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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.

Woman makes generous donation to mitochondrial research at Newcastle University in memory of husband

Jane Tripney recently travelled to the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research on campus to donate money raised at her husband’s funeral to support other families like theirs.

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.

Meet the Newcastle University London graduate who has been behind our SU activities for the past year

International Business Management graduate Haris Nadeem Bashir is the outgoing Activities Officer at Newcastle University Students’ Union and was the first Asian Sabbatical Officer in the University’s history. We recently caught up with Haris to look back on his year in post and find out what he has planned for the future

Happy Volunteers' Week!

To celebrate Volunteers' Week 2022, we caught up with alumnus and student recruitment volunteer Scott to find out why he gives back to the University. Plus, we round up all of the latest volunteering opportunities for our graduates.

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.

Shortlist announced for this year’s Alumni Achievement Awards

We are proud to announce the nine Newcastle University graduates who have been shortlisted in the 2022 Alumni Achievement Awards.

University Sailing Club alumni reunite in Tynemouth to celebrate 50 years since last racing together

13 former members of Newcastle University Sailing Club returned to the North East recently to mark 50 years since they raced together. The group celebrated at The Grand in Tynemouth and even held a ‘friendly’ team race against current students on Derwent Reservoir!

Alumni plan reunion to celebrate 50th anniversary of Trans-Sahara Expedition to Senegal

In the summer of 1973, six Newcastle University students from the Exploration Society ventured across the Sahara Desert to study life in a remote village in Senegal. This September, they’re hosting a reunion to celebrate 50 years since the trip.

Five companies you didn’t know were #StartedAtNCL

With applications for this year’s START UP Founderships programme open, we’re looking back at some of the biggest businesses started by our graduates right here on campus.

Newcastle graduate announced as global finalist in prestigious alumni awards

Chima Amadi (MSc Global Public Health, 2021) has been announced as a global finalist in this year’s British Council Study UK Alumni Awards, having been shortlisted in the Study UK Alumni Awards in Nigeria earlier this year.

Applications open for START UP’s pre-accelerator programme

START UP, part of Newcastle University’s Career Service, is now accepting applications for its START UP Founderships programme. The six-month business pre-accelerator is open to graduates from the past 2 years and will run September 2022 – February 2023.

Happy Volunteer Recognition Day!

We’re celebrating our amazing alumni volunteers today, and all they bring to the University community. To mark Volunteer Recognition Day, we caught up with alumna and volunteer Laura Evans to find out what she gets out of volunteering for Newcastle University.

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.

Biomedical graduate launches charity to raise awareness and aid premature babies in India

Aishwarya Miglani (BSc Biomedical Sciences, 2016) has co-launched SuPrB, a charity aimed at ensuring every baby born prematurely in India gets access to the best possible treatment and neonatal care to aid their survival.

Archaeology graduate's marketing campaign shortlisted in this year’s Museums and Heritage Awards

Samantha Jennings (BA Archaeology, 2006) has dedicated her career to working in the heritage sector. In her latest role as Marketing and Communications Officer at Kiplin Hall and Gardens, her work has been shortlisted for Marketing and Communications Campaign of the Year at the Museums and Heritage Awards.

Santander launches free UK-wide online introductory digital skills course

Almost a fifth (17%) of UK workers say they cannot change their jobs or start a new career because of their lack of digital skills. To combat this, Santander have launched a free course to boost the UK workforce's digital skills.

Medical Doctors’ donation supports international collaboration between Newcastle and Serbia

A recently-retired married couple who dedicated their careers to saving the lives of others have established a new fund to help clinical immunology medical staff and researchers at Newcastle University establish contacts and collaborate with their counterparts in Serbia. Applications are now open.

Introducing our new International Alumni Officer, Laney Wang

Get to know the new International Alumni Officer at Newcastle University, your first point of contact as a graduate based outside of the UK.

Meet the law graduate spilling the legal tea on medical negligence

Newcastle Law School graduate Kimberley Nightingale was a recent guest on the Legal Tea podcast, giving an introduction medical negligence for students studying Law.

Newcastle graduates support community Covid testing centres in China

20 graduates and members of the Newcastle University China Alumni Association (NUCAA) have volunteered to support mass testing centres in Shenzhen, China.

Newcastle alumna rallies North East creatives to support children of Ukraine

Newcastle University graduate Di Gates (MLitt, 1999) is leading a team of North East creatives who have created a children’s book in just a fortnight to raise funds for families affected by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Alumna commended in New Zealand’s New Year’s Honours 2022

Newcastle graduate and GP Dr Clare Healy has been awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of her services to medical forensic education.

BBC journalist and alumnus returns to campus to inspire student newspaper writers

David Cornock (BA Politics, 1985) has enjoyed a successful career as a journalist, most recently with BBC Radio 4, since graduating from Newcastle University. He recently returned to campus for the first time in decades to chat to the writing team at student newspaper, The Courier.

10 inspirational Newcastle alumnae breaking the bias

This International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating 10 amazing women in our alumni community who are helping to #BreakTheBias and create a world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

An important update regarding the developing crisis in Ukraine

Read this important update from Newcastle University regarding the developing crisis in Ukraine, from Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Chris Day, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, Professor Julie Sanders.

Three international graduates announced as finalists in British Council’s Study UK Alumni Awards

Newcastle University graduates in Indonesia, Nigeria and Egypt have made the finals of this year’s Study UK Alumni Awards, celebrating their impact and dedication in their respective fields.

Newcastle alumna celebrates completion of 40-year literary project with new publication

Cynthia Stephens (née Dale) graduated from Newcastle University in the late 1970s and has since enjoyed a long career as a software developer in UK universities and medical schools. We recently caught up with Cynthia to reminisce on her time at Newcastle University and to find out more about her recent publication: The Borges Enigma: Mirrors, Doubles, and Intimate Puzzles.

Fine Art graduates shortlisted for prestigious international award

Two Fine Art graduates from Newcastle University have been shortlisted in the prestigious international Derwent Art Prize 2022.

Your chance to support University causes in this year’s Great North Run

Did you miss out on a ballot entry for the 2022 Great North Run? We have a limited number of guaranteed spaces for the Newcastle University alumni and supporter community!

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.

Alumni share their Newcastle love stories for Valentine’s Day

From a night out at The Ritzy to chance encounters on course field trips, we’re looking back at our favourite alumni love stories this Valentine’s Day, including one spanning 5 decades!

Newcastle alumni and supporters raise £190,000 for student causes in winter appeal

Alumni and supporters have helped to boost the Newcastle Student Fund by almost £190,000 through their generosity in the run up to Christmas.

The START UP Fund returns on 7 February 2022

Do you have an early-stage business or well-developed business idea? You could be eligible up to £3,000 in equity-free funding to advance your opportunity from the Newcastle University START UP team, with thanks to the support of Santander Universities UK.

96-year-old man donates £100k to mitochondrial disease research in memory of two sons

The Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research at Newcastle University has received £100,000 to fund a PhD from Chris Bates, 96, in memory of his two sons who died with the condition.