Northumbria is top rated UK young university in global rankings

Press releases   •   Jun 29, 2020 12:43 BST

​Northumbria University’s growing global reputation for academic excellence has been reinforced after becoming the highest placed UK university in the latest world rankings.

EXPERT COMMENT: Is ‘build build build’ really the best way forward for England’s planning system?

Press releases   •   Jul 06, 2020 16:33 BST

​Alister Scott, Professor of Environmental Geography and an expert in urban planning and infrastructure at Northumbria University, writes for The Conversation on proposals to change the UK's planning system.

EXPERT COMMENT: Back pain: four ways to fix bad lockdown posture – by copying astronauts

Press releases   •   Jul 06, 2020 13:15 BST

Lockdown could be bad for you back. Thanks to measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, many of us are now working from home. This means you might not be moving around as much, and your home desk setup (and the posture you adopt while working) might not be as good as it should be. These are all things that can lead to back pain.

Northumbria University part of £3.9m national collaboration to support academic engagement with public policy

Press releases   •   Jul 02, 2020 07:30 BST

Northumbria University has joined forces with UCL and the Universities of Cambridge, Manchester and Nottingham, as well as Parliament, Government and policy organisations, in a project to explore ways of improving academic-policy engagement.

Northumbria has the talent!

Press releases   •   Jul 01, 2020 13:14 BST

​A team of marketing students from Northumbria University, Newcastle, has been crowned winners of this year’s UK Data and Marketing Association (DMA) Talent Marketing Challenge.

EXPERT COMMENT - Women leaders and coronavirus: look beyond stereotypes to find the secret of their success

Press releases   •   Jun 30, 2020 13:47 BST

​Professor Kate Maclean of Northumbria University’s Centre for International Development, discusses the success of women leaders in handling COVID 19.

Northern Writers’ Awards 2020: winners announced

Press releases   •   Jun 29, 2020 17:06 BST

Twenty-six writers from a record 1,800 entrants have received awards worth over £45,000 to support their unpublished work-in-progress in this year’s Northern Writers’ Awards.

The Northern Writers’ Awards were founded by the writing agency New Writing North, with Northumbria University a key partner and headline sponsor.

Now in their 21st year, the awards recognise talent and support new work towards publication or broadcast by offering mentoring, developmental support and cash awards to writers at all stages of their careers.

Katy Shaw, Professor of Contemporary Writings at Northumbria University, said: “The Northern Writers’ Awards profile the best new talent from the North of England. At a time when we need culture and the arts more than ever, this year's winners show that the next generation of creative talent has the potential to help us re-frame a post-pandemic world and better understand ourselves and our society.”

As part of its involvement in the awards, Northumbria sponsors the Northumbria University Student and Alumni Award, worth £2,000.

This award is open to final year students and recent graduates of the university in any discipline and includes either works of fiction or poetry.

This year's winner was Andrew Wilkinson, who graduated from Northumbria in 2013 with an MA in Creative Writing.

Andrew has been writing fiction since he attended a creative writing night class at his local high school between 2008 and 2010.

He is currently working on a novel about Gustav Mahler, and his short story Timewind featured in the Uncommonalities anthology edited by John Schoneboom.

Andrew has previously published nonfiction in the field of clinical psychology and psychotherapy. He lives in Newcastle upon Tyne with his wife and two children.

Speaking about his win, Andrew said: "It means a lot to me to win this award. My time at Northumbria University studying creative writing was very enjoyable, very challenging and I learned so much.

“When you’re juggling a demanding day job with family life it can be hard to hold on to your writer identity, especially during the pandemic when work and home life have been busier than ever.

“This award couldn’t have come at a better time and when the world settles down I look forward to using the award to get some intensive writing time back into my life and complete the novel.”

The list of 2020 winners in full is:

Northern Writers’ Awards for Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction

Susan Barker

Ruqaya Izzidien

Rebecca Muddiman

Northern Writers’ Awards for Poetry

Jennifer Lee Tsai

Suzannah V Evans

Hannah Hodgson

Polly Atkin

Fokkina McDonnell

Northumbria University Student and Alumni Award

Andrew Wilkinson

Hachette Children’s Novel Award

Hannah Durkan

NorthBound Book Award

John D Rutter

Northern Debut Awards

Ruksana Abdul-Majid

Victoria Bennett

Gaynor Jones

TLC Free Reads Scheme

Mark Holmes

Dani Watson

The Sid Chaplin Award

Winner: Jodie Russian-Red

Highly Commended: Sarah Tarbit

Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards – Bonafide Films

Samantha Neale

Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards – Lime Pictures

Jenna Campbell

Andrea Badenoch Fiction Award

Sally Tottle

Arvon Award

Naomi Kelsey

Young Northern Writer Award

Winner: Katie Wilson

Highly Commended: Naomi Thomas, Wambui Hardcastle

Matthew Hale Award

Jessica de Beer

Find out more about each of the winners on the New Writing North website.

The Northern Writers’ Awards are supported by Arts Council England and Northumbria University along with a host of publishing, media and higher education partners, including Channel 4 and Hachette Children’s Group.

Judges for this year’s awards included the writers Naomi Booth, Vahni Capildeo, Mitch Johnson and Amy Liptrot; literary agent Chloe Seager, from the Madeleine Milburn Agency; and editor Kris Doyle, from Picador. 

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Northumbria Professor receives inspirational award from Royal Society of Chemistry

Press releases   •   Jun 24, 2020 11:34 BST

A Professor in Northumbria University’s Department of Applied Sciences has won a top national award from The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Digital approach helps vulnerable people to live more independently

Press releases   •   Jun 23, 2020 12:21 BST

Researchers at ​Northumbria University are testing and developing a range of smart digital technologies to help some of the most vulnerable people in society live more independently.

Belief in 5G COVID-19 conspiracy theories linked to violence, reveals Northumbria study

Press releases   •   Jun 22, 2020 07:00 BST

Psychologists at Northumbria University, Newcastle, have provided the first scientific evidence of the link between violent behaviour towards the telecommunications sector and 5G COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs.

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