To celebrate 50 years of pirate radio, four University of Sunderland students will broadcast live from the North Sea.
Sunderland University is getting a piece of broadcasting history as it installs an iconic Blue Peter set in its media school.
The artist Norman Cornish will receive an honorary doctorate from Sunderland University for his work painting life in the North East.
Durham Miners' Association records, from meeting minutes to accident reports, have been uploaded onto the internet by researchers at Sunderland University.
They can be used by anyone interested in genealogy to trace relatives or ancestors in the North East, as well as students, scholars and people researching the area's heritage.
To find the archive, click the link here and search "digitised" in the top right hand corner. The whole collection is available, from 1876 to 1941.
You can also search each document for key phrases, such as the name of an area or the surname of a family member. First, load the document, then click "Ctrl + F" to open a search bar in the top right hand corner.
Durham Miners' Association records spanning more than 60 years of coal mining in the North East are now available to browse on the internet.
The minutes of meetings, accident reports and balance sheets have been digitised by researchers at the North East England Mining and Research Archive (Neemarc) at Sunderland University. They will be of use to genealogists tracing ancestors from the North East, as well as students and scholars.
The accident reports show how dangerous the profession was, with accounts of injuries suffered by miners, from those still in their teens to others well into their sixties.
The records also document the support offered by the Association - a branch of the National Union of Miners - to miners, including offering compensation to widows and children of men killed at work.
World-renowned scientist Professor Sir Graham Teasdale has been honoured by the University of Sunderland.
The neurosurgeon invented the Glasgow Coma Scale which is used in hospitals worldwide to measure the progress of head injury victims.
He received his Honorary Doctorate of Science from the Chancellor Steve Cram in recognition of his outstanding contribution in the field of neuroscience and neurosurgery.
Professor Teasdale was born in Spennymoor, County Durham, training at Durham Medical School and later the Institute of Neurological Sciences in Glasgow.
He was made a Knight Bachelor in the 2006 New Year Honours list for services to neurosurgery and victims of head injuries.
"It is a tremendous day for me and my family," said Professor Teasdale.
Unite members working in universities across the country, including Newcastle University, are taking strike action today.
Unite national officer for education Mike McCartney said:
"Our members are taking this action with a heavy heart, but they have endured a five-year pay drought. We are calling for the employers to get around the table urgently so that our members contribution to the prestige and reputation of higher education is recognised.
"You have the curious scenario of highly-paid vice-chancellors at UK universities travelling the world extolling the merits of their universities to attract more foreign students.
– Mike McCartney, Unite national officer for education
"Yet, at the same time, our members, who underpin these highly regarded institutions of academic excellence, are treated with disdain when they ask for a decent pay rise, at a time when household bills, such as energy costs, are going through the roof.
"We hope that the strike will focus employers' minds and they realise their staff are their most important asset and reward them accordingly."
Members of the Unite union who are working in universities across the UK are taking strike action today in a row with the Government over pay and working conditions.
Lectures will be cancelled as staff form picket lines in cities around the country this morning, including Newcastle.
Unite is taking industrial action in a joint operation with the University and College Union (UCU) and Unison. The move is expected to cause the most widespread disruption at universities for years.
Researchers at Newcastle and Sunderland have found older people should drink less alcohol or risk damaging their health. Their study suggests heavy drinking is more likely to cause long term problems for those over 65 years old.
Frances Read reports.
– Dr Graeme Wilson, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University
Many older people are drinking to a level that is having a long-term impact on their health, even if the damage they are doing is not always immediately apparent.
– Dr Katie Haighton, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University
Alcohol interventions are not working for older people for many reasons. A lot of those we interviewed said the messages around alcohol were very confusing.
There is a need to develop new approaches to target the older population, for example longer in-home support, tailored information on the risks from alcohol in later life, or health workers with specific training on older people’s needs.
We also think the Government really needs to start looking at lowering the recommended limit for alcohol consumption in those over 65.
We support the call for clearer guidance and information to be made available in order for Older People to make informed choices about how much Alcohol they consume. Most of the people that approach us are not clear how the body reacts to alcohol as we get older or effects when combined with prescribed medications. GPs sometimes don't explain in detail some of these effects.
– John Briers, Chief Executive of Age UK, South Tyneside
This research also shows it is important to have a range of social activities available for older people to alleviate social isolation and as additional support following bereavement or illness.We need to address the social as well as the medical issues this research highlights