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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.

North of Tyne back scientists in green revolution

North of Tyne back scientists in green revolution

Press releases   •   Aug 27, 2020 12:14 BST

The North of Tyne Combined Authority is backing the scientists of the future with plans to boost green technology and manufacturing in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

Research reveals toll of pandemic on those with eating disorders

Research reveals toll of pandemic on those with eating disorders

Press releases   •   Aug 24, 2020 08:37 BST

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound, negative impact on nine out of ten people with experience of eating disorders, a new study from Northumbria University, Newcastle, reveals.

Forensic research proves that textile fibres can be transferred between clothing without contact

Forensic research proves that textile fibres can be transferred between clothing without contact

Press releases   •   Aug 14, 2020 09:00 BST

​Breakthrough forensic research at Northumbria University, Newcastle, has revealed for the first time that textile fibres can, under certain circumstances, be transferred between clothing in the absence of contact.

New study to investigate financial hardship and food poverty within the UK’s Armed Forces Community

New study to investigate financial hardship and food poverty within the UK’s Armed Forces Community

Press releases   •   Aug 01, 2020 13:08 BST

The UK’s oldest national tri-service charity, in partnership with Northumbria University has announced the launch of a programme of research into financial hardship and food poverty within the Armed Forces Community.

Impact and resistance training boosts bone strength and muscle function in those with Crohn’s disease, according to new research

Impact and resistance training boosts bone strength and muscle function in those with Crohn’s disease, according to new research

Press releases   •   Jul 30, 2020 09:24 BST

​Research from Northumbria University, Newcastle, has shown the important role specific types of exercise can play in the management of bone loss, fatigue and muscle dysfunction for those with Crohn’s disease.

EXPERT COMMENT: To save our leisure centres from closure, we may need to hand them to the community

EXPERT COMMENT: To save our leisure centres from closure, we may need to hand them to the community

Press releases   •   Jul 22, 2020 11:34 BST

Many leisure centres survived austerity by transferring their management to the local community. In an article written for The Conversation, Dr Lindsay Findlay-King, Principal Lecturer in Sport Management at Northumbria University, discusses whether this tactic could work again in today's crisis.

Northumbria graduate earns ground-breaking role on Irish Human Rights Commission

Northumbria graduate earns ground-breaking role on Irish Human Rights Commission

Press releases   •   Jul 13, 2020 16:16 BST

​A Northumbria University PhD graduate has made history by becoming the first disabled female Traveller to earn a place on the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC)

EXPERT COMMENT: Coronavirus anti-vaxxers: one in six British people would refuse a vaccine – here’s how to change their minds

EXPERT COMMENT: Coronavirus anti-vaxxers: one in six British people would refuse a vaccine – here’s how to change their minds

Press releases   •   Jul 09, 2020 15:09 BST

In an article originally written for The Conversation, Dr Daniel Jolley, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Northumbria University, and Darel Cookson, PhD Candidate in Psychology at Staffordshire University, explain why some people might reject vaccines and how we can look to combat the anti-covid vaccine sentiment.

Northumbria University and NEL Fund Managers launching growth programme for North East health, wellness and social care sectors

Northumbria University and NEL Fund Managers launching growth programme for North East health, wellness and social care sectors

Press releases   •   Jul 08, 2020 09:27 BST

A major new initiative to help North East businesses grow or expand into the health, wellness and social care delivery sectors is set to go live.

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

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 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.

Northumbria Professor receives inspirational award from Royal Society of Chemistry

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

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

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.

One in four UK adults at risk of hunger and potential malnutrition following lockdown

One in four UK adults at risk of hunger and potential malnutrition following lockdown

Press releases   •   Jun 20, 2020 22:10 BST

One in four adults in the UK are experiencing food insecurity, which is likely to have left them susceptible to hunger and potential malnutrition, during the COVID-19 pandemic. That is the main finding of a survey published today by Feeding Britain and Northumbria University’s Healthy Living Lab.

University students facing food insecurity due to pandemic

University students facing food insecurity due to pandemic

Press releases   •   Jun 12, 2020 12:16 BST

Four out of ten university students have reported they are worried that they will run out of food as they deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report. The findings have been submitted to the UK Education Select Committee inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on education and children’s services.

Students reimagine food economy at international Biodesign Challenge Summit

Students reimagine food economy at international Biodesign Challenge Summit

Press releases   •   Jun 12, 2020 10:53 BST

A team of students selected by the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment, a collaborative initiative between Northumbria and Newcastle universities, will be competing as finalists for their biotech-based design project in the Biodesign Challenge Summit 2020, June 15-19.

Thousands of tonnes of ocean pollution can be saved by changing washing habits

Thousands of tonnes of ocean pollution can be saved by changing washing habits

Press releases   •   Jun 08, 2020 10:00 BST

A new study has revealed that almost 13,000 tonnes of microfibres, equivalent to two rubbish trucks every day, are being released into European marine environments every year – but this could be reduced by as much as 30% if we made a small change to our laundry habits. The ​findings have been published by the scientific journal ​PLOS ONE for ​World Oceans Day on Monday 8 June.

Massive decrease in fruit and vegetable intake reported by children receiving free school meals following lockdown

Massive decrease in fruit and vegetable intake reported by children receiving free school meals following lockdown

Press releases   •   Jun 08, 2020 08:30 BST

In a study conducted by Northumbria University around half of the children who received free school meal vouchers are reporting a significant drop in their intake of fruit and vegetables since schools closed due to COVID-19 in March, yet many reported a large increase in consumption of sugary drinks and snacks.