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Alumni break world record rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic

Former Newcastle students Charlotte Irving and Abby Johnston have broken the world record for rowing across the Atlantic Ocean in an endurance challenge for cancer charities.

£6.5k raised by alumni and supporters to support Newcastle’s refugee community over Christmas

Newcastle alumni and supporters donated almost £6,500 in the lead up to Christmas to provide care packs and holiday gifts to refugee and asylum-seeking families in the region.

Newcastle graduates secure £150k investment in cheesemonger business from Dragon’s Den

Former Newcastle University students Edward Hancock and Rich Simpson were successful in securing £150,000 investment in their business The Cheese Geek on a recent episode of BBC’s Dragon’s Den.

Second round of START UP Fund provides alumni-founded businesses with a share of over £22k

Thanks to the support of Santander, through Santander Universities, START UP is awarding over £22,000 in equity-free grant funding to 8 recent graduates and current Newcastle University students.

How an alumni-student mentoring relationship has helped two creatives flourish

Mentoring is a great way for our alumni community to connect with each other and our students. We caught up with MBA graduate and podcaster, Ashleigh King, and second-year Fine Art student, Jakub Stadnik, to find out how their mentoring relationship has helped them both over the past year.

Alumni-founded businesses thrive thanks to University funding

Earlier this year, Newcastle University’s START UP team awarded £40,000 in grants to support recent graduates and current students develop their business ideas. We caught up with four of our alumni who were awarded grants in January 2021 to find out how this support has helped.

Call for Science, Agriculture and Engineering alumni to help mark landmark anniversary

Newcastle’s College of Physical Science – now our Armstrong Building – opened in 1871. We’re marking the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the College by celebrating the achievements made by our Science, Agriculture and Engineering alumni community.

Alumna publishes first poetry collection ‘Driftwood by Starlight’

Newcastle graduate Caroline Gill (BA Hons. Classical Studies, 1982) is celebrating the publication of her first poetry collection, Driftwood by Starlight, a year on from contributing to our One Planet e-book as part of 2020’s Alumni Day of Action. To mark the release of the 48-page collection, we caught up with Caroline (née Dudley-Smith) to look back on her time at Newcastle University.

Newcastle University supporting the next wave of high-growth technology companies

Four alumni-founded businesses have been accepted onto the UK Government's Global Entrepreneur Programme (GEP) with the help of the University's START UP team.

Combined Honours graduate celebrates second book publication of 2021

Newcastle graduate and journalist Roger Lytollis (Combined Honours, 1993) has had a busy 2021, with two books published in the space of four months! We recently caught up with Roger to find out more about his publications and look back on what he’s been up to since graduating.

Alumnus donates £520k to find innovative ways of achieving net zero

Newcastle University has received a substantial donation from alumnus and renowned engineering pioneer, Dr Tony Trapp MBE FREng, to support PhD students dedicated to achieving net zero and tackling the climate crisis globally.

Newcastle University alumni community comes together to take action for social justice

Newcastle graduates from 57 countries across the globe came together to celebrate this year’s Alumni Day of Action, attending virtual events, donating and volunteering to create positive social change in the University community and beyond.

Bakery founded by alumnus stars in new Hairy Bikers BBC2 series

Big River Bakery, founded by Newcastle graduate Andy Haddon, will feature on 'The Hairy Bikers Go North' on BBC2 this November.

£100,000 match-funding pledged to help more Newcastle students than ever

Alumni and supporters have the opportunity to double their impact on our student community this Christmas, with £100,000 of match-funding pledged by the Newcastle University Development Trust.

Applications open for University’s START UP Fund to support recent graduates

Newcastle University’s award-winning Careers Service has £30,000 of funding to award to recent graduates and current students to develop their early-stage businesses and well-developed business ideas.

Students supported by first Newcastle Student Fund awards

The Newcastle Student Fund was launched in June 2021 and thanks to the generosity of alumni and other supporters, more than £186,000 has already been distributed to help current and future Newcastle students.

Newcastle University music graduate shortlisted for inaugural Sound of Young Scotland Award

Dumfries-born guitarist Jenna Macrory (Jen Mac), who graduated from Newcastle University earlier this year, is one of five musicians shortlisted for the inaugural Sound of Young Scotland Award.

£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.