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thumbnail Sharp dance moves from the Newcastle Kingsmen

Masters of the traditional Northumbrian Rapper sword dance—the Newcastle Kingsmen—will be showcasing their unique talents at Convocation Weekend 2012, writes Maria Douglas.

thumbnail Old Boy football: North versus South

On Saturday 16 June, North meets South in a battle of footballing prowess as London-based Newcastle Old Boys FC take on Garnett Bohemians FC as part of Convocation Weekend.

thumbnail Social Renewal launches with Lego: a note from Prof Charles Harvey

Design and build a model town using Lego, debate the state of the property market, and help visualise cohousing communities. Professor Charles Harvey invites you to the Great North Build.

thumbnail Big Market: keep your brain toasty with Zaini headwear

Media graduate Miranda Harper offers 10% off her Zaini hats, a favourite of celeb cerebra, to fellow alumni. Maria Douglas finds out about her climb to the brow of fashion.

thumbnail Big Market: renting vines with 3D wines

Save £25 on a ‘row of vines’ with 3D wines. It gives you ‘all the pleasure of owning a vineyard with none of the hard work,’ says owner David Dickinson (BSc General Science 1973).

thumbnail Newcastle Badminton squad reclaims world title

Newcastle alumni and students claim ISBT Team Championship title for a record third time at the University of Twente, Netherlands, in December 2011. Jason Fernandes reports.

thumbnail Wanted: 1950s graduates' memories and mementos for new book

Newcastle graduate Anna Flowers (née Catto) seeks words, photos and ephemera for a new book on Newcastle in the 1950s.

thumbnail North East alumni: be a Newcastle ambassador for the London 2012 Olympics

Newcastle City Council is looking for volunteers to represent the city, as it hosts Olympic football at the stadium formerly known as St James' Park.

thumbnail Jatropha research could provide key to future of biofuels

Work being carried out by a Malaysian student at Newcastle University could transform the biofuels industry by refining the process of converting a common shrub into oil.

thumbnail Mitochondrial research centre to launch as government reviews pioneering technique

A new centre for research that could pave the way for in-vitro fertilisation treatment to prevent the hereditary transmission of devastating mitochondrial diseases is being launched at Newcastle University.

thumbnail Newcastle junior doctor hits our screens

There's plenty of drama for first year doctor and Newcastle graduate Andy Steval in Junior doctors: Your life in their hands which returns to our screens on 24 January.

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