Newcastle University continues to invest in its learning facilities for students. All students benefit from brand-new buildings, such as the recently opened Business School, as well as newly refurbished laboratories, lecture theaters, and computer clusters.
University Library Service
The award-winning Library Service is recognized as one of the best in the country. It is the only university library in the U.K. to have been awarded a Charter Mark for excellent customer service five times in a row. Newcastle now also holds the prestigious Customer Service Excellence award for quality of services.
The main library on campus is the Robinson Library. There are also two specialist libraries: The Walton Medical and Dental Library and the Law Library. Here are a few things to know about the Library Service:
- It offers more than one million books, thousands of journals and a major collection of e-resources;
- Robinson Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week during term-time; and
- It holds more than 500,000 e-books—one of the five largest collections in the country
Students have access to excellent computer facilities and support, including:
- 1,400 networked PCs across campus. Some of the computer rooms are open 24 hours a day (including in the Students’ Union.);
- Express workstations available in buildings across campus;
- An extensive range of software, for teaching, research, and personal development;
- Free wireless connectivity to the Internet and University network available across campus; and
- Year-round IT support available through staffed helpdesks in main computer clusters
Every student also has a personal University email address, and the use of a web-based email service, accessible from anywhere in the world.
Study Support Facilities
Specialized learning services are offered to support students through their studies:
- Language Resource Centre with free language support in more than 50 languages;
- A 'ReCap' service, which records many lectures and makes them available online for you to listen again;
- Writing skills support from the Writing Development Centre; and
- Maths-Aid, a drop-in service that provides help with difficulties in math for students of any discipline
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The Students' Union, which re-opened in autumn 2011 after a $12 million refurbishment, offers students state-of-the-art facilities right at the heart of the campus. The Students' Union now offers the following facilities and services:
- Bars, cafés, printing services, a branch of Santander Bank, a Subway sandwich shop, and the brand-new event space, called the Venue;
- Representation for all students, including study abroad students both at the University and national level;
- Regular entertainment nights such as club nights, gigs, and quizzes;
- Freshers' Week in September each year (a fun-packed week of introductory events for new students to the University);
- Student media, including The Courier newspaper, Newcastle Student Radio and The Courier Television, all of which you can become involved in;
- More than 140 student societies including a wide range of country-specific societies as well as a diverse range of special-interest societies including: art, conservation, dance, debating, film, music, linguistics, photographic, politics, theater, tango, and ultimate Frisbee, and many more;
- Opportunities for students to work with the local community as volunteers through the Student Community Action Newcastle (SCAN) Network; and
- Support for students experiencing difficulties through the Student Advice Centre
Adding to Your Experience
The ncl+ initiative is all about adding to students' study abroad experience. Ncl+ opportunities will build confidence and help students make the most of their time at Newcastle University, whatever their interests, ambitions, or field of study.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities at any point during their time abroad, from getting a job on campus, to student media, learning a foreign language, getting funding for a special project, and much more.
Newcastle University’s award-winning Career Services is there to support the future of all students, even those who are only studying for a semester. Whether it’s a part-time job or a longer-term internship—Careers can help with all of it. They can also help reformat résumés to the European version, a curriculum vitae, or CV for short. By knowing and understanding the European market, they can help expand employment opportunities during University and beyond.
Newcastle's sports facilities cater to all interests, levels, and abilities—from those who like to keep fit by occasionally visiting the gym to more serious competitors who can get involved in an organized sport.
There are more than 60 sports clubs ranging from traditional sports such as soccer, cricket, rugby, American football, and lacrosse, to more unusual sports like Aikido, parachuting, and canoe-polo.
The Go-Play program offers one-time intro sessions and six-week courses in a range of sports, supported by professional coaching staff.
Sports facilities are available to students by paying a yearly membership fee. One-semester memberships are also available. The membership fee is an excellent value, and is significantly cheaper than other gyms in the city.