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News in 2014

  • Stop-start driving in city centres creates higher pollution levels

    Traditional methods of modelling traffic pollution could be under-estimating emissions by as much as 60%, particularly in areas where congestion occurs for a large part of the day, a team at Newcastle University has concluded.

    published on: 12 December 2014

  • Catherine Cookson supports the Hatton Gallery

    The Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust has given a significant donation to the Hatton Gallery.

    published on: 11 December 2014

  • Chancellor pledges £20m for National Ageing Science and Innovation Centre at Newcastle University

    George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, recently visited Newcastle University, following a pledge of £20m of government funding for a new ageing science and innovation centre at the University. 

    published on: 11 December 2014

  • Tackling entry barriers to medical degrees

    A new report has highlighted the need for an expansion of outreach activity to ensure that there are more medical school applications coming from across the whole of the UK.

    published on: 11 December 2014

  • Newcastle school commemorates WW1 Christmas Truces

    Pupils at Archbishop Runcie School in Gosforth hosted a visit by The Farm to show the band how they are learning the history of the World War One Christmas truces.

    published on: 10 December 2014

  • Food banks just the tip of the iceberg

    Charities being left to feed families on the breadline highlights wider problems, warns a Newcastle academic.

    published on: 8 December 2014

  • A 'Living Laboratory' in the heart of Newcastle

    The Urban Sciences Building is a £58m commitment by Newcastle University to lead international research into creating the cities we want to live and work in.

    published on: 4 December 2014

  • Engineering our future

    The new Urban Sciences Building will tackle one of the great societal challenges of our age – ‘How do we build cities people want to live and work in but which are sustainable for future generations?’

    published on: 4 December 2014

  • A smarter way to power our future

    A reliable, affordable and dependable flow of electricity is vital to power society in the 21st Century.

    published on: 4 December 2014

  • Cyber-physical systems

    Our cities of the future will be ever more dependent on the complex relationship between computer systems, engineering, physics and human behaviour.

    published on: 4 December 2014

  • Contactless cards fail to recognise foreign currency

    A flaw in Visa’s contactless credit cards means they will approve unlimited cash transactions without a PIN when the amount is requested in a foreign currency.

    published on: 1 November 2014

  • Capturing our coast

    Newcastle University has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a £1.7m project to help protect our coastline for future generations.

    published on: 30 October 2014

  • Spinning around: Record labels in the spotlight

    The rise and the fall of the record label and its struggle for relevance in the digital age is one of the themes at an international conference at Newcastle University.

    published on: 29 October 2014

  • Genetic link to kidney stones identified

    A new breakthrough could help kidney stone sufferers get an exact diagnosis and specific treatment after genetic links to the condition were identified.

    published on: 29 October 2014

  • Gait and dementia link confirmed

    Researchers at Newcastle University have found a definitive link between gait - the way someone walks - and early changes in cognitive function in people with Parkinson's disease.

    published on: 22 October 2014

  • Diet for your DNA

    Personalised diet plans will not be widely accepted by the public until regulations are in place to protect information about our DNA, new research has shown.

    published on: 21 October 2014

  • Student-run business blooms in France

    While studying International Business and French offers a variety of employment options, launching her start-up abroad is opening an exciting career path for one Newcastle University student.

    published on: 20 October 2014

  • Childhood infection link to hearing loss

    Common childhood infections, such as tonsillitis and ear infections, may lead to hearing loss later in life, according to recent research from Newcastle University.

    published on: 20 October 2014

  • Newcastle University filmmaker nominated for top award

    A documentary about India’s young blind chess players has been shortlisted for a prestigious Grierson award.

    published on: 20 October 2014

  • Global recognition for Newcastle scientist

    Newcastle University’s Professor Angharad Gatehouse has been awarded the world’s top accolade in Entomology – the first woman to receive the award.

    published on: 16 October 2014

  • Securing our energy networks

    A state-of-the-art laboratory that will allow researchers to put the electricity grid through its paces – simulating events such as power cuts due to severe weather – is being launched today at Newcastle University.

    published on: 23 September 2014

  • Teaching method is a recipe for success

    Researchers at Newcastle University have cooked up a new way to teach modern languages.

    published on: 22 September 2014

  • Barbour Foundation donates £1 million to Future Fund

    The Future Fund campaign has taken a significant step closer to its goal of establishing a specialist children’s cancer research facility at Newcastle University after receiving a £1 million donation from the Barbour Foundation. 

    published on: 22 September 2014

  • Connecting up language learning

    Newcastle University is to help language teachers access support and advice to meet the needs of the new national curriculum, thanks to the ALL Connect project.

    published on: 19 September 2014

  • Newcastle receives special investment to boost research

    The Universities of Newcastle and Durham have both been awarded Impact Acceleration Accounts worth £1.3m by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC).

    published on: 17 September 2014

  • Newcastle in world's top one percent

    The QS World Rankings - a global survey of universities - has confirmed Newcastle as being in the top 1% in the world.

    published on: 16 September 2014

  • David Burn appointed Parkinson's UK Clinical Director

    Newcastle University neurologist Professor David Burn has been appointed as Clinical Director of Parkinson's UK, in a bid to drive forward urgent improvements to the standard of care for people with Parkinson's.

    published on: 12 September 2014

  • Reading crisis facing UK's children

    One and a half million children will reach the age of 11 unable to ‘read well’ by 2025 unless urgent action is taken to tackle the reading crisis facing Britain’s pupils, according to new research.

    published on: 8 September 2014

  • Free online course explores the risks of falling

    Newcastle University is launching a new free online course to help people learn how to prevent falls and injury. 

    published on: 8 September 2014

  • The Great North Film

    Spectators at the Great North Run are being asked to get involved this year by helping to capture the event on their mobile phones as part of a major experiment being led by Newcastle University.

    published on: 4 September 2014

  • Developing careers in gaming

    Four students from Newcastle University have joined Reflections, a Ubisoft studio, for internships during which they will help develop several highly anticipated video games.

    published on: 24 July 2014

  • Possible risk of folic acid overexposure

    A new study has shown that synthetic folic acid, the form taken in folic acid supplements we can buy over the counter, is not processed by the body in the same way as natural folates, the form found in green vegetables.

    published on: 24 July 2014

  • Raising the aspirations of young people

    Sending Newcastle University students into schools to raise the aspirations of young people has been highlighted as an example of good practice by the national organisation responsible for promoting fair access to higher education.

    published on: 24 July 2014

  • Mitochondrial plans move forward

    Plans to legalise the use of new techniques, developed by Newcastle University, to prevent mothers passing on serious mitochondrial diseases to their children, are to proceed, the Government has announced.

    published on: 23 July 2014

  • Technology tracks the elusive Nightjar

    Bioacoustic recorders could provide us with vital additional information to help us protect rare and endangered birds such as the European nightjar, new research has shown.

    published on: 21 July 2014

  • Future Fund receives first major donation

    The Future Fund campaign to establish a specialist children’s cancer research facility at Newcastle University has received its first major donation.

    published on: 21 July 2014

  • Nature’s strongest glue comes unstuck

    Over a 150 years since it was first described by Darwin, scientists are finally uncovering the secrets behind the super strength of barnacle glue.

    published on: 18 July 2014

  • First step towards treating rare childhood disease

    Scientists at Newcastle University have discovered a way of treating a rare disease which leads to kidney failure and death in children.

    published on: 17 July 2014

  • Mild traumatic brain injury may cause brain damage

    Even mild traumatic brain injury may cause brain damage and thinking and memory problems, a new study by Newcastle University academics has found.

    published on: 17 July 2014

  • Unleash your exploratory nature

    It’s easy to believe that the whole world is mapped out for us today, but one academic suggests this is far from true.

    published on: 14 July 2014

  • Dementia Friends campaign launch

    Newcastle University's Institute for Ageing has today welcomed the launch of Public Health England and the Alzheimer's Society's new dementia funds campaign, and its efforts to bring about a greater understanding of dementia to a wider audience.

    published on: 7 May 2014

  • Newcastle Science Central achieves CEEQUAL ‘Excellent’ award

    Science Central in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, has been presented with a CEEQUAL ‘Excellent’ design award at the Institution of Civil Engineers awards dinner.

    published on: 7 May 2014

  • Mountain legacies come to mind

    With mountaineering ascents and disasters hitting our headlines on an almost daily basis, mountains and those who climb them are capturing the public imagination as never before.

    published on: 7 May 2014

  • Independent body of experts needed to inform energy policy

    The UK’s energy industry is fragmented and a ‘system architect’ is needed to inform technical decisions and take a holistic view of the energy system in order to secure the country’s future energy supply, experts are warning.

    published on: 7 May 2014

  • Lord Patten Lecture on Social Renewal 2014

    A senior academic has proposed radical changes to the way social science is taught, researched and practiced in the UK at the annual Lord Patten Lecture on Social Renewal at Newcastle University.

    published on: 1 May 2014

  • Digitally Driven

    Bus-driver banter could become a thing of the past thanks to new technology installed to make sure there is always an equal distance between buses, experts reveal.

    published on: 1 May 2014

  • Delve into Newcastle's past and help form its future

    A grand plan to concrete over the River Tyne is one of the more intriguing stories being revealed at the Newcastle City Futures: People, Place and Change event next month.

    published on: 1 May 2014

  • Evidence that yoga can keep pregnant women stress free

    For the first time researchers in the UK have studied the effects of yoga on pregnant women, and found that it can reduce the risk of them developing anxiety and depression.

    published on: 1 May 2014

  • Past Paths: Bringing Tyne and Wear's museums to life on the web

    An innovative £122k project will use big data to enrich the experience of exploring Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums’ online collections.

    published on: 30 April 2014

  • Could you live on £1 a day for 5 days?

    Amy Anderson, a staff member from Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle University, is not content with simply signing a petition when it comes to global poverty. In fact, the Newcastle resident has committed to Live Below the Line and spend just £1 each day for five days on food.

    published on: 30 April 2014

  • A career in the fast lane

    A Newcastle University student is living the dream after landing a job in Formula 1 with Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP).

    published on: 30 April 2014

  • Whitefly confused by cacophony of smells

    Bombarding pests with smells from many different plants temporarily confuses them and hinders their ability to feed, new research has shown.

    published on: 28 April 2014

  • Testing 3D vision in praying mantises

    A new research programme aims to understand 3D vision in the praying mantis, the only invertebrate known to have this ability, and compare it with vision in humans.

    published on: 23 April 2014

  • Keeping older drivers on the road

    A unique research car which monitors our concentration, stress levels and driving habits while we’re sat behind the steering wheel is being used to develop new technologies to support older drivers.

    published on: 23 April 2014

  • Abstract art up for sale

    One of Victor Pasmore’s original prints being auctioned at Christie’s this week is likely to attract attention as it is a rare example of his later work.

    published on: 14 April 2014

  • Newcastle University is the place to be according to international students

    Newcastle University continues to climb when it comes to achieving international student satisfaction.

    published on: 11 April 2014

  • Google Glass puts the focus on Parkinson's

    The next generation of wearable computing is being trialled for the first time to evaluate its potential to support people with Parkinson’s.

    published on: 9 April 2014

  • Unique insight into life in the Far East

    The China Independent Film Festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in Newcastle this week, offers a unique insight into the world’s most populated country.

    published on: 8 April 2014

  • Leading software company taps into graduate talent

    Two computing science students are soon to join the ranks of Newcastle University graduates at thriving North East software consultancy and development company, Scott Logic.

    published on: 3 April 2014

  • Heritage Lottery Fund green light for Hatton Gallery re-development plans

    An ambitious £3.5 million project to revitalise Newcastle’s Hatton Gallery has received a significant boost today, with initial support*, including £154,000 development funding, from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

    published on: 2 April 2014

  • Princess Royal given an insight into how technology is changing lives

    Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, was at Newcastle University this week to see how technology is being used to tackle some of society’s biggest challenges.

    published on: 29 March 2014

  • Training the talent of the future

    A multi-million pound training centre designed to plug the skills gap in one of the fastest growing areas of computer technology is to be based at Newcastle University.

    published on: 28 March 2014

  • Weighing up equality challenges in Higher Education

    The Universities of Durham and Newcastle are to host a national conference on women in higher education to examine the issues surrounding gender equality and career progression.

    published on: 28 March 2014

  • New £10m project will look at novel treatment for epilepsy

    A new technique which could revolutionise the treatment of epilepsy is to be tested thanks to a £10m grant. Led by Newcastle University, teams from Imperial College London and UCL universities will also collaborate on the CANDO project to develop a brain implant, which uses light waves to try to counteract the disrupted brain activity which causes epileptic seizures. 

    published on: 27 March 2014

  • Solving the energy dilemma

    One hundred years after his death, Swan’s legacy burns brighter than ever.  Professor Tony Roskilly, Director of Newcastle University’s Sir Joseph Swan Centre, explains why the North East is still leading the way in energy research.

    published on: 26 March 2014

  • Newcastle University hosts Westminster debate on rural contribution to national economic growth

    Newcastle University’s Centre for Rural Economy will host a panel event at which leading academic and policy experts will discuss the topic Re-imagining the rural: Are we neglecting the rural contribution to national economic growth?

    published on: 26 March 2014

  • Newcastle University honours Bryan Ferry CBE

    Legendary North East musician Bryan Ferry is to receive an honorary degree from Newcastle University.

    published on: 25 March 2014

  • It's time to build an ark

    A rich medieval tradition that died out nearly 500 years ago is being revived at Newcastle’s Castle Keep this week.

    published on: 25 March 2014

  • Leukaemia caused by chromosome catastrophe

    Researchers, led by a team at Newcastle University, have found that people born with a rare abnormality of their chromosomes have a 2,700-fold increased risk of a rare childhood leukaemia.

    published on: 24 March 2014

  • Dementia conference features Newcastle academics

    Researchers from Newcastle University will present their latest findings at the UK's largest dementia research conference.

    published on: 19 March 2014

  • New grant for leukaemia research

    Newcastle scientists are hoping to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients with the most common form of adult leukaemia, after being awarded a grant by the blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

    published on: 9 January 2014