Author: Emily

Gosforth Girls School puts STEM Subjects Centre Stage

WESTFIELD School is helping to shift the gender imbalance in STEM by encouraging girls to have an interest in the specialist subjects from a young age. The independent day school for girls in central Gosforth runs a dynamic science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum year-round, and annually dedicates a week to celebrate STEM. Leading the school’s drive to give girls the confidence to pursue traditionally male-dominated subjects and careers are Junior House science coordinator Karen Meeson and mathematics teacher and STEM coordinator Fiona Swift. Karen said: “Nationally there is no denying that women are underrepresented in STEM, and schools have an opportunity to engage...

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Four ways to reduce your stress levels

In order to protect your health and happiness, you need to do everything in your power to reduce your stress levels. Whatever you do, don’t bury your head in the sand and ignore the warning signs of too much stress and anxiety. Succumbing to stressful situations and pressure can cause a variety of health issues, so now is the time to make positive changes that will dramatically improve your life. If you are wondering where to start, the following four tips will help you on your way. Take plenty of relaxing breaks If you are eager to reduce your...

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5 Ways To Relax When You Don’t Have Much Time

Relaxation is essential for peace of mind and a healthy body and soul, yet with so much going on in our lives, finding the time to truly relax becomes more and more difficult (even though being so busy means we need that relaxation time more than ever!). So what can be done? Well, there are a number of ways that you can relax in just a few minutes. It means you can relieve stress during your lunch break, on a short walk around the block, or even on the commute home. Here are some examples of the kinds of...

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Go North East commended for engineering excellence

Significant investment into its award-winning employee training schemes combined with an injection of over £10million into new vehicles, technology and equipment has driven engineering improvements at Go North East, to achieve the highest standard available from the National Express Operator Awards in relation to its coach fleet. Following its latest audit by National Express, for which Go North East operates UK-wide coach services, it was awarded the Engineering Gold Standard, together with the sought-after ‘Golden Spanner’ trophy for Engineering Excellence. The annual assessment reviewed standards across the company’s facilities and maintenance, planning, training and paperwork processes. Random vehicle inspections were...

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Newcastle Falcons team named for The Big One at St James’ Park

Newcastle Falcons have named their team for The Big One at St James’ Park on Saturday as they take on Northampton Saints at the home of Newcastle United. A club record home crowd is already assured with more than 27,000 tickets sold for the 5.30pm kick-off, Newcastle native Will Welch captaining the Falcons at a stadium he used to frequent as a child. “My dad had a couple of season tickets for Newcastle United when I was growing up, so I used to go on the Gallowgate End fairly regularly,” said Welch, who became the Falcons’ youngest ever club...

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North East fashionistas support ethical fashion event on Earth Day 2018

Fashionistas from across the North East are being given the chance to swap instead of shop for clothes to help the environment. The team from Smile For Life Children’s Charity will do their bit for the planet with their own Tea and Togs event – being held on Sunday 22 April, to coincide with global Earth Day 2018. Tea and Togs will see women from across the region come together to swap clothes, shop from ethical stalls including organic fruit and veg and cruelty-free skincare and enjoy a sparkling afternoon tea at Novotel Newcastle Airport. Paula Gascoigne, creator of...

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Design Students Reach for the Stars to Unveil New Celestial Studio Set

A team of second-year Production Design students have turned to the heavens for inspiration and taken their talents sky high to design and build a Gothic Sci- Fi studio set as part of their degree studies. The students from Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD)’s university-level campus in Hartlepool were given a challenging brief to develop a ‘Doctor Who’-inspired set for their BA (Hons) Production Design for Stage and Screen programme. The task involved creating a suitable setting for ‘an interplanetary explorer who has had trouble with his time travel machine and has come to the Interstellar Navigation...

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BT Launches Hunt for 145 Grads and Apprentices in the North East

BT is creating around 145 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs across the North East as part of a new UK-wide drive to recruit the best tech talent available. The company aims to employ more than 1,300 people across the country in a number of different roles, from TV production, engineering, customer service and cyber-security to help tackle the growing threat of cyber-crime. In the North East the 145 new recruits will be located in Darlington, Newcastle, South Shields, North Tyneside, Sunderland and Middlesbrough, with positions in customer service, HR, project management and engineering up for grabs. The Prime Minister,...

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New Service Sales and Marketing Director appointed at Pickerings Lifts

Pickerings Lifts has appointed a new Services Sales and Marketing Director. Promoted from within the business, former Regional Manager, Gary Rains, has now been appointed as Service Sales and Marketing Director. Gary will be responsible for the Service Sales and Marketing Teams based throughout the country, focusing on growing opportunities and securing service contracts within our Lifts, Loading Systems and Escalator business units, as well as growing brand awareness. Gary joined Pickerings Lifts in February 2003, as a Customer Support Manager, later progressing to Regional Manager for London and the South East regions. Ian Bowers, Managing Director at Pickerings...

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Newcastle Salon Shortlisted for National Award

NEWCASTLE boutique hair and beauty salon Humphrey and Wilson has been shortlisted in a national hair and beauty award following business advice from accountancy firm Robson Laidler. Steph Wilson, 33 and Mark Humphrey 31, are co-owners of Humphrey and Wilson on Heaton Road have been shortlisted in the English Hair and Beauty Awards in the Men’s Stylist of the Year category. They will attend a glittering awards ceremony at Manchester’s Mercure Piccadilly Hotel later this month. In the past two years the salon has successfully followed its ambitious growth strategy having expanded to bigger premises and taken on two new members...

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Get set for spring! Housebuilder brightens up the local community with free flowers

To celebrate the arrival of spring, local housebuilder, David Wilson Homes, is brightening up Nunthorpe by giving away packs of flower bulbs at its local development until the Easter weekend. Grey Towers Village has a limited number of free packs available for anyone in the Nunthorpe area to collect from the Sales Office until Monday 2nd April. Suitable for early spring planting and summer flowering, the complementary packs contain gladioli bulbs, perfect for injecting colour into gardens and attracting wildlife into the local area. Gladioli grow to between two to six feet in height and take approximately 90 days...

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A Happy Easter!

AN APPEAL TO COUNCIL STAFF will help make it a Happier Easter for families in Sunderland. Volunteers from the Business Support team regularly lead fundraising and charity campaigns within the council, the latest one being to ask council colleagues to donate Easter Eggs. They launched the appeal over the council Intranet and with posters in council offices across the city, asking staff to help create a ‘mountain’ of chocolate eggs. Hundreds have now been collected, with the largest ones also put for raffle to help raise money to buy even more. All the donated Easter Eggs were arranged for collection at...

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Refurbishment transforms derelict Morpeth offices into new apartments

A refurbishment project has brought to life a group of vacant offices, creating new and spacious apartments in Morpeth town centre. Leading north east property firm Bradley Hall and its building surveying team project managed the refurbishment of the now contemporary apartments at Davidson House, based at 21-23 Bridge Street, Morpeth town centre. Ricki Hutchinson, building surveyor at Bradley Hall, said: “We are always delighted to work on projects which will continue to develop and improve this fantastic and iconic town. “The building surveying team has carried out a fantastic job and created apartments which are much more spacious...

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Jesmond dental practice scores sponsorship deal with football club

An award-winning dental and skincare practice in Newcastle is kicking off its sponsorship of a well-established Jesmond football club. Honour Health, based at Osborne Road in Jesmond, is the newest main kit sponsor of West Jesmond AFC, and is lending its support to the club for the next three years. Honour Health, owned by principal dentist Onkar Dhanoya, has three practices – in Ponteland, Jesmond and Stanley. Last year, the practice changed its name from Osborne Dental, rebranding as Honour Health to better reflect the advanced range of dental and skin treatments on offer. The word ‘health’ also highlights the team’s mission, which is to focus on the prevention of dental...

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