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New Dean of Research & Innovation


From 1st October Prof Derek Mann takes up the post of Dean of Research & Innovation. This appointment completes the Faculty’s restructuring of the research dean portfolios into Translational Research and Research & Innovation.  Thank you to Prof Debs Henderson for her contribution to the Faculty during her time as Dean of Research & Innovation (non-clinical).


Prof Janet Wilson to give the 2016 Semon Lecture


Prof Janet Wilson (IHS) will be presenting the prestigious Semon Lecture for the Royal Society of Medicine in November.  Her lecture will be titled ‘Semon’s laryngological legacy: Acumen, research and innovation’. 

Who was Sir Felix Semon?
Sir Felix Semon was not only an early clinical academic but also one of the very first true clinical specialists in the field of laryngology. Born in Germany, he studied medicine at Heidelberg and Berlin. He moved to London in 1874 and developed the first surgical treatments for throat cancer. In 1893 he founded the Laryngological Society of London. He was knighted in 1897, the same year he treated the 23 year old Winston Churchill for a lisp.
The Semon Lecture was inaugurated by the University of London in 1909, during his lifetime, thanks to the large amount of money subscribed by his friends and admirers when he gave up his practice.

Janet's background

Janet combines being a consultant ENT surgeon at the Freeman Hospital with her research based in the Institute of Health and Society where she benefits from close links with Nikki Rousseau and Research Design Service and gets invaluable support from Lesley Hall and the Clinical Trials Unit team. Janet’s current grant income totals over £5.6 million.

Under Janet’s leadership, the Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery academic department has developed one of the largest and most productive ENT research programmes in the country. NE Regional Head and Neck consultants are CIs on four major NIHR funded HTA trials and we hope to secure two further national trials over the next 12 months.   The team also has an active programme of basic science and translational work in the field of upper airway immunity including projects in the sinonasal tract, subglottis and middle ear cleft in conjunction with Profs Simpson, Fisher, Mann, Pearson and Dr Chris Ward, and a project in autophagy in head and neck cancer with Prof Penny Lovat.

'It as a tremendous honour to be invited to give the 2016 Semon Lecture'  Prof Janet Wilson



Great North Children's Research Community Conference

Research Influencing Everyday Practice

10 March 2017 at Sage, Gateshead 

Keynote Speaker: Simon Denegri, Chair INVOLVE and NIHR, National Director for Public Participation and Engagement in Research

Conference Sessions include:

  • Results from Clinical Trials
  • Mechanisms of health conditions
  • Use of cohorts and registries
  • Child Health and Society

Early Bird rates are available until 31 October 2016.

For further information, please contact   


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. 

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