About Us

Founded in 1994, we are a results driven Higher Education Institution.

We are committed to being the UK’s first University dedicated to work-based learning.

We believe the way to achieve results is through a thorough understanding of your organisation, its challenges and its potential. We speak to you and your staff in plain English and we stick with the task until pre agreed results are achieved.

We effect change without disruption, keeping you in the driving seat, your staff connected and your customers engaged. This approach has produced results for a wide range of organisations from SMEs to multi-nationals, in the private sector, public sector and third sector. Our upstream partners include Government departments, Universities and Colleges, local Government departments and development agencies.

The University Centre is fully certified to ISO 9001:2008 and we hold the Matrix Standard for information, advice and guidance on learning and work. We are a validated partner of the open university and hold accreditations and approvals from a number of national awarding body such as the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

UCQ delivers in the region of 1,500 accredited qualifications each year, delivering courses that span many industry sectors, including; manufacturing, retail, food production, health care, and service industries. Since 2009, the UCQ team has supported apprentices across England with their specialist courses also benefiting employees and their organisations.

We are a Listed Body

The Listed Bodies Order is a Statutory Instrument which is normally updated by the department once every 2 to 3 years.

Inclusion on the Listed Bodies Order demonstrates that UCQ has developed a degree that complete parity of esteem with the awards offered throughout UK higher education. This gives total reassurance to employers, employees and students alike.


The word ‘university’ is specified as a sensitive word under company law and its use is protected. It can only be awarded to institutions who offer full degree courses and who been validated through a process of external peer review by a recognised degree awarding body. We have been validated by a process of peer review by the Open University as being of an appropriate standard and quality.

The award of University Centre status recognises the quality, innovative approach, infrastructure and support we provide to students. Working in partnership with, and accredited by the UK’s largest university is something we are immensely proud of.

Gaining immediate results from what we learn embeds new skills and knowledge quicker and means it can stick with us for a lifetime. At UCQ we guide our students on their path not only to learn, but to also grow and excel.

Our headquarters are based in an historic building, a landmark on the banks of the River Tyne. The grade II* listed building was built in the 1890’s for the Newcastle school board, and we are proud to retain its original educational purpose, now as the University Centre Quayside.

In addition to our head office, we have state of the art facilities in all seven of the largest metropolitan ares of England, allowing us to offer our high quality provision across the nation.