Keeping You Informed (October 2011)

Dear Newcastle Two scandals last week have brought MPs into disrepute just when we all know it is so important for us to regain public trust.

On Science, We All Need to do Better

This article was first published on Research Blogs: The Science and Technology in Society forum positions itself as the Davos of science—an annual meeting aimed at “creating a global human network based on trust and providing a framework for open discussions regarding the further progress of science and technology for the benefit of humankind.” When the Parliamentary […]

Newcastle’s Medieval ‘Black Gate’ brought back to life thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund investment

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has today[5th October 2011]  awarded a confirmed grant of £1.4m to The Heart of the City Partnership for an exciting restoration project.  Old Newcastle: ‘Where the Story Begins’. HLF’s investment will completely revitalise the City’s 13th-century, Scheduled Ancient Monument and Grade I listed ‘Black Gate’, bringing this currently vacant building […]

Letter to the Kenton School Chair of Governors regarding academy conversion

05 September 2011   Jacqueline McHanwell Chair of Governors Kenton School   Dear Jackie, I hope you are well.  I am writing to you as Chair of Governors ahead of the vote on Kenton becoming an Academy. I hope you will pass on my thoughts to the other Governors and I am cc-ing David [Pearmain]. […]

Chi backs IFS report on ‘short sighted’ UK science policy

Chi Onwurah MP has backed a damning assessment published by the influential Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) this week on the Government’s lack of support for science in the face of increasing global competition from China. Commenting on the report Innovation in China: the rise of Chinese inventors in the production of knowledge, Ms Onwurah – […]

How do we move on from the riots?

A week ago Newcastle woke up to a damp, calm morning.  Many of our other great cities were smouldering. We were thankful that people in Newcastle, young and old alike, had decided not to torch their communities, but horrified by the scenes elsewhere. What could have possessed so many of our fellow citizens to go […]

Networks don’t break laws, people do

NewScientist have published an article I wrote on the government’s attitude towards social media in the wake of the riots.  You can read it by following the link below: Click here to read article (opens in a new window).