3.5 Library Education Outreach: From Campus to the Community with Gillian Johnston and Sara Bird

In this episode, we talk to Gillian Johnston and Sara Bird who are both Education Officers in the Library Education Outreach team at Newcastle University.

Discover how the team are using the library’s vast information resources and collections to provide, creative and impactful opportunities for young people.

Find out more about the projects mentioned in the episode and follow the Newcastle University Library Education Outreach team on twitter @nclliboutreach.

If you are a teacher or community organisation and would like to enquire about a project, email lib.outreach@ncl.ac.uk.

3.2 Hadrian’s Wall 1900: Protection, preservation and partnerships with Dr Rob Collins and Mike Collins

In this episode we talk to Dr Rob Collins, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at Newcastle University and Project Manager to the Hadrian’s Wall Community Archaeology Project and Mike Collins, Senior World Heritage Advisor at Historic England about the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hadrian’s Wall.

Hadrian’s Wall was the north-west frontier of the Roman empire for nearly 300 years and crossed northern Britain from Wallsend on the River Tyne in the east to Bowness-on-Solway in the west.

In this episode, we will learn how partnerships are playing a key role in the future of Hadrian’s Wall, the importance of community engagement and how you can get involved in the ‘Hadrian’s Wall 1900’ festival, celebrating the 1900th anniversary of the beginning of the construction of the wall.

Find out more about the Hadrian’s Wall 1900 festival and the Hadrian’s Wall Community Archaeology Project (Wallcap).

Dr Rob Collins is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology (Material Culture of the Northern Frontier) in the School of History, Classics & Archaeology, seconded as Project Manager to the Hadrian’s Wall Community Archaeology Project (WallCAP). Formerly a Research Associate leading on the Frontiers of the Roman Empire Digital Humanities Initiative (FREDHI), he has also worked as the Great North Museum Academic Liaison Officer, and as the Finds Liaison Officer, North East, for the Portable Antiquities Scheme, based in the late Museum of Antiquities and its successor, the Great North Museum. You can follow Dr Rob Collins on twitter @duxBritanniarum.

Mike Collins is an archaeologist and heritage manager at Historic England, the Government’s lead advisor on heritage issues.  For much of the last 20 years, Mike’s work has focussed on the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site in the North East and North West of England.  Much of this work was concerned with the protection of the Wall and its special qualities, but also in negotiating development proposals, management planning and repair schemes for sections of the Wall in both public and private ownership.  More recently Mike has combined work on Hadrian’s Wall with managing a team of specialists providing advice on development and strategic planning in relation to heritage.

3.1 Inspiring young learners in STEM with Clare Fearon

In this episode we talk to Clare Fearon, Outreach Officer at Newcastle University about her passion for encouraging and inspiring young people to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Learn about why we need encourage more girls into STEM, Clare’s current outreach projects and the impact these activities are having in schools, colleges and beyond.

STEMFest is taking place in March 2022. If you would like to find out more or get in touch with Newcastle University’s Outreach Team visit https://stem.ncl.ac.uk/

Discover Clare’s range of Science Stories for Children and follow her on twitter @ClareSTEM.

2.1 Black History Month: People, Politics and Promoting Equality with Dr Skyler Hawkins


In this episode we talk to Dr Skyler Hawkins, Lecturer in Politics of Race and Ethnicity at Newcastle University about the importance of Black History Month.

Learn about ethnic minority representation in politics and academia, decolonising the curriculum and how we can all become better allies in the fight for racial equality.

To find out more about Skyler’s work visit https://www.skylerehawkins.com/ and follow her on twitter @skylerehawkins.

Register for tickets to attend Black Britain and Beyond, a four day symposium celebrating black culture, which we are delighted to be hosting at Newcastle University in November 2021.

Introducing the From Newcastle Podcast

Welcome to From Newcastle, a new fortnightly podcast from Newcastle University.

In Series One ‘Research From Newcastle’ our host Izzy sits down with world-leading academics to uncover the stories behind their work and how their research is changing lives around the world.

From Newcastle Podcast launches on 10 May.

From Newcastle is a podcast from Newcastle University. If you’d like to find out more about our research before the next episode is released take a look at our From Newcastle blog.