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2020 Highlights

2020 Highlights

Thank you to our Newcastle community for joining us at the 2020 Day of Action and we look forward to making an even bigger impact in 2021.

If you were unable to attend the events or would like a recap, recordings of our talks and presentations are available below.


NCL Professional Network: Early Careers in Sustainability Brunch

This early careers discussion focussed on graduate jobs in sustainable fields.

We spoke to a panel of recent graduates working in government and the private and charity sectors.

The panel also included entrepreneurs who have set up their own businesses.

Panellists include:


20 Poems for the Planet

Tune in for a special podcast in which Linda France, Climate Writer in Residence at Newcastle University and New Writing North, unveils the 20 Poems for the Planet Anthology.

This is the culmination of the efforts of talented writers from your alumni community.

The anthology includes excerpts from the climate poems submitted by alumni in the run up to the Day of Action.


The 63rd Meeting of Convocation

Please find above the Vice-Chancellor’s presentation from the 63rd annual Meeting of Convocation. Convocation is a statutory body that gives graduates the opportunity to input into the University’s challenges and successes. As a graduate you are, by right, a member of Convocation.  


Fighting the Next Pandemic: Water quality, antimicrobial resistance and global health

This lecture discusses links between water quality and resistant infectious disease – which could potentially lead to the next pandemic.

Antimicrobial resistance already is rampant in the developing world, partially due to poor water quality.

However, it is growing everywhere due to global interconnectedness. 


Addressing climate change: what’s the way forward?

2020 will likely see the biggest drop in carbon emissions ever recorded. However, carbon levels in the atmosphere are still expected to rise. 

If a global pandemic and worldwide shutdown are producing only a 7% drop in emissions this year, we’ll need to take drastic measures to reach our climate goals. 

Our expert panel explore how individuals and governments can address climate change: the defining issue of our time. 

Panellists include:


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