Northumbria University Events

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About Northumbria University

In the vibrant city centre of Newcastle upon Tyne with its excellent transport links, Northumbria University is the perfect events venue to host high-profile conferences in the region.

With an award-winning sports arena that holds up to 2,220 guests, as well as the University’s world-class teaching facilities and more, all the tools are there to plan your event to perfection. Crucially, you also benefit from a dedicated venues team who can design spaces based on your specific requirements. They also coordinate IT and equipment support, advise on accommodation, and offer the highest level of catering and hospitality.

Event Spaces

Choose from spaces including sports arenas, classrooms, great halls and lecture theatres – at least 40 rooms – to create exactly what you need for a successful conference.

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    • Sport Central Formal Dinner

    Sport Central Arena

    Capacity: 400

    The impressive arena is over 2,000m2 – ideal for large conferences, dinners and exhibitions, or team building activities.

    • PA System
    • Lighting - Tungsten
    • Staging
    • CCE 001 Audience
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    CCE-001 Lecture Theatre

    Capacity: 400

    Tiered lecture theatre with breakout space outside for exhibitions, catering or networking. Ideal for large conferences.

    • PA System
    • Video Recording
    • Screen

    CCE-002 Lecture Theatre

    Capacity: 250

    Tiered lecture theatres with breakout space outside for exhibitions, catering or networking. Ideal for large conferences.

    • PA System
    • Video Recording
    • Overhead Projector

    CCE-003 Lecture Theatre

    Capacity: 200

    Tiered lecture theatre with breakout space outside for exhibitions, catering or networking. Ideal for large conferences.

    • PA System
    • Video Recording
    • Overhead Projector
    • Great Hall Drinks Reception
    • Great Hall Dinner

    The Great Hall – Versatile Flat & Dining Space

    Capacity: 250

    Large hall with a grand entrance by a sweeping staircase – perfect for exhibitions, awards dinners or weddings.

    • PA System
    • Screen
    • Back Projection

    Various breakout rooms

    Capacity: 200

    There are over 100 classrooms available as individual hire or as breakout space for larger events or conferences.

    • PA System
    • Projectors
    • Wi-Fi
    • Hedley Suite I
    • Hedley Suite Ii

    Hedley Suite

    Capacity: 175

    A versatile flat space with audiovisual facilities that can be added to other rooms to boost capacity.

    • PA System
    • Projectors
    • Flexible Space
    • 2 Cce Foyer Reception Space 49919317636 O

    CCE1 Foyer/Reception Area

    Capacity: 500

    Large foyer and reception area used for registration, exhibitions, poster board displays and catering.

    • Exhibition Space
    • Natural Daylight
    • Wi-Fi
    • Harvard Lecture Theatre

    Harvard Lecture Theatres x3

    Capacity: 100

    There are three Harvard-style lecture theatres with audiovisual capabilities – perfect at conferences and for lectures or seminars.

    • PA System
    • Projectors
    • Screen

    Classrooms x 21

    Capacity: 50

    There are 21 versatile classrooms of different sizes – great for lectures or seminars at a conference.

    • PA System
    • Projectors
    • Screen

    Ellison Lecture Theatres x 3

    Capacity: 180

    Host great seminars, lectures and more in this tiered lecture theatre with full audiovisual capabilities.

    • PA System
    • Projectors
    • Screen

    Lipman 031 Lecture Theatre

    Capacity: 255

    Host great seminars, lectures and more in this tiered lecture theatre with full audiovisual capabilities.

    • PA System
    • Projectors
    • Screens

    Conference rooms x 4

    Capacity: 20

    There are four conference rooms with large flat screens and connectors to plug in your laptop during a team meeting.

    • Screens
    • Wi-Fi
    • Dimmer

Capacity at a Glance

Event Space Reception Theatre Boardroom UShape Dinner / Dance Cab Lunch / Dinner Max Capacity
Sport Central Arena - 3000 - - - - - 400
CCE-001 Lecture Theatre - 400 - - - - - 400
CCE-002 Lecture Theatre - 250 - - - - - 250
CCE-003 Lecture Theatre - 200 - - - - - 200
The Great Hall – Versatile Flat & Dining Space 250 150 48 - 80 120 120 250
Various breakout rooms 200 100 40 30 120 40 120 200
Hedley Suite - 175 36 - - 130 130 175
CCE1 Foyer/Reception Area - 500 - - - - - 500
Harvard Lecture Theatres x3 - 220 - - - - - 100
Classrooms x 21 - 60 30 30 - 25 - 50
Ellison Lecture Theatres x 3 - 428 - - - - - 180
Lipman 031 Lecture Theatre - 255 - - - - - 255
Conference rooms x 4 - 80 68 68 - - - 20


Situated in the Northeast of England, Northumbria University has two separate campuses. The largest, City Campus, is in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. Coach Lane Campus is in a leafy suburb of the city, three miles from City Campus. There are strong travel links with Newcastle Central train station and Newcastle Airport both within six miles.


  • Manors 0.3 Miles
  • A1(M) JCT 65 5.61 Miles
  • Newcastle Airport 5.9 Miles
  • Car Parking: Onsite (10 spaces), Offsite (2,000 spaces)
  • Electric car charging points: Onsite (8 spaces)


Northumbria University, Commercial Operations, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 8ST


  • MIA

    This venue is accredited by The Meetings Industry Association (mia), providing each of its clients with the assurance of excellence in business meetings and events across service, safety, health and responsibility.

  • Green Accredited Venue Logo Resize – 1@2X

    All of our venues have been allocated Venue Directory’s Green Accreditation. Having this Green Accreditation demonstrates all of our venue’s commitment to sustainability, allowing you to book with confidence that it will be as environmentally friendly as possible and with the assurance that our venues are a greener choice for your event.

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Meeting rooms

Given its primary purpose as an educational facility, businesses will find the Northumbria University meeting rooms useful in various ways. There are a wide range of classrooms and lecture theatres that can be hired out for corporate use. They’re naturally perfect for delivering seminars and presentations to colleagues, partners or clients.

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Conference rooms

Situated at the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne’s city centre with excellent travel links across the UK and beyond, The Northumbria University conference venue is a prime space for the Northeast of England.

Host large events with ease in the Northumbria University conference rooms, with a 2000m2 sports arena that’s ideal for exhibitions and showcase events. Meanwhile, the grade-II listed Great Hall, built in 1895 provides a grand setting for more intimate conferences and dinners with up to 150 guests. 

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Chartwells, our exceptional education catering and food services team, don’t just serve delicious food to students in schools, academies, colleges, and universities across the UK. They also dish up great-tasting meals for a host of events, including dinners, parties, meetings and conferences.

Food is our passion. It’s what bring our brands together.

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This venue recognises the risks posed to the planet from climate change and the consequences of this change being felt by people all around the world. That is why they operate a Meetings For Change promise: 

  • We believe in using fresh, seasonal products

    We aim for 80% of the ingredients on our menus to be British grown. All the chicken and milk we serve is Red Tractor assured. 

  • We believe in the power of plants

    We offer plant-forward menus, with a choice of great-tasting alternative proteins. 

  • We believe in zero waste 

    Whatever we’re cooking for your meeting or event, our approach is root-to-stem, nose-to-tail. We use recycled and reusable packaging wherever we can. 

  • We believe in ethical sourcing 

    Our teas and coffees come from responsible suppliers. Our chocolate is Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance certified. 

  • We believe in protecting our planet 

    Our climate promise is to reach Net Zero by 2030.  In addition, this venue has further sustainable priorities. Please contact a venue expert for more information.