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Online tool keeps families connected during lockdown

Online tool keeps families connected during lockdown

Press releases   •   Nov 25, 2020 09:58 GMT

Social isolation and loneliness have affected many people during the Covid-19 pandemic, especially those with limited access to digital technology.

Scientists to help forecast space weather threats

Scientists to help forecast space weather threats

Press releases   •   Nov 06, 2020 10:18 GMT

A Northumbria University solar physicist is part of a team of scientists working on a new project to improve the ability of the Met Office to forecast space weather and its potential disruption to activities on Earth.

EXPERT COMMENT: Up to 40% of UK retail space is not needed – here’s what can be done with it

EXPERT COMMENT: Up to 40% of UK retail space is not needed – here’s what can be done with it

Press releases   •   Oct 23, 2020 13:41 BST

The UK high street has been badly hit by COVID-19 restrictions - and it is shining a spotlight on the huge amount of retail floorspace that is not needed. Paul Greenhalgh, Professor of Real Estate and Regeneration at Northumbria University, writes about the challenges facing the sector for The Conversation.

Learn to code at free virtual event

Learn to code at free virtual event

Press releases   •   Oct 12, 2020 11:28 BST

Northumbria University is running a free online coding workshop, allowing people to gain new digital skills from the comfort of their own home.

Fungi in a warmer world – research project will explore impact of global warming on fungi species

Fungi in a warmer world – research project will explore impact of global warming on fungi species

Press releases   •   Sep 22, 2020 11:02 BST

Scientists from universities in the UK, US and Argentina are joining forces in a $1m research project to discover what impact an increase in global temperatures could have on the millions of species of fungi around the world.

Reconnection Nanojets in the Solar Corona: a breakthrough shedding light on the mystery of the Sun’s million-degree atmosphere

Reconnection Nanojets in the Solar Corona: a breakthrough shedding light on the mystery of the Sun’s million-degree atmosphere

Press releases   •   Sep 21, 2020 16:20 BST

A team of scientists has discovered new activity within the Sun’s atmosphere which could explain how it reaches temperatures of more than a million degrees.

Northumbria climbs into top 30 of UK university league table

Northumbria climbs into top 30 of UK university league table

Press releases   •   Sep 08, 2020 17:13 BST

​Northumbria University is now ranked in the top 30 universities in the UK after a significant 20 place rise in ​The Guardian University Guide 2021.

Northumbria University renewable energy expert to head up international event

Northumbria University renewable energy expert to head up international event

Press releases   •   Aug 21, 2020 09:05 BST

Professor Nicola Pearsall, Emerita Professor of Renewable Energy at Northumbria University and a world-leading expert on photovoltaics, has been announced as the general chair for this year’s European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (EU PVSEC).

North East consortium in the running to secure £50million to boost regional economy
Global magnetic field of the solar corona measured for the first time

Global magnetic field of the solar corona measured for the first time

News   •   Aug 07, 2020 08:39 BST

An international team of solar physicists, including academics from Northumbria University, Newcastle, has recently measured the global magnetic field of the outer most layer of the Sun’s atmosphere, the solar corona, for the first time.

Blanket of rock debris offers glaciers more protection from climate change than previously known

Blanket of rock debris offers glaciers more protection from climate change than previously known

Press releases   •   Aug 05, 2020 12:01 BST

​A new study has revealed that the expanse of rock debris on glaciers, a factor that has been ignored in models of glacier melt and sea level rise, could be significant. The Northumbria University study is published in Nature Geoscience this week and is the first to manually verify the rock debris cover on every one of the Earth’s glaciers.

Northumbria partners in €4.8m EU housing energy efficiency project

Northumbria partners in €4.8m EU housing energy efficiency project

Press releases   •   Jul 09, 2020 12:22 BST

​Northumbria University has been chosen to participate in a €4.8 million project to tackle the issue of renovating residential buildings in Europe to make them more energy efficient.

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

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.

Northumbria is top rated UK young university in global rankings

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.

Breaking news: Northumbria’s Spring/Summer Newspaper is here!

Breaking news: Northumbria’s Spring/Summer Newspaper is here!

Press releases   •   Jun 04, 2020 14:45 BST

Our first digital-only edition of Northumbria University News is here. Packed with the latest news, features and interviews, Northumbria University News is the perfect way to ‘read all about’ the exciting developments taking place across the University.

EXPERT COMMENT: Coronavirus: an architect on how the pandemic could change our homes forever

EXPERT COMMENT: Coronavirus: an architect on how the pandemic could change our homes forever

Press releases   •   May 27, 2020 12:01 BST

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our homes have been serving as makeshift workplaces, schools and gyms. Dr Tara Hipwood, lecturer in architecture at Northumbria University, suggests that changes in commuting or work habits will prompt a fundamental shift in what people perceive as priority features in the home, with outdoor space and a home office high up the list.

North East universities team up to protect frontline NHS workers

North East universities team up to protect frontline NHS workers

Press releases   •   May 01, 2020 13:54 BST

Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland universities are working together to design and support production of vital protective equipment for the NHS.

£1.2 million awarded to improve our understanding of the Sun

£1.2 million awarded to improve our understanding of the Sun

Press releases   •   Apr 23, 2020 14:52 BST

Researchers from Northumbria University have been awarded £1.2m to help advance our understanding of the Sun and its impact on the planets within our solar system.

Fold to Glitter – researchers discover novel optical sensing technology

Press releases   •   Apr 15, 2020 13:44 BST

Scientists from Northumbria University have developed a new optical sensing technology which can light up areas of an object or material by creating microscopic wrinkles and folds within its surface.

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.