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In the news: 9-15 July

Date 15.07.2021

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

Our Vice Chancellor Professor Nick Petford was one of several higher education leaders who spoke to The Guardian about teaching and learning at universities during the pandemic and how our approached benefitted our students.

18-year old Higher Level Teaching Assistant student Jacob Ward has become one of the youngest in the country to receive his HLTA status. His story featured in several newspapers including the Mansfield Chad.

Professor of Sustainable Wastes Management Margaret Bates spoke to BBC Look East about the benefits of incinerating waste as opposed to putting it in landfill sites (watch again link has expired).

Fashion graduate Natasha Finlay won the YKK Accessories Award, as reported in several fashion and textiles publications.

Following the England team’s defeat at the Euro 2020 finals, Associate Dean Dr Peter Jones gave his opinion to BBC Radio Stoke about how teams and players prepare psychologically for taking penalties and how the team will move forward. Listen again here (2hr 42mins).

Primary Education graduate Griff Evans appeared on BBC Look East talking about how football is helping inspire his students in the classroom (watch again link has expired).

Ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement about the removal of most Covid restrictions, Senior Lecturer in Journalism Kate Ironside spoke to BBC Radio Three Counties about what restrictions were likely to go. Listen back (1hr 23mins).

Our resident Covid expert Dr Steve O’Brien spoke to BBC Radio Northampton’s Annabel Amos. With the so-called ‘Freedom Day’ next week, he talked about how he is still cautiously approaching the milestone. Listen back (1hr 11;1hr 45;2hr 43).

Associate Professor Dr Jamal Nasir spoke to BBC Radio Northampton’s Helen Blaby about genetics. They discussed how our food choices, organisational skills and even our ability to get out of bed in the morning could be down to our genes. Listen again (1hr 11mins).

Jamal was also interviewed by Northants Live about the removal of most Covid restrictions next week. He said it would be “irresponsible” of people to abandon wearing face coverings.

Greg Spellman, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science, spoke to BBC Radio Northampton about his role at UON, climate change and taking part in an ultra-marathon. Listen again (2hrs 43mins).

Management and Finance graduate Julianne Ponan appeared on Sky News giving her views on the lifting of lockdown restrictions (watch again link not available).