About Newman

Who are we named after?
Newman University is named in honour of Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-90), one of the intellectual giants of the 19th century. John Henry Newman was named a Cardinal, at the age of 78, by Pope Leo XIII. Cardinal Newman is remembered not only as a theologian and pioneer of ecumenism, but also as the author of the poem ‘The Dream of Gerontius’, which was set to music by Elgar. On 19th September 2010, Pope Benedict XVI beatified Cardinal John Henry Newman in a Papal Mass at Cofton Park, Longbridge.

When was Newman founded?
Newman University opened in 1968, with a commitment to provide Catholic Teachers to the City of Birmingham and the West Midlands. The University has great links within the Archdiocese of Birmingham, with the Archbishop sitting as Chair of Governors.
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What is good about Newman?
Newman University is ranked in the top 20 for graduate employment rates and also in the top ten for student satisfaction (HESA DHLE Survey 2013).  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. Newman has also been recognised for its internationally excellent research under the prestigious Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

Newman provides social spaces around campus, giving students an opportunity to chill out and catch up with friends between lectures.  Newman staff are friendly and approachable, and regularly attend community events within the University. Small teaching groups allow students and lecturers to interact more often, benefiting the learning experience, which is why Newman consistently scores highly for quality of teaching in the National Student Survey. Newman was also top for students satisfied with feedback in the Guardian University Guide 2012.

Over £20m has been spent to date on improving the campus, including a vibrant new-build entrance and a new state-of-the-art library and research centre, creating a modern and attractive learning environment that will enhance the student experience.

What activities can I get involved in?
Newman encourages many different activities, sports, societies and charity events, many of which are led by Newman Students’ Union. Newman has a very active Music and Drama Society (MadSoc), a choir that participates in the church choir concert and sports teams that compete in national student leagues. The SU, Chaplaincy and Christian Union often get involved with fundraising and awareness campaigns, which get all the college community involved.

Senses Bar works  closely with Newman Students’ Union. In the evenings, the bar is the place to be with a great atmosphere, good music, fun activities and excellent prices. During the year, the NSU and the Senses Bar put on many events, activities can include fire jugglers, bouncy castles, games and live music.

How does Newman work with the local community?
Both Newman and NSU have a commitment to charitable work and giving something back to the community in which we are based. Our sports and library facilities are accessible to the local community and NSU provides drama and sport coaching to various schools through their Teams and Societies.

What else can I do in Birmingham?
Birmingham has had many improvements made in recent years, with the completion of the Bullring shopping complex and renovation of the Town Hall. Shopping in the second city is fantastic, the Bullring centre houses a Selfridges and Harvey Nichols in the Mailbox. The city has a vibrant night life, the focus of which is Broad Street area where there is something for everyone, from student club nights to restaurants and cinemas. Birmingham offers a huge variety of activities, concerts and exhibitions at the LG Arena, NIA, Symphony Hall, Museum and Library. The city is proud of its diversity and celebrates St Patrick's Day, Divali and much more.

Where are you?
Newman University is situated on the edge of Birmingham, giving good access to local shopping areas like Harborne, Northfield and the city centre as well as the Worcestershire countryside. The city has many parks, and environmental spaces. Locally these include Woodgate Urban Farm and the Lickey Hills. We are also a short car or train journey away from Birmingham International Airport. Go to www.newman.ac.uk/info for further information.

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