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In the news: 16-22 July 2021

Date 22.07.2021

This week marked the so-called Freedom Day, when all legal Covid restrictions were lifted. Our coronavirus expert Visiting Professor of Nursing Dr Steve O’Brien updated BBC Radio Northampton’s Annabel Amos about what this means. Listen again (1hr09; 1hr50; 2hr20; 2hr45).

Public Health students John and Johnette met on the University’s MSc programme, fell in love and have just got married. Their story features in the Chronicle and Echo.

Sociology’s Charles Betty is referenced in a Daily Telegraph article about the oldest person in the country to gain a PhD. Betty was 95 when he gained his, now the record passes to Archie White, aged 96 from East Sussex College (weblink not available). Beatty’s story also featured in Northants Live.

The Northamptonshire Chamber report that the University is sponsoring the Employer of the Year category at this year’s Northamptonshire Business Awards, quoting Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law Karen Jones about the importance of the award.

We have teamed up with University Centre Newbury to offer a new opportunity for management professionals to access higher education and degrees with a BA (Hons) programme from closer to home, as reported in FE News.

Business in the News report that St. Andrew’s Healthcare have launched an apprenticeship scheme to encourage more people into mental health nursing careers. It enables healthcare assistants to combine their learning and experience and jump straight into the second year of the University’s Mental Health Nursing degree.