Newcastle Upon Tyne Northumbria University
Throughout the campus, they have a variety of newly refurbished, versatile, and sustainable space. City Campus East and Sport Central Arena are both suitable for large conferences, formal dinners and exhibitions, the elegant Great Hall can be used for formal functions and dining.
The Hedley Suite and Harvard Lecture Theatres offer stylish, multi-functional flat spaces, perfect for corporate events and product launches.Enquire about this Venue
Location and transport information
Located in the heart of Newcastle, Northumbria University offers a range of cutting-edge conference and event facilities for all occasions.
Newcastle is a very compact city so getting around is easy! It has one of the best integrated transport systems in the country, centred upon the Metro system, and the extensive bus networks.
Excellent bus and Metro services run between our two Newcastle campuses and we also operate our own free bus service during both semesters.
Our City Campus is a 15 minute walk away from Newcastle train station or a minute walk from the closest metro station.
|Summary of facilities and capacities|
|Vacation availability||Year round anytime|
|Theatre style (maximum)||400||300|
|Cabaret style (maximum)||100||100|
|Exam style (maximum)||200||200|
|Boardroom style (maximum)||50||50|
|Exhibition space (sq metres)||2397||2397|
|Banquets & formal dinner (maximum)||500||130|
|University style bedrooms (max)||2000||N/A|
|Day delegate rates from||£25.00||£25.00|
|24HR rates from||£80.00||N/A|
|Meeting room only rates from||£150.00||£150.00|
Meeting and event spaces that inspire
Northumbria University offers a range of cutting-edge conference and event facilities for all occasions. Tailor made meeting rooms, multiple-sized lecture theatres seating up to 400 people, and fine dining experiences in traditional or contemporary surroundings.
A traditional, grand setting, The Great Hall has hosted numerous formal dinners, as well as corporate training sessions and can seat up to 120 people for a formal meal and 150 people theatre style.
Our £100 million, award-winning City Campus East development houses purpose-built and versatile spaces for conferences, talks, lectures and seminars hosting up to 400 people. The many rooms vary in size enabling conference holders to offer more intimate settings for smaller group work, as well as offering an open exhibition/networking space and catering area. These eco-friendly buildings are now part of the dramatic city skyline and provide the perfect venue to meet.
- Sandyford Building
For a more contemporary space, our Hedley Suite houses newly refurbished facilities offering versatile, sustainable spaces that can be used for school groups, meetings, networking and exhibitions.
Sport Central is a world-class, £30 million complex designed to hold competitive fixtures, international training camps, events, conferences and exhibitions. Sport Central’s centrepiece is a highly versatile 3,000 seat arena that can accommodate 360° seating, as well as theatre-style, stage formats, corporate dinners, and round table conferences.
Your event manager will help you to decide the best options for your event and liaise with our on-campus Catering team, advising on cost or bespoke menus for large events. We also offer a range of day delegate rates and packages as well as individual items to build a menu for your needs.
Our food and drink offer also aligns to a number of policies on environmental sustainability, Fairtrade and food waste. Further Information
AV Equipment and Support
Our room hire rates contain no hidden fees with the majority of rooms fully AV equipped with PC, screen, and projector, and all included in the basic hire fee. We will provide clients with a secure login and free internet access. Our free Guest Wi-Fi is available to delegates across campus with a speed of up to 150MBS. Lecture theatres come with lectern, handheld and lapel microphones and additional mics are available on request.
From the enquiry stage you will deal with a named event manager from the Venues team who will guide and assist you from initial contact, through the booking process and the logistics of your event from set-up to finish. Your event manager will be the liaison between you and the many University services you will benefit from such as security, IT, catering, health & safety and accommodation if required.
Since March 2020 the Venues at Northumbria team have been busy delivering events on a virtual platform. We have been able to continue our Public Lecture and Research Seminar programme with great success and have delivered a number of virtual conferences and workshops online. Clients can benefit from the expertise of the Venues Team and in-house IT support to enable them to adapt their event to these changing times should the option of a virtual or hybrid event be required.
From top of the range en Suite accommodation to budget friendly options, Northumbria offers accommodation in a range of University residences. With almost 2,000 rooms, we can accommodate groups and individuals for long and short stay (subject to availability).
All of our residences are within easy reach of our campus and Newcastle city centre and are regularly used by conference delegates, summer school residencies and short-term stays for city events such as The Great North Run.
Our Claud Gibb accommodation with shared facilities, catering included and adjacent to suites of classrooms is ideal for summer schools. New Bridge street, less than 5 minutes from our Business and Law building is great for delegates attending a conference, with en Suite facilities it’s a great budget option.
For further information, including details of our various residences click here.
Northumbria University takes the environment, sustainability, and Corporate Social Responsibility very seriously. In April 2020 Northumbria University was ranked 27th globally and 6th in the UK in the Times Higher Education’s (THE) sustainability Impact rankings confirming Northumbria’s globally leading position in sustainability and the strength of its support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
View our Environmental Sustainability page for further information, below are just some of our achievements:
- We are members of Green Tourism working with them to make our organisation greener by reducing waste and energy, saving water, buying ethically and promoting biodiversity.
- We have reduced our carbon emissions by over 50% against a 2005/06 baseline, a reduction of 58% in 5 years.
- We have an ISO 14001 certified Environmental Management System and have obtained the Platinum EcoCampus Award.
- Our Healthy Living Lab has been instrumental in understanding and addressing child hunger and nutrition, and its impact on learning.
- We produce a comprehensive Sustainable Travel Plan every two years as a part of our commitment to reducing emissions from business and commuter travel.
- has recently been named 4th most sustainable University in the UK in the 2019 People & Planet University League.
- We have been Green Gown Awards finalists for 3 years and are currently nominated for two awards in the 'Benefitting Society' and 'Campus of the Future' categories.
- We have a dedicated Carbon Manager and budget for our sustainability projects, including carbon.
Understanding, planning, coordination, imagination; it takes a lot to organise a successful event. At Northumbria University you don’t have to do it alone as our dedicated events team will be with you every step of the way. Whatever you need, we’ll make it happen.
Northumbria University are now MIA & AIM accredited members.
“I thought the event went fantastically! The platform was excellent – we were commenting in our team meeting today about how smoothly people were able to move around.”
“I want to say a huge thank you for being so supportive with this event and helping us put on a great end to the consultation. We couldn’t have done it without you, and it was certainly a highlight of the last few months. It was a real pleasure to work with you all.”
Elizabeth Hartley, Criminal Law Team, Law Commission,
Thank you for a fantastic event and for an even better partnership. When we set out on this journey all those many months ago, we all took a few gambles on each other. Although we are not at end of job, I come away from this week feeling very happy with our decision to partner with Northumbria and very confident about our future success.
You were right to call out your team as you have a fantastic team. I spend a lot of time travelling the world meeting with teams and so please don’t take this lightly, you have pulled together a top notch team and as much as I will want to let the Ultra product get credit for our future success, we all really know that we will be successful in large part due to the fantastic teams we have working on this project, both within Northumbria and Blackboard.
One of your objects at the onset of the journey was to become the institution that your peers looked to for leadership and best practice. The event this week certainly accomplished that objective.
I know we have a lot of work to do but thank you for your leadership, the partnership to date and for being a great host.
Lee Blakemore, Chief Client Officer and President, Global Client Operations & Success | Blackboard ,
I’m just writing to express my appreciation to you and your amazing team for hosting us at Northumbria University this week. I have mentioned in my closing remarks that this is my fifth TLC Europe and clearly the best one so far largely to you and your team. We couldn’t have wished for a better venue and your keynote presentation was spot on and set a tone for the entire week. It clearly made many client think “Northumbria University set a clear vision and were able to bring it to life, perhaps it’s time we do it too”.
I was really impressed about the passion and energy in your team, with this attitude sky is a limit. I am also grateful for letting us being part of your journey and for a strong partnership that has been cemented over the last couple of years. I know that it wouldn’t be possible without having the right people on both sides.
Thanks again for amazing week, for your partnership and looking forward to getting closer engaged with Northumbria University going forward.
Oleg Figlin, Vice President Europe | Blackboard Inc.,
Many thanks for your personal support in the run up to the event and on the day itself, it truly was an amazing day and we could not have made it such a success without that support. Barry and the University staff were outstanding in the run up to the event and on the day. The staff that supported the set up on both mornings were amazing; nothing was too much trouble. Please pass on my thanks to all of them and to your catering team for the excellent BBQ.
The feedback from delegates has been amazing, among the best, we have had for any event to date, and none of this would have been possible without the support of you and the University. All of the partners and programme steering group felt that the event was a tremendous success, with just under 300 delegates attending over the two days.
The venue itself was perfect. Delegates, speakers and exhibitors all commented on the outstanding facilities, and how different they were from the usual school environments; giving delegates the space to relax, engage with each other and the speakers, and truly celebrate the outstanding jobs that they do for children across the region, which is exactly the feel we were aiming for.
Chris Zarraga MBA, Director of Operations & Development, Schools North East ,