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.
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.
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.
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.
Good Graduate Employment
Ensuring the degrees offered are relevant to the modern world is also a key feature at Newman. All full-time degrees have a work placement module and an important part of the curriculum is developing transferable skills useful for further study or employment after graduation. Many of the courses at Newman are developed in consultation with employers to ensure the course content is relevant and provides transferable skills valued by graduate employers. Newman historically has one of the best graduate employment rates of UK universities and was ranked in the top 20 for graduate employment and teaching excellence in The Sunday Times University Guide 2012.
A Modern Campus
Being founded as recently as 1968, the buildings are modern and purpose-built. The campus is arranged around a series of inner quadrangles of lawns and trees. Halls of residence provide single study-bedrooms for over 200 students, conveniently adjacent to the teaching areas and well-stocked library. Over £20 million is being invested on improving the campus for students, including a vibrant new-build entrance and state-of-the-art library, creating a modern and attractive learning environment.
Over the years a strong sporting tradition has developed in Newman: there is a large sports hall, a gymnasium, squash courts, all-weather sports pitch and a health and fitness centre on site. Newman attracts students from all parts of the United Kingdom and beyond. Over the years students from many different backgrounds have studied here and have enriched our communal life. Newman University promotes equality of opportunity for every member of Newman community in all aspects of the life and work of Newman.
Commitment to the Environment
Newman is working hard to create a sustainable campus and is utilising the latest technology to control energy consumption and achieve our carbon reduction targets by 2015.
Commitment to Fairtrade
Newman is committed to promoting the broader understanding and awareness of Fairtrade, poverty and the developing world. As a University we wish to broaden the global perspectives of the communities we work with, including its 400 partnership schools throughout the West Midlands. Achieving Fairtrade status reflects Newman’s mission which is based on respect for others, social justice and equity.