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Wikipedians by alma mater: University of Newcastle upon Tyne[edit]

Wikipedians who are attending or attended the University of Newcastle upon Tyne may wish to categorise their user with an association to the university. See Category:Wikipedians by alma mater: University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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[[Category:Wikipedians by alma mater: University of Newcastle upon Tyne|{{subst:PAGENAME}}]]

Lumos3 09:55, 11 April 2006 (UTC)


Should this article now be at Newscastle University? That seems to be the name used on their website and everywhere else. The page title should be the commonly used name.

On the other hand, if the act of parliament created it as "University of Newcastle upon Tyne", that might still be its official name, and it is simply branded "Newcastle University". The page should still be at the commonly used name, but the opening line should read:

The University of Newcastle upon Tyne, commonly known as Newcastle University, is a British university located...

Any comments or opinons? JRawle (Talk) 12:30, 28 September 2006 (UTC)

They have rebranded to being called Newcastle University, but their official name is still University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne so really it could be either, my preference would be to move to the former. --Hamish (Talk) 16:30, 28 September 2006 (UTC)
The convention for UK universities is to use the brand name rather than the "official title" - see Durham University, Lancaster University, Queen Mary, University of London and Imperial College London for other examples. If there's no objection I'll move the page in two days. Timrollpickering 17:44, 5 November 2006 (UTC)
There are rumours and political encouragements about a possible merger between Durham and Newcastle. Changing the names to Durham University and Newcastle Univesity may be a prelude to changes that may eventuate. If that were to proceed, it would create a super research intensive university to match Monster Manchester, and Oxbridge, and it may be called Durham-Newcastle University. But both univesities are already prestigious and are research institutions, so one must wonder if it is at all necessary when one considers that there are many universities worldwide of comparable size (ie 15000-19000 high quality students).Jaker5 14:59, 19 May 2007 (UTC)


I've added an explanatory note on the nature of the physics controversy, as one seemed necessary. I also removed the comment on chemistry applications. It was... superfluous.Anecdota 13:31, 2 November 2006 (UTC)

I've restored the material deleted by an anonymous contributor. As biology is often accused of being the science most in ignorance of developments in physics, it may be useful to categorise together universities that close their physics courses.Anecdota 21:07, 18 November 2006 (UTC)

Details about another university closing a course in later years aren't relevant to the history of an institution. Unless there is a clear and demonstrated link between the two (possibly say the closure of Chemistry at both King's College London and Queen Mary, University of London within a month of each other back in 2003) it is a detail that doesn't belong in the article. Timrollpickering 01:56, 21 November 2006 (UTC)

The BBC News page on the Reading closure [[1]] also has a link to the Newcastle closure. Professor Peter Main of the Institute of Physics is quoted, commenting: "We have lost Newcastle and now Reading. Two or three others, I would be very surprised if they lasted even another five years." That Reading is a campus university makes it of a different social status to Newcastle (as well as any difference in academic status), because universities have replaced industry as the foremost motive for large groups of young people to move to a new city at the same time. However, since the History/Today organisation may be awkward, should we have a new 'Dumbing Down?' paragraph to examine the controversies that Newcastle has caused?Anecdota 17:57, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

University ratings[edit]

(I'm posting this to all articles on UK universities as so far discussion hasn't really taken off on Wikipedia:WikiProject Universities.)

There needs to be a broader convention about which university rankings to include in articles. Currently it seems most pages are listing primarily those that show the institution at its best (or worst in a few cases). See Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Universities#University ratings. Timrollpickering 23:19, 21 December 2006 (UTC)

Well that is the entire purpose of the rankings. They are total rubbish and mean nothing at all in most cases, they only serve as a slight moral boost on those occasions that a university does well (or a blow if the opposite happens)--Josquius 22:46, 27 December 2006 (UTC)

Halls of Residence[edit]

This article is starting to read likea brochure rather than an encyclopaedia . Lumos3 09:30, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

The recently added bits on the Halls of Residence did look a bit like a directory entry to me. In any case, they were copied and pasted from the University's website and so I have reverted. — mholland (talk) 13:22, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

How can you justify removing large chunks of information, when this was one of the only areas in the article that was linked to its source. Surely if you are to take such a hard line on 'copyright infringements' you would be better to delete the whole article!!!! —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Scottie88 (talkcontribs).

Leazes Parade is now completely Postgrad accom. Jesmond Rd is now UG accom Bluenoxid 20:31, 10 June 2007 (UTC)

I have recently been on the "Tour Day" to Newcastle Uni and I must say I was not very impressed with the Castle Leazes accomodation, does every Hall of Residence, especially the large ones look like a cross between a prison cell and a youth hostel, and it says on the article that it is within walking distance of the town/ Uni but I was told that it was 3 miles out, I would not fancy a 6 mile round trip every time I had lessons.

Krummy2 08:44, 28 June 2007 (UTC)

I presume it was "Bluenoxid" who undid my correction on Leazes Parade, I would really like to know his source for the assertion that it is now "exclusively postgraduate" accomodation "despite what the ncl site says", I actually lived there in the academic year of 06/07 and I never met a single post graduate student, it was entirely undergraduate, the closest thing to a post-grad student were the couple of mature undergraduates. Angryafghan 17:47, 16 July 2007 (UTC)
Leazes Parade is now entirely Postgraduate/International after a deal with INTO, which is some university company that teaches students English.

LP became postgrad in october 07, and castle leazes is not three miles away its about 1 mile and it takes about 15 minutes to walk in —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:00, 29 November 2007 (UTC)

And yeah, IMO most undergrad accomodations do look like prisons. :p I'd agree this stuff is very brochure like.--Josquius 14:03, 30 November 2007 (UTC)

Think of ways to improve the content of the page then!! TubularWorld 15:21, 30 November 2007 (UTC)


I've restored 1963 as the year the university was established (since this is correct.) If people want to find out more about the university's history they can read the main article. Admitunit (talk) 12:36, 4 April 2008 (UTC)


The images give a very nineteenth century feel, can we have some of the more modern buildings on the campus as well? Lumos3 (talk) 10:20, 6 April 2008 (UTC)

The next sunny day, I'll take some and put them up. TubularWorld (talk) 14:28, 6 April 2008 (UTC)
The medical school (try this angle), the Devonshire building, The Percy Quadrangle and the Herschel Building would be nice to see. A shot of the sports centre and Richardson road as well, if it wasn't for the ugly construction site, that is. EditorInTheRye (talk) 17:13, 6 April 2008 (UTC)


I've removed the sub-headings added to the History section. At the moment I think the section is too small to justify splitting up under the headings given. The King's College sub section was only one sentence long. Admitunit (talk) 22:32, 10 March 2009 (UTC)

Physics closure[edit]

I deleted text concerning the closure of the department of physics. While notable to some (especially me) I don't feel it deserves any special mention in the article over and above the closure/amalgamation of other departments and schools of the university. Admitunit (talk) 22:32, 10 March 2009 (UTC)

Orphaned references in Newcastle University[edit]

I check pages listed in Category:Pages with incorrect ref formatting to try to fix reference errors. One of the things I do is look for content for orphaned references in wikilinked articles. I have found content for some of Newcastle University's orphans, the problem is that I found more than one version. I can't determine which (if any) is correct for this article, so I am asking for a sentient editor to look it over and copy the correct ref content into this article.

Reference named "about":

I apologize if any of the above are effectively identical; I am just a simple computer program, so I can't determine whether minor differences are significant or not. AnomieBOT 15:39, 20 June 2011 (UTC)

Richardson Road redirect[edit]

Please can someone explain why there is a redirect on this phrase. I have a community based on the real 'Richardson Road' in Sussex yet I cannot appear to use its correct name here on Wiki due to the redirect, and I cannot see the relevance. Be only too pleased to be advised by a Wiki admin or anyone to state why we could not be using it for ours to make finding ours more simple? This may not be the way to ask, but have no idea how to, so quite expect this will be deleted too. Dinnages (talk) 19:32, 1 April 2013 (UTC)

Hi Dinnages, Richardson Road is a hall of residence (accommodation for students) of Newcastle University. A few years ago a separate page existed for Newcastle's Richardson Road and it has since been merged into this main article. I have moved the Newcastle Richardson Road redirect (and its history) to a better title. So, now you should be able to create an article for Sussex's Richardson Road and move it into the Richardson Road article (or perhaps have the Richardson Road page being a disambiguation page linking to it). If you need any more help let me know. TubularWorld (talk) 19:56, 1 April 2013 (UTC)