In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework Newman entered a significant proportion of its academic staff, with much of the work submitted rated as Internationally Excellent, and research in three areas classified as World-Leading.

Whether foundational, applied or user-defined, our research is underpinned by a common aim to make an impact in society, contributing to social justice and well-being, to scientific, human, and cultural understanding, and to the sum of knowledge. It also encompasses community engagement, knowledge transfer and professional practice alongside discipline-based and pedagogic research.