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Regional leaders join forces for transport and health partnership

Academics at Newcastle University are part of a new cross-sector partnership focused on tackling health inequalities through sustainable transport solutions.

Two Newcastle-led archaeology projects up for prestigious awards

A community project to protect Hadrian’s Wall and research that has transformed knowledge of Roman art in Britain have been shortlisted in the Current Archaeology awards 2022.

Leading figures honoured by Newcastle University

A celebrated chemist, a literary scholar and the head of a global business have been awarded honorary degrees.

Comment: Uyghur people are too terrorised to join in Covid protests

Writing for The Conversation, Jo Smith Finley discusses how the Uyghur people have suffered most from draconian zero-COVID policies but Uyghur-dominant cities remain silent.

Comment: Christine McVie – the anchoring force of Fleetwood Mac

Writing for The Conversation, Dr Adam Behr discusses the musical legacy of Christine McVie.

The bees that are getting young dads buzzing about art

A beekeeping project with a difference is helping young men in the North East become more familiar with the worlds of art and conservation.

Newcastle expert to research retreating glaciers and water resources

Newcastle expertise will be central to a major new research project looking at retreating glaciers and the impact on depleting water resources in the Andes.

Gaming loot boxes harm children, says new report

Children and young people are at risk of financial and emotional harm from in-game purchases, new research shows.

New research will explore the environmental legacies of war

Academics at Newcastle University are to investigate the environmental legacies of war, including the public health impact of so-called ‘smart’ weapons.

Comment: Austerity will burden future generations, not government debt

Writing for The Conversation, Nicola Mulkeen discusses when long-term debt wrongs our successors and when it does not.

Key appointment for research partnership

The ground-breaking Insights North East project has been further boosted by the appointment of Liz Shutt as Programme Director.

Newcastle University recognised for its work to advance race equality

Newcastle University has been awarded a Race Equality Charter Bronze Award by Advance HE in recognition of its work towards tackling race inequality in higher education.

Comment: Arts Council cuts

Writing for The Conversation, Dr Adam Behr discusses the problem of levelling up with culture.

Pioneering Newcastle University academic receives coveted award

Dr Mariam Rezaei has been awarded a Paul Hamlyn Foundation ‘Awards for Artists’ prize in recognition of her contribution to the field of music composition.

Newcastle-led project helps save Hadrian’s Wall

Work by volunteers and experts at Newcastle University has helped save parts of Hadrian’s Wall for future generations.

Exhibition gives women shunned in ancient Greece a voice

Women shunned by society in ancient Greece will take centre stage in a new exhibition at the Great North Museum: Hancock.

Comment: Burglars steal more gold when price is high – new research

Writing for The Conversation, Professor Nils Braakmann and colleagues discuss how the price of gold affects the rate of burglary in England and Wales.

Comment: Should lab-grown brain cells have legal rights?

Writing for The Conversation, Dr Josh Jowitt discusses whether lab-grown brain cells that can play pong should have legal rights.

Comment: Jerry Lee Lewis

Writing for The Conversation, Dr Adam Behr discusses how Jerry Lee Lewis's fiery performances were inseparable from his reckless behaviour and dark personal life.

Business School awarded highest accreditation

Newcastle University Business School has been officially re-accredited by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), one of the highest standard of achievement in business education.

River longer than the Thames below Antarctic ice could affect ice loss

An unexpected river under the Antarctic ice sheet affects the flow and melting of ice, potentially accelerating ice loss as the climate warms.

English academics win prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prizes

Professor Preti Taneja and Dr Joseph Hone have been awarded £100,000 Philip Leverhulme Prizes.

No return to normal for young people in poverty after Covid 19

Life will never return to pre-pandemic normality for children and young people, says a new report by Newcastle University and charity Children North East.

Preti Taneja wins the Gordon Burn Prize 2022

Professor Preti Taneja has won the tenth annual Gordon Burn Prize for Aftermath, her unflinching work of narrative non-fiction blurring genres and form to understand terror, trauma and grief.

Is furniture made from fungus the future?

Researchers at the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment (HBBE) are investigating whether textiles filled with fungus can be used to make structures and even furniture.

Listen to This Story! exhibition opening in Black History Month

Seven Stories, Newcastle University and Newcastle City Library to Showcase Joint Exhibition Celebrating Black History and Literature

Spanish and Peruvian art celebrated at Newcastle University

Two art exhibitions and a talk by a celebrated novelist are set to take place at Newcastle University.

Coronavirus crisis seen in new interactive art exhibition

The extraordinary moments of the coronavirus pandemic experienced by millions across the country are reflected in a new interactive online exhibition.

Ancient footprints record demise of a biodiversity hotspot

Archaeologists have discovered that hundreds of ancient animal and human footprints found on a beach in Merseyside record a major decline in large animal diversity in Ancient Britain.

New season of public lectures and concerts unveiled

Newcastle University’s popular series of INSIGHTS Public Lectures and Live Music Concerts in the King’s Hall performances are set to resume with in person events back on campus this autumn.

National recognition for our business and community links

Newcastle University has performed strongly in the national exercise that measures how we share our knowledge and expertise with business, charities and community organisations.

Students dig into the history of much-loved naturalist

Newcastle University students are uncovering more about the life of one of the nation’s most loved artists and naturalists as they take part in the next series of the Great British Dig.

Comment: Ukraine War - Kremlin fears of Nato expansion

Writing for The Conversation, Professor Nick Megoran discusses how Russia’s idea of itself as endangered by Nato is crucial to understanding the war and mapping out a future path to peace.

A lifetime of service and duty

Dr Martin Farr reflects on the life of Queen Elizabeth II.

Vindolanda Adventure: New online game opens up fort's history

A new educational resource for budding video gamers and archaeologists set at the ancient Roman fort of Vindolanda in Northumberland launches this weekend.

Rural movement can boost influence of communities in policy making

A rural movement for Scotland can boost the influence of communities in national policy-making - but it needs to be truly representative of the diverse voices across Scotland's rural and island areas.

New partnership to support research and education in Ukraine

Newcastle University has formalised a twinning partnership with the National University of Water and Environmental Engineering (NUWEE), in Ukraine.

Comment: UN report on abuse of Uyghurs misses a vital word: genocide

Writing for The Conversation, Dr Jo Smith Finley discusses how the UN report on human rights abuses against the Uyghurs is stronger than expected, but there is a glaring omission.

Newcastle shortlisted for University of the Year

Newcastle University has been shortlisted for the prestigious Times Higher Education University of the Year award in recognition of its commitment to Environmental and Social Justice.

Comment: Liz Truss may not appoint an ethics adviser, does it matter?

Writing for The Conversation, Martin Farr discusses the recent history of the role of the independent adviser on ministerial interests.

New exhibition brings together art and archaeology at the GNM: Hancock

The Way My Body Feels examines the links between objects, art, and medicine to reflect on the ancient and contemporary body.

Mycelium: Up-and-coming student artists show their work

Mycelium is the summer show of Newcastle University’s post-graduate artists.

Album showcases the underwater sounds of Sunderland

David de la Haye sits at the water’s edge and listens. Using a hydrophone he tunes into the sounds of amphibians, invertebrates, fish and even plants.

Setting the scene: Tyne Theatre performance calendar to be created

A team of local volunteers, led by a Newcastle University expert, is to create a calendar of historical Tyne Theatre and Opera House performances.

Comment: Russia's invasion of Ukraine is an attempt to rewrite history

Writing for The Conversation, Dariusz Gafijczuk discusses the ideas from Russia's past that are driving the war in Ukraine.

Leading museum professional honoured by Newcastle University

American educator and historian, Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, has been awarded an honorary Doctorate in Civil Law (DCL) by Newcastle University.

Social housing tenants face stigma and discrimination

Social housing tenants in England face such stigma and discrimination that they are often ignored and disrespected by their landlords, a Newcastle University academic has told MPs.

Acclaimed photographer and architects given honorary degrees

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Fran Bradshaw and Anne Thorne, were honoured during ceremonies in Newcastle University's historic King's Hall.

University Chancellor inaugurated and leading figures honoured

Renowned poet and filmmaker Imtiaz Dharker has been formally installed as Chancellor of Newcastle University.

Funding boost to better connect research to North East communities

A new project led by Newcastle University has received significant funding to maximise opportunities for connecting academic research to the needs of local communities.