Newman University in Birmingham

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Newman University in Birmingham

Newman University in Birmingham

About Us:  Newman University in Birmingham

Catholic Ethos
Newman’s mission is centred on the Catholic values of tolerance and inclusion. As a Catholic University, Newman is proud to welcome staff and students of all religions and backgrounds. Our Catholic ethos means that:

    • we proudly stand in the tradition of Catholic education that values the process of respectful dialogue as a means of reaching new knowledge through teaching, scholarship and research
    • we aim to respect and encourage the individual integrity of everyone who is a part of the life of the University
    • we will strive to be an inclusive community which emphasises the Christian practice of hospitality, cherishing the diverse traditions represented at Newman University
    • we are committed to promoting the Christian virtue of justice in our neighbouring community, nationally and internationally, and to seeking external partners that support this vision
    • we place worship and reflection at the spiritual centre of our life and work
  • we work to foster a sense of vocation in students and staff, so that we are able to take responsibility for the flourishing of our world.

We are named after our patron, Blessed John Henry Newman, who was a Cardinal of the Catholic Church and Beatified in September 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Excellent Quality
Newman has an excellent record for the quality of its courses and historically has one of the best graduate employment rates of UK colleges and universities. In recent years very positive inspection reports have been received from the QAA and OFSTED, including an ‘outstanding’ grade, the highest possible, for its latest inspection for Employment Based Initial Teacher Training (Graduate Teacher Programme).

Reports frequently highlight the positive experience of students and individual attention offered by Newman’s staff.

Convenient Location
Situated on the outskirts of south west Birmingham, Newman’s campus is based in Bartley Green, some 8 miles from the city centre and overlooks Bartley reservoir and the Worcestershire countryside beyond. Its location makes it convenient for access to both the M5 and M42 motorways.

Academic Support
As a student-centred University, Newman’s challenging yet supportive learning environment will enable you to engage with theories and concepts, discuss ideas with your tutors and become independent learners and creative thinkers able to make a difference in the world.

History: Newman University in Birmingham

The University is named after the 19th century religious figure Cardinal Newman who had strong links with the city of Birmingham as an Oratorian and a member of the Birmingham Oratory. His view of a university was of a scholarly community wherein the focus should be on training the mind to think rather than the simple diffusion of knowledge.

In 1965, the Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham, George Patrick Dwyer, donated land in Bartley Green that was once site of Athol House Farm for the purposes of building a teacher training college. In 1966, while under construction, the College appointed Simon Quinlan as its first Principal and Joe Blackledge as Vice Principal. At its opening, the College was the first mixed gender institution under lay control. The College accepted its first group of 182 students in 1968.

Initially, the College’s degree qualifications were awarded by University of Birmingham. In 1983, under threat of closure, the College entered into an agreement with nearby Westhill College to share facilities. This relationship ended abruptly in 1998 when Coventry University started to award all degrees and Westhill College was absorbed into University of Birmingham. Between 2003 and 2008, University of Leicester validated all degrees at the College.The Privy Council gave the institution degree awarding powers in 2007 finally marking the institution’s independence.

Between the years 2000 and 2008, the College expanded rapidly. Student numbers increased 112%.

Originally called Newman College of Higher Education, the College was established as a centre for the training of teachers for local primary and secondary schools. The institution changed its name to Newman University College in January 2008 and to Newman University in 2013.Upon receiving university status, then Principal, Professor Peter Lutzeier, commented ‘it has been a long road to get here but achieving full university status provides welcome recognition for the quality of Newman’s courses, graduates and staff’. Newman is one of only three Catholic Universities in the UK, and the first established since the Reformation.


Undergraduate Courses:  Newman University in Birmingham

Newman has a range of full and part-time undergraduate degrees and Initial Teacher Education Degrees. All degrees at Newman give you the opportunities to gain graduate level work experience during your studies. We also have a number of degrees that you can study on a part-time basis.

Valuable Experience
Work-placement is an important element of all degree courses giving Newman students an advantage in a very competitive graduate employment market.  Students produce a piece of assessed work based on their experiences, and enable students to gain greater understanding of the industry they intend to work in and gain valuable relevant experience.

Develop Skills
Newman graduates work in a wide range of careers including personnel, sports management, psychology and teaching. Some of them work in universities or are studying for higher degrees, whilst others are working in organisations in England, Canada, America, Ireland and elsewhere in Europe. All our students are helped to develop skills in IT, communication, team work and critical thinking.

Good Social Skills
Thanks to a lively Students’ Union, they also have a very good social life whilst they study. Our graduates are positive, lively and skillful people and employers recognise this.

Make a Difference
The time that you spend at university will shape your opportunities for life. We hope that you will choose to study at Newman, where our students develop into people who want to make a difference in the world. Newman societies will involve you in ethical debates or in community volunteering.

Expect to Achieve
Newman also has a great sporting tradition and teams have won university championships in football, Gaelic sports and basketball. Our students come from a very broad range of backgrounds, cultures, faiths and experience. Whoever you are, whatever your ambitions, there will be a welcome here for you. Our aim is your success. We look forward to seeing you here!




CONTACT US:  Newman University in Birmingham

Newman University
Genners Lane
Bartley Green
Birmingham B32 3NT
Tel: +44(0)121 476 1181
Fax: +44(0)121 476 1196