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  • Newcastle academic wins national research award

    A research project which uses theatre to explore how local communities interact with the planning process has helped a Newcastle University academic win a national award for Research Excellence.

    published on: 9 September 2015

  • Teenage sexting is not all the same – criminalise abuse, not sexual exploration

    Dr Nikki Godden-Rasul writes for The Conversation about the need for young people to be better informed about the law and its implications for 'sexting'. 

    published on: 4 September 2015

  • How to get children to want to do maths outside the classroom

    There are lots of ways to get children thinking about maths, Steve Humble aka Dr Maths, tells The Conversation. 

    published on: 1 September 2015

  • Rediscovering First World War heritage in North East communities

    The impact of the First World War on communities across the North East will be explored at a special event.

    published on: 1 September 2015

  • ‘Kerplunk’ system slows the flow

    A runoff and water quality project inspired by the childhood game Kerplunk is being used to slow the flow of water, reduce flood risk and improve water quality in a Northumberland river.

    published on: 28 August 2015

  • Cheap milk is a global phenomenon - so don't blame the supermarkets

    Dr John Lingard, Associate at the Centre for Rural Economy, discusses the price of milk with The Conversation.

    published on: 12 August 2015

  • Street art pops up in Whitley Bay

    Graduates and current students from Newcastle University will be among the artists installing pop-up art exhibitions in Whitley Bay later this month, as part of an arts programme set within a community rather than an art gallery. 

    published on: 11 August 2015

  • As Hiroshima's legacy fades, Japan's postwar pacifism is fraying

    Dr James Babb writes for The Conversation about the legacy of the atomic bombings and Japanese attitudes towards pacifism. 

    published on: 6 August 2015

  • 'Three reasons why Russia should not be called the greatest threat to the USA'

    Dr Valentina Feklyunina and James Bilsland assess current relations between Russia and the United States of America for The Conversation. 

    published on: 28 July 2015

  • Don't just send all two-year-olds off to school – involve their families too

    Professor Liz Todd discusses early years education in The Conversation. 

    published on: 20 July 2015

  • How a Stirling Prize-winning building might affect learning

    Pamela Woolner writes for The Conversation about the relationship between building design and learning environment. 

    published on: 17 July 2015

  • Newcastle’s approach to envisioning the future can be blueprint for other cities

    A ground-breaking programme which considered Newcastle's future to 2065 could be a blueprint for cities around the world, according to a report published by Newcastle University in partnership with the Government’s Chief Scientist.

    published on: 17 July 2015

  • Tackling the trolls: how New Zealand raised the bar with its new laws

    Dr Daithi Mac Sithigh writes for The Conversation about the introduction of new laws against internet 'trolling'. 

    published on: 16 July 2015

  • Experts call for new taskforce to overcome challenges faced by older workers

    Experts from Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing have called on the Government to establish a new cross-departmental taskforce, specifically focused on the issue of the ageing workforce. 

    published on: 15 July 2015

  • Walking to creativity in Gateshead

    Residents of Bensham are being encouraged to find creative inspiration through walking, during two special events taking place this week.

    published on: 13 July 2015

  • The North East’s favourite number is ...7

    People of the North East have had their say, and voted 7 as their favourite number.

    published on: 13 July 2015

  • Empowering local communities through digital technologies

    A £12m research centre has been announced that will explore the potential of digital technologies in shaping the future of local government services in planning, health, social care and education.

    published on: 13 July 2015

  • Capturing memories of Berwick’s net fishing past

    Net fishing for salmon on the Tweed is a tradition which dates back hundreds of years but has almost disappeared today.

    published on: 6 July 2015

  • Rich ghettos: the rural housing crisis no one is talking about

    Professor Mark Shucksmith writes in The Conversation about the need for more affordable rural housing. 

    published on: 2 July 2015

  • Students provide warm reception for stargazers

    Architecture students at Newcastle University have designed and built The Warm Room, a contemporary timber structure at Kielder campsite in Northumberland for visitors to enjoy as part of their stargazing experience.

    published on: 18 June 2015

  • Longbenton Youngsters Enjoy Street Law Project

    Air Cadets from Longbenton joined forces with Newcastle University Law Students to learn about cyber safety and personal safety. 

    published on: 2 June 2015

  • Right-to-buy housing policy changes

    In a speech to the House of Lords today, Lord Kerslake is expected to attack the Government’s flagship policy to extend the ‘Right to Buy’ to 1.3 million housing association tenants. Mark Shucksmith comments.

    published on: 2 June 2015

  • Former Home Secretary joins academic experts to examine coalition impact

    Former Home Secretary David Blunkett was among the guests discussing whether coalition government has become a permanent feature of the British political landscape, at a special event at Newcastle University.

    published on: 22 April 2015

  • Treasure hunt adds up to a world record

    Children who took part in a record breaking maths-based treasure hunt on the Quayside have just received official recognition of their success.

    published on: 1 April 2015

  • Giving young voters 'appt' advice

    Academics from Newcastle University have played a key role in developing a unique app, designed specifically for young people in the run up to the General Election.

    published on: 1 April 2015

  • Bringing research to life

    A play set in a fictional town is one of the more unusual ways Newcastle University academics are sharing their research with the public.

    published on: 23 March 2015

  • People struggling to 'simply survive' the bedroom tax, says new study

    Communities are being pulled apart by the bedroom tax as people struggle to ‘survive’ its effects, says a leading academic at Newcastle University.

    published on: 16 March 2015

  • Leading expert in social renewal recognised with prestigious fellowship

    The Carnegie Trust has announced the appointment of Professor Mark Shucksmith OBE as Carnegie Fellow for 2015.

    published on: 4 March 2015

  • Ideas for an Incoming Government

    The NISR blog is hosting Ideas for an Incoming Government, with academics from across the University contributing their thoughts to inform the General Election 2015.

    published on: 3 March 2015

  • SOLE experience encourages 'deeper learning'

    Prof Sugata Mitra has shown that groups of eight-year-olds can answer GCSE and A-level questions using the Internet, and also retain this knowledge several months later.

    published on: 24 February 2015

  • Bees inspire flagship School in the Cloud lab

    When Prof Sugata Mitra won the 2013 TED Prize, he wished to design the future of learning by building a School in the Cloud.

    published on: 13 January 2015

  • Research highlights the importance of good planning

    Researchers from the University’s School of Architecture Planning and Landscape have produced a report that highlights the value of planning to cities like Newcastle.

    published on: 23 December 2014

  • Food banks just the tip of the iceberg

    Charities being left to feed families on the breadline highlights wider problems, warns a Newcastle academic.

    published on: 8 December 2014

  • Time to re-think what poverty means for Europe

    A leading academic says EU policies are flawed because they rely on data that fails to accurately reflect poverty issues.?

    published on: 4 December 2014

  • Indian children to benefit from new School in the Cloud

    Prof Sugata Mitra’s vision to create seven Schools in the Cloud to help children everywhere tap into their innate sense of wonder is another step closer.?

    published on: 1 December 2014

  • Architect’s grand plan to wipe out Whitehall

    Prof Adam Sharr’s research into a dramatic idea to flatten Whitehall and replace it with a concrete megastructure has received an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

    published on: 6 November 2014

  • SOLE Central leads the way for the future of learning

    Prof Sugata Mitra explains why chaos theory can help us build a new model for primary education ahead of Newcastle University’s launch of SOLE Central this week.

    published on: 5 November 2014

  • Delegates flock to Newcastle University rural economy debate at Conservative Party Conference

    There was standing room only as party activists and countryside policy experts took part in Newcastle University’s fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference.

    published on: 2 October 2014

  • Lack of 'rural-proofed' policy a threat to countryside economy

    Entrepreneurs are losing out because of a lack of rural-proofing in government policy, say academics from Newcastle University’s Queen’s Award winning Centre for Rural Economy (CRE).

    published on: 26 September 2014

  • Health under the spotlight in new season of Newcastle University public lectures

    Diabetes, autism, medical innovation and sustainable healthcare are on the agenda for the new season of Insights public lectures.

    published on: 26 September 2014

  • Newcastle receives special investment to boost research

    The Universities of Newcastle and Durham have both been awarded Impact Acceleration Accounts worth £1.3m by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC).

    published on: 18 September 2014

  • The Devolution Revolution

    Institute for Social Renewal recommends ways to empower communities to drive change in new policy pamphlet

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  • Policy brief launch: What next for our ‘wild’ uplands?

    Professor Mark Reed launches his policy brief as part of the #IdeasforMaysMinisters NISR blog series, targeting peatlands and their future.

    published on: 27 September 2016

  • Social Renewal at the party conferences 2016

    Newcastle University Institute for Social Renewal is presenting at fringe events in the party conferences this year.

    published on: 13 October 2016

  • How social mobility is not as it appears

    A Newcastle academic says most politicians talk ‘utter rubbish’ about social mobility, despite it rarely being off the public agenda.

    published on: 10 January 2017

  • Year-long commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. starts

    A year-long programme to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr King receiving an honorary degree from Newcastle University gets underway today, Martin Luther King Day in the US.

    published on: 16 January 2017

  • Soapbox Science

    Celebrating women in science: call for speakers now open!

    published on: 1 February 2017

  • NISR launches its Priorities 2017-18 document: Thriving in Turbulent Times

    At the Social Renewal Showcase in 2017, NISR launched its Priorities 2016-17 document, celebrating 5 years of Social Renewal and looking ahead to future priorities.

    published on: 20 April 2017

  • Free teacher resource packs related to Martin Luther King's trip to the UK launched

    Inspired by Martin Luther King's trip to Newcastle University in 1967, the Martin Luther King Peace Committee have worked with schools to produce a free resource pack to help bring the legacy of Dr King alive for a new generation of young people.

    published on: 25 July 2017

  • Not As It Is Written exhibition about Black Pittsburgh launches in Great North Museum

    Part of Freedom City 2017, this NISR funded exhibition runs until 1 December in Newcastle City Centre

    published on: 10 October 2017

  • Connecting Academic Research with the UN Sustainable Development Goals

    Senior UN adviser will discuss academic research links to the UN’s flagship sustainability agenda.

    published on: 8 November 2017

  • Civil rights advocates recognised with honorary degrees

    Notable civil rights advocates have been recognised with honorary degrees from Newcastle University on the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr receiving the same award.

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