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Newcastle-born professor wins freedom of city

Professor Peter Higgs Credit: PA Wire

Newcastle-born scientist Professor Peter Higgs will receive the Freedom of the City of Newcastle today.

The Nobel Prize winner will attend a special ceremony at the civic centre this afternoon, where a plaque will be unveiled in his honour.

Prof Higgs was first to predict the existence of what became known as the Higgs boson particle..

He was born in Elswick in Newcastle in 1929 and spent his early life in the city.

He has gone on to become one of the world's most famous scientists and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics late last year.

Students reach Hong Kong in charity trek

A group of students from Newcastle University have travelled to Hong Kong without spending any money, to raise funds for a children's cancer charity.

The three students journeyed more than 5,800 miles as part of the Jailbreak challenge in aid of Kidscan.

This year's winning team was made up of George Bullock, 18, from Croatia, Alexandra Wild, 19, from Ilkley in West Yorkshire, and Lizzy Stringer, 19, from Bury.

After contacting a number of airlines the team managed to secure free flights from Heathrow.

Hong Kong. Credit: PA Wire

They also raised money - and received donations - to pay for taxis and metro trains at both ends of their journey.

George, a history and politics student, said: "The Kidscan Jailbreak was an exciting challenge which my friends and I couldn't wait to tackle.

"By placing the charity and its message at the forefront of our fundraising efforts, we were able to travel all the way to Hong Kong whilst raising money for an invaluable cause in the process."

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Legendary musician returns to student roots

It will be the second time that Roxy Music lead singer Bryan Ferry has graduated from Newcastle University when he receives an honorary Doctor of Music degree in July.

Bryan Ferry studied Fine Art at Newcastle and completed his studies in 1968.

Four years later, Roxy Music emerged. They went on to become one of the most influential bands of the 1970s and 1980s, enjoying critical and commercial success and producing eight classic albums including For Your Pleasure and Avalon.

"The four years I spent at Newcastle University’s Fine Art Department were crucial in my development as an artist and musician. While I was there, studying under the great Richard Hamilton, I met many like-minded students who became friends for life. Coming back to the University to receive this award will rekindle so many memories of an exceptional period in my life.”

– Bryan Ferry

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One step closer to pioneering IVF treatment developed in Newcastle

Pioneering IVF treatment developed in Newcastle is one step closer after ministers agreed to amend fertility laws.

The draft regulations could see babies born from three genetic parents.

The aim is to eliminate inherited diseases by replacing faulty DNA in egg cells with donated DNA from another egg.

The government has launched a three-month consultation, but critics argue it could lead to designer babies.

'We need best scientists in the UK for child brain tumour research'

Newcastle University is at the forefront of groundbreaking research aimed at treating brain tumours in children.

The £4m study will look at the different types of brain tumours that children get - and the results will be used to tailor their treatment.

It's hoped the five-year project will save lives as well as sparing children the trauma of unnecessary treatments.

Prof Steve Clifford from the Northern Institute for Cancer Research said its success will depend partly on attracting the best scientists in the UK.

Scientists hope to increase brain tumour cure rate

The benefits that we're trying to bring to children with brain tumours are two-fold.

Through understanding the biology of brain tumours in much more detail, we hope to be able to increase the cure rate for children with brain tumour.

And for those children that survive their brain tumours, we also want to make sure that their quality of life is as good as it can be following their treatment.

– Prof Steven Clifford, Newcastle University
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