Northumbria University Continues to Strengthen Research Ties with Brazil
With a population of nearly 300,000, Newcastle upon Tyne has long been a bustling economic centre of England’s North East, with a vivid 2,000-year history dating to the Roman Empire. Today, Newcastle upon Tyne is a hub of culture, business, sports, and home to one of England’s renowned institutes of higher education—Northumbria University.
Northumbria University, Newcastle is now in the UK top 50 for research power and has been recognised by Times Higher Education as having the biggest rise in research power of any university in a national assessment of research quality in UK universities.
The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) demonstrate that Northumbria University, Newcastle has made a major step forward in research, reporting the largest rise in research rated as world-leading and internationally excellent by the REF. The university has nearly tripled its share of research rated in these categories.
Northumbria University recorded strong results in Allied Health; History; English; General Engineering; Art and Design; and Communication, Cultural, and Media Studies.
In General Engineering, English, and History, Northumbria University recorded upper-quartile scores in the proportion of research outputs rated as world-leading.
Unique Departments Attract Global Partners
Northumbria University maintains a policy of collaboration in research that extends well beyond the borders of the UK. The university has long-standing partnerships with several universities throughout Brazil, including Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR), and Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP).
Unique programmes such as Forensic Biology attract collaborative partners from around the world. UNIFESP Professor of Molecular and Forensic Pathology, Dr. Edna Iwamura, recently began a postdoctoral research fellowship at Northumbria University, and last year the Department of Psychology hosted UFPR PhD student Evaldo Ribeiro.
Science without Borders Students Thrive at Northumbria University
Northumbria University has hosted many Science without Borders students in areas such as engineering, architecture, applied sciences, and design.
UFPR student, Leonardo Amorim, shared his experience as a Forensic Science student at Northumbria University: “I chose Northumbria University because it is the best course in the UK for Forensic Science. I loved the great labs, the focus on doing practical work, and the fact that lecturers are very experienced in their field of work. The university organised a three month placement for me at the International Centre for Life in Newcastle, which is an organisation dedicated to supporting world-class science in the North East region. During my placement I did lab work as part of a genetics research group which was trying to develop a new screening test for Lynch Syndrome. The results were really positive and now they are going to the next step of the project.”