children, Young People and Families
  • Youth and Community Work

The university awards postgraduate research degrees (MPhil and PhD) in affiliation with Liverpool Hope University.[15]


(2016, national)
The Guardian[17]
(2016, national)
Times/Sunday Times[18]
(2015, national)

The university has a reputation for providing much higher levels of contact with members of staff than larger institutions.[19] Newman University's teacher education courses received a grade one in its latest Ofsted inspection.[20] Many of the courses are recognised by professional bodies such as the Chartered Management Institute, BASES and British Psychological Society.[21] Newman University has a commitment to widening participation in Higher Education and awards number of bursaries annually to students from low income households in the West Midlands.[22] The university has a consistently high graduate employment rate of around ninety to ninety-five per cent.[23] As a smaller university it performs well in the National Student Survey and was one of only fifteen universities to be awarded a 'High' ranking in the first Which? University Guide. In June 2014, the university was named the safest university for students in Birmingham by the Independent's Complete University Guide.[24]

The university has a growing research profile. In 2008, Education, Sport-Related Studies and History made submissions to the Research Assessment Exercise.[25] Most research was found to be 'recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour'.[26] The university asserted its intention to grow its research profile prior to the next research assessment by attracting 'more staff with an established research interest and publication history and young academics with potential to evolve a significant research profile'.[27] The university made a full submission to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).


  1. ^ "Who we are and what we do". Newman University. Retrieved 26 August 2008. 
  2. ^ "All students by HE institution, level of study, mode of study and domicile 2010/11" (XLS). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Naqvi Shahid (2007-09-07). "City college wins right to grant degrees". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  4. ^ "Note #2, Notes to tables 2007/08". Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "£20m library opened at Birmingham's Newman University". Birmingham Post. 2013-02-08. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  6. ^ "The Complete University Guide 2015".  
  7. ^ "About Us: Catholic Ethos". Newman University. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Campus Art". Newman University. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Chaplaincy". Newman University. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Campus Development". Newman University. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "St Chad Building Opening Ceremony". Newman University. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  12. ^ Glenn Howells Architects. "Glenn Howells Projects". Glenn Howells Architects. Retrieved 2014-09-14. 
  13. ^ "The Globe". Newman University. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "Newman University". Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "Newman University signs agreement with Liverpool Hope University for validation of PhDs". Newman University. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "University League Table 2016". The Complete University Guide. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "University league table 2016". The Guardian. 25 May 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 
  18. ^ "The Times and Sunday Times University League Tables 2015". Times Newspapers. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  19. ^ "Newman University". The Complete University Guide. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
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  22. ^ "Grant awards strengthen community partnerships". Newman University. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  23. ^ Ami Sedghi. "How likely are you to be employed? By university and course". The Guardian: How Likely are you to be employed? (2011). Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  24. ^ "Newman University named the safest place for a student in Birmingham". Newman University. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  25. ^ "Research Assessment Exercise, 2008". Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  26. ^ "Research Assessment Exercise, 2008". Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  27. ^ "Newman University College, RA5a: Research environment and esteem". RAE 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 

External links

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