In the news: 27 August-2 September 2021

Date 2.09.2021

This week the University held its first in-person Graduation ceremonies since February 2020. BBC Radio Northampton spoke with two soon-to-be graduates Whitney and Alena about how they feel on their big day. Listen again here (1hr48; 2hr43).

New signposts to help people get around Delapre Abbey easier have been installed in the park, following research conducted at UON, as reported by the Chronicle and Echo.

Popular Music graduate Alan Jones has created a creative music hub in Essex. Read about what he has done in the Thurrock Gazette, one of several publications in the region to report his story such as the Thurrock Gazette.

Several national and international publications reported on new research that shows genes may have some ethnic differences in the impact of Covid-19, quoting the University’s Associate Professor Dr Jamal Nasir who was part of the research team.

Lecturer in Education David Meechan wrote in Early Years Educator Eye about creating opportunities in the sector to focus on how early years practitioners perceive how they assess children.

BBC Radio Northampton’s Tom Percival spoke to Greg Spellman, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science and Energy Officer Danielle Bird about how well he is doing to be energy efficient and environmentally friendly, showing them around his house. Listen again here (clips at 2min 16, 1hr 03, 2hr 02, 2hr 25 and 2hr 54).

Graham Stretton, Senior Lecturer in Interior Architecture, gave his opinion to the Harborough Mail following the removal of Victorian windows from a former nightclub that is being turned into flats.

Paralympics swimmer Ellie Robinson spoke to Multimedia Sports Journalism students Sam Boggon, Toby Lown and Ben Chapman as she prepared for another medal challenge. Their work was reported in Hold the Front Page.

With UK Covid cases starting to trend up again with concerns that schools returning will cause a surge as seen in Scotland, our coronavirus Dr Steve O’Brien updated BBC Radio Northampton’s Annabel Amos about the main pandemic issues. Listen again here (1hr11; 1hr47; 2hr47).