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Alzheimer's Research UK: Do you want to know more about Dementia?

Lindisfarne Room, Kings Road Centre, NE1 7RU
14.00-17.00, 14 September 2016  

Free Public event with short talks on Alzheimer's and other dementias, current treatments and latest research.

Talk Title


2.00-2.10: Welcome & Introductory Remarks

Prof Raj Kalaria

Network Centre Coordinator, Inst of Neuroscience

2.10-2.30: Funding world class research

Dr Laura Phipps, Alzheimer’s Research UK

2.30-2.50: What happens in a Memory Clinic?

Dr Pat Mynt, NTW, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust

2.50-3.10: Can telling the absolute truth be unhelpful for people with dementia?

Dr Roberta Caiazza, NTW, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust

3.10-3.30:A memorable cup of tea!

Dr Edward Okello, School of Agriculture, Food & Rural development, Newcastle University

3.30-3.45: Newcastle Dementia Studies: The CogFASTstudy website

Ms Sarah Barnfield

Graduate Student, Newcastle University

3.50pm TeaBreak

Q & A, Newcastle Brain Bank and General Discussion (~30 min)

The event is free but please register as places are limited. Email: Tel: 0191 208 1342





Santander Mobility Awards for 2016/17

Santander Universities has made available a grant to support Newcastle University staff or students (both undergraduates and postgraduates) who wish to undertake a period of research or study in any country within the Banco Santander network as listed: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, UAE, UK, Uruguay, or the USA.
The Mobility Award is provided by Santander to be used as outlined below:
1. a minimum of 10 awards with a maximum value of £1,400
Where the panel believes that a proposal does not represent value for money yet wishes to partially support the activity, funding may be offered at a reduced level. 


The principal criterion for the award of a grant in 2016/17 is that the proposed travel project will make a demonstrable and tangible contribution to the applicant’s studies or research. Applicants must explain how the proposed travel will satisfy this requirement. From 2016/17 onwards the funds will be used to support staff and students across all three faculties. We welcome applications from students for whom travel abroad would facilitate and augment existing extra-curricular learning initiatives or directly benefit their course. Successful applicants will be required to report on their experiences abroad via Blog Posts to 



  • Newcastle University staff and students studying at all levels are eligible for these awards.
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate that the proposed mobility will benefit their course of study or other extra-curricular learning initiatives being pursued.
  • Travel must be to one of the following countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, UAE, UK, Uruguay, and USA.
  • Awards must be taken up within the 2016/17 academic year and travel must take place by August 31st 2017.
  • The value of the scholarship will be paid directly to the scholarship holder and can be used as a contribution towards the costs of travel, accommodation, subsistence or the attendance at courses. 


How to Apply

Please complete the following online form: other applications will not be accepted.
The first round deadline for applications in the 2016/17 academic year is:
14 October 2016 

Selection Panel

The Selection Panel, which reports to University Internationalisation Committee (UIC), meets within one month of each application deadline to review the applications on the basis of the fund criteria. The decision on the application, including any conditions, will be communicated to the proposer by the panel secretary no later than six weeks after the application deadline.
The Selection Panel is comprised of representatives from the following Faculties as well as teams supporting the University’s student scholarship, mobility and international agendas:


  • Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering
  • International Relations
  • Language Resource Centre
  • NU Advancement
  • Student Mobility & Integration
  • Student Wellbeing Service
  • Santander Universities 


The University reserves the right to vary all or any scholarship awards at its sole discretion.
Scholarship winners will be invited to attend the University’s Scholarship Reception Event in April 2017. 

Transfer of Durham School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health to Newcastle

Following an extensive consultation exercise with school staff and students, Durham University has agreed a transfer of its School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health to Newcastle University. Read more.



Job Vacancy - Medical Writer

Sirius Market Access was established in 2013 and currently is currently in a growth phase. In Feb 2015 the company will established an office in Newcastle upon Tyne. The company comprises of an international team of multidisciplinary scientists with a variety of backgrounds including a physician, economists, lead scientists, a medical editor and writers. The customer base is the medical device, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry. 

Full vacancy details HERE

Internship Opportunities with Croda

Croda is a global speciality chemical company. They create, manufacture and sell high performance speciality ingredients which deliver benefits to a range of diverse products including health and beauty, engine lubricants, plastics and many more. The business is split into three core market sectors: Personal Care, Life Sciences, made up of: Crop Care and Health Care and Performance Technologies, made up of: Coatings and Polymers, Geo Technologies, Home Care, Lubricants and Polymer Additives. They also have an Industrial Chemicals business area. In 2015, sales were in excess of £1bn and sales of new and protected products made up 26% of turnover. They operate as a single global business but have significant footprint in the UK with 4 manufacturing site at Widnes, Leek, Rawcliffe Bridge and Hull in addition to the company headquarters and Innovation hub at Cowick, East Yorkshire. More information about Croda can be found at
Croda are currently offering the following PIPS opportunities for students:

1: Development and characterisation of a silane derivative of hydrolysed protein for use as a hair care active ingredient  (1 project available) Start Date: ASAP

2: Synthesis of Electromagnetic Spectrum Absorbing Materials for use in Personal Care 

3: A Literature review to determine excipient requirements in Hot Melt Extrustion  Start Date: ASAP

4: The Effect of Excipients on the Stability and Permeation of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients in Topical Formulations (Up to 3 interns could be taken sequentially within this area) Start Date: ASAP

5: Extraction method development and analysis of lipids within keratin fibres  (1 project available) Start Date: ASAP

6: A literature review into the application of proteomics and lipids analysis on human hair and other keratin fibres. (1 project available) Start Date: ASAP

Download full details of projects 1-6, including contact information

7: Data generation for generic Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (Up to 4 interns could be taken sequentially within this area) Start Date: ASAP

8: The development of a robust measurement of Tryptophan degradation in hair fibres (1 project available) Start Date: ASAP

Download full details of projects 7-8, including contact information

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