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North East Postgraduate Conference


Once again this year's North East Postgraduate Conference (NEPG) was a tremendous success, providing research students from the region (and well beyond) a great opportunity to share their work and discuss a broad range of research topics. The conference is entirely student led and organised and, as a token the our gratitude for their fantastic efforts,  the Graduate School and Faculty awarded this years' organisers the prize of a celebratory dinner.

We would especially like to mention to the two lead organisers who took on an incredible amount of work to make the conference such a fantastic event - congratulations to Yasmin Ahmed and Abbie Kelly (both PhD candidates in ICaMB)

The NEPG is now a critical element of the cohort training provided for our Doctoral Training Partnership students from the BBSRC and MRC, so it is vital to the Faculty and University. We think it’s really important that research students are involved in deciding what the conference should be like, so here is your chance to be involved in NEPG 2018: there will be an initial meeting to find out more about being part of the organising team on Wednesday 13 December, from 13.00-14.00. Please register here.

Remember, many hands make light work so please make the most of this opportunity and get involved. The best way to make the NEPG the conference you most want to go to is to get involved in organising it!

Research Facilities & You: Tapping into Newcastle’s Expertise & Equipment



08.45-12.45, 6 December 2017
Baddiley-Clark Seminar Room

We warmly welcome researchers from across the University to join the Faculty of Medical Sciences Core Facility Managers at this half-day event.

There will be short presentations from each of the Facility Managers, as well as time for questions, trouble-shooting and discussion over lunch.

For registration and further details:


IHS Public Lecture and Q&A Session: Is US style healthcare the future for England?

Speaker: Allyson Pollock, Professor of Public Health Research and Policy & Director of IHS; Steffie Woolhandler MD, MPH, City University of New York's Hunter College; David U Himmelstein MD, City University of New York's Hunter College

This is a free, public meeting which is open to all who care about health care provision and the future of our NHS.

Admission is by ticket only – please reserve your place at 


Allyson Pollock is Professor of Public Health Research and Policy, and is Director of The Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University. She is well known as a public health researcher, and for her work on NHS cuts, marketisation, privatisation and PFI's. She is the author of NHS plc (2006), in addition to much other ground-breaking research work.

Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., MPH is a Distinguished Professor at The City University of New York's Hunter College, a primary-care doctor in the South Bronx, and a Lecturer in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where she was formerly Professor of Medicine. Steffi is a leading advocate of non-profit national health insurance for the United States She, along with Dr. David Himmelstein co-founded Physicians for a National Health Program. Among her influential scholarly articles are studies on patient dumping (which led to a federal ban on that practice, waste in hospitals and in medicine more generally, the lethality of being uninsured and proposals for single payer health reform.

David U. Himmelstein M.D. is a Distinguished Professor of Public Health at CUNY's Hunter College and a Lecturer in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he was previously a Professor of Medicine. David has written proposals for single payer health care reform, and studies of patient dumping (which led to the enactment of EMTALA law that banned that practice), the high administrative costs of the U.S. health care system, medical bankruptcy, and the mortal consequences of uninsurance.

Walton refurbishment complete


Just in time for the start of the new academic year, the Walton Library has been refurbished and reconfigured to make more effective use of the available space.

Just in time for the start of the new academic year, the Walton Library has been refurbished and reconfigured to make more effective use of the available space.

Walton library refurbFollowing your suggestions, it now has a more open, airy and contemporary feel as well as additional study spaces and a brand new social study area.

Highlights of the remodelled library include:

  • More silent and collaborative study spaces
  • A purpose-furnished Academic Skills room
  • An informal study area (The Snug)
  • A new social study area
  • More spaces with power & USB points
  • Centrally located print facilities
  • A new Service Desk
  • Self-service book return
  • A free to use charging booth for mobile devices
  • A chilled and boiling water station
  • Eat @ Coffee Cart

Along with your feedback we've taken on ideas that have worked at our other library sites and the result is a thorough modernisation that makes the most of our high-rise location and re-energises the space.

We can’t wait to hear what you think!

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