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Study urges businesses to give staff more freedom

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North East businesses need to change the way they manage staff, according to new research from Newcastle University.

A report looking at the treatment of employees has suggested they be given more freedom by managers.

The study focussed on people working for charities and in the public sector - which employs one-in-five people in our region.

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Climate change: Newcastle professor says change is coming too late

Greenhouse gas emissions in the UK will be cut to almost zero by 2050, under the terms of a new government plan to tackle climate change.

Britain is the first major nation to propose this target - and it has been widely praised by green groups.

Head of engineering at Newcastle University, Professor Phil Taylor, says it's "necessary, feasible and cost-effective".

"But UK policy is still way off the mark and the foundations are not in place to be able to meet this target," he says.

"Even with all the evidence before us we are still opening new coal mines, extending Heathrow airport and pushing forward with fracking.

"We have unambitious building regulations, and our drive to phase out petrol and diesel cars by 2040 is too late."

Extinction Rebellion protest in London calling for action on climate change

University rowers prepare to skull with skill

The annual university boat race is taking place on Newcastle's quayside tomorrow.

Newcastle University Boat Club are hoping to retain the title for the 11th year in a row over Durham University Boat Club.

The race starts at 13:30.

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University trial could make splash in plastic pollution battle

Low-cost acoustic tags attached to fishing nets are being trialed as part of a major new project to reduce marine litter.

Engineers at Newcastle University are developing new transponder technology - nanomodems - for locating and recovering lost fishing gear, also known as ghost nets.

Often lost in storms, they are a key source of plastic pollution and a serious threat to wildlife and habitats as well as being dangerous to boats as they can be caught up in propellers.

Durham college to host new 'Institute of Technology'

New College Durham is to be the location of one of 12 new Institutes of Technology, the government has announced.

The aim is to offer young people a vocational alternative to universities, by providing high-quality skills training.

The planned one in Durham will involve local colleges, Newcastle University and Nissan, and specialise in "digital advanced manufacturing".

Prime Minister Theresa May said the facilities, which will begin opening from the autumn, would "end outdated perceptions" that were biased against vocational skills.

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Newcastle University scientists cultivate 4D tissues

Groundbreaking research at Newcastle University could reduce cornea transplant shortage.

The scientists have created a self-curving cornea for the first time ever, using a biological system they developed.

It lets cells form a desired shape by moulding their surrounding material.

Professor Che Connon led the research.

He said: "Currently there is a shortage of donated corneas which has worsened in recent years, as they cannot be used from anyone who has had laser eye surgery so we need to explore alternatives such as these self-curving corneas.

"The technology and understanding we have developed holds enormous potential as these corneas show that engineered tissue shape can be controlled by cell actuators."

The cornea is the clear outer layer at the front of the eye ball.

The team intend to take the work forward over the next few years with a view to refining the technique as a potential method of manufacturing corneas for human transplant.

Man who received cornea transplant
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