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Health and Wellbeing

Health and Wellbeing

27 September - 3 October 2021

We underpin our focus on health, wellbeing and care with the promotion of social justice. The University works to tackle health inequalities across people's lifecourses.

This includes explorations of:

  • access to health and healthcare
  • disability
  • mental and physical well-being

We explore such inequities across space and time.

These events have now passed, but you can catch up on them via our YouTube channel below. We've also collated resources on this topic from the Newcastle University community so you can learn more and feel inspired to take action.

Virtual events

How are lockdown restrictions and the Coronavirus pandemic affecting young people? 

Hear from the Lockdown Life NE team as they discuss their research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people in North East of England. Diary entries from young people aged 13-17, written over the past 18 months, explore how the young population have experienced the national lockdownand the impact to their education, identity and emotional wellbeing.

Lockdown has affected different groups in different ways, and children and young people are a group that have been placed at particular risk over the past 18 months. Schools and colleges have been shut down repeatedly, social gatherings have been banned and young people have been restricted in who they can meet and spend time with. With the removal of ‘normal’ life and unprecedented lack of social contact, many young people have experienced feelings of uncertainty, loss and possibly grief, as well as facing increased risks at home, due to parental substance abuse, domestic violence and food insecurity. 
Lockdown Life NE explores some of those variations of real, lived experiences to bring together a rich picture of how young people have experienced and dealt with the challenges they’ve faced and continue to face. 

This event was recorded live on Tuesday 28 September and was hosted by Newcastle University's Dean of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Professor Judith Rankin.

Newcastle Develop Series: Neurodivergence, inclusion and the workplace

Employers, businesses, and sectors have become increasingly aware that there is a need to be more flexible in their approach to work for their employees. While some of this has arisen due to the pandemic, an equally important role has been played by an enhanced awareness of employees and individuals whose work needs are specialised, and especially for individuals who are neurodivergent.

Historically neurodivergent people have been grouped under the ‘disability’ tag, and while this may once have been useful it is increasingly seen as no longer the case. This event brought 3 alumni panellists together to discuss their lived experiences in the workplace and their careers, discussing inclusion and exclusion, what (if any) changes need to be made to workplaces to better support neurodivergent individuals, and the use of the term ‘disabilities’, if it’s still acceptable to use, and what impact it has (and may continue to have) on employees and employers.

 Meet the panellists


Browse our pre-event resources below to find out more about this theme and hear how we're already tackling this social injustice as a University.

Why rethinking PTSD can change everything

In the UK, 1 in 13 young people have experienced PTSD before they reach 18. And it’s estimated that 24.4 million Americans have PTSD at any given time; that’s the entire population of Texas. In sharing her battle to overcome PTSD, Newcastle alumna Charlie Webster highlights the need to offer mental health support as standard practice to anyone in intensive care, in our hospitals and in our emergency departments, and to see PTSD as a global public health issue that has far-reaching consequences in society. 

Education as a 'social vaccine' against COVID-19

Historically, pandemics have been experienced unequally with higher rates of infection and mortality among lower educated people, particularly in more socially unequal countries. Emerging evidence suggests that these inequalities are being mirrored today in the COVID-19 pandemic. In this webinar, Professor Clare Bambra from Newcastle University asks if education can be seen as a “social vaccine” against fatal outcomes of the pandemic.


Lockdown Life NE project

Dr Steph Scott is a social scientist at Newcastle University who has been researching the impact of lockdown on young people during the coronavirus pandemic. In July 2020, Steph invited people aged 13-17 to submit diary entries on how they were feeling during the end of the national lockdown and the summer holidays. This video explores their findings.

Nowhere to Go project

Nowhere to Go is a collaborative project funded by Newcastle University’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account researching the lack of accessible toilets in Northumberland.

This project explores the difficulties disabled people face accessing appropriate toilet facilities and the negative public attitudes which contribute to these difficulties. 

To Die Clean

Earl, a former drug addict and homeless person from South Shields, is determined to realise his goal to die clean. In this honest and intimate documentary, Earl shares his story with three young filmmakers from Newcastle University and reveals his passion and talent for spoken poetry. Created by Newcastle University students Angus Michie, James Bruce and Andrew Snow.