Northumbria University

Northumbria University, Newcastle is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence.

It has more than 35,000 students and is one of the largest universities in the UK, contributing significantly to the North-East economy.

Northumbria is committed to providing students with an outstanding learning experience. Aligned with this is a focus on employability and maximising career prospects for students. It is in the top 10 in the UK for number of graduates entering professional employment. In 2013, Northumbria was named as the fourth best university for start-up businesses in the Witty review into universities and growth for the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

Enterprise support has been provided to students and graduates since 2002. Between 2003 and the present, learner support has grown to around 4000 students in 2013/2014 studying enterprise as part of an assessed module or programme. The enterprise curriculum experienced by learners has expanded greatly over recent years, particularly in the diversity of programmes involved. Creative knowledge and talent development, often with a design focus are key areas. Learners are also involved in manufacturing of designs and/or service sectors.

We are involved both in startup support and in the development of curriculum aspects of enterprise. Startup aspects involves the process of vetting and orientating startup businesses from students and graduates.

Main Contact: Graham Baty, Enterprise Manager, Research and Business Services