Refugee Week Special: Sanctuary Songs with Dr David Baines and Theresa Easton

In this special episode to mark Refugee Week, I will be talking to Dr David Baines, Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Theresa Easton, Lecturer in Fine Art at Newcastle University. 

Learn about the importance of Refugee Week, Newcastle University as a University of Sanctuary and some of the activities you can get involved with during the week.

The Sanctuary Songs academic conference takes place from 19th – 20th June 2023 and the cultural festival will run from Wed 21st – Sat 24th June in various venues around the University. For further information visit Sanctuary Songs Conference and Arts Festival.

Other useful links:

The Courier:
University of Sanctuary:
Skimstone Arts:
North East Solidarity and Teaching (N.E.S.T):

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5.9 A breakthrough in diagnosing and treating Fatty Liver Disease with Professor Quentin Anstee

In this episode we talk to Quentin Anstee, Professor of experimental hepitology and Consultant Hepatologist at Newcastle University’s Translational and Clinical Research Institute.

Learn about how Quentin and his team have been working on an exciting project to develop new diagnostic tests for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, a condition which is too often undiagnosed in patients. 

The papers mentioned in this episode are:

Paper 1 – Biomarkers for staging fibrosis and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (the LITMUS project): a comparative diagnostic accuracy study – The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Paper 2 – A proteo-transcriptomic map of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease signatures | Nature Metabolism

Information about the LITMUS Project is available at About LITMUS – LITMUS Project (

You can find out more about Quentin’s research and follow him on twitter @QAnstee.

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5.8 Are animals and AI entitled to legal personhood? with Dr Josh Jowitt

In this episode we talk to Dr Josh Jowitt, Lecturer in Law at Newcastle University about legal personhood. 

Learn about the legal protection for animals and how the law needs to prepare for questions about the rights of AI (artificial intelligance) and lab grown cells.

Information about the cases mentioned in this episode can be found at ‘Monkey selfie’ case, Happy the elephant and the DABUS case.

You can find out more about Josh’s research and follow him on twitter @drjoshdoeslaw. And don’t forget to try his favourite Newcastle based restaurants Chilli Padi and Zucchini Pasta Bar!

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5.5 Creating opportunities for young dads and lads in the North East with Dr Michael Richardson

In this episode we talk to Dr Michael Richardson, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography about his work with the North East Young Dads and Lads project.

Learn about Michael’s research on the geographies of gender and masculinities and how he is working creatively to help young men and young fathers across the North East.

Find out more about Michael’s research and follow him on twitter @mjrichardson1 Look out Michael’s new book ‘Undefining masculinity: Feminism, Food and Fatherhood’ out later this year.


The Comfrey Project:
North East Young Dads and Lads Project:
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art:
Father Unknown, 16 – 17 June 2023:


5.4 The Hatton Gallery: Learning through art with Hazel Barron-Cooper

In this episode we talk to Hazel Barron-Cooper, Learning Officer at the Hatton Gallery

Learn about the relationship between the Hatton Gallery and Newcastle University, exhibitions we can look forward to this year and how the Hatton Gallery is working with local community groups to promote learning through art. 

Find out more about the upcoming exhibitions at the Hatton Gallery. School and college groups are welcome in the gallery for a selection of workshops or they can also come for self-led visits. For enquiries please email

5.3 The Farrell Centre: A new public space for architecture and cities with Owen Hopkins

In this episode, we talk to Owen Hopkins, Director of the Farrell Centre at Newcastle University.

Learn about the Farrell Centre – a new centre for architecture and cities in Newcastle, discover more about Sir Terry Farrell and his connections with Newcastle, the significance of the new centre for the region and what to expect when the centre opens to the public.

The Farrell Centre is located at Eldon Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RD and opens on 22 April 2023.

You can find out more about the Farrell Centre and follow them on twitter @FarrellCentre.

5.2 Challenging Legacies: The Kingdom of Iraq and Gertrude Bell with Dr Mark Jackson and Valentina Flex

In this episode we talk to Dr Mark Jackson and Valentina Flex about a new exhibition at the Great North Museum Hancock, Challenging Legacies: The Kingdom of Iraq and Gertrude Bell. 

Learn about the Gertude Bell archive, why she is so important to Newcastle University and how this ground-breaking exhibition was put together. 

Challenging Legacies: The Kingdom of Iraq and Gertrude Bell is showing at the Great North Museum Hancock until Sunday 5 March (free entry). You can browse and search her photographs, letters, and diaries in the Gertrude Bell Archive. Follow @GNM_Hancock and @GertrudeBellArc on twitter.

5.1 What does an engaged university look like? with Andrea Henderson and Bob Allan

In this episode we talk to Andrea Henderson and Bob Allan from Newcastle University’s Engagement Team. 

Learn about what engagement means, the upcoming engagement and place awards and how Newcastle University are working to build partnerships which benefit both the University and our external partners locally, nationally and globally. 

Find out more about Newcastle University’s engagement projects and the Engagement and Place Awards and follow the teams updates on twitter @EngageNCL.