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Flying the Flag for Northern Pride

This month sees the return of Newcastle Pride to the city for an eleventh year, with the main event taking place on Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd of July. It’s the largest free Pride in the UK and Saturday’s annual march is expected to be attended by over 16,000 people. In celebration of this year’s theme, 40 Years of Rainbow, Newcastle University will be flying its first rainbow flag from flagpoles outside the Medical School and the Armstrong Building.

If you would like to come along and see it raised, the ceremony will start at 8am on the 16th of July outside the Armstrong Building on Victoria Road. The ceremony will then move to the Medical School entrance, where the second flag will be raised and a celebratory breakfast will be served at 8.30am in the Atrium of the Medical School (you can register for breakfast here). The flag is being raised by Professor Julie Sanders, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Executive Board Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champion.

The rainbow flag was first designed by gay rights activist and artist, Gilbert Baker, in 1978, on the request of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to a high public office in the US. Milk intended the flag to be “not about personal gain, not about ego, not about or power” but about “giving those young people out there hope”. Today, the rainbow flag is that everything Milk dreamed it would be and more. It has become an enduring symbol of pride, unity and equality for the LGBT+ community and it flies in gay villages and at Pride events all across the world.

At Newcastle University, the rainbow flag is a symbol of the university’s commitment to preventing prejudice and injustice towards its own LGBT+ community and the hope that we continue to be a place that encourages diversity and allows everyone to reach their full potential. Newcastle has recently set up the Rainbow Network in pursuit of this goal, which offers support to LGBT+ staff and postgraduate research students, and continues to assist the LGBT+ Society in their work on campus. So come along to the flag raising ceremony on the 16th of July to celebrate Newcastle University’s LGBT+ community and 40 years of the rainbow flag, we’d love to see you there!

Personal Resilience Through Change Workshops

Resilience is our capacity to adapt positively to pressure, setbacks and challenges. It is about our ability to keep going, maintain our wellbeing, learn and develop.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20th May), we are offering a series of three workshops to give staff and students tools and techniques around resilience that can applied at work or at home.

The workshops will be delivered by Lisa Rippingale, who recently joined the University as a Senior Organisational Development Adviser. Lisa was trained by Dr Mandi Sherlock Storey (Chartered and Registered Practitioner Occupational Psychologist, and Head of Leadership Transformation with the North East Leadership Academy), who originally developed these workshops as part of her PhD research on Resilience. Lisa has successfully delivered similar workshops at a number of organisations in recent years.

The workshops run as a series, so you need to commit and sign up for all three:

  1. 15 May 2018, 12 – 1pm, RIDB1.2.04A (Seminar Room 2.04A, 2nd Floor Ridley 1)
  2. 5 June 2018, 12 – 1pm, RIDB1.2.04A (Seminar Room 2.04A, 2nd Floor Ridley 1)
  3. 27 June 2018, 12 – 1pm, MED L2.8 (Seminar Room L2.8, 2nd Floor Leech Building)

Spaces are limited: Please book here

For any queries please contact Malasree Home (malasree.home@newcastle.ac.uk, ext. 85423)

You’re invited to our Athena SWAN Roadshows

Come and see our first FMS Athena SWAN application, and discuss it with our EDI Team.

The Faculty is submitting its first application for a faculty-wide Silver Athena SWAN Award, and we want to hear what our staff and students think about it.

Athena SWAN is a national scheme that accredits Universities for their commitment and work towards achieving gender equality. Silver Awards are given to institutions, faculties and departments that can demonstrate that they have tackled relevant issues, and provide evidence of progress.

But don’t fall into the trap of thinking that addressing gender equality is just ‘all about women’, because it’s not. The application also considers gender equality issues from a male perspective, and explores how race can affect the career progression of both male and female staff. The application includes all our students (UG, PGT and PGR) and staff (academic and professional), including those at NU Med. So, whoever you are, you are part of our application, and our future action plan is about where you work or study.

We will be holding a series of four Athena SWAN Roadshows across FMS, and are inviting all our staff or students to come along and find out more about our work around gender equality, and what we have already achieved. We will have hard copies of the different sections of the application from to look at, and members of the EDI Team will be on hand to discuss any questions or ideas you might have. There’ll also be coffee and biscuits, so what would stop you? Come and join the conversation, and book your place now:

We look forward to seeing you there!

FMS EDI Team

Blood Matters

Bright Red logo

Did you know that September was blood cancer awareness month? In order to promote and share all of the excellent research that Newcastle University does on blood cancers and the fight against them, our Institute of Cellular Medicine are running a research day in collaboration with Bright Red, open to the public. Laboratory Manager Sarah Pagan has written a blog post with more information.

The event will take place on 23rd September and registration is free so get signed up today!