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1. Pre-arrival Essentials…………………………………………………………3
   1.1 Short-Term Accommodation
   1.2 Essential Travel Items for the UK
   1.3 Personal Items to bring to the UK
   1.4 Work Permits and Visa’s

2. Your First Few Weeks………………………………………………..............5
   2.1 Opening a Bank Account
   2.2 National Insurance Number
   2.3 Registering with a Doctor or Dentist
   2.4 Transport
   2.5 Driving in the UK
   2.6 Police Registration
   2.7 Northumbria Campus

3. Living in the UK……………………………………………………………….10
   3.1 Cost of Living in the UK
   3.2 Council Tax
   3.3 Disability in the UK
   3.4 National Health Service (NHS)
   3.5 Income Tax
   3.6 Schools
   3.7 Staff Benefits
   3.8 Religion
   3.9 Telephone Codes
   3.10 Weather
   3.11 TV Licence
   3.12 Smoking in the UK
   3.13 University Nursery

4. Things to do in Newcastle…………………………………………………..14
   4.1 Culture
   4.2 Sport
   4.3 Staff Clubs and Societies
   4.4 Shopping

5. Jobs in the North-East……………………………………………................16

6. Other Useful Sources of Information………………………………..........16
   6.1 University Services
   6.2 Further Information

7. Map of Newcastle City Centre and City/Coach Lane Campuses..........18

Working at Northumbria

At Northumbria we strive to create an inclusive environment where students and staff
can work and learn successfully together. Northumbria has a vision to become one of
the world’s leading teaching and learning Universities and staff play a major role in
this development. We also have a strong commitment to research and scholarly
activity and offer a comprehensive training and development programme for all

We have an average income of over £200 million and employ nearly 3000 people all
of whom contribute to Northumbria’s vision. In 2007 we opened a multi-million pound
award winning campus in the heart of the City, developing our exiting facilities with
iconic buildings to represent the future of the University.

This pack has been produce to help you to familiarize yourself as a new member of
staff at the University.

Please see our Staff Newsletter – Insight, for regularly updated news and events at

If you have any further questions or feedback on this Welcome Pack please contact
Laura Tweddell at or visit the Human Resources
Website at


1. Pre-arrival essentials

This section is intended to help you plan your arrival to the UK and gives you some
ideas about things to consider.

    1.1. Short-Term Accommodation

When you first arrive you may wish to book short term accommodation at a local
hotel or guest house until more permanent accommodation can be found. Pre-
booking would give you the advantage of knowing exactly where you will be staying
and allowing you to plan your journey from the airport or to work on your first day.

For a detailed list of accommodation in the area giving listings of hotels, self-catering,
guesthouses, hostels and campsites in the area please go to:

Tourist Information
The Tourist Information Office
in Newcastle can also provide
further details of short stay
accommodation in the area.
You can contact them by
email                       at
or phone +44 (0)191 277 8000

Alternatively please see a list
below of possible hotels
located nearby:

New Northumbria Hotel
61-73 Osborne Road
Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel. (0191) 281 4961

Jurys Inn Newcastle
Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel. (0191) 201 4400

Premier Inn Newcastle
Newbridge Street West
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel. 0870 850 6336

        1.2 Essential Travel Items for the UK

       Passport
       Visa
       Travel tickets
       Travel Insurance documents
       Address and telephone number of your final destination
       Details of your onward travel once in the UK
       Warm clothing
       British currency (pound sterling)
       Prescribed medication
       Pen/pencil/paper for directions/telephone numbers

        1.3 Personal Items to bring to the UK

    Job acceptance offer
    Evidence of qualifications
    Reference letter from your bank to help you get a UK bank account
    Sterling and travellers cheques for your first few weeks in the UK
    Driving licence
    Birth Certificate

Main luggage
    Back up copies of essential documents
    Clothing
    Toiletries
    Towels
    Bed linen if needed
    Remember to check the weight of your bag to ensure it does not exceed your
       personal allowance
    Also please note if you are bringing electrical equipment with you the
       electricity supply in the UK is 240 volts

        1.4 Work Permits and Visa’s

If you are not a citizen of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, your eligibility
to work in the UK will have been established by the issuing of a visa allowing you to
enter the country and the granting of a Certificate of Sponsorship, which will enable
you to take up your post with the University. In order to maintain this eligibility there
are certain responsibilities that you need to fulfill while working here at Northumbria.
These include:
      Ensuring that you report for work on the designated starting date. If you are
        unable to do so you must notify your manager immediately.
      Obtaining the prior approval of your manager for any leave you wish to take.
      Ensuring you notify your manager from the first day of any sickness absence
        and submit medical certificates to cover periods of sickness absence of 7

        days or more.

       Making your visa documents available for review by the HR Department on
        an annual basis. (You will be notified by the HR Department as to the
        appropriate time).

Further information on your status and responsibilities as a migrant worker can be
obtained from the UK Borders Agency’s website at: and further information about
being in the UK can also be obtained from

Advice on Certificate of Sponsorship applications can also be obtained from Johanna
Turl, Human Resources Administrator at

2. Your First Few Weeks

This section is intended to help you plan your arrival in the UK and highlights the
main things you should consider.

        2.1 Opening a Bank Account

You must have a UK bank account in order that your salary can paid into it each
month. Pay day usually falls on 25th of each month or if this is on a weekend the
preceding working day. You are likely to need the following documents when opening
your account:

       Your passport or your European Union National Identity Card
       Evidence of your address overseas (e.g. overseas driving licence)
       Evidence of your UK address (e.g. tenancy agreement)
       Proof of employment (e.g. your employment contract)

Do not bring large amounts of cash with you to the UK as it could pose a security
risk. Consider bringing traveller’s cheques or a banker’s draft. You could also speak
with your bank before you leave for the UK to see if there are any other methods of
transferring money.

        2.2 National Insurance Number

Every employee working at Northumbria University requires a unique National
Insurance Number (NINO). If you are new to the UK you will need to apply for a
NINO so that contributions towards the UK National Insurance Scheme can be

To apply for a NINO you will need to make an appointment with the local Jobcentre
Plus office and attend an interview. To arrange an appointment please call 0845 600
0643. Your nearest Jobecentre Plus office is located at:

1 Cathedral Square
Mosley Street

Newcastle upon Tyne


Alternatively        you           can           apply             online          at:

       2.3 Registering with a Doctor or Dentist

It is essential that you register with a doctor (General Practitioner, GP) on arrival.
You can locate your nearest GP by visiting the NHS direct website at

The following link will help you to locate your nearest dentist:

       2.4 Transport

Newcastle Central Station

                                   Newcastle Central Station, on the main east coast
                                   line, provides excellent rail links to London,
                                   Edinburgh and other cities throughout Britain. The
                                   station is about 20 minutes walk from the City
                                   Campus or five minutes by Metro (nearest
                                   stations are Monument or Haymarket Metro

                                   Information about train services can be found by
                                   telephoning the National Rail enquiry line on
                                   08457 48 49 50 or by accessing the website at

                                   Newcastle has an underground Metro system
                                   which travels to several destinations in the City
                                   and the surrounding area. For more information
please visit

Newcastle International Airport

Newcastle International Airport operates domestic services to major cities including
London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Aberdeen and Glasgow. There is a Metro
station in the airport terminal building.

Newcastle International
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE13 8BZ

Customer Information:
0870 122 1488


0870 122 1484

537831 NERAPT G

Travelling to Newcastle by Road

The City of Newcastle is reached by the A1(M) from London in the south and
Edinburgh in the north; the A19 from York; the M6 from the south-west and west to
Carlisle; and the A69 from Carlisle to Newcastle upon Tyne.

The public car parks at John Dobson Street, New Bridge Street, Eldon Square and
Eldon Gardens are all within walking distance of the City Campus although parking
charges will apply. Please note that there is no public parking available on the
University’s campus.

If entering the city from the Tyne Bridge (A167M), take the second exit off the
motorway after leaving the bridge,
then at the roundabout take the City
Centre exit where you will come to a
right turn signposted to Northumbria
University. This right turn would
take you into the heart of the
campus, however, as there is very
little public parking available, it is
advisable to drive past this turning,
then turn right at the next set of
traffic lights into John Dobson Street
where you will find a large NCP car
park on the left.

If arriving in Newcastle via the
Redheugh Bridge (A184), at the second major set of traffic lights on St James
Boulevard, turn right into Westgate Road (A186). Travel straight on through a
number of sets of traffic lights until you come to large roundabout. Take the second
exit off the roundabout

Signposted towards the A167 motorway. Do not join the motorway but continue
parallel to it up to another roundabout, at which you should take the exit marked City
Centre. You will quickly come to a right turn signposted Northumbria University. This
right turn would take you into the heart of the campus, however, as there is very little
public parking available, it is advisable to drive past this turning, then turn right at the
next set of traffic lights into John Dobson Street where you will find a large NCP car
park on the left.

Travelling by Coach
National Express operates a regular coach service to and from their Newcastle
Central Bus Station, which is about five minutes walk from the Central Railway
Station. You can get a Metro from the railway station to the Haymarket Metro Station

which is a three minute walk from the City Campus.

Travelling to Coach Lane Campus
Coach Lane Campus is 3 miles east of Newcastle in the suburb of Benton. The
nearest Metro is Four Lane Ends which is approximately 10 minutes walk from the
campus. There are Metro Stations at Central Station and Newcastle International
Airport. If you are travelling to the campus from the Airport, you will need to change
Metros at South Gosforth. The nearest Metro Station to the City Campus is

The Number 1 bus runs every 8-10 minutes and has pick-up points opposite Central
Station and outside the Civic Centre (opposite the City Campus). This bus stops
either inside Coach Lane Campus or just outside, depending on the time of day.

Visitors by car should take the A1058 Coast Road, which runs between Newcastle
and Tynemouth: the Coach Lane Campus exit is sign posted. The campus is
approximately 1 mile from the Coast Road turn off.

International Ferry Terminal
Car ferry services operate to Tyneside from Scandinavia and Germany. The North
Shields International Ferry Terminal at Royal Quays (Tyne Commission Quay) is
seven miles east of Newcastle. Bus services run from the terminal building to the city
centre. Further information can be found by contacting DFDS Seaways on 08705
333 000 or accessing their website at

Travel within the region

For all local travel enquiries please call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 or, for the
hearing impaired, call the Textphone number on 0870 241 2216. Lines are open 7.00
am – 9.00 pm daily.

Corporate Public Transport Scheme

Northumbria University has a scheme which allows staff discounted travel on all
buses, the Metro and rail networks. Application forms can be obtained from the
Estates Reception at 4 North Street East, City Campus and Coach Lane Campus
West Reception.

Further details are available at:

University Car Parking

Car-parking is limited however, if you wish to enquire about a permit please contact
the Estates Department at 0191 227 3423.

University Bus Service

The University operates its own bus service allowing free travel for all students and
staff between the two Newcastle campuses (Coach Lane and City). A timetable can
be found at:

        2.5 Driving in the UK

Before you can drive a motor vehicle in the UK, you must:

       be licensed to drive
       have valid insurance cover
       display a valid UK road tax disc on your car
       register the car if in the UK for 6 months or more

To find out if your license is valid in the UK and how to obtain a UK driving license an
explanatory leaflet can be obtained from all main post offices. Application forms for
a driving test can be obtained from the Driving Standards Agency, The Axis building,
112 Upper Parliament street, Nottingham, NG1 6LP, Tel; 0115 936 6666, from any
recognised driving instructor or can be downloaded from the Driving Standards
Agency at

The Highway Code (widely available in most bookshops) is essential reading and
contains full details of all UK driving regulations. An online version can be found at:

        2.6 Police Registration

If your entry clearance/work permit states that you are required to register with the
police, you must do so within 7 days of your arrival in the UK. If you have brought
dependants with you (spouse/children) and their entry clearance has the same
requirement, they must also register within 7 days. Children under the age of 16 do
not need to register with the police.

Please remember to keep police registration certificates in a safe place.

To register, you must bring:

       Your passport
       Two passport-sized photographs
       £34 in cash for each person registering

How to Register

Telephone Northumbria Police on 0191 214 6555 ext: 62036/7

        2.7 Northumbria Campus

Northumbria University consists of two main campus areas. The first is City Campus
located directly in Newcastle City Centre the other is located about 10 minutes drive
away at Coach Lane Campus. Please see maps on pages 19 & 20 to give you an
idea of campus layout and help you in your first few days and weeks.

3. Living in the UK

   3.1 Cost of Living in the UK

Day-to-day expenses
Day-to-day living costs vary from one individual to another. The following is intended
as a guide only.

What you should expect:
   A single person is likely to need a minimum of £620 per month for basic living
      expenses (e.g. rent, lighting, food and travel).
   Couples should allow a minimum of £780 per month for living expenses.
          o With a further £130 per child per month if necessary.

Prices will vary according to where you shop and what your requirements are. These
examples will help you to budget for your stay.
Examples of daily expenses:
     Newspaper 25p–£1.00 each
     Magazines £1.00–£3.50 each
     Paperback books £5.00–£10.00 each
     Cigarettes £4.50 - £6.50
     Inexpensive restaurant meal £6.50–£12.00
     Meal on campus £1.50–£6.50
     Coffee £1.50
     Tea £1.50
     Soft drinks £1.20
     Spirits per measure £2.00
     Beer per pint £2.00
     Glass of wine £2.50
     Cinema ticket £4.50–£6.50
     Theatre ticket £5.00–£30.00
     Concert ticket £5.00–£30.00

   3.2 Council Tax

Council Tax is a system of taxation collected by local authorities. Generally, the
bigger the property is, the more tax will be charged. Some properties will be exempt
from Council Tax. Each property is given a banding depending on size and location.
In England, the bands go from ‘A’ to ‘H’ with ‘A’ being the cheapest band. The tax is
calculated based on the property’s value at April 1991 as shown in the following

A    Up to £40,000
B    Over £40,000 AND UP TO £52,000
C    Over £52,000 AND UP TO £68,000

D    Over £68,000 AND UP TO £88,000
E    Over £88,000 AND UP TO £120,000

F    Over £120,000 AND UP TO £160,000

G      Over £160,000 AND UP TO £320,000
H      Over £320,000

Charges and discounts
    Basic - Your local council sets a rate for council tax based on the band.
    Single person - If only one person lives in a property they will get a 25%
      discount on the bill.
    Other discounts may also apply, to get further information please contact
      Newcastle     City    Council     on      0191      211    6660     or   email         or       visit     the      website    at tax Alternatively if you intend to live outside
      Newcastle you can find your nearest local council by searching on

How to pay Council Tax
Inform your local council as soon as you move into the property. Council Tax bills
should be sent out in April and you have the right to pay by 10 installments. Local
authorities may accept weekly or fortnightly payments (some may also offer a
reduction in the total bill if it is paid all at once, at the beginning of the year.)

If you do not pay an installment of council tax on the date it is due, your local
authority must issue a reminder, asking for payment within seven days. If you fail to
pay within this period, you lose the right to pay by installments and a full year's
council tax becomes payable. If you don't pay this within the next seven days, your
local authority can ask the magistrates to issue a liability order. You could be sent to
prison by the magistrate's court if you do not pay.

       3.3 Disability in the UK

If you wish to find out more about the help and support disabled people receive in the
UK please contact The Equality and Human Rights Commission. It has a
responsibility to help secure civil rights for disabled people. The Commission has a
dedicated disability helpline:

Equality and Human Rights Commission Disability Helpline and postal address:

Stratford upon Avon
CV37 9BR

Telephone: 08457 622 633
Text phone: 08457 622 644

       3.4 National Health Service (NHS)

The NHS was created in 1948 to give universal healthcare to UK citizens. However,
you may be entitled to treatment on the NHS if you become ill depending on your

circumstances. To find out your entitlements please check the NHS website at

If you require health advice 24 hours a day 365 days a year, please call NHS Direct
on 0845 4647 or online at

In an emergency you should dial 999 and ask for Fire, Ambulance or Police.

        3.5 Income Tax

Income arising in the United Kingdom is liable to UK income tax by HM Revenue &
Customs. Income tax will automatically be deducted from your pay each month. The
amount deducted will be indicated on your pay slip. Please check the government
website for more information at:

        3.6 Schools

Finding a School
A list of nearby state schools in the Newcastle area can be found by searching on the
Newcastle City Council webpage at:

Alternatively a list of independent or ‘fee paying’ schools can be found at

        3.7 Staff Benefits

For a full list of staff benefits offered by the University please follow the link below:

        3.8 Religion

The University has a multi-faith chaplaincy and faith societies where staff can get
more information on places of worship, join a discussion or worship group, or talk to
someone in confidence. To get more information about contact details and events
please follow the link to:

Or contact the chaplaincy direct at:
Student Services
Ground Floor
Northumberland Building

City Campus
Tel: 0191 227 4127

       3.9 Telephone Codes

To dial an area in the UK from abroad, dial the international access code for the
country you are in followed by the country code for the UK (44). Proceed to enter the
local code (such as 0191 for Newcastle) without the first zero e.g. 191 followed by
the remaining telephone number.

To dial a number within the UK you should use the area code then the telephone
number. To find area codes go to:

To dial another country from inside the UK you should use the Country Calling
Codes website at:

       3.10 Weather

Weather in the UK can be variable and although some
people may complain about it being too cold, it is actually
moderate compared to other parts of the world. The
seasons in the UK are:

Spring runs from March to May. At this time of the year
the sun rises earlier and sets later in the afternoon. The
days feel warmer and the plants start to grow. Weather in
spring can be very varied. There may be days when it is
cold enough to snow, and days when it is warm enough
to play out in the garden. Spring months can also be very

Summer runs from June to August. If we are lucky, we will see plenty of sunshine
but often the weather can be very changeable. People often carry light coats and
umbrellas just in case there's a shower. People like to sit outside in cafes and make
the most of the sun.

Autumn runs from September to November. The days get shorter and although
often it can be mild during the day, it can be chilly at night. It is the time of year when
leaves fall off the trees and hedges. Autumn can bring strong winds and a lot of rain

Winter runs from December to February. The days are short and sometimes very
cold. Sometimes the winter rain will turn to sleet and snow, and often we wake up to
frost and ice on the ground. Winter weather in the UK is often cold and wet.

For weather reports please visit:

       3.11 TV License

If you use a TV or any equipment which can receive a TV signal such as laptops and
mobile phones, you need to buy a TV license. Check for details on
how to pay. You can receive a large fine if you fail to pay for you license.

       3.12 Smoking in the UK

Smoking is prohibited in all enclosed public places including most parts of
Northumbria University.

       3.13 University Nursery

The University provides a childcare service which can be used by all staff. For further
information please go the nursery website at:

Or contact the Childcare Manager on (0191) 227 4567.

4. Things to do in Newcastle

   4.1 Culture

Newcastle is a city with a growing and vibrant cultural scene with many museums,
theatres and galleries to choose from. It has also recently gained a multi-million
pound cinema and restaurant complex in the City centre which hosts a range of bars
and clubs. There are many music venues to choose from no matter what your tastes
and Newcastle has a small but growing comedy scene.

To explore more about the City, visit the Newcastle/Gateshead website at:

   4.2 Sport

Sport in Newcastle is also a major part of North-East culture with Newcastle United
playing football at St James’ Park in the winter and Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club
who play at Kingston Park located outside Newcastle City Centre. The Great North
Run takes place every year – the biggest half marathon event in the world. For a full
list of local leisure facilities and teams go to

The University also promotes sport and gym membership through Team
Northumbria, which hosts a range of competitive sports clubs, gym classes and gym
membership that staff can get involved in. To find out more about joining please
follow the link to or contact:

City Campus Sports Centre
Phone number - 0191 227 4195

Northumbria University
City Sports Centre
off Northumberland Rd
Newcastle upon Tyne

Coach Lane Sport Development Centre
Phone number - 0191 215 6575

Coach Lane Sport Development Centre
Coach Lane Campus East
Coach Lane
Newcastle upon Tyne

       4.3 Staff Clubs and Societies

The University has a scheme to encourage staff to take part in a variety of activities
outside of work. Clubs include 5-a-side football, Badminton and the Northumbria
Choir. For more information about all the activities on offer please contact Louise
Bloomfield by email or on ext. 7412.

       4.4 Shopping

Newcastle has excellent shopping facilities catering for all price ranges and needs.
Most large stores are open 7 days a week. Normal opening hours are 09.00 – 17:30
Monday to Saturday (often later on a Thursday) and 10.00 – 16:00 on a Sunday.

5. Job’s in the North East

The North East of England has one of the fastest growing economies in the UK and
is constantly under development to achieve greater economic sustainability and
continued growth. If you are re-locating to the area your dependents may also
require information on how to secure employment.
Examples of information sources include:
     Evening Chronicle (Thursday edition)
     Times Higher Education Supplement (THES)
     Job Centre’s e.g. Newcastle Job Centre, 028 4372 5001
     Recruitment Agencies e.g. Northern Recruitment Group -
     Websites – e.g.

6. Other useful sources of information

   6.1 University Services

University website –

Academic calendars -

Staff email and telephone search -

Training and Development

e-Learning Portal -

Occupational Health – or
call (0191) 227 4033

University Library and Learning Services -
or call (0191) 227 4125

desktop                      Anywhere                        -

Sport Northumbria - or
call (0191) 227 4195

IT Helpline – (0191) 227 4242

          6.2 Further Information

Newcastle City Council – or call (0191) 232 8520

North Tyneside Council - or call 0845 2000 101

Power Suppliers –

Disclaimer The University has made every effort to ensure the information contained in this pack is correct, however
it should not be used as a single source of information nor does the University wish to recommend any products or
services through this document. This pack should therefore be used as a guide only.


7. Map of Newcastle City Centre


                          City Campus
Building Key:
1. Lipman Building        20. Claude Gibb Hall
2. Squires Building       21. Lovaine Hall and Flats
3. Squires Annexe         22. Sports Centre
4. Newcastle College      23. Newcastle Unitarian Church (Durant and Turner
5. Library                Halls)
6. Art Gallery            24. St James' Church
7. Student Services       25. Health Centre
8. Students' Union        26. Burt Hall
9. Northumberland         27. Glenamara House
Building                  28. Camden Court
10. Northumberland        29. Drill Hall
Annexe                    30. 4 North Street East (Estates)
11. College House         31. 6 North Street East (Sport Northumbria, SCRI
12. Sutherland Building   and Applied Sciences)
13. Trinity Building      32. Newcastle Business School and School of Law
14. Ellison Building      Building
15. Rutherford Hall       33. Nixon Hall
16. Ellison Terrace       34. Hadrian House
17. Wynne-Jones           35. Clapham House
Centre                    36. School of Design Building
18. Pandon Building       37. English Language Centre

19. 21 & 22 Ellison

                   Coach Lane Campus

Building Key:
1. Monkchester Hall                23. Coach Lane Library
2. Hadrian Hall                    24. G Block
3. Finchale Hall                   25. H Block
4. Allendale Building              26. Sports Hall
5. Health & Advice Centre          27. Sports Pitches
6. Lindisfarne Hall
7. Cheviot Hall
8. Kielder Hall
9. Berwick Hall
10. Elsdon Hall
11. Dunelm Hall
12. Mitford Hall
13. Rothbury Hall
14. Main Reception
15.Clinical Skills Centre
16. Manor House
17. A Block
18. B Block
19. C Block
20. D Block
21. E Block

22. Students' Union


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