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Comment: How TV and film crew are vulnerable to workplace exploitation

Writing for The Conversation, Ewan Mackenzie and Alan Mckinlay discuss how the dreams and desires of a career in the creative industries leave many at risk of exploitation.

Chinese Independent Film Archive launched at Newcastle University

A showcase of works by a group of prominent filmmakers will mark the launch of Newcastle University’s Chinese Independent Film Archive (CIFA).

Comment: why post-war school building isn't to blame for Raac

Writing for The Conversation,Dr Pamela Woolner explains why neglect and ineffective policy have led to the concrete crisis in schools.

New Vice Provost of Newcastle University in Singapore announced

Professor Jonathan Galloway will become the new Vice Provost and CEO of Newcastle University in Singapore, as it continues to expand its profile across Asia.

Newcastle academic shares inspiration behind historic house and garden

A Newcastle University academic has advised on the inspiration behind one of England’s earliest Greek Revival houses, Belsay Hall, as part of a multimillion pound conservation project.

Local councils struggling to manage finances following cuts

Local councils across England are struggling to manage the greater risks they have been forced to take to balance their budgets following national government funding cuts.

Newcastle University academic shortlisted for top history prize

Dr Oskar Jensen is one of six authors in the running for the £50,000 Wolfson History Prize.

Matt Rugg: Connecting Form

From 23.09.23 to 13.01.24 at Newcastle University's Hatton Gallery

Comment: How rising interest rates are affecting UK businesses

Writing for The Conversation, Dr Erwei Xiang looks at how UK businesses are being affected by rising interest rates.

Newcastle University graduates guest edit Radio 4’s Today programme

Three graduates guest edited the BBC Radio 4’s flagship news and current affairs programme.


Newcastle University Fine Art Post Graduate Summer show

Climate change increasing Antarctica’s vulnerability to extreme events

Polar experts from Newcastle University have contributed to a new study that assesses how climate change is increasing the size and frequency of extreme events in Antarctica.

Comment: Cambodia: Hun Sen proves himself the ultimate survivor

Writing for The Conversation, Professor Rhona Smith discusses how five decades on from the Khmer Rouge, Hun Sen is proving himself the ultimate survivor with his plan to hand power to his son.

Comment: Sinéad O'Connor: a troubled soul with immense talent

Writing for The Conversation, Dr Adam Behr discusses Sinead O'Connor, who - despite her difficulties, or even because of them - exemplified what it was to be an icon.

Preti Taneja announced as Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature

Preti Taneja has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (RSL), the charity that represents the voice of literature in the UK.

Leading figures recognised with honorary degrees

Newcastle University celebrates excellence.

Newcastle University expert named Churchill Fellow

Emerita Professor Sue Robson has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship to support autistic pupils.

Newcastle University academic elected to British Academy

Professor Jennifer Richards has been named a Fellow of the British Academy

Experts knit futuristic eco-building designs using fungal networks

Mycocrete, a paste made with fungi, can be combined with a knitted textile framework to create environmentally friendly constructions

Newcastle University students recognised for outstanding achievement

Two students from Newcastle University will be recognised at the fifth annual Student Social Mobility Awards for defying the odds to achieve outstanding success.

Durty Beanz: NEVER EVER

A new film installation by Glasgow-based action research group Durty Beanz is being launched at The Gymnasium Gallery in Berwick.

Rarely seen works on show in Hatton Gallery for a limited time

The exhibition includes works from artists including Frank Auerbach, Laura Lancaster and Chris Ofili, Samuel Palmer, Thomas Hair and Bronwen Sleigh.

Newcastle University apprenticeships praised by Ofsted

Newcastle University’s apprenticeships have been rated ‘Good’ across the board by Ofsted.

Newcastle University achieves highest ever global ranking

Newcastle is celebrating its highest ever position at 110th in the QS World University Rankings 2024.

Newcastle University Fine Art student wins new art prize

Final Year Fine Art student Britney Fraser has won the Dogger Bank Purchase Prize.

Refugee Week 2023

Newcastle University marks Refugee Week 2023 with a series of events celebrating the talent and contribution of refugees and asylum seekers.

Excavations at Birdoswald Roman fort set to unearth new insights

Newcastle University and Historic England have started work on the penultimate season of a five-year programme at the Roman fort of Birdoswald, on Hadrian’s Wall.

Gordon Burn Prize 2023-24 opens for entry as judges announced

Three leading writers and journalists will join chair Terri White to judge the Gordon Burn Prize 2023-24.

First excavated evidence of Roman metal mining in Cornwall found

The new series of the Great British Dig has unearthed the first excavated evidence that the Roman army were mining metals in Cornwall within just a few years of invading Britain.

Architecture Degree Show 2023

The annual celebration of work by students at School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape goes on show Friday 16 June.

New exhibition charts rise and decline of Newcastle’s public toilets

A new exhibition explores the hidden history of Newcastle’s public toilets, and how the city went from boasting over 80 public toilets a century ago to zero today.

Everyone Sang

A concert celebrating Newcastle University’s Choral Excellence project, led by King’s Singer Chris Bruerton

Newcastle University Business School confirmed as world-class

Newcastle University Business School has officially received re-accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA), one of the world’s leading authorities on postgraduate business education.

Fine Art Degree Show 2023

The annual Newcastle University Fine Art Degree Show sees talented students exhibit the culmination of four years of hard work.

The Creativity Engine

Inspiration from some of the world’s best children’s authors at your fingertips.

Event aims to connect academic knowledge and policymakers

The inaugural Insights North East annual conference will look at how academic knowledge and policymaking can be brought together to better meet the needs of North East communities.

Artist to explore ethnic minorities' relationship to the countryside

The Maltings (Berwick) Trust and Newcastle University are delighted to announce artist Sneha Solanki has been awarded a Northern Bridge Consortium Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA).

Comment: Why Klarna's courting of young shoppers is a problem

Writing for The Conversation, Jane Brown and Jehana Copilah-Ali discuss why buy-now-pay-later service Klarna's use of Paris Hilton and TikTok-style algorithms to reach young shoppers is a problem.

International Forum examines LGTBIQ+ rights in maritime industry

A forum organised by a Newcastle University student aims to improve the visibility and rights of LGBTIQ+ people in the shipping industry.

Comment: What Ed Sheeran’s copyright court case win means

Writing for The Conversation, Dr Adam Behr discusses the background, context and implications of the recent Ed Sheeran copyright case.

Newcastle University and Opera North in tune with new partnership

Newcastle University and Opera North have announced a new three-year collaboration.

Newcastle University academic Dr Tina Gharavi directs Queen Cleopatra

BAFTA and Sundance nominated director Dr Tina Gharavi has directed a new four part docu-drama about Cleopatra for Netflix.

Comment: the Met Gala has nothing on Georgian masquerade parties

Writing for The Conversation, Meg Kobza discusses the extravagance that accompanied Georgian masquerade parties.

Rachel Maclean: if it looks like a duck

Newcastle University NUAcT Research Fellow Rachel Maclean’s new exhibition features a deepfake British spy thriller starring Sean Connery and Marilyn Monroe.

Newcastle Poetry Festival: Community 11 to 13 May

Award-winning poets are heading to Tyneside for the Newcastle Poetry Festival 2023.

Comment: How Omar al-Bashir's 30-year legacy is playing out today

Writing for The Conversation, Dr Willow Berridge explains how the legacy of Bashir’s rule is central to the latest round of conflict.

Newcastle academic to give expert view at senior Defence meeting

A Newcastle University academic will provide an expert view on Women, Peace and Security, with particular reference to the war in Ukraine, at a high-level Defence meeting.

What would be in your perfect town?

Visitors to the Farrell Centre’s opening weekend will be able to design their own town and draw the city’s skyline.

Comment: New research shows how rapidly ice sheets retreat

Writing for The Conversation, Dr Christine Batchelor and her colleague Dr Frazer Christie discuss what their discovery about the speed of ice sheet retreat may mean for Antarctica.

Ice sheets can collapse faster than previously thought

Ice sheets can retreat up to 600 metres a day during periods of climate warming, 20 times faster than the highest rate of retreat previously measured.