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EXPERT COMMENT: Learning loss and implications for Covid-19 and school closures

EXPERT COMMENT: Learning loss and implications for Covid-19 and school closures

Press releases   •   May 20, 2020 11:51 BST

The ongoing situation and school closures as result of Covid-19 have a number of different implications for the education sector. Dr Emily Mann and Dr Jackie Shinwell of Northumbria University’s Healthy Living Lab explored the impact of the coronavirus crisis in terms of learning loss in this blog for Schools North East.

Northumbria University joins national genome sequencing alliance to map spread of COVID-19

Northumbria University joins national genome sequencing alliance to map spread of COVID-19

Press releases   •   May 19, 2020 10:52 BST

Scientists at Northumbria University, Newcastle, have joined a research consortium backed by the UK government to help fight COVID-19.

Academics join global study into COVID-19 loss of smell

Academics join global study into COVID-19 loss of smell

Press releases   •   May 15, 2020 14:34 BST

People who have recently experienced loss of smell are being urged to participate in a survey as a new global research group investigates the symptom as a marker of COVID-19.

New app boosts support for armed forces community

New app boosts support for armed forces community

Press releases   •   May 06, 2020 16:15 BST

As the country gears up to commemorate VE Day, academics at Northumbria University are delighted to have played a vital role in the development of a new smartphone app which helps UK military veterans find support services they need; whether that’s health services, jobs or housing.

University to explore social isolation and loneliness among war widows

University to explore social isolation and loneliness among war widows

Press releases   •   Apr 21, 2020 15:27 BST

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has awarded £100,000 to Northumbria University to examine the prevalence of social isolation and loneliness among UK war widows.

EXPERT COMMENT: Why do we dream?

EXPERT COMMENT: Why do we dream?

Press releases   •   Apr 21, 2020 08:41 BST

If you are finding yourself having extremely weird dreams during lockdown, you are not alone. In an article written for The Conversation, Jason Ellis, a Professor in Psychology at Northumbria University and Director of the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research, explains what’s going on after hours.

New discovery: Evidence for a 90-million-year-old rainforest near the South Pole

New discovery: Evidence for a 90-million-year-old rainforest near the South Pole

Press releases   •   Apr 01, 2020 16:26 BST

Researchers have found unexpected fossil traces of a temperate rainforest near the South Pole 90 million years ago, suggesting the continent had an exceptionally warm climate in prehistoric times. Their findings are published today (1 April) as the lead story in the scientific journal Nature.

Northumbria University announces partnership with Centre for Public Impact

Northumbria University announces partnership with Centre for Public Impact

Press releases   •   Mar 04, 2020 09:10 GMT

Northumbria University, Newcastle, and the Centre for Public Impact (CPI), have announced a partnership aimed at supporting efforts to help governments become more effective and trusted.

EXPERT COMMENT: Coronavirus is a breeding ground for conspiracy theories – here’s why that’s a serious problem

EXPERT COMMENT: Coronavirus is a breeding ground for conspiracy theories – here’s why that’s a serious problem

Press releases   •   Mar 03, 2020 11:47 GMT

Dr Daniel Jolley, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Northumbria University and Pia Lamberty PhD Researcher in Social and Legal Psychology at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, explain why the spread of conspiracy theories relating to coronavirus could be as harmful to society as the virus itself.

Study to examine the role of specialist nurses for people with Parkinson’s

Study to examine the role of specialist nurses for people with Parkinson’s

Press releases   •   Feb 20, 2020 10:09 GMT

Northumbria University researchers would like to hear from people with Parkinson’s and their families and carers, about their experiences of their Parkinson’s Nurse as part of a £100,000 study into the support for people with the condition. They are also looking to hear from specialist nurses to understand their knowledge on appropriate care and support for people with Parkinson’s.

Northumbria professor develops breath collecting device that could change Coronavirus diagnosis around the world

Northumbria professor develops breath collecting device that could change Coronavirus diagnosis around the world

Press releases   •   Feb 18, 2020 16:23 GMT

An innovative breath collecting device developed by academics at Northumbria University, Newcastle, could revolutionise the way we diagnose diseases, such as the newly emerged strain of coronavirus, COVID-19.

Northumbria academics launch Astronaut Rehab research at the Life Science Centre’s new Space Zone

Northumbria academics launch Astronaut Rehab research at the Life Science Centre’s new Space Zone

Press releases   •   Feb 13, 2020 16:04 GMT

A new space exhibition that features research from Northumbria University has launched at Newcastle’s Life Science Centre.

EXPERT COMMENT: How our phones disconnect us when we’re together

EXPERT COMMENT: How our phones disconnect us when we’re together

Press releases   •   Feb 11, 2020 14:15 GMT

Dr Genavee Brown, Lecturer in Psychology at Northumbria University, explores how mobile phones are impacting the connection between people when they are together.​

Molecule modification could improve reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel

Molecule modification could improve reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel

Press releases   •   Jan 28, 2020 14:15 GMT

The reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel could become safer and more efficient in future after Northumbria University researchers found a way to modify the structure of molecules to remove radioactive materials. The research is published in the influential Chemistry - A European Journal and is described by its editors as being of 'great significance'.

 The Big Issue names Northumbria academic as one of the UK’s Top 100 Changemakers

The Big Issue names Northumbria academic as one of the UK’s Top 100 Changemakers

Press releases   •   Jan 13, 2020 12:23 GMT

Professor Greta Defeyter of Northumbria University, Newcastle, has been listed as one of The Big Issue’s Top 100 Changemakers for 2020 for her research making a positive impact on society.

Sea-ice-free Arctic makes permafrost vulnerable to thawing

Sea-ice-free Arctic makes permafrost vulnerable to thawing

Press releases   •   Jan 09, 2020 13:03 GMT

New research published in Nature provides evidence from Siberian caves on the essential role that summer sea ice in the Arctic Ocean plays in stabilising permafrost and its large store of carbon.

Northumbria University academics seek over 65s for Healthy Ageing research

Northumbria University academics seek over 65s for Healthy Ageing research

Press releases   •   Jan 08, 2020 10:54 GMT

Researchers from Northumbria University are asking adults aged 65 or over to spare some time to help with their latest research into reducing loneliness in older people and improving function in everyday tasks.

Exercise can reduce side effects of prostate cancer hormone therapy

Exercise can reduce side effects of prostate cancer hormone therapy

Press releases   •   Jan 06, 2020 15:16 GMT

A leading expert in how exercise can help improve quality of life for cancer patients and survivors has published his latest research showing the benefits exercise can bring to men with advanced prostate cancer.

First evidence that Antarctica's thinning ice shelves are causing more ice to move from the land into the sea

First evidence that Antarctica's thinning ice shelves are causing more ice to move from the land into the sea

Press releases   •   Dec 02, 2019 08:00 GMT

Researchers have produced the first physics-based quantifiable evidence that thinning ice shelves in Antarctica are causing more ice to flow from the land into the ocean. Their findings have been published in Geophysical Research Letters.

Northumbria recognised for supporting its researchers

Northumbria recognised for supporting its researchers

Press releases   •   Nov 21, 2019 10:58 GMT

​Northumbria University, Newcastle, has retained an international award for the supportive environment it provides for research-active academics.