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News in 2013

  • Blind chess documentary screens at Culture Lab

    A unique documentary about young blind chess players from India is being screened at Newcastle University’s Culture Lab this week.

    published on: 2 December 2013

  • Better support, treatment and research for millions of patients with rare diseases

    Newcastle University will be taking a leading role in the UK’s first strategy to help build understanding of rare diseases and boost research to find effective treatments and therapies.

    published on: 29 November 2013

  • Extra pregnancy risk for women with diabetes

    Women with diabetes who want to start a family are being urged to monitor their blood glucose levels and take a daily high dose of folic acid, as a new study reveals the extra risks to their baby's health.

    published on: 28 November 2013

  • Famous artists go under the hammer

    Original artwork from both famous and lesser-known artists are going under the hammer at Newcastle University next week.

    published on: 27 November 2013

  • Rural research for real solutions

    An event to celebrate the achievements of Newcastle University’s Centre for Rural Economy over the past 21 years is being held today at Alnwick Castle.

    published on: 27 November 2013

  • Royal recognition for rural research

    The Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University, Professor Chris Brink, and representatives from the University’s Centre for Rural Economy (CRE), have attended a ceremony at Buckingham Palace where CRE's reputation as a driving force for research into rural economies and societies was recognised with the award of a Queen's Anniversary Prize.

    published on: 22 November 2013

  • Sugata's first School in the Cloud opens

    Professor Sugata Mitra’s wish to inspire children and teachers across the globe is taking shape in a North East classroom.

    published on: 22 November 2013

  • New centre will use digital technologies to transform local government services

    A pioneering research centre set up to train the next generation of digital economy researchers is being launched in the North East of England.

    published on: 21 November 2013

  • Traditional pub curbs youth excess

    Traditional pubs could help reduce problem drinking among young people, according to new research.?

    published on: 20 November 2013

  • Mexicans help keep Cornish traditions alive

    Cornish pasties might be a traditional British staple but one student discovered they are also thriving thousands of miles away in Mexico.

    published on: 19 November 2013

  • Academic says UK must seize opportunities and adapt to ageing workforce

    Businesses and Government must adapt to ensure that manufacturing continues to play a powerful role in the UK economy, as with an ageing workforce, manufacturing will be one of the hardest hit sectors.

    published on: 31 October 2013

  • Graduate boosts creative engineers

    A Newcastle University graduate is helping a North East company create the next generation of interactive games, which will take pride of place in a multi-million pound Middle-East development.

    published on: 25 October 2013

  • Newcastle University art graduate wins prestigious award

    Fine art graduate wins competition for up-and-coming artists.

    published on: 24 October 2013

  • Stepping it up a gear

    Giants of the car industry Nissan, Renault, BMW and Volkswagen have called on the expertise of Newcastle University to take forward a major European project to drive forward the electric vehicle revolution.

    published on: 23 October 2013

  • Newcastle’s biggest book club gets underway again

    Students are set to benefit from a novel project designed to encourage reading for pleasure.

    published on: 18 October 2013

  • North East LEP working with universities to drive innovation

    Connecting automotive businesses with the expertise of four of the region’s universities to boost innovation and growth will be under the spotlight next week.

    published on: 18 October 2013

  • Student volunteering boosts communities

    Newcastle University students work hard to help promote strong and vibrant communities through volunteering in the places where they live and study.

    published on: 16 October 2013

  • Great minds don't think alike

    BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival returns to Sage Gateshead this month with several talks and discussions based around research being carried out at Newcastle University.

    published on: 16 October 2013

  • Response to the Witty review

    The North East Local Enterptise Partnership has welcomed the rcommendations of the Witty Review, 'Encouraging a British Invention Revolution' published this week.

    published on: 16 October 2013

  • Major boost for arts and humanities

    Newcastle University has been awarded a share of £11.2 million to fund up to 157 full-time postgraduate students.

    published on: 15 October 2013

  • Fuelling the future

    Experts have been explaining how they have harnessed the energy locked up in sewage to power our waste water treatment at the British Science Festival.

    published on: 12 September 2013

  • European success for Newcastle University student rowing teams

    Newcastle University’s Women’s eight (W8+) team triumphed with gold, and the Men’s coxless four (M4-) took the silver at the 8th European Universities Rowing Championship.

    published on: 12 September 2013

  • The sky's the limit for schools in the cloud

    TED Prize winner Professor Sugata Mitra, who challenges how we teach children in a technological age, has been sharing his vision for the future of education at the British Science Festival in Newcastle.

    published on: 11 September 2013

  • Closing the gap in health inequality: pioneering simulation

    People whose homes are less than eight miles apart are facing 11 years difference in how long they can expect to lead healthy and active lives before being hit by a serious disease or disability and a Newcastle team is to address this.

    published on: 11 September 2013

  • Experts call for football alcohol advertising restrictions

    Newcastle University academics have called for the Government to consider restricting alcohol marketing during televised football matches after studying a selection of games and finding they were 'bombarded' by references to drink.

    published on: 11 September 2013

  • Aphasia award speaks volumes

    Professor David Howard has been given The Robin Tavistock Award 2013 for his invaluable contribution to aphasia research.

    published on: 10 September 2013

  • Pedalling towards better diabetes management

    In a world first, Newcastle scientists are studying the physiological performance of cyclists 1,000 miles away as they tackle a gruelling ride and diabetes at the same time.

    published on: 10 September 2013

  • Innovation expert appointed to increase impact of university-industry collaboration

    The N8 Research Partnership, a collaboration of the eight most research-intensive universities in the North (Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York), has appointed Colin Reid as Director of the N8 Industry Innovation Forum (N8 IIF).

    published on: 10 September 2013

  • Leading the way in motor technology

    Newcastle University has been named a key player in a £16 million programme to investigate the benefits of high-speed motors for hybrid and electric vehicles.

    published on: 9 September 2013

  • Serenading the Squirrel

    The winner of Newcastle University’s Red Squirrel film project has discovered our native Reds have an unlikely passion for the harmonica.

    published on: 9 September 2013

  • Ambitious science mission sets off for Antarctica

    A team of British scientists is making final preparations for an ambitious Antarctic science mission.

    published on: 9 September 2013

  • New research equipment will track cancer spread

    New technology which will provide an insight into how cancers spread around the body and how effectively treatments are working has been unveiled by Newcastle University.

    published on: 4 September 2013

  • Graduates 'Triumph' in jobs market

    Three graduates from Newcastle University have revved up their careers by landing jobs at one of the biggest names in motorbikes.

    published on: 3 September 2013

  • Whales get a tan too

    Whales have been shown to increase the pigment in their skin in response to sunshine, just as we get a tan.

    published on: 30 August 2013

  • Patient choice at heart of new online decision aids

    A health website has launched a range of free online health decision aids, allowing patients to make more informed treatment choices, thanks to the work of a Newcastle University academic.

    published on: 27 August 2013

  • Students rank Newcastle University among the best

    Newcastle students enjoy their time here so much they have voted the University one of the best in the country for student experience.

    published on: 15 August 2013

  • Students brew up business success

    Students are well known for their love of the odd pint, but enterprising Newcastle University students are cashing in by launching their own micro-brewery.

    published on: 15 August 2013

  • Winning The Ocean Race

    How the North East is leading the way in the global race to harness the power of the sea.

    published on: 14 August 2013

  • Rare leukaemia survival rate breakthrough

    A pioneering genetic study means that children with a rare subtype of leukaemia have 75% less chance of their leukaemia recurring.

    published on: 13 August 2013

  • Planning by postcode

    A new map reveals how prepared UK cities are for climate change.

    published on: 13 August 2013

  • Love is in the aria

    Love letters between a prisoner on death row and his female guard have been weaved into a dramatic new mini opera.

    published on: 12 August 2013

  • Calls for safer drinking levels for over 65s

    Newcastle University academics have called for changes to be made to the recommended safe levels of drinking for over 65s and also special alcohol advice to be made available for older people.

    published on: 8 August 2013

  • Universities collaborate to support fair access

    A major national scheme to help under-represented groups get into top universities is to be expanded.

    published on: 5 August 2013

  • Celebrating the North East’s inspirational women

    Time is running out to nominate the region’s most inspiring women.

    published on: 2 August 2013

  • The breast place to feed

    A ‘TripAdvisor’-style app which helps new mothers to locate breastfeeding-friendly places while they are out-and-about has been launched by Newcastle University.

    published on: 31 July 2013

  • Testing a cancer drug for arthritis

    Scientists at Newcastle University have been awarded £1m for a clinical trial to see whether a drug developed to treat cancer can be ‘repurposed’ to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

    published on: 31 July 2013

  • Developing treatment for rare auto-immune disease

    A Newcastle University researcher is aiming to develop an 'urgently-needed' treatment package for people with a severe but little-known auto-immune condition that makes it difficult for sufferers to cry and swallow.

    published on: 31 July 2013

  • University partnership signals commitment to County

    A new partnership will help Northumberland’s communities, schools and businesses access support from Newcastle University and further important research in the county.

    published on: 30 July 2013

  • Poems heard across the waves from Lindisfarne to Bamburgh

    Poems will echo across the sea as part of new installation set up to celebrate the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East.

    published on: 26 July 2013

  • Tackling malnutrition on the wards

    Researcher Dr Ben Heaven appeared on BBC Radio 4 to discuss the issue of feeding assistance in hospitals.

    published on: 25 July 2013

  • On cloud nine

    Newcastle University has secured £2m to develop a state-of-the-art Cloud Computing Centre.

    published on: 4 July 2013

  • The sting in the tail - Chance finding could lead to new antibiotics

    A whole new class of antibiotics could be possible after a chance discovery by academics at Newcastle University.

    published on: 4 July 2013

  • Collaborating to treat mental illness

    Newcastle University is part of a new multi-million pound collaboration aimed at producing new drugs to treat schizophrenia.

    published on: 2 July 2013

  • Flooding to the movies

    On the first anniversary of ‘Thunder Thursday’ flood agencies, academics and businesses from across the region put the importance of forging stronger partnerships to tackle flooding in the spotlight.

    published on: 28 June 2013

  • Paving the way for law change for pioneering IVF technique

    The Chief Medical Officer has today outlined support for a change in the law, which would allow an IVF technique to eliminate mitochondrial disease, and pioneered at Newcastle University, to be used in patients.

    published on: 28 June 2013

  • Reaction to announcement paving the way for law change

    Reaction to the announcement by the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies that there is support for a change in the law, which would allow an IVF technique to eliminate inherited mitochondrial disease, and pioneered at Newcastle University, to be used in patients.

    published on: 28 June 2013

  • Work begins to develop life-saving liver treatment

    A £6 million programme to carry out the largest-ever study to develop new treatments and improve existing therapy for patients with a life—threatening liver disease has been announced by the Minister for Universities and Science.

    published on: 27 June 2013

  • Thousands flock to Newcastle University Visit Days

    Prospective undergraduate students from across the country will arrive in the city tomorrow and Saturday for Newcastle University’s Visit Days.

    published on: 27 June 2013

  • Outstanding teaching at Newcastle University recognised

    Two Newcastle University lecturers have been rewarded for excellent teaching.

    published on: 27 June 2013

  • New centre for arthritis research

    A new £2.5 million research centre aims to find out more about the causes of rheumatoid arthritis.

    published on: 25 June 2013

  • Measuring in the extreme

    A microscopic atom cloud that is colder than outer space could help improve our ability to make precision measurements for the development of next-generation rotational sensors and GPS.

    published on: 25 June 2013

  • Newcastle University Management team wins top award

    Newcastle University won the Outstanding Leadership and Management Team Award at the fifth Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards in London last night.

    published on: 21 June 2013

  • Celebrating 100 years of medical breakthroughs

    A third of people in Newcastle say they’ve met a medical research scientist, reflecting the flourishing development of the city of science. Now Newcastle University scientists are hoping to inspire a future generation with an event this weekend.

    published on: 20 June 2013

  • Jobs boost for Newcastle University graduates

    Newcastle University has increased the number of its graduates who find jobs soon after leaving, Government statistics have revealed.

    published on: 19 June 2013

  • New beauty blog will unmask industry secrets

    Two Newcastle University medical science students have launched a blog which aims to demolish the myths and mystery surrounding the beauty products industry.

    published on: 17 June 2013

  • Global cooling as significant as global warming

    A “cold snap” 116 million years ago triggered a similar marine ecosystem crisis to the ones witnessed in the past as a result of global warming, according to research published in Nature Geoscience.

    published on: 16 June 2013

  • From the mouths of babes – The truth about toddler talk

    The sound of small children chattering has always been considered cute – but not particularly sophisticated. However, research by a Newcastle University expert has shown their speech is far more advanced than previously understood.

    published on: 15 June 2013

  • Children help reveal diabetes trigger

    Cases of type 1 diabetes in children mirror the spread of flu – suggesting it is triggered by an infection carried by wild animals.

    published on: 14 June 2013

  • Maryport Roman Temples excavation starts onsite

    A team of archaeologists and volunteers led by Newcastle University's Professor Ian Haynes with site director Tony Wilmott, has started work in Maryport until 22 July.

    published on: 13 June 2013

  • Fit for surgery?

    Age should not be a barrier to having an operation, fitness should be the key measure, is the finding of new research from Newcastle University.

    published on: 11 June 2013

  • Pay attention: How we focus and concentrate

    Scientists at Newcastle University have shed new light on how the brain tunes in to relevant information.

    published on: 23 May 2013

  • Roll up, roll up for the biggest-ever fine art degree show

    The countdown has begun to the launch of the most visited exhibition in the Hatton Gallery’s annual calendar.

    published on: 21 May 2013

  • Universities rise to the efficiency challenge

    Universities are saving billions by sharing high-value resources and using innovative technologies, Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts revealed today.

    published on: 15 May 2013

  • Encouraging people to see red

    Budding film-makers are being invited to take part in a new project designed to celebrate one of the UK’s most iconic native species – the red squirrel.

    published on: 15 May 2013

  • Laughter? It’s all in the mind

    Is someone laughing with you or at you? Your brain can tell the difference, researchers have discovered.

    published on: 14 May 2013

  • Working through retirement

    Work may be hard but achieving a satisfying, fulfilling retirement may be even harder work. A new book offers timely advice for revered football manager Sir Alex Ferguson as he announces his retirement.

    published on: 13 May 2013

  • Confucius Institute is launched

    A new centre dedicated to promoting Chinese language and culture has been launched at Newcastle University with a series of events.

    published on: 10 May 2013

  • How to become a philanthropist

    Researchers at the Centre for Charitable Giving are investigating the reasons why prominent entrepreneurs, like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, become philanthropic.

    published on: 9 May 2013

  • Mobile health technologies to rapidly test and track infectious diseases

    Early-warning sensor systems that can test and track serious infectious diseases – such as major flu epidemics, MRSA and HIV – using mobile phones and the internet are being developed by Newcastle scientists.

    published on: 9 May 2013

  • Writing on the wall: new Schwitters letters revealed

    Personal letters which give an insight into Kurt Schwitters’ vision for the Merz Barn artwork have been revealed for the first time.

    published on: 7 May 2013

  • Trash café - taking upcycling up a level

    It’s more than 50 years since the BBC’s Blue Peter first opened our eyes to the endless potential of a squeezy bottle and some double-sided sticky tape.

    published on: 16 April 2013

  • League of tweets

    New football tweet map charts the chatter around this weekend’s Tyne and Wear derby.

    published on: 13 April 2013

  • Secrets of bacterial slime revealed

    Newcastle University scientists have revealed the mechanism that causes a slime to form, making bacteria hard to shift and resistant to antibiotics.

    published on: 12 April 2013

  • Inspiring Newcastle professor remembered

    A Newcastle University professor who was renowned for his passion for Greek and Etruscan art and archaeology will be remembered with a series of events.

    published on: 11 April 2013

  • Tributes to IVF pioneer Sir Bob Edwards

    Tributes have been paid to IVF pioneer, Sir Robert Edwards, who has died. Building on his work, scientists at Newcastle University have developed an IVF technique to prevent mitochondria disease.

    published on: 11 April 2013

  • Pioneering robotic surgery for throat cancer

    The first three North East patients have benefited from cutting-edge robotic surgery for throat cancer.

    published on: 11 April 2013

  • Newcastle Work Experience - Our skills in your workplace

    Companies in the North East could benefit from the skills and enthusiasm of a student or graduate to help boost their business, thanks to a scheme run by Newcastle University.

    published on: 10 April 2013

  • Art can change your world

    Newcastle University researchers have shown it’s never too late to change your mind.

    published on: 9 April 2013

  • Vitamin D proven to boost energy – from within the cells

    Vitamin D is vital for making our muscles work efficiently and boosting energy levels, new research from Newcastle University has shown.

    published on: 6 April 2013

  • North East 'Dragons' share secrets of their success

    Three of the region's top entrepreneurs are passing on their skills to a new generation of business men and women thanks to a scheme run by Newcastle University.

    published on: 2 April 2013