Newcastle University

Posted on Oct 26, 2016

The World100 Representative

Abi Kelly - Executive Director of Corporate Affairs

Abi is Executive Director of Corporate Affairs which incorporates: NUAdvancement; Engagement; Executive Office; Internal Communications; International Relations; Press Office; Public Relations and Events; Corporate Web Team.

A graduate in Ecology from the University of York, Abi has spent 25 years working in the Public Relations industry in the North East. Abi spent 7 years working for the Regional Development Agency One NorthEast as Head of Public Relations. Her private sector experience includes PR consultant to Whitbread, Nissan and Teesside Power Station.

In 2003 Abi was awarded the Chartered Institute of Public Relations 'PR Professional of the Year'.

She is a trustee of the Northeast Special Needs Network which supports families of children with special needs.


Key facts about Newcastle University



Research Member since 2016



26,400 students in total



5,975 members of staff



Queen's Anniversary Prize winner


About Newcastle University

Newcastle University is a public research university in the North-East of England. The university aims to be a world-class civic university with a global reputation for academic excellence.

Newcastle University's origins can be traced back to two colleges; the School of Medicine and Surgery, established in 1834, and Armstrong College, founded in 1871. After time spent as part of several different establishments, such as a faction of the federal University of Durham, Kings College, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, the university finally became known as Newcastle University in 2006. 

International Partnerships

Newcastle University has a high focus on international partnerships, creating strategic research relationships with Australia's Monash University and the Netherlands Groningen University. They also have connections globally; India, America, Malaysia, China, Japan and Brazil.

"Central to our internationalisation strategy is international profile and impact" - Professor Richard Davies, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Engagement and Internationalisation.

Notable Research Areas

Newcastle has a world-class reputation for research excellence. As a member of the Russell Group, the association of leading research-intensive UK universities, they strive for excellence with impact; with their Neuroscience, English Language and Literature and Computer Science research being rated as amongst the leading departments in the UK.

Newcastle University has one of the largest European Union research portfolios within the UK, and the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 puts Newcastle at no. 16 in the UK for research power.