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thumbnail Moonlight songstress: Kathryn Wales, aka Verda

Lauren Girling chats to conservation graduate Kathryn Wales, whose musical alter-ego Verda is about to release her debut album.

thumbnail Nasty noises: why do we recoil at unpleasant sounds?

Heightened activity between the emotional and auditory parts of the brain explains why the sound of chalk on a blackboard or a baby crying is so unpleasant.

thumbnail Newcastle students rank University among the best

The latest results from the annual National Student Survey (NSS), which gathers the views of undergraduates has shown that 89 per cent of students are happy with their overall experience at Newcastle.

thumbnail Five mistakes that every first-time manager makes

Steve Erdal examines the pitfalls faced by new managers with the help of Kevin James, Director of Newcastle University's North Leadership Centre.

thumbnail Campus art explained in student film

Three iconic sculptures by Joseph Hillier (BA Fine Art 1997) are now in place in the Student Forum as part of the University’s ‘art on campus’ initiative – which is chronicled in a two-part film by MA media student, Zara Arzumanyan.

thumbnail Arches magazine arrives on the iPad

You can now download an iPad edition of your alumni magazine, Arches, from the App Store, complete with videos and audio. We’d love to hear what you think.

thumbnail Naomi Davies: Creative New Yorker

Lauren Girling chats to NYC artist, Naomi Davies (BA English Language and Literature 1970), who offers a 20 per cent discount on her paintings to fellow graduates, as part of our BIG Market initiative.

thumbnail Alumni news in pictures: October 2012

Vice-Chancellorship for Jerry Kuma, Miranda Harper shortlisted for business award, and new books by Anna Flowers on 1950s Newcastle, and David Bradley on using science to debunk popular myths.

thumbnail Celebrating 90 years young

Newcastle University celebrates with legendary figure Lord Walton as the former Dean of Medicine, who helped shape our pioneering curriculum, reaches his 90th birthday.

thumbnail Countryside communities need government support so they can help themselves

Residents of rural areas should be helped to help themselves if their communities are to thrive, says a Newcastle University academic.

thumbnail Does where you live influence your attitude to alcohol?

Binge drinking is seen as normal by young people living in the North East, a new study has shown.

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