In the News: 10-16 Jan 2020

Date 16.01.2020

A round up of mentions of University students and staff in the media over the past week.

Our Vice Chancellor Professor Nick Petford fronted his own punk band in the 1970’s. An interview with him – and Chancellor and former Communard Rev. Richard Coles – in a BBC Four documentary, presented by lifelong punk fan Chris Packham. Watch it again here.

Hugh Davenport, Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management, spoke to BBC Look East about the psychology and HR thinking behind working from home. Watch again here (13 mins)

Professor of Biodiversity, Jeff Ollerton, is working on a research project at Sydney’s University of New South Wales. His expert opinion that some native species are facing an extinction crisis following the devastating bush fires there is reported in the Northampton Chronicle and Echo and other media titles.

Jeff was also interviewed by LBC Radio and Heart Radio on Monday (links unavailable).

New research shows that 1 in 10 town centre shops are vacant. Senior Lecturer Kardi Somerfield spoke to BBC Northampton BBC Look East about the state of the High Street.

Listen again here (1 hour 10 mins).

Watch again here (3 mins).

Kardi also spoke to ITV Anglia about how some Northampton businesses are trying to do things a bit differently to boost footfall. The full article can be read online.

We’ve been rolling out mental health first aid training across the University – but what are the benefits of being ‘MHFA ready’ for student nurses? Senior Lecturer Emma Dillon writes about this in Nursing Practice.

Professor of Sustainable Wastes Management Margaret Bates’ expert opinion featured in a number of international publications, in stories about why an outright ban plastic bags could in itself damage the environment.

Northampton Life magazine preview our event about Black British and British Asian screen media.

Senior Lecturer in Social Work Jenny Simpson blogs for the London School of Economics about her research into how foster carers manage young people’s use of digital devices.