Northumbria University in Newcastle has announced the launch of a London campus.
From September, the London campus will offer industry-based programmes at postgraduate and undergraduate level. Northumbria is 8th among English universities for the percentage of graduates placed in professional employment, and in the top 4 in the UK for graduate start-ups.
“Our new campus means we can offer our students the opportunity to study in two of the UK’s top cities for students, Newcastle and London. Its location in the centre of a global city will appeal to our growing international community and to home-based students, whose educational experience will be bolstered by the rich and diverse industry links that the capital offers.”
– Professor Andrew Wathey, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Northumbria University
The Queen has today presented Northumbria University with the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for the outstanding community work of its Student Law Office.
This is the highest form of national recognition for higher and further education open to a UK academic institution.
Northumbria University’s Chancellor Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington, the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Professor Andrew Wathey, and the Executive Dean of Northumbria Law School, Kevin Kerrigan, attended the ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Each year around 200 final year students undertake supervised work on real cases - often for the most disadvantaged.
They were accompanied by five students - Ben Crystal, Oliver Lovett, Monika Fortuna, Lauren Hayes and Alice Carr.
Northumbria University has announced a new partnership that allows the women's netball side, Team Northumbria, to select players from the Northern Ireland national team.
The partnership became effective for the team's first match of the new Netball Superleague season against Team Bath last Friday. It's designed to progress netball talent across the North East and Ulster.
Team Northumbria's next game is at home to Celtic Dragons at Sport Central, in Newcastle on Saturday.
A robotic seal has helped to improve the quality of life of dementia sufferers, according to a Northumbria University study.
Researchers have claimed that interacting with a robot companion made people with mid to late-stage dementia less anxious and also had a positive influence on their lives.
Academics from the UK, Australia and Germany have been investigating the effect that PARO the robotic harp seal has on dementia patients.
PARO is fitted with artificial intelligence software and sensors that respond to touch and sound - and help it to show emotions like surprise, happiness and anger.
It can also learn its own name and learns to respond to words that its owner uses frequently.
The pilot showed that the robots had a clinically meaningful influence including increased levels of pleasure and also reduced anxiety.
"Our study provides important preliminary support for the idea that robots may present a supplement to activities currently in use and could enhance the life of older adults as therapeutic companions and, in particular, for those with moderate or severe cognitive impairment.
"There is a need for further research, with a larger sample size, and an argument for investing in interventions such as PARO robots which may reduce dementia-related behaviours that make the provision of care challenging as well as costly due to increased use of staff resources and pharmaceutical treatment."
– Professor Glenda Cook, Professor of Nursing at Northumbria University