Skip to main content

Our News

Read the latest news from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Newcastle University artists recognised

Five Newcastle University students and graduates have been shortlisted in this year’s North East Emerging Artist Award, based at the National Trust’s Seaton Delaval Hall.

Architecture Degree Show 2024

The annual celebration of work by students in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, is going on show.

Judges announced as Gordon Burn Prize 2025 opens for entry

The Gordon Burn Prize 2025 is now open for entry to both fiction and non-fiction books that are fearless in their ambition and execution.

Final year of excavations commence at Birdoswald Roman fort

Work has begun on the final season of a long-term programme at the Roman fort of Birdoswald, on the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site.

Comment: We don’t know enough about how money is spent in elections

Writing for The Conversation, Professor Alistair Clark discusses how it is getting more expensive to hold elections, saying greater transparency is needed.

Comment: Save our grassroots music spaces

Writing for The Conversation, Dr Adam Behr discusses a cross-party report which calls for a levy to help venues in crisis.

Event connects North East partners to optimise devolution opportunity

The second Insights North East annual conference comes at a critical juncture for the region and will bring together key policymakers, experts and organisations.

Comment: Paul Weller 66

Writing for The Conversation, Dr Adam Behr reviews a skilful, layered album that pays homage to rock music.

Comment: Mexico’s voters set to elect first woman president

Writing for The Conversation, Rosario Aguilar discusses the election in Mexico this weekend, and how the country looks set to make history by electing its first woman president.

Celebrating 15 years of the Great North Museum: Hancock

It's been 15 years since the renowned architect Sir Terry Farrell gave the Hancock Museum a makeover, transforming it into the Great North Museum: Hancock.

Unique visualisations offer chance to explore ancient Rome

A new exhibition at Newcastle University's Great North Museum: Hancock uses stunning visualisations to transport visitors on a time-travelling journey to Ancient Rome.

Celebrating the past and present of Fine Art at Newcastle University

The BA Hons Fine Art course is celebrating its centenary as the next generation of talented artists to study at the University get ready for their Degree Show.

Comment: Bridgerton - the real ladies of the ton weren’t so ignorant

Writing for The Conversation, Meg Kobza discusses how, although many of the characters in Bridgerton know little about sex, the real ladies of the ton weren’t so ignorant.

Comment: Let It Be

Writing for The Conversation, Dr Adam Behr discusses how the rerelease of the 1970 Beatles film reveals how the history of popular music is written.

Comment: Fresh tensions over Ireland’s post-Brexit border

Writing for The Conversation, Dr Niall Cunningham discusses the impact of the recent increase in asylum seekers that Ireland has experienced.

Comment: International Booker prize 2024

Writing for The Conversation, Professor Anne Whitehead is one of six experts to review the shortlist for the prestigious award.

New report calls for ‘fresh start for Sure Start’

The document written by Professor Liz Todd, sets out the case for a new updated model of Sure Start that puts schools and nurseries at its heart.

Comment: Blackpool South byelection

Writing for The Conversation, Dr Martin Farr discusses the significance of the local election results.

Newcastle expert helps reveal link between ancient Rome and Carlisle

A Newcastle University lab technician has played a pivotal role in establishing the connection between a modern day cricket club in Carlisle and the centre of Roman power in the third century AD.

Prestigious awards given to two Newcastle academics

Two Newcastle University experts have been awarded prestigious honours by the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG).

Newcastle Poetry Festival – In/Out of Place

The rich cultural heritage of the North East is the focus of this year’s Newcastle Poetry Festival

Flowers of the Seasons: Politics, Power & Poverty

Dr Oskar Jensen and Electric Voice Theatre present an historic afternoon of BSL interpreted singing, poetry and storytelling celebrating the music of a once famous composer - Eliza Flower.

International recognition for Newcastle PhD student

A Newcastle University doctoral student has received international recognition for the quality and originality of her research.

Comment: Can the Rwanda bill really be called a law at all?

Writing for The Conversation, Dr Joshua Jowitt discusses why the Government’s Rwanda bill can be regarded as a defective law despite having been passed by Parliament.

Comment: why is arts education facing cuts?

Writing for The Conversation, Dr Adam Behr examines how the creative industries bring in more revenue than cars, oil and gas, yet are facing a funding freeze.

Second James Berry Poetry Prize launched

The second James Berry Poetry Prize has opened for submissions.

Tyne Derwent Way

Newcastle University is a partner in a project which is revitalising the nine-mile outdoor trail between Gateshead town centre and the Derwent Valley.

Funding boost for Great North Museum: Hancock and Hatton Gallery

Newcastle University’s museum and art gallery have received funding to support their important work with researchers.

Film graduate blossoms with video for Poet Laureate's band

Talented filmmaker Jasmine Stephenson has created the visuals to accompany Simon Armitage’s band LYR’s song Profusion.

Learning centre sees success in supporting young people

A learning centre designed to help young people from under-represented backgrounds in Newcastle progress into higher education has supported more than 1,200 students in the past year.

Newcastle geographer awarded prestigious Fellowship

Professor Peter Hopkins has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) for the excellence of his work and his contributions to policy in Scotland.

Community climate project gets National Lottery funding

Young dads in the North East have received a significant funding boost for a community climate project involving a Newcastle University academic.

Prehistoric henge reveals centuries-old sacred site in Lincolnshire

Archaeologists from Newcastle University have unearthed evidence for an evolving sacred landscape spanning centuries in Crowland, Lincolnshire.

Farrell Centre Director to represent UK at La Biennale di Venezia

Owen Hopkins, Director of the Farrell Centre at Newcastle University, is to represent the UK at the 19th International Architecture Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia 2025.

University artists exhibit work in Mexico

A group of professional artists at Newcastle University have shown off their work at a contemporary gallery over 5,000 miles away in Mexico City.

Comment: New drama charts the influence of ska during Thatcher years

Writing for The Conversation, Dr Adam Behr discusses how the urban deprivation of the Thatcher years spawned the growth of two-tone music and provides the setting for new BBC drama This Town.

Newcastle University student wins diversity award

Gustavo Abdiel Aguilar-Miranda’s I Exist too project has won Best New Initiative at Honours for Diversity and Inclusion in Maritime 2024.

Comment: New islands won’t help those made homeless by sea-level rise

Writing for The Conversation, Professor Alastair Bonnett discusses artificial islands and floating cities, which are aimed at the wealthy and cause massive environmental damage.

Blue plaque honours woman who helped design the Tyne Bridge

A new commemorative plaque has been unveiled on the Tyne Bridge, in honour of Dorothy Buchanan, who was a member of the design team for the bridge which opened in 1928.

Top theatre award for play based on Newcastle academic's research

A play based on research by a Newcastle University academic has won a prestigious theatre award for the way it tackles young fatherhood.

BUILDING: An exhibition under construction

The Farrell Centre presents BUILDING: An exhibition under construction which will transform the exhibition galleries into live making spaces in an exploration of the process of building.

Verses with your veg? Grainger Market to gain Poet-in-Residence

If you fancy stanzas with your strawberries or couplets with your cuppa, then a new position at one of Newcastle’s most famous shopping destinations could be for you.

Reducing stigma of poverty in schools improves maths and reading

Researchers from Newcastle University have identified a link between reducing the stigma of poverty in schools and the reading and maths attainment of pupils.

Kathryn Scanlan wins the Gordon Burn Prize 2023-24

The winner of the £10,000 Gordon Burn Prize is Kathryn Scanlan for Kick the Latch, published by Daunt Books.

Newcastle academic awarded prestigious Fellowship

A Newcastle University academic has received national recognition from the prestigious Academy of Social Sciences for the excellence of her work.

Student strikes the right chord with new orchestra

A second year Music student at Newcastle University is delivering unique shows and genre-bending concerts.

Student success at film awards

The Milky Way won the Regional Student Award: Factual Short at the RTS North East and Borders Awards.

Research-intensive universities generate nearly £38 bn for UK economy

A new report assessing the economic impact of the Russell Group universities, found that for every £1 of public funds invested in research, more than £8.50 was generated for the UK economy.

Architecture formed of fungal mycelium is growing in Newcastle

The Growing Room will be exhibited as part of the Edinburgh Science Festival.

Katie Cuddon: A is for Alma

A is for Alma is Newcastle University artist and academic Katie Cuddon’s first solo exhibition in the city for 15 years.