Newman University takes its name from John Henry Newman, the author of The Idea of the University and a Catholic cardinal in the 19th century. His vision of a community of scholars guides the university, evident in the small class sizes and interactive teaching style adopted by the university, where ideas are discussed and debated to embed understanding. In line with Newman’s view of a university we focus on a formative education, developing the whole student into independent thinkers who have the ability to question, evaluate and develop creative solutions to problems rather than just retain knowledge about their subject. A values-driven university, welcoming students from all backgrounds, academic excellence is underpinned by a commitment to social justice, equality and the common good.
As a smaller university research is undertaken by teaching staff, many of whom produce research classed as internationally excellent or world leading in the latest Research Excellence Framework enabling students to benefit from cutting edge research undertaken by their tutors.
All full-time degrees include work placements, with students working with a wide range of employers including Aston Villa Football Club, Capital FM and Warwick Castle. There are also opportunities to gain work experience abroad and undergraduates can opt to study at a partner university in Europe or further afield to broaden their horizons and boost their CVs. The degree options include one of the first business studies programmes to have an emphasis on business ethics, early childhood education and care, teaching, and sports coaching science. Many of the courses are recognised by professional bodies such as the Chartered Management Institute and British Psychological Society.
Based in Bartley Green, eight miles southwest of Birmingham city centre, the campus is in a quiet residential area with views over the Bartley Reservoir and the Worcestershire countryside beyond. The modern buildings are arranged around a series of inner quadrangles of lawns and trees. A £20-million development programme is now complete and includes an impressive new library and entrance building. The project has also added more lecture theatres, a research centre and a state-of-the-art sport performance suite. Community sports facilities have also been refurbished.
Newman has done well over a number of years in the National Student Survey, scoring particularly highly on personal development and student satisfaction. It also has one of the most generous scholarships of any UK University - £10,000 Academic Achievement Scholarships are available to all undergraduate degree students on non-teacher training courses who achieve BBB or above at A2 (full details can be found here http://www.newman.ac.uk/scholarships/2951)