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New Professor of Rural Economy will share experiences of getting research into policy

Professor Sally Shortall will hit the ground running when she takes up her post as the new Duke of Northumberland Professor of Rural Economy on Wednesday 5 October.  On her very first day at Newcastle she will be speaking about getting research into policy at the launch of the University’s new Policy Academy.  Professor Shortall comes to Newcastle from Queen’s University Belfast, where she was Head of the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work.  The new Policy Academy aims to support all staff in informing policy which affects contemporary societal issues through knowledge exchange and communication of their research.  A few places are still available at the launch and any staff interested in attending should email

published on: 29th September 2016

Growing connections in the arts

Over the past few years CRE has developed a very positive relationship with Berwick Visual Arts and the community in the town via an artist in residence scheme.  Senior Lecturer Menelaos Gkartzios writes about new links and our Berwick connections in the CRE blog.

published on: 28th September 2016

CRE academic appointed to Film and Arts Festival Board

CRE Senior Lecturer Menelaos Gkartzios, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival with a focus on local community and economic development. This builds upon the continuing involvement CRE in the community of Berwick-upon-Tweed following the annual CRE art residencies in collaboration with Berwick Visual Arts.

published on: 27th September 2016

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