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#NCLalumni Wrapped: Our top artists from the Newcastle alumni community

It’s that time of year where everyone is sharing their most listened to artists of 2022, so we thought we’d share the musicians from your alumni community topping our playlists.

2,900 new graduates join our alumni community this winter

This winter, we have welcomed another 2,859 graduates to our global alumni community, with congregations taking place in Newcastle and Singapore. Congratulations all!

Molecular Biology graduate wins at Great British Entrepreneur Awards

Newcastle graduate Lottie Hawkins was awarded ‘Sustainability Entrepreneur of the Year (South West)’ at the tenth annual Great British Entrepreneur Awards in November.

Class of 1968 graduate returns to campus for 80th birthday surprise

Electrical engineering graduate Mike Watson was surprised by his daughter with a visit to Newcastle University campus and tour of his old department earlier this month to celebrate his 80th birthday.

An interview with Nick Richardson, your new Chair of Convocation

We caught up with Zoology graduate and former Union Society President Nick Richardson to find out more about his ambitions for his term as the new Chair of Convocation.

An interview with Clare Talbot-Jones, your new Deputy Chair of Convocation

We caught up with modern languages graduate and North East-based business leader Clare Talbot-Jones to find out more about her ambitions for her term as the new Deputy Chair of Convocation.

A look back over the Newcastle Helix development

This year’s Convocation will be held at Newcastle Helix on Saturday 26 November. The 24-acre site is situated where the former Scottish and Newcastle Brewery once stood.

Alumni-run bakery launches crowdfunder to provide breakfast bags and bakery lessons for local schoolchildren

Newcastle graduate Andy Haddon (BSc Psychology, 1984) from The Big River Bakery has released a song to accompany the crowdfunder, which will help the social enterprise support local families struggling to put hearty, healthy meals on the table during the rising cost of living.

£100,000 match-funding pledged to help students face rising cost of living this winter

Alumni and supporters of Newcastle University have the opportunity to double their impact on students struggling with the cost-of-living increases, with £100,000 of match-funding pledged by the Newcastle University Development Trust for donations made this winter.

Newcastle graduate publishing book on mixed-race British history

Lucas Fothergill (BA English Literature with Creative Writing, 2016) is publishing an anthology of stories celebrating Britain’s mixed-race history over the past century, and it is available to pre-order now.

Black History Month: Meet the Newcastle graduate who went on to become Sierra Leone’s first female doctor

To celebrate Black History Month this October, we’re sharing the story of Newcastle University alumna, physician and social reformer, Irene Ighodaro, who was the first Sierra Leonean woman to qualify as a medical doctor.

Fine Art graduate returns to Newcastle for first solo sculpture exhibition

Newcastle graduate and award-winning contemporary sculptor Peter Hanmer (MFA, 2018) is opening his debut solo show ‘Seeking Armageddon’ at Newcastle Arts Centre later this month.

Biochemistry graduate awarded Royal Medal for DNA discovery

Newcastle graduate Dr Stephen West FMedSci FRS (PhD Biochemistry, 1978) has been awarded a Royal Medal this summer for discovering and determining the function of the key enzymes that are essential for recombination, repair and the maintenance of genomes.

Newcastle Law School launches poetry competition to celebrate special anniversary

Graduates from Newcastle Law School are invited to enter original poetry that reflects the School’s vision to be ‘globally connected, locally rooted and a compassionate community’ to celebrate 100 years of teaching law at Newcastle University. The winning poem will be displayed in the School’s Garden.

Newcastle University Halls past and present

Uni Halls are where memories are made. Whether you had the best time and made friends for life or couldn’t wait to move out, you’re sure to have memories that you’ll never forget.

Alumni triumph at summer sporting events

Summer 2022 has been jam-packed with sporting events. From the Commonwealth Games to the UEFA Women’s Euro - there’s been a lot to watch and celebrate! But did you know that many of our alumni and current students competed in sporting events over the summer?

Geography graduate cycling 11,000km through Europe and Asia for charity

Newcastle graduate Matt Spencer (BSc Physical Geography, 2015) is over halfway through a 11,000km cycle trek through Europe and Asia in support of Fauna and Flora International.

The future of women’s football following the Lionesses’ success

Earlier this summer, England’s Lionesses defied the odds and became European champions. What does this mean for the future of women’s football in the UK? Will we see an increase in funding and coverage to support more women and girls to get into the sport? We caught up with Newcastle medical graduate and goalkeeper for Sunderland Athletic FC, Allison Cowling, to get her thoughts.

Newcastle University awards 10 honorary degrees in summer congregations

This summer, we welcomed 6,000 students back to campus to celebrate their graduation. These 6,000 graduates, alongside 10 new honorary graduates, are now officially part of our 250,000-strong alumni community!

Newcastle alumna features on new Scottish £100 note

Medical pioneer and suffragette Dr Flora Murray CBE, who graduated as a Doctor of Medicine from Newcastle’s School of Medicine and Surgery in 1905, features on the Bank of Scotland's new polymer £100 note.

BAFTAs, Grammys, TS Eliot Prizes… Our alumni have it all!

We are proud to be home to a vibrant community of world-class creative minds. Artists who started their journey in our lecture halls and studies are now at the forefront of their fields and enjoying global success, including TS Eliot prize winners, Turner Prize nominees, BAFTA winners and internationally renowned folk musicians. Meet some of the artistic innovators in your alumni community.

Newcastle through the decades

Our alumni community have witnessed monumental changes to the University and city of Newcastle upon Tyne over the past six decades. Read on to travel through the decades and reminisce on your time at Newcastle (or discover what’s happened since you left!)

200 years of research and innovation at Newcastle University

Newcastle University's history starts almost 200 years ago with the establishment of the School of Medicine and Surgery in Newcastle in 1834. Since then, our alumni and other local innovators have made some impressive breakthroughs in the fields of science, technology and medicine, including cancer treatments and new species! Discover the biggest breakthroughs to come from Newcastle in this timeline.

Meet the international entrepreneurs from Newcastle University running thriving businesses in the UK and across the globe

From entrepreneurs launching growth and scale companies, creating jobs and trading globally, to social impactors driving change in our communities, our international graduates have made a real impact. In this article, meet some of the most successful businesses started by international alumni, including an alcoholic tea company, a plant-based meal delivery service and a non-profit supporting rural communities in Peru!

Ten sporting heroes from Newcastle University's alumni community

Over the past six decades, our athletics union has nurtured the talent of some pretty impressive sportspeople! From Olympic and Paralympic champions to philosophy lecturers-cum-cricket legends, here are 10 sporting heroes from Newcastle’s alumni community.

Find out how our graduates’ lives have been changed by their University experience

All of our lives have been changed in one way or another by our time at Newcastle University. Your degree may have given you the skills you needed to pursue your dream career; you may have fallen in love with the North East and settled here after graduating; or you may have met your future spouse in a lecture hall! Not only are our graduates’ lives changed by their University days, but also the lives of people around the world as our graduates spread their wings and take their experience at Newcastle with them. Below, we’ve spotlighted just some of the ways that our alumni community are changing lives.

Newcastle alumni and staff recognised in Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours

Huge congratulations to the 11 Newcastle University alumni and staff who have been named in the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours list, recognising their dedication in their respective fields.

Winners announced in 2022 Alumni Achievement Awards

We’re thrilled to announce the three winners of this year’s Alumni Achievement Awards: John Cooper QC in the Alumni Impact category and Abdulaziz Alsaeed and Bridget Stratford MBE as our Rising Stars.

From Newcastle. For the World: The Campaign for Newcastle University

Newcastle University has launched a new institution-wide philanthropic campaign to inspire support for future students, future research and a future of positive change in our city and around the world.

Five companies you didn’t know were #StartedAtNCL

We’re looking back at some of the biggest businesses started by our graduates right here on campus with the help of our START UP Team.

Sector Spotlight: What it’s like working in PR

Abby Parkinson (BA Politics, 2019) shares her experience of working in a PR agency and provides advice for beginning a career in the industry.

Sector Spotlight: My experience in Conversion Rate Optimisation (CRO)

Zahid's studies have led to a career in Conversion Rate Optimisation (CRO), tracking how people use websites and making improvements to reduce the frustration we all feel when navigating the internet! We caught up with him to find out what it's like working in this sector.

Sector Spotlight: Three lessons for working in Financial Services

Katie Molyneux (BSc Economics, 2015) shares the lessons she wishes she knew at the start of her career in the Financial Services sector.

Sector Spotlight: What it's like working in Marketing

MA Creative Arts Practice graduate Lewis Brown reflects on his career as a marketer and shares his top tips for getting into the sector.

I didn’t want a “proper job” and I am proof that it’s more than okay if you don’t too

Chloe Hall (BA English Literature, 2012) knew that the graduate scheme route wasn't for her when she finished her studies. Instead, she set up her own digital marketing agency Bumble and Bloom Media, which has grown into a multi-award-winning enterprise working with some of the world's biggest brands.

Celebrating 40 years of life-saving cancer research at Newcastle University this World Cancer Day

Researchers, clinicians, technicians and leaders at Newcastle University have worked quietly and tirelessly over the past 40 years, contributing to the national effort of doubling cancer survival rates and giving people living with cancer hope and options.