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£100k donation from alumnus supports innovative data research programme

A former Computer Science graduate has donated £100,000 in the past six years to tackle the enormous skills shortage in data analytics in the UK.

Success for Newcastle alumnus at 2021 CIPR North East PRide Awards

Former Creative Writing MA student and recent Newcastle Develop panellist, Jule Wilson, won three accolades at this year's prestigious CIPR North East PRide Awards, including Outstanding Independent PR Practitioner 2021!

Sandman Hotel Group donate £150,000 to support Newcastle computing and engineering students

The Director of the Sandman Hotel Group UK, Mr Mitch Gaglardi, has committed to extend the Sandman Scholarship for underrepresented groups in STEM at Newcastle University, kindly donating £150,000 to support 20 students enrolling over the next five years.

From Architecture student to Arches artist

Graham Caffull graduated from Newcastle University’s School of Architecture in 1980 and since, built a successful surveying career in the North East. When an illness cut his career short, Graham rediscovered his passion for art. He recently returned to Newcastle’s city centre campus to sketch our much-loved Arches, and kindly allowed us to use this artwork as a gift to volunteers who have supported the University during the pandemic.

Business School graduate fighting food poverty – one cookbook at a time!

A former Newcastle University Business School student is publishing his third cookbook to raise money to tackle food poverty across the UK and will be in Newcastle on 14 October 2021 as part of a nationwide book tour to promote the publication.

Newcastle alumnus shortlisted in Santander X Entrepreneurship Awards 2021

Former Newcastle student Jack Hills is one of over 80 budding entrepreneurs participating in the Santander X Entrepreneurship Awards 2021 and is in with a chance of receiving up to £75,000 of business development support at the National Final, due to take place at Wembley Stadium in London on 6 October 2021.

An opportunity to win $3,000 USD for your business acumen

Students and recent graduates of Newcastle University Business School are invited to enter Business Graduates Association Future Leaders Case Competition for their chance to win $3,000.

Newcastle alum awarded prestigious International Maritime Prize

Newcastle University graduate and former representative of the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Paul Sadler (Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding BSc, 1983), has been awarded the International Maritime Prize for 2020.

$121k donated to Gertrude Bell archive 100 years after Kingdom of Iraq founded

Newcastle University has received $121,000 to transform the Gertrude Bell Archive, 100 years on from Bell’s pivotal role in the establishment of the Kingdom of Iraq under British Administration.

Meet the Newcastle alumni promoting women in STEM

Two former Newcastle University students have set up a charity to promote the increased representation of women in science careers by financially supporting them through a science-based degree at Newcastle University.

Sustainable leadership for a sustainable future

In recent years, mounting social pressure has contributed to a significant shift in the type of leadership seen across organisations. To find out more, we spoke with Dr Joanne James, Director of Executive Education and Dr Jenny Davidson, Executive MBA Programme Director at Newcastle University Business School.

In conversation with the Chair of Newcastle Law School Advisory Board, Andrew Carnegie

We spoke to Andrew Carnegie about his journey from Newcastle University undergraduate in the 1980s to Partner at multinational law firm Clifford Chance LLP and Chair of Newcastle Law School Advisory Board.

Events programme announced for 2021 Alumni Day of Action

Newcastle University’s annual Alumni Day of Action has been transformed for 2021, with a month-long programme of events around the theme of social justice, which will conclude with the annual meeting of Convocation on Saturday 9 October.

COVID-19 heroes celebrated in 2021 Alumni Achievement Awards

25 Newcastle alumni who have gone above and beyond in supporting their community during the pandemic were celebrated at this year’s Alumni Achievement Awards.

Entrepreneurial alumni shortlisted in Great British Entrepreneurs Awards

Two former Newcastle University graduates have made the shortlist of the 2021 Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

Newcastle alumni selected to represent Team GB at Tokyo Olympics

Four former Newcastle University graduates are among the 376-strong Team GB competing in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

Newcastle students and graduates to benefit from renewed Santander Universities partnership

Santander Universities has renewed its partnership with Newcastle University for a further three years, providing financial support for students and graduates.

Newcastle Student Fund launched as lasting legacy of kindness shown in COVID-19 pandemic

The generosity shown by our alumni to support Newcastle students during the COVID-19 pandemic has inspired the launch of a new fund that will empower students reach their full potential this coming academic year, and for many years to come.

PhD candidate ‘working 9 til 5’ to raise LGBTQ+ inclusion in country music

To celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month, we chatted to PhD candidate James Barker about his research into LGBTQ+ inclusion in country music.

Newcastle alumnus shortlisted in inaugural Queer Student Awards

A former Newcastle University graduate has been shortlisted as Role Model of the Year in the inaugural Queer Student Awards.

Alumni rowers make a splash at the European Rowing Championships.

Newcastle University alumni helped lift Team GB to the top of the medal table at the 2021 European Rowing Championships.

Alumna creates podcast ‘Unfinished/Unpublished’

The second series of Unfinished/Unpublished, a podcast created by alumna Emily Anderson, is now in production and Emily is looking for guests.

In conversation with alumnus Paul Rodgers

Paul graduated in BA English Literature, 1983, before going on to work in the media. His most recent position was Head of Station at BBC Radio 6 Music between 2008 and 2020.

Reflections on first year as Head of Law

Dr Jonathan Galloway reflects on his first year as head of the Law School.

Law Alumni Scholarships and Adversity Grants

Alumni Scholarships are funded by the generous gifts of the alumni of the Law School, in recognition of the need to reinvest and support successive groups of students studying at Newcastle.

Lawyers Without Borders

An article by Max Chau, President, LWOB Newcastle University Student Division.

Helen Milburn, Law Alumni Profile

Helen Milburn, LLB 2004, shares her story post-graduation.

New scholarship announced to support diversity in Journalism

The Jane Constance Scholarship founded by Simon Constance and family, in memory of wife Jane, will support North East women to pursue a career in Journalism.

Alumnae to take on a world-record attempt in a 3,000 mile endurance rowing race in aid of cancer charities

Charlotte Irving and Abby Johnston, alongside crewmate Kat Cordiner, will be taking on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in December 2021 to raise money for three cancer charities.

Newcastle Discover Series

A brand-new event series From Newcastle. For alumni. Discover the work carried out by our newly formed Newcastle Centres of Research Excellence (NUCoREs).

Support for Uterine Leiomyosarcoma Research at Newcastle University's Centre for Cancer

A generous donation from Jan Taylor in memory of her wife, Jan Hopper, who sadly passed away from uterine leiomyosarcoma will support vital research into a cure for this disease.

Alumna to launch ‘Freelancer Magazine’

The first issue of Freelancer Magazine, an independent business and lifestyle title created by alumna Sophie Cross, is now in production following a swift and successful Kickstarter campaign.

“You’ve got a choice to make”

After being diagnosed with blood cancer, alumnus Peter McCleave (BSc Physiology, 1999) set himself the goal of getting as many people as possible to become stem cell donors.

Take a virtual tour of the North East with alumnus Alex Iles

Learn how Alex has adapted his walking tour business during the pandemic to provide virtual tours of the North East.

Introducing your newest Advancement Officer

Get to know your newest Advancement Officer, Matt Ingram, who will be working jointly with Advancement and Newcastle University’s recently launched Centre for Cancer.

A new partnership between Newcastle University Solve and Zero Carbon Futures

A new partnership has been formed to address the challenges created by the move to Zero Carbon Transport.

15 start-ups benefit from £40K in equity-free grant funding

Thanks to the generous support of Santander, through Santander Universities, START UP is awarding £40,800 in equity-free grant funding.

68 Remembers - Medical grads raise money to support students

Alumni from the Newcastle University Medical School class of 1968 have come together to raise hundreds of pounds to support the Newcastle University Covid-19 Emergency Fund for Students.

Brain tumour care recognised

Colleagues who deliver outstanding care and treatment for brain tumour patients have been recognised for their outstanding efforts.

We spoke to alumnus, James Tennant...

Find out about James’ journey from graduation to setting up his own business, Converge, and his plans for expansion following recent investment.

START UP Fund 2021

40k in grants available to advance student and graduate business opportunities.

An update from the Vice Chancellor, Professor Chris Day

Read Professor Chris Day's new year message to our global alumni community.