History of Newcastle College

Our history 

Newcastle College's origins go back over 120 years to 1894 when Rutherford Memorial College was established at Rye Hill. Over the years the college has grown and expanded to nine other satellite sites across Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside. 

Rutherford Memorial College founded in the Rye Hill area of Newcastle.

Rutherford College splits into the College for Further Education and the Charles Trevelyan Technical College.

College for Further Education and Charles Trevelyan Technical College merge to form the College of Arts and Technology

The College of Arts and Technology is renamed to Newcastle College

New management team at the College launch a multi-million pound investment plan to update college facilities and provide new working environments for students that match those found in industry.

£21m Performance Academy opens, one of the UK’s leading training centres for music, performing arts and media. 

£16m Lifestyle Academy officially opens, offering the latest training resources for students studying hospitality, beauty, hairdressing, travel and tourism and sport. 

Sandyford Building reopens after a £8.6m refurbishment as a centre for business training and as the hub for the College's higher education courses. 

£3.3m Aviation Academy opens at Newcastle International Airport, the Academy develops future aircraft technicians and engineers as well as leading on training for those wishing to pursue a career in airside operations or cabin crew. 

Newcastle College is awarded Foundation Degree awarding powers (FDAP) giving the College the ability to validate it's own Foundation Degrees. 

£2m Energy Academy opens in Wallsend; a centre of innovation, training and development for the offshore and renewable energy sector.

The Digital Skills Academy opens in the Sandyford Building with the purpose of addressing the national skills shortages in the digital and ICT sector.

£5m Rail Academy opens in Gateshead to develop and train the rail engineers of the future.

The newly refurbished £18 million Parsons building opens on the main campus.

NCG was awarded Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP), giving the college the ability to validate our own degrees.

Newcastle College's Transport Academy won the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education.

Building Names

Many of the buildings on our Rye Hill Campus are named after historical figures and below you can find out more about the people behind those names.