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students arrived nervous and excited at the doors of Castle Leazes or 5LFKDUGVRQ 5RDG PD\ KDYH Ă RZQ by, but the growth and education that have taken place during this time are priceless. Newcastle graduates face one of the best rates of employment in the country, a fact that can most certainly be attributed to the diverse opportunities and academic excellence offered by the institution. Having looked forward in anticipation to their graduation ceremony for some time, some students may be confused at the absence of mortar boards from the ceremonies. Legend has it that when Newcastle detached itself from Durham and became an independent university in 1963, students celebrated their new status by throwing the traditional hats into the Tyne and since then, students of Newcastle University have graduated without them. The Courier would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all students on their achievement. As they step forward to the next exciting phase of their lives we hope they will continue treasure the memories and friendships of their years at Newcastle. We wish them all the best of luck and success in the future.

Hats off: Newcastle students graduate this week but a long-held tradition means that there will be no mortar boards on show

A right royal affair

Chancellor welcomed in

University challenged

Celebrate in style

Stan Calvert success

It has been a year of royal visits to Newcastle University, with the Queen and Prince Andrew both following Princess Eugenie to campus News, page 3

&KLHI0HGLFDO2I¿FHU6LU/LDP Donaldson was inaugurated as the University’s new Chancellor last term, WDNLQJRYHUIURP/RUG3DWWHQRI%DUQHV News, page 7

Newcastle University made it on to Jeremy Paxman’s legendary quiz show in March, where they came up against IHOORZQRUWKHUQLQVWLWXWLRQ6KHI¿HOG News, page 8

The CourierUHYLHZVWKHÂżQHVW restaurants in Newcastle and tells you where to go for your celebratory graduation meal this week Life & Style, page 14-15

Newcastle made it an historic hat-trick of victories over Northumbria in the annual 6WDQ&DOYHUWVKRZGRZQLQ)HEUXDU\ winning by a record 51.5 points Sport, page 20

Fran Infante Editor This week the University’s iconic King’s Hall building will play host to the graduation ceremonies of more than 4,000 students, attended by thousands of proud friends and relatives. The Arches, where many students have gathered over the last few ZHHNV WR OHDUQ WKH FODVVLÀFDWLRQ RI degree which they will receive, provides a striking entrance to the historic quadrangle where photos will be taken that will be cherished for years to come. At Newcastle the student experience in itself is somewhat legendary. Last year it was ranked in the country’s top 20 by The Times Higher Education poll and though many graduates will be saddened to leave this colourful and exciting stage of their lives behind, the right of passage that is the graduation ceremony soOLGLÀHVWKHRYHUDUFKLQJDFKLHYHPHQW RIDOOÀQDO\HDUVWXGHQWV The all-nighters, the deadline day panics, the extracurricular activities and the vibrant city itself all contribute to the experiences celebrated by this week’s ceremonies — a once in a lifetime event to be enjoyed by all. The years that have elapsed since

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News Editors: Simon Murphy and Jessica Tully - courier.news@ncl.ac.uk &RQJUDWXODWLRQVFODVVRI7KLV edition is designed especially for you to keep as a memento of your WLPHKHUHDWWKH8QLYHUVLW\,¡PVXUH this copy will be far from the only think you take away from your years at Newcastle. ,W¡VEHHQDZRQGHUIXO\HDUIRUWKH University and for The Courier, and it has been a pleasure to report on the huge range of diverse events, campaigns and achievements of which many of you have been a part of. 2QWKLVSDJHZHEULQJ\RXXS to-date with some of the inspired activities that students have organised since our last publication in May, before the rest of this edition revisits some of this year’s KLJKOLJKWV)URPUR\DOYLVLWVDQG groundbreaking research, to sporting triumphs and the all important 6WDQ&DOYHUWYLFWRU\³KDV been a year to remember. The centre-spread of this issue provides you with a special pull-out line-up of all The Courier front pages of the year and we also UHYLHZWKH\HDULQSLFWXUHV³WKH images that captured some of the best news stories of the past nine months and the best sporting moments involving our students. To ease a little of the stress of graduation and ensure you have the best experience possible, we have reviewed the best places in the city to take your parents, or rather, WROHWWKHPWDNH\RX)URPKLJKHQG hotels to elegant gastro pubs and everything in between, this is your guide to the perfect day and the start of your life after university. )RUWKRVHRI\RXUHWXUQLQJIRU post-graduate study in the Autumn, The Courier will be back for )UHVKHUV¡:HHNEXWIRUWKRVHPRY ing on to pastures new, we wish you all the best for the future.

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Liverpool to Aix-les-Bains by bike Fran Infante Editor 7KHHQGRIĂ€QDO\HDUH[DPVSUHVHQWV soon-to-be graduates the opportuQLW\ WR GR PDQ\ WKLQJV Âł WLPH WR relax, to take stock and to celebrate their imminent graduation. Not so for 22-year-old modern languages student Ben Thomas, who WRJHWKHU ZLWK KLV IULHQG 0LNH &RU lett decided to pass the time with a marathon 1,151 mile-long bike ride across Western Europe in aid of a local charity. The pair who met while at secondary school in Liverpool, decided to cycle from their home city to the )UHQFK $OSV VSDWRZQ RI $L[OHV Bains in under 30 days in order to raise money for Zoe’s Places Baby Hospice. The charity provides vital care and support for the families of babies DQG FKLOGUHQ XS WR Ă€YH\HDUVROG with terminal or life threatening medical conditions. “We wanted to do something for a small local charity rather than a big multinational organisation,â€? Thomas told The Courier. “They often get over looked and so we felt that the money we raised would have a greater impact there.â€? The Hospice does not charge its users for the services it provides, meaning that its annual operating cost of over ÂŁ650,000 must be raised solely through charitable donations. The duo took just 23 days to complete their route which saw them cycle from Liverpool to Hull, where they boarded a ferry to Rotterdam, then following the course of the 5LYHU 5KLQH WKURXJK +ROODQG *HU PDQ\)UDQFHDQG6ZLW]HUODQG Thomas came up with the idea following his return from his year of study abroad during which he WDXJKW LQ $DFKHQ *HUPDQ\ DQG worked in the Youth Hostel in Aixles-Bains. &RUOHWW ZKR LV FXUUHQWO\ VWXG\LQJ at Liverpool University but will be moving to Newcastle in September to start an MSc in engineering geol-

On your bike: 22-year-old Newcastle student Ben Thomas rode 1,151 miles for charity

ogy, was quick to get on board. ´,W ZDV D FUD]\ LGHD EXW , ZDQWHG to make a return,� said Thomas. ´2QWKHWULS,JRWWRUHWUDFHP\VWHSV

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but nothing extensive. ´2XU VWDUWLQJ SRLQW ZDV WKH /LYHU building in Liverpool and the end point was the Youth Hostel in Aixles-Bains, near Lac du Bourget. ´2QHRIWKHIXQQLHVWPRPHQWVZDV the stunned silence as we were asked to pay 14 Euros for 40 chicken nugJHWV LQ *HUPDQ\ $QG , ZLOO QHYHU forget the nerve wracking moment of logging on from a dodgy internet FDIpLQ0XOKRXVH)UDQFHWRĂ€QGRXW my degree results. “The best moment was getting to the top of a 16km climb and then coasting down it at 40mph, it was unbelievable.â€? Despite his light-hearted memories of the adventure it is clear that 7KRPDV DQG &RUOHWW HQGXUHG VRPH QRWLQVLJQLĂ€FDQWGLIĂ€FXOWLHVLQWKHLU bid to complete their trip. “Really early on we got completely ORVWLQWKH3HQQLQHV,WZDVDPDQG there was so much fog, it was a bit of a nightmare,â€? Thomas recalls. ´2QH QLJKW ZH KDG WR FDPS RXW on the side of a mountain because we had overestimated how far we would get that day. ´,W ZDV DEVROXWHO\ IUHH]LQJ FROG DQG ZH JRW QR VOHHS Âł WKDW ZDV pretty miserable.â€? Yet despite these hardships and some mildly traumatic encounters ZLWK (XURSH¡V ZLOGOLIH Âł LQFOXG LQJ EHLQJ Ă RZQ LQWR E\ D EDW DQG DWWDFNHG E\ D EX]]DUG Âł 7KRPDV remains resolute. ´, GHĂ€QLWHO\ ZDQW WR GR D VLPLODU WKLQJDJDLQ,PLJKWJLYHP\VHOIDELW RI D EUHDN Ă€UVW EXW , ZRXOG OLNH WR do a more challenging route with more mountains. Âś7KLQJV,OHDUQWRQWKLVWULS",OHDUQW that despite the bad reputation Hull is actually a really nice place. ,DOVROHDUQHGZK\QRWWRJHWORVWLQ Stockport, and that whatever is said DERXWEDG)UHQFKGULYHUVWKH6ZLVV DUHZRUVHÂłWKHRQHVLQ%DVLOZHUH absolutely bonkers.â€? Donations can still be made to this FDXVH YLD WKH -XVW*LYLQJ SDJH DW : justgiving.com/liverpooltoaix.

Second-year students step up for Sport Relief Bethany Sissons As most Newcastle students were catching a train or driving home IURP IRU WKH VXPPHU Ă€YH VHFRQG year students came up with a rather more strenuous way to begin their holidays. Setting off from Shearer’s Bar in the city centre, they decided to walk the 329 miles to Bath in aid of Sport Relief. Two weeks and many aching limbs later they arrived at their destination having raised over ÂŁ1,000 for Sport Relief. The team described their journey as an ‘epic quest’ walking 26 miles a day for two weeks to make it home. A route was planned to ensure that they could stop at pubs and camp sites along the way and they were

even treated to free lodging in some places when the landlord learned about their challenge. 2QHRIWKHVWXGHQWVZKRWRRNSDUW LQWKHFKDOOHQJHZDV-DPHV%RRNHUD second year English Literature student who described the challenge as a “15 day hellâ€?, adding that it felt like they had “walked the length of the worldâ€?. +LVIULHQG\HDUROG3DWULFN2VW echoed the scale of the challenge, describing the completion of their task as “unbelievableâ€?. The rightful sense of achievement the students felt as a result of their adventure is evident as Booker told The Courier: “We had really high KRSHVZKHQZHĂ€UVWVHWRIIÂłWKHUH were decent walking conditions and the sun was shining.

´%XWE\WKHHQGRIWKHĂ€UVWGD\ZH DOO KDG EOLVWHUV DQG DFKLQJ IHHW , thought then, what have we let ourVHOYHV LQ IRU" ,W ZDV DFWXDOO\ UHDOO\ tiring, physically, but even more mentally tiring. ´6RPHWKLQJ,ORYHGZDVVHHLQJWKH human kindness and generosity. At the tip of North Yorkshire, we got FDXJKWLQWKHUDLQÂłDPDQVDZWKDW we were stranded with no shelter so he invited us in and gave us all a cup of tea and towels to dry ourselves off. “We met loads of people in the pubs that we stopped off at too. They were impressed by what we were doing and bought us all drinks, as well as donating money. “We had to carry an extra ÂŁ120 en route because people we met donat-

ed so generously.â€? The students were given the full support of their families and friends who joined them at points along the ZD\WRERRVWPRUDOH´,WVRXQGVFOL chĂŠ but seeing your family at the top of a hill doesn’t half make you feel good,â€? admitted Booker. “The overall experience was just fantastic. Walking the length of the FRXQWU\ LV VRPHWKLQJ WKDW , KDYH QHYHUGRQHEHIRUHDQGWRPHLWGHĂ€ QLWHO\IHHOVOLNHDQDPD]LQJDFKLHYH ment.â€? Sport Relief aims to raise money for disadvantaged people in the UK and in the poorest countries across WKHZRUOG,I\RXZRXOGOLNHWRPDNH DGRQDWLRQ\RXFDQYLVLWWKH-XVW*LY ing page at: justgiving.com/easycompany-thegreenmiles


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Jessica Tully News Editor David Coverdale Outgoing Editor Many a parent and grandparent will visit Newcastle University this week to proudly celebrate the achievements of their sons and daughters at their graduation ceremonies in King’s Hall. No family, however, will cause quite as much of a stir as one daughter, father and grandmother trio – namely the Windsors - who have all individually stepped foot on campus this academic year. The University’s royal love-in began back in September, when, after a summer of speculation, Princess Eugenie of York arrived at Newcastle University to begin her three year BA Hons combined studies degree in English, history of art and politics. National media including the BBC, ITV, The Sun, Daily Mail and Daily Mirror gathered on campus the day DIWHU)UHVKHUV¡:HHNWRJHWWKHLUĂ€UVW glimpse of the younger daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York, as she attended an inducWLRQRQDFFRPPRGDWLRQĂ€QDQFHDQG welfare. ,Q WKH RIĂ€FLDO SUHVV VKRRW WKH Queen’s granddaughter walked hand-in-hand with a fellow student from the Bedson to the Armstrong Building, stopping only for a reporter who asked why she had chosen Newcastle, to which the 19-year-old simply stated, “because it’s a great cityâ€?. And it wasn’t long before her grandparents were paying a visit. Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh made the trip to 1HZFDVWOHLQ1RYHPEHUWRRIĂ€FLDOO\ open Newcastle’s new City Library, as well as the Great North Museum on the University’s campus. The ÂŁ27 million redevelopment of the Great North Museum was led by

Newcastle University, in partnership with Newcastle City Council, the Natural History Society of Northumbria, the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, and Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, and they were delighted to welcome Her Majesty and the Duke. Professor Paul Younger, Pro-ViceChancellor of the University told The Courier: “It is the ultimate accolade for the Great North Museum to be opened by Her Majesty the Queen. It is especially gratifying that the Duke of Edinburgh is accompanying the Queen on this occasion. “They often travel separately, to maximise the Royal presence in a wider number of events, but for really important occasions they will decide to make visits together. “We are privileged that the opening of the Great North Museum is recognised as an event of such high importance.â€? The Queen was led on a tour of the museum by Alec Coles, Director of Tyne and Wear Archive Museums, before breaking for a lunch, after which, the Queen and Duke were each presented with a gift, before unveiling a plaque to commemorate their visit. The next Royal visitor of the year was Eugenie’s father, His Royal Highness the Duke of York, who came to Newcastle University in )HEUXDU\ WR RIĂ€FLDOO\ RSHQ WKH King’s Gate building. The ÂŁ35 million project was completed last autumn and houses the University’s student services inFOXGLQJ WKH $FFRPPRGDWLRQ 2IĂ€FH and Careers Service. Prince Andrew was greeted by staff and special guests including the Newcastle Mayor and Newcastle University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chris Brink. This was followed by a short priYDWHEULHĂ€QJIRUVSHFLDOJXHVWVRQO\

chaired by Professor Brink. In his speech, Brink outlined the overall aims of the University and explained how the new Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gate building acts as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;front door to the Universityâ&#x20AC;?. Following the presentation, the Duke made his way to Level Two of the building, where he met with Newcastle students using the facilities provided, before moving downstairs to Level One, where students were taking part in an Idea Generation Workshop. 7KH 'XNH RI <RUN¡V YLVLW Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHG with an unveiling of a plaque to commemorate his visit. He said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I came here wearing two hats â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one as a member of the Royal family coming here to open a very important building and the other as a parent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A great deal of vision and effort has gone into creating this building and it is a particular pleasure for me to be here because I recognise how important it is for a university to support its students.â&#x20AC;? The Duke, who was visiting the city in his role as the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment, added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Universities such as Newcastle, and many others around the UK, play an important role in supporting British Trade. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Universities are an important source of ideas, which can help stimulate the economy in terms of new inventions and the development of cutting edge technology.â&#x20AC;? Newcastle University has a long tradition of Royal openings. In 1906, King Edward VII opened the Armstrong building and the Duke of Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandfather, King George VI, opened the King George VI building in 1939. In 1984, The Dukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandmother, WKH 4XHHQ 0RWKHU DOVR RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOO\ opened the modern Medical School.

A Royal welcome: Princess Eugenie, below, began her three-year degree course at the University in September. Her father, Prince Andrew, above, visited in February to open the new Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gate building, while the Queen, left, was at Newcastle University LQ1RYHPEHUWRRIÂżFLDOO\RSHQWKHQHZO\UHGHYHORSHG*UHDW1RUWK0XVHXP


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Shear delight as Geordie hero receives degree

True colours: Shearer said the black and white hat made up for the red and white stripes as he became an honorary graduate of Newcastle University in December, at the Chancellor’s inauguration Jessica Tully News Editor Sporting legend Alan Shearer became an honorary Newcastle graduate in December, as part of the inauguration ceremony for new University Chancellor Sir Liam Donaldson. In a sight Newcastle football supporters thought they would never see, Shearer donned a red and white

robe as he was awarded the title of Doctor of Civil Law. Asked about wearing the colours of Sunderland, Shearer joked: “At least the black and white hat makes up for the red and white stripes.” The former Newcastle United striker and BBC TV football pundit was following in the footsteps of Sir Bobby Robson, who received the same accolade in 2003.

“I am in good company and it feels good to follow in Sir Bobby’s steps,” he said. “It’s a very great honour for me seeing as I am from the city. I was lucky enough to get an honorary degree from Northumbria University a few years ago, and this one means every bit as much.” Also honoured on the day were Karen Davis, president of the Com-

monwealth Fund, former government minister Lord Darzi of Denham and BBC medical correspondent Fergus Walsh. On the honorary graduates, the University Chancellor Sir Liam Donaldson said: “I had the opportunity to choose four graduates that represent different facets of my interests, which are medicine, international health, public communication

and sport. “Newcastle United are my team. Alan Shearer is more than just a local legend — he’s probably one of the greatest footballers of all time.” Past recipients of honorary Newcastle University degrees include Sir Bob Geldof (2007), Prime Minister Gordon Brown (2007) and journalist and former Newcastle undergraduate Kate Adie (1990).

Queen’s recognition for University research Sophie McCoid Newcastle University received high praise from the Queen back in February for its outstanding research, along with another North East institution. It received one of the highest accolades possible from Her Majesty, as it was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education. The University received the prize for its research into ageing. Professor Tom Kirkwood, director of the Institute for Ageing and Health at Newcastle, travelled to London to

receive the highly sought after prize on behalf of the Institute. University Chancellor, Sir Liam Donaldson, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chris Brink, Chairman of Council and Pro-Chancellor, Olivia Grant, and members of the research team all attended the grand ceremony with Professor Kirkwood. Sunderland College also received the same prize for its exemplary teaching of Mathematics and English. Angela O’Donoghue accepted the award on behalf of City of Sunderland College. Professor Kirkwood was pleased that he was able to take younger

researchers and students to the palace. On receiving the prize, Professor Kirkwood said: “It is such a delight and honour that the work of the Institute for Ageing and Health has received this recognition. “We have a fantastic team of talented and dedicated researchers DQGWKHDZDUGUHÁHFWVWKHHIIRUWVRI the whole team. “Going to Buckingham Palace is special in any circumstances, but to go to receive this award for the whole team is just brilliant.” Professor Kirkwood’s sentiments are echoed throughout the Univer-

sity, with members of the student population glad that the researchers’ work has been recognised in such a visible way. Sarah Lovatt told The Courier: “Newcastle has always been heavily involved in research and it’s encouraging to see that its efforts into such groundbreaking investigation have been acknowledged by the royal family.” The University’s entry into the Queen’s Anniversary 2009 Prize competition charted the development from a research programme on ageing and health, into the current Institute for Ageing and Health

WKDWFRQWLQXHVWRJURZDQGÁRXULVK on a unique campus concerned with ageing and vitality. Sir Liam Donaldson also praised the researchers. He said: “Professor Kirkwood’s team’s research is ground breaking and of vital international relevance. The award recognises this and is an enormous honour for the University and the North East.” It was the second award of the year for the research team as they were also recognised earlier in the term IRUWKHLUSURJUHVVLQÀJKWLQJDJHUHlated illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.


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Chancellor sets sights high for University David Coverdale Outgoing Editor In December, Newcastle University welcomed in their new Chancellor, Sir Liam Donaldson, in a lavish ceremony in Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hall. Sir Liam is one of the most senLRU RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOV LQ WKH 1DWLRQDO +HDOWK Service and was knighted in the 2002 New Year Honours List for his achievements in health and health care. He had been the Chief Medical OfĂ&#x20AC;FHU IRU (QJODQG VLQFH  EHIRUH retiring from the position in May this year. Some of Sir Liamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most notable work included his proposal of new legislation to allow carefully regulated stem cell research and his inĂ XHQFHLQWKHLPSOHPHQWDWLRQRIWKH 2007 smoking ban. He took over the honorary position as the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chancellor from Lord Pattern of Barnes who UHWLUHGRQ-XO\ODVW\HDUIROORZLQJ WHQ\HDUVLQRIĂ&#x20AC;FH Ahead of his inauguration at the end of last year, Sir Liam outlined his vision for Newcastle University. He told The Courier: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like to see any entity like this moving up the league tables so I think that would be the main aim and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already heading in the right direction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a lot of contacts internationally through the World Health Organisation and I think that will be of help to the University in expanding its operation internationally â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be useful to some of the researchers in putting them in contact with people in other countries and hopefully it will help with fundraising as well.â&#x20AC;? The Chancellor is the ceremonial head of the University and plays a key advisory role as well as being a public representative and senior ambassador. Sir Liam, however, said how the position â&#x20AC;&#x153;can be more than a ceremonial roleâ&#x20AC;? and looked forward to taking a more hands-on approach in certain aspects of the job.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve said to me, rather disarmingly, that I can do anything I want, so thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite a nice open invitation,â&#x20AC;? he joked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to think through what things I might do to help. Obviously representing the University at home and abroad will be an important part of the role, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to have a special interest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I look at the University, or look at universities in general, I see the role of research, teaching and playing a part in regional development. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see such a strong role in developing young people who come into the university as students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to perhaps contribute to a bit more thinking about how we can maybe formalise that and make the University an even more important part of peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal development. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d also like to do something on the health side. It would be great to think that we might become the healthiest student body in the country. ´,W¡VGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWZKHQWKHUHDUHDOOWKH temptations of the eating and the drinking and all of the other things that are quite an important part of student life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But it would be very, very good if we could set the way forward for trying to make it a really healthy campus, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got some ideas on that front.â&#x20AC;? Sir Liam is no stranger to the North (DVWKDYLQJEHHQERUQLQ0LGGOHVbrough and worked as Regional 0HGLFDO 2IĂ&#x20AC;FHU DQG ODWHU &KLHI ([HFXWLYH2IĂ&#x20AC;FHUIRUWKH1RUWKHUQ5Hgional Health Authority. He also has strong connections with the University after being made an honorary Professor of ApSOLHG(SLGHPLRORJ\LQ He added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If there is any university in the country that I feel an identity with, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Newcastle, so when I got the invitation to be Chancellor, I was absolutely thrilled.â&#x20AC;?

Vision for success: Sir Liam Donaldson, the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Chancellor, said he wants to see Newcastle move up the league tables

Studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Union building to get ÂŁ8m makeover Samantha Hockney In March, The Courier revealed how Newcastle Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Union building is set for a multimillion pound redevelopment as part of the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s continued campus overhaul. 5HQRYDWLRQZRUNIRUWKHÂ&#x2026;PLOOLRQ project is scheduled to commence on 1RYHPEHUZLWKWKH8QLRQ¡V services being relocated to Park Terrace and the Museum of Antiquities while the building is closed. The project is expected to take around ten months to complete with the building to reopen in time for )UHVKHUV¡:HHN It is hoped the redevelopment will help shift the perception of the Union from a purely social environment to a place where students can also seek advice, participate in activities outside of their degree and enhance their overall student experience. 5LFKDUG'DOHWKH8QLYHUVLW\¡V([ecutive Director of Finance, has put his full backing behind the scheme. He said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll come out of

this with a really good Studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 8QLRQ Âł Â&#x2026; PLOOLRQ ZLOO JHW \RX quite a lot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Different people have got different options, which is why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a long time coming. We are making choices that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be stuck with for a long time and we need to get it right.â&#x20AC;? The new plans will see a major change to the interior layout, making it easily accessible and more open-plan. 2QWKHWRSĂ RRUWKHUHZLOOEHDQHZ cutting-edge social learning area, similar to YourSpace in the Robinson Library, with new computer cluster areas and a branded coffee bar. 7KH PLGGOH Ă RRU ZLOO JURXS WRJHWKHU WKH $FWLYLWLHV 2IĂ&#x20AC;FH 6&$1 the Athletic Union as well as all of the Unionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student media outlets including The Courier, Newcastle Student Radio and Newcastle Television. A new dedicated space for partWLPHRIĂ&#x20AC;FHUVZLOODOVREHGHYHORSHG to assist in activities such as campaigning, RAG and Freshersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Week.

The space currently occupied by Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar will become a representation and democracy area after the redevelopment, co-located with adYLFH VHUYLFHV DV ZHOO DV WKH RIĂ&#x20AC;FHV IRU WKH 8QLRQ 3UHVLGHQW (GXFDWLRQ DQG :HOIDUH 2IĂ&#x20AC;FHUV 0HDQZKLOH Cochrane Lounge and Rijos will be converted into the new Union shop. Downstairs, the site of the current shop will be transformed into a modern bar and catering area, linked with the Basement which will become more of a multi-functioning social space used for both day and night activities. The new design will also be wheelchair-friendly, with a new disabled access planned straight from Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Road. The initial plans for the new Union KDYHEHHQKHDYLO\LQĂ XHQFHGE\UHVXOWVIURPVWXGHQWVXUYH\VRIĂ&#x20AC;FHUV and focus groups. Such focus groups have been taking place over the last three years, while further student opinion will be gauged throughout the redevelopment to ensure students have a say in key decisions relating to the

project. Union President, Andriana Georgiou, said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are working in collaboration with the University and are very grateful for the funding they have given us for this project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The redevelopment of the building will provide us with a fantastic opportunity to offer a cutting-edge 8QLRQ ZKLFK UHĂ HFWV WKH QHHGV RI Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diverse population of students.â&#x20AC;? 7KH8QLRQ&KLHI([HFXWLYH6LPRQ Gerry added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have been working on the details of this project for over three years, and are delighted it is now coming to fruition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is very exciting to think that in  PRQWKV WLPH ZH ZLOO EH SURYLGing one of the best, if not the best, Studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Union in the country to our students. It is no more than they deserve. ´2XU YLVLRQ RI SURYLGLQJ D VW FHQWXU\ 8QLRQ IRU WKH VW FHQWXU\ student will become much more realisable with the new enhanced facilities.â&#x20AC;? It has been stressed that while work will be carried out throughout

the academic year, procedures will be put into place to minimise disruption to students. While there will be no Union bar or entertainment from November onwards, all core student services will still be functioning as normal. The Union shop will be relocated at the nearby Museum of Antiquities building, along with other services such as Sploshh print shop, SmartFix IT and Santander bank. All other services, including the RIĂ&#x20AC;FHUWHDP6&$1$FWLYLWLHV&HQtre and the Student Advice Centre, will be relocated to Park Terrace, the former University Finance OfĂ&#x20AC;FHEXLOGLQJ Commenting on the levels of disruption to students, Georgiou added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;There will still be a functioning Union throughout the academic year, just not in this building. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a challenging year ahead of us but the new Union will EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WVWXGHQWVIRU\HDUVDQG\HDUV to come. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very excited to see the outcome of all the hard work thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gone into the project.â&#x20AC;?


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News of the year in pictures Clockwise from above: Vice-Chancellor Chris Brink opens the new Castle Court accommodation; the Queen takes a guided tour around the newly redeveloped Great North Museum; Princess Eugenie’s arrival causes a media stir on campus; Tom Delamere is elected the new Students’ Union President; Jeremy Kyle poses with students after hosting a public lecture at the University; David Willetts, the universities minister, visits the Students’ Union, Maximo Park perform in Freshers’ Week; Newcastle students take to the streets to protest against the proposed rise of tuition fees. Pictures by Alexander Wilson and Jonny Whitlam


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Where to dine this week Life & Style Editors: Larisa Brown, Alex Felton and Ashley Fryer - courier.life@ncl.ac.uk

Celebrate your graduation in style The Courier guide to Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best restaurants and where to go for your special celebratory dinner

Malmaison Quayside, NE1 3DX Tel: 0191 245 5000 malmaison-newcastle.com Passion goes a long way, which is exactly why Malmaison should be proud of the top quality service and commodities it offers. Stylish dĂŠcor with subtle ambient lighting capture a sense of adventure and you can be rest assured this adventure was certainly one to remember. With any hotel, the simple â&#x20AC;&#x153;how was your stayâ&#x20AC;? philosophy being uttered by uninterested staff does not really cut it nowadays, and it is refreshing as ever to see this as an absent trait at Malmaison. Situated on Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Quayside, the Malmaison â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as the name suggests â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is a French-themed, trendy, modern hotel providing a mouth-watering menu to compliment the mouth-watering views of the River Tyne and its landmark bridges. The Malmaison describes itself as a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;truly luxurious hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;luxuriousâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; it is in every possible way. It is a hotel with a difference â&#x20AC;&#x201D; unlike anything else you will experience in the North East â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and this is evident as soon as you step through its doors. Its â&#x20AC;&#x153;moodyâ&#x20AC;? deep purples and velvets may take some immediate getting used to, but you soon learn to love the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and its contemporary furnishings for what they are. When it comes to food, the stylish brasserie offers a wide and excellent variety to cater for all tastes with a strong sense of French LQĂ XHQFH,WDOVRLQFOXGHVDVSHFLDO

Pan Haggerty 21 Queen Street, NE1 3UG Tel: 0191 221 0904 panhaggerty.com Set back from the Quayside, nestled next to the Tyne Bridge, Pan Haggerty offers a tantalising selection of rustic British dishes and is described as the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;perfect place to fall in love with food againâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Running for just over a year and a half, the restaurant has already caused quite a stir in the city, with glowing reviews and praise from Hardens and the Michelin Guide 2010. The restaurant is intimately sized, with modern dĂŠcor, atmospheric

graduate menu which offers three FRXUVHVDQGDJODVVRIĂ&#x20AC;]]RQDUrival for a very generous ÂŁ25. On trying out the Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selection, my dining companion and I started our dinner with chicken, mushroom and pearl barley soup, and, parma ham, asparagus and rosemary crispbread â&#x20AC;&#x201D; well presented, sleek, and most importantly, brimming with taste. The parma ham was tender, and juicy, complimented aptly by the UKXVWLTXHWH[WXUHDQGUDZĂ DYRXU of crispbread. A winning combination. As for the soup, a cauldron of Ă DYRXUWKDWPHOWHGLQWKHPRXWK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two appetizerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worthy of any HYHQLQJIRUĂ&#x20AC;QHGLQLQJ For the mains, I opted for an authentic English dish in cottage pie and I can honestly say it was the best cottage pie Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. Fluffy mash, on a bed of lean PLQFHFRYHUHGLQIUHHĂ RZLQJ gravy. So simple and yet hugely satisfying. Not complicated and yet many a restaurant recipe falls short of the fundamentals behind one of Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best loved dishes. Malmaison however sets the standard. An absolute must. My dining partner chose the 250g entrecĂ´te â&#x20AC;&#x201D; naturally reared beef, grass fed, dry aged on the bone sirloin â&#x20AC;&#x201D; tender, juices running IUHHO\DQGZLWKDULFKDJHGĂ Dvour. The beef comes from Donald Russell, suppliers of meat to the Queen, and this was a dish that ZDVFHUWDLQO\Ă&#x20AC;WIRUUR\DOW\ The wine list is extensive and our choice of the Australian 2008 sauvignon blanc named Mad Fish a fruity and light number - provided a sweet and elegant taste to proceedings. The sticky toffee pudding dessert with Chantilly cream was nothing

lighting, exposed brick work and photos depicting scenery around the North East, giving the restaurant an overall relaxing and comfortable feel. Named after a traditional NorthXPEULDQGLVKWKHUHVWDXUDQWĂ&#x20AC;[Dtion on the North East is noticeable through its commitment to local produce, which includes a local selection of thirst-quenching, award winning ales and lagers, from the Wylam brewery, just outside of Newcastle. My dining companion and I opted to try dishes from both the early evening menu, which is served from 5.30pm to 7pm, and the main dinner menu, which is served 7pm to 9pm. The early evening menu offers a reasonable selection of courses, priced at ÂŁ12.50 for two courses

short of heaven in a dish, while the dark chocolate molten, crème fraiche with honeycomb was a truly delightful sweet with the KRQH\FRPEĂ DYRXUVVXSHUEO\FRPplimenting the rich, hot chocolate oozing from the dish. Elegant, classy, and hugely satisfying, dinner at the MalmaiVRQLVFHUWDLQWRSURYLGHDUHĂ&#x20AC;QHG evening. And for those looking for somewhere to stay, the Malmaison more than delivers here as well. The 4-star hotel boasts a fully equipped gym, spa and a stunning Ă&#x20AC;UVWĂ RRUEDUZKLFKRIIHUVVRPH postcard-perfect views of the city. )RUSDUHQWVIURPIXUWKHUDĂ&#x20AC;HOG the Malmaison really does offer a chance to see Newcastle in both style and comfort. The rooms themselves are spacious, seductively styled and fashionably furnished, offering great views from the windows, a hugely comfortable bed and a fantasticallysized bathroom with a shower that you will never want to leave. Saying that, the one thing you would probably get out of it for is the Malmaison breakfast which offers a full continental option for ÂŁ11.95 or a traditional cooked breakfast including great British favourites such as eggs Benedict, grilled kippers or smoked salmon for just ÂŁ2 more. All in all, Malmaison is an experience to remember for all the right reasons. Passion goes a long way â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at Malmaison it goes that little bit further. And with a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Summer Sizzlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offer from ÂŁ135 which includes breakfast and dinner for two people, the Malmaison proves that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily have to pay luxurious prices for a luxurious stay. James Parker

and ÂŁ15.50 for three courses. For starters, my companion chose the carrot and ginger soup with chive oil and croutons, which was vibrant in colour and taste. From the lunch menu, I chose the Neasham Grange black pudding hash, locally sourced, with a poached egg and succulent crispy bacon. The dish arrived impeccably presented, as a mount of texture DQGĂ DYRXUFRPSOLPHQWHGE\WKH oozing egg yolk, which elegantly tricked down the black pudding. The main courses were quick to follow, from the set lunch menu a chargrilled minute steak with chunky chips and red onion salad. The portion size was certainly satisfying, occupying the entire plate with no room to spare, and the steak itself was cooked and seasoned to perfection, with the knife

gliding through effortlessly. The chunky chips were delightIXOO\Ă XII\ZLWKDWDVWHUHPLQLVFHQW of roast potatoes and the fresh crunchy salad rounded off this faultless dish. )URPWKHGLQQHUPHQXDFRQĂ&#x20AC;W shoulder of lamb with basil mash and roast plum tomatoes arrived beautifully presented, a dish full of colour and wonderful aromas. The texture of the lamb was stunning DQGWKHEDVLOĂ DYRXUHGPDVKZDVD perfect accompaniment. With the generous potions sizes, a desert was a struggle, however the selection was too good to miss. From the lunch set menu, the local selection of four cheeses came with mouth-watering chutney and various selections of crackers. A must for any cheese fan. My companion chose the sweeter

option, opting for the chocolate fondant with black cherry sauce and vanilla ice-cream. Again, the dish came out fantastically presented and the chocolate oozed from the centre. The waiter kindly recommended the Elysium, Californian Black Muskat, and its Ă DYRXUDQGVZHHWQHVVFRPSOLPHQWed the cherry sauce perfectly. All in all, Pan Haggertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to use fresh local ingredients and produce sumptuous, authentic British dishes sets them apart from the local competition. Extremely well priced for its quality, and with friendly and knowledgeable staff, Pan Haggerty comes highly recommended and it would provide the perfect celebratory meal to end your graduation day. Daniel Bos


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Restaurants Life & Style Fishermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lodge Jesmond Dene, NE7 7BQ Tel: 0191 281 3281 Ă&#x20AC;VKHUPDQVORGJHFRXN One of Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longest established restaurants, the Fishermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lodge is set in the heart of the leafy Jesmond Dene, combining picturesque views with a luxurious and unique dining experience. 2QDUULYDOWRWKLVKLJKSURĂ&#x20AC;OHHDWery, you are greeted by classy, chic interiors and warm, friendly staff. My dining companions and I were taken through to the lounge prior to dinner, where we got the chance to pursue the exciting menu while being presented with selections of unusual canapĂŠs. It may be one of the North Eastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most exclusive destinations, but

Fishermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lodge caters for more than just the exclusive customer, offering a special graduate menu, which includes three courses for a very generous ÂŁ20. From trying dishes off both menus, it is clear that the food quality is not compromised by this cheaper price and its quality certainly matches up to the regular dining options. Moving in from the lounge, the dining area at the Lodge is a stylish yet cosy setting, with classy white table linen and an inviting atmosphere which gives an almost â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;homelyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; feel. My starter of asparagus veloutĂŠ was an absolute delight, arriving in a jug and poured around asparagus pieces by our waiter, giving the dish a personal touch. The pea veloutĂŠ arrived in the same format DQGWKHULFKJUHHQFRORXUUHĂ HFWHG WKHVWURQJEXWGHOLJKWIXOĂ DYRXU bursting through the dish. My other guest chose the ballotine

%HVWRIWKHUHVW Â&#x2021;&DIp One Trinity Gardens, NE1 2HF Tel: 0191 222 0755 cafetwentyone.co.uk

Â&#x2021;0DUFR3ROR 33 Dean Street, NE1 1PQ Tel: 0191 232 5533 marcopolonewcastle.com

Â&#x2021;*XVWR Quayside, NE1 3DX Tel: 0191 260 2291 gustorestaurantsuk.com

Â&#x2021;6L[5HVWDXUDQW The BALTIC, NE8 3BA Tel: 0191 440 4948 sixbaltic.com

Â&#x2021;+RWHOGX9LQ City Road, NE1 2BE Tel: 0191 229 2200 hotelduvin.com

Â&#x2021;6WDUWHUVDQG3XGV 2-6 Shakespeare Street, NE1 6AQ Tel: 0191 233 2515 startersandpuds.com

Â&#x2021;/RFK)\QH The Former United Reform Church, NE3 4ES Tel: 0191 255 9320 lochfyne.com

Â&#x2021;7KH/LYLQJ5RRP 12 Grey Street, NE1 6AE Tel: 0191 255 4450 thelivingroom.co.uk

Brasserie Black Door 16 Stoddart Street, NE2 1AN Tel: 0191 260 5411 brasserieblackdoor.co.uk Brasserie Black Door is a unique dining experience with a unique location. Situated between Byker Bridge and the student savvy Sandyford, Black Door offers a break from the norm in both looks and location. The interior has all the style of a sleek modern art exhibition with the warmth of a family owned restaurant. It creates this atmosphere by hosting works from the conjoining Biscuit Factory gallery â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the largest commercial art gallery in Europe - and coupling this art with modern installations. While Michelin star eating excellence clearly comes at a price, Black Door does offer a three course evening set menu for ÂŁ18.95 per person â&#x20AC;&#x201D; superb value for a venue that boasts the freshest local produce combined with imagination in an attempt to create innovative meals. I challenged Black Doorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s innovative ethos on my visit by starting with glazed tart of smoked haddock with buttered spinach and hollandaise sauce and the presentation of the dish was immaculate, beautifully layered and topped with a poached egg cooked to perfection. -The egg yoke and hollandaise sauce combined perfectly to drizzle

over the haddock and enrich the Ă DYRXUDQGWH[WXUHRIWKHORFDOO\ VRXUFHGĂ&#x20AC;VK My dining partner opted for the sauteed potato starter which was again a work of art. The perfectly crafted potatoes were stacked carefully and surrounded by fresh VHDVRQDOYHJHWDEOHVZKLOHWUXIĂ H butter seeped into the vegetables to create splendour for the taste buds.

of Northumbrian rabbit served with garden patch salad, which was beautifully presented, encapsulating summer on a plate through its Ă DYRXUVDQGVWXQQLQJFRORXUV The main courses continued the Ă&#x20AC;QHGLQLQJZLWKHOHJDQWGLVKHV and exquisite delivery of locally sourced ingredients. The menu offers choices in keeping with its QDPHVXFKDVPRQNĂ&#x20AC;VKDQGOREVWHU KRZHYHUQRQĂ&#x20AC;VKHDWHUVDUHFDWHUHG for with duck breast, lamb loin and EHHIĂ&#x20AC;OOHW My choice was the roasted loin of spring lamb, Northumberland hot pot, potato gratin, girolles and eucalyptus jus. The sweet meat was tender and the accompaniments were all wonderful, complimenting the lamb well. 7KHĂ&#x20AC;OOHWRI*DOORZD\EHHIZLWK

Mains were selected from an expansive a la carte menu that offered dishes suitable for anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taste. The simple sounding chicken, mushroom and chorizo pie had a ULFKĂ DYRXUVRPHĂ&#x20AC;OOLQJZLWKWKH chorizo adding a little touch of spice. It was crowned with creamed potato piped into elegant peeks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a PHDOĂ&#x20AC;WIRUDNLQJ My dining companion selected the (QJOLVKSUHPLHUHĂ&#x20AC;OOHWVWHDNDFFRPpanied by watercress salad and the succulent beef, which the restaurant boasts is hand reared in the North East, was truly delightful. Often with such a dish, highHQGUHVWDXUDQWVVDFULĂ&#x20AC;FHĂ DYRXU for presentation but in this case, Brasserie Black Door excelled by creating an honest traditional British dish with exceptional regional produce. It was an old master designed in the 21st century. The sampled desserts more than lived up to expectations as well, which by this point, had become exceedingly high. The perfectly textured vanilla cheesecake was delightful, while the raspberry sorbet and blueberry ice-cream burst ZLWKDQDEXQGDQFHRIĂ DYRXUWKDW almost made dessert seem healthy. Brasserie Black Door really is the perfect place for families to celebrate graduation if you are looking for an eatery with a difference which manages to maintain its class. It provided stimulation for all the senses and gave a great insight into life in the North East â&#x20AC;&#x201D; its culture, local produce and the hospitality of the people. Stephen McIntyre

roasted shallot puree, pickled morels and maderia jus was another excellent dish, but you were perhaps expecting a little more at its extravagant price of ÂŁ30. %HWWHUYDOXHZDVWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOPDLQ FKRLFHWKHĂ&#x20AC;OOHWRIPDFNHUHOZRQderfully accompanied by parmesan, JQRFFKLDQGFRQĂ&#x20AC;WDXEHUJLQH7KH MXLF\PDFNHUHOIXOORIĂ DYRXUFDPH beautifully presented, and is certainly a great choice for a main dish on the set menu. Desserts were a chance for the chef to illustrate his panache and Ă&#x20AC;QHVVH0\FKRLFHZDVDVWUDZberry themed creation, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;strawberry texturesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, which featured a jelly, cream slice and strawberry mouse, offering a fresh, summery end to the dining experience. The chocolate surprise dessert was

Blackfriars Friars Street, NE1 4XN Tel: 0191 261 5945 blackfriarsrestaurant.co.uk Billed as the oldest restaurant in Newcastle and set in one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most complete 13th century Dominican friaries, the experience of dining at Blackfriars is all about the atmosphere. The place exudes a sense of history and comfort while retaining a certain style rarely found in older establishments. Tucked away from the rest of the city in a quiet corner of Friars Street, near Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chinatown, diners can enjoy emphatically local produce and exquisitely presented plates, while looking out over the charming fragments of Hadrianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wall. The dĂŠcor expresses the ethos of the restaurant down to the place mats which double as detailed maps of the North East and mark out the exact origin of items on the menu â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a real attraction to those wishing to support regional farmers. Though a little limited, the selection of starters would surely appeal to most diners. With an array of seafood â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all sourced from the North Sea of course â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including a delicately Ă DYRXUHGĂ&#x20AC;VKFDNHVHUYHGZLWK homemade tartar sauce, together with options such as a delicious goatsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cheese salad with honey and walnut dressing, the menu caters to

popular with my guest - a rich trufĂ HWH[WXUHZLWKELVFXLWEDVHVHUYHG with a delicious ice-cream. The winning dessert, however, was a modern take on the classic bakewell tart. Served with another scrumptious ice-cream, the tart was a warm delight with a wonderfully homemade feel. The Fishermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lodge is certainly one of Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hidden gems and the quality of the food more than backs up the stunning surroundings of the restaurant. With stylish dishes, great service, and a secluded venue with spectacular scenery, Fishermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lodge is the perfect choice for those looking for something that little bit more from their graduation dinner. David Coverdale

a range of tastes. Meat lovers are spoiled for choice for their mains, with pan-fried County Durham pork chop served with tarragon jus, home-made sausages and homemade cheese and bacon burger all on offer. Another strong contender is the 1RUWK6HDĂ&#x20AC;VKDQGKDQGFXWFKLSV which are served in generous portions accompanied with fragrant minted peas. $IWHUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWZRFRXUVHVVRPH PD\Ă&#x20AC;QGLWDVWUXJJOHWRFRQWHPplate a third, but for those with a little more commitment to the dining experience, Blackfriars comes up trumps again. The option of Pimmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; jelly complete with cucumber, strawberry and mint salad is an inspired thought on hot summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day while the luxurious dark chocolate mousse with orange shortbread is certain to be a hit all round. Given the setting and the unquestionable quality of the food, the express lunchtime menu is extremely reasonably priced with two courses for just ÂŁ12 or three for ÂŁ15. Though just above the budget of the average student, it is unlikely to break the bank of mum and dad, and even the most particular of SDUHQWVDUHFHUWDLQWREHVDWLVĂ&#x20AC;HG by the elegant simplicity Blackfriars has to offer. An excellent choice for a special family meal. Blackfriarsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; summer menu has been updated as of this month so there may some minor alterations to the meals described above. Fran Infante


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Spoils shared in Boat Race spectacle Mike Wilkinson Newcastle Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rowers were forced to share the spoils with Durham in the 14th University Boat Race after a thrilling dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rowing on the River Tyne in May. Newcastle, who won the event IRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPHODVW\HDUJRWWKHLU day off to the perfect start as they claimed comfortable victories in the Ă&#x20AC;UVWWZRUDFHVRIWKHGD\WKHIUHVKwomenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and freshmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eights, by Ă&#x20AC;YHOHQJWKVDQGWZROHQJWKVUHVSHFtively. This meant that Newcastle, as 2009 champions, had already done enough to retain the overall event title on the day. However, out-andout victory was the prize Newcastle so desperately craved and this was denied by Durham, who fought back bravely to secure the senior menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s races and leave the overall score level at two races apiece. After the one-side freshersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; battles, the senior womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s race was a close affair, with Durham edging it by less than half a length. However, the undoubted highlight of the GD\ JDPH LQ WKH HYHQW¡V Ă&#x20AC;QDO UDFH the showpiece senior menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eights, which took place with the overall score in the balance at 2-1. As the title-decider got underway, the Newcastle team got off to a great start, leading by a short distance as the boats came into view at the Swing Bridge. Durham, however, seemed determined not to lose the race for a second year in a row, and

they edged into the lead as the two WHDPVFURVVHGWKHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKOLQH As Durham celebrated victory by the narrowest of margins, the disappointment was clear to see on the faces of the Newcastle team, not least with Andrew Corrigan, the Newcastle University Boat Club President. He said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;To lose such a close race is devastating. We set off ahead of Durham at the start of the race, so we were able to see them, and to be rowed through in the last few metres of the race is really painfulâ&#x20AC;?. However, he added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very proud of the freshwomen and Freshmen, who put in really great performances.â&#x20AC;? Colin Blackburn, Director of Sport at Newcastle University and Chair of the Boat Race Executive Committee said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The results today have gone to form, based on the two Universitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; placings at the BUCS Regatta earlier this year. Honours are even today, which I think is a fair result on the day, given how close the races have been.â&#x20AC;? Vicky Tyas, Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Athletic 8QLRQ 2IĂ&#x20AC;FHU DGGHG ´7KH %RDW Race is always a truly fantastic event â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this year was certainly no exception with all four races a great spectacle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really proud of all the Newcastle crews that took part, the hard work and dedication that all the boat club members have shown throughout the year is absolutely remarkable and they are a credit to both the Athletic Union and the University.â&#x20AC;?

Honours even: Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Andrew Corrigan and Durhamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Benji Dawes share the Boat Race trophy after drawing two races apiece

BUCS blip but Team Newcastle continue to shine David Coverdale Outgoing Editor Despite slipping out of the top ten in WKH%8&6UDQNLQJVIRUWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPH in three years, 2009/10 has been another successful season for Team Newcastle who continue to rival some of the best sporting institutions in the country. Newcastle look set to end the season in 13th place, but can look back on a victorious year which saw the University defeat Northumbria by a record 51.5 points to retain the Stan Calvert Cup for a third successive year. There have also been a number of stand-out performances from some of Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elite clubs, most notably the boat club, who have amassed an impressive 226 BUCS points over the year, and the ski and snowboarding club, who beat every university put in front of them on their way to successful retentions of their alpine and dry slope BUCS titles. Other top displays by Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ă&#x20AC;QHVWVDZWKHPHQ¡VJROIVLGHUHWXUQ WR WKH WRS Ă LJKW DW WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW WLPH RI asking, the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cricket side earn themselves a league and cup double

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and the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rugby union and netEDOO Ă&#x20AC;UVW WHDPV LPSUHVV LQ WKHLU UHspective Premier League divisions. In total, seven Team Newcastle sides won their BUCS leagues, and just as impressive were some of the individual performances with 13 Newcastle students going on to represent their country at full international level, and a further seven students going on to compete internationally at U20 to U25 level this year. 2YHUDOO1HZFDVWOHORRNVHWWRĂ&#x20AC;Qish on a total of around 1,720 BUCS points, roughly 40 points less than 2008/09, but sill up on their tallies of 2006/07 and 2007/08 when NewFDVWOHĂ&#x20AC;UVWEURNHLQWRWKHWRSWHQ Rounding up the season, the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Performance Sport Manager, Fraser Kennedy said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;All in all it has been a pretty successful year â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we are still punching above our weight and will have six teams in the Premier League next season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stan Calvert of course was a great win and there have been a number of good performances from certain clubs, most notably the ski and boat clubs, whose achievements have been remarkable.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in the top ten for three years and we did hope we would stay there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;However, the universities that have taken over are big institutions. Manchester have 29,000 students and are getting their act together. It is getting that little bit harder to compete with these universities.â&#x20AC;? Kennedy, highlighted the need for further funding if Newcastle are to continue rivalling the sporting elite, D VHQWLPHQW HFKRHG E\ $8 2IĂ&#x20AC;FHU Vicky Tyas. Tyas, who hands over the reins of the Athletic Union to hockey club president Charley Wright this summer said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve achieved everything I set out to achieve. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We won Stan Calvert, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re high up in the BUCS rankings and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re LQDJRRGĂ&#x20AC;QDQFLDOSRVLWLRQ â&#x20AC;&#x153;However, the standard of university sport is getting better and betWHU :H Ă&#x20AC;QG LW GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW WR NHHS XS because we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t got the resources that other universities have. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to stay in the BUCS top 12, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always been the aim, but we need increased support and investment because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting harder to achieve.â&#x20AC;?


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Intra Mural Sport

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Cheeky Ladies Titans Jonathon Taylor at Heaton

7KH 7LWDQV SURYLGHG D KXJH FXS Ă&#x20AC;nal upset back in March, comfortably beating the undefeated league champions Cheeky Ladies 28-15. On a day that saw spectators fashioning fairly suspect sandals and sunglasses, it was the Titans that revelled in the rare Newcastle heat, deservedly lifting the cup, and condemning the Ladies to their only defeat of the season. After suffering a heavy 41-3 defeat DW WKH KDQGV RI WKHLU FXS Ă&#x20AC;QDO RSponents earlier in the campaign, the Titans wreaked sweet revenge at a sun-baked Heaton, dominating a game that saw huge hits, impressive tries, yellow cards and penalties in abundance. A frantic start to the game saw WKH 7LWDQV Ă&#x20AC;UPO\ RQ WKH IURQW IRRW forcing the Cheeky Ladies deep into their own 22. After indiscipline in the contact area which proved persistent throughout, Titans centre 'DYLG )DJDQ Ă&#x20AC;UHG WKH XQGHUGRJV into an early lead, courtesy of a routine penalty kick. The league champions responded well, and after a good break from skipper Munchie Turner, the refereeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outstretched arm allowed winger Harry Turner to cancel out Faganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s earlier effort. The game was a great advert for Intra Mural rugby â&#x20AC;&#x201D; quickly-recycled

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ball by the respective forward packs allowed a host of expansive backline moves, with ferocious tackling LQ WKH PLGĂ&#x20AC;HOG PDNLQJ WKH VSHFWDtors shudder. After 15 minutes, the Cheeky Ladies gave away a cheap penalty on half-way. To their surprise however, Fagan opted to go for goal, and a penalty kick that a certain Mr Wilkinson would have been proud of ensued. The three point advantage was then doubled immediately after, with Fagan successfully slotting a IXUWKHUSHQDOW\WRĂ&#x20AC;UHWKH7LWDQVLQWR a 9-3 lead. Despite being only 20 minutes into the match, it was already apparent that the Cheeky Ladies faced a massive up-hill task to achieve victory, with Titans half-backs Henry Cunningham and David Fagan com-

pletely dictating the tempo of the game. Faganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monstrous boot came to the forefront on the half hour mark, after the Ladies were once again penalised for indiscipline at the breakdown. From fully 55 metres, the 7LWDQV FHQWUH Ă&#x20AC;UHG WKH EDOO VWUDLJKW through the posts, and subsequently his team into a commanding lead. With the management and substitutes visibly agitated on the sidelines, a clinical Titans move just before half-time did much to allay the nerves, with lock Roger Cornish sending the fans into raptures. After a number of quickly-recycled phases, Titans scrum-half Cunningham RIĂ RDGHG WR &RUQLVK ZKR VKRZHG great pace to touch down in the corner. As a result, the Titans went into half-time with a comfortable 19-3

lead, and more importantly, the Ă&#x20AC;UP EHOLHI WKDW WKH\ ZHUH WR EH WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW WHDP RI WKH VHDVRQ WR EHDW WKH league champions. Immediately from the restart, the Cheeky Ladies were given an opSRUWXQLW\ WR QDUURZ WKH GHĂ&#x20AC;FLW $Iter the Titans were adjudged to have killed the ball, Ladies winger Harry Turner somehow missed a penalty straight in front of the posts, which further catalysed the under-dogsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; belief in a potential cup upset. On 55 minutes, after his team conceded yet another penalty, Ladies captain Munchie Turner was warned by the referee regarding his teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poor discipline. Fagan predictably followed by adding a further three points to his teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tally courtesy of a penalty in front of the posts. As the second half developed, the league champions began to grow into the game, and soon tested the Titanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defensive capabilities for the Ă&#x20AC;UVW WLPH $IWHU JRRG ZRUN E\ WKH IURQWĂ&#x20AC;YHWKH/DGLHVĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\FURVVHG their opponentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; try-line, only for the referee to controversially adjudge a knock-on, and a consequent scrum for the Titans. Aggrieved by the decision, Ladies conceded another penalty immediately after, with Fagan rubbing salt into the Ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wounds with another reliable penalty conversion. +ROGLQJ D  OHDG LQWR WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDO 15 minutes, the Titans had a very realistic chance of pulling off a big cup Ă&#x20AC;QDOXSVHW:LWKDFRQVLVWHQWVXSSO\ of quick ball to the back-line, whilst remaining committed in defence, only a major Titans collapse could see them throw away the game.

The nail-biting continued for the Titans soon after however, with the referee showing the replacement prop a yellow card for killing the ball. From the resulting penalty, a powerful Cheeky Ladies maul was pushed over the try-line, with the out-numbered Titans pack helpless to avoid conceding the try. Only minutes after conceding the try, things got worse for the fatigued Titans when the referee awarded the league champions a penalty try. After a number of gruelling forward drives, the under-dogs were penalised for illegally collapsing a rolling maul, and Harry Turnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resulting conversion for the Cheeky Ladies reduced the score to 25-15. However a late penalty by the imPDFXODWH )DJDQ SURYHG WKH Ă&#x20AC;QDO DFWLRQRIDQH[FLWLQJFXSĂ&#x20AC;QDOZLWK the Titans showing great character to hold on to a 28-15 victory. After a pitch invasion from all of the Titans squad at full-time, the Cheeky Ladies showed commendable sportsmanship in defeat, sincerely applauding their victors as captain Paddy Lewis lifted the trophy. After the game, Titans manager Oscar Todd said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cheeky Ladies are a great side, as they have shown in the league this year. However our win today is evidence that they are beatable, and a great team performance by the boys showed that. 7KHFXSĂ&#x20AC;QDOSURYHGDĂ&#x20AC;WWLQJHQG to an exciting Intra Mural season, and despite losing out to the Cheeky Ladies in the league, it was the Titans who ended the campaign with WKHFXSĂ&#x20AC;QDOEUDJJLQJULJKWV J. WEEDEN

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The sporting year in pictures Sports Editors: Paul Christian, Jamie Jamie Gavin and Tomand James - courier.sport@ncl.ac.uk Sports Editors: Paul Christian, Gavin Tom James - courier.sport@ncl.ac.uk

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Record-breaking Newcastle surge to Stan Calvert glory University crush Northumbria to claim historic third successive Stan Calvert Cup A. WILSON

David Coverdale Outgoing Editor It was an historic day for the University in February, as Team Newcastle humiliated Northumbria by a record score of 83.75 points to 32.25 in the Stan Calvert Cup. The landslide victory made it an unprecedented third consecutive Calvert win for Newcastle and gave them their tenth victory in the competitionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 17-year history. The Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s domination was apparent throughout the entire dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proceedings and the overall scoreline was a more than fair reĂ HFWLRQ RI WKH RQHVLGHG QDWXUH RI this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contest. In fact, the only the only thing Team Newcastle failed to beat on the day was the elements, with the showpiece rugby union match at *DWHVKHDGIDOOLQJIRXORIWKHKRUULĂ&#x20AC;F weather conditions that swept the North East over that weekend. The abandonment meant that it was Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s netballers who were left to crown a memorable day. They more than delivered, recording a 57-37 win over a formidable 1RUWKXPEULDĂ&#x20AC;UVWWHDP ,W ZDV D Ă&#x20AC;WWLQJ HQG WR WKH  competition as Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ViceChancellor Chris Brink presented the trophy to Team Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ecVWDWLF $8 2IĂ&#x20AC;FHU 9LFN\ 7\DV LQ WKH indoor arena at Gateshead Stadium Tyas had herself competed in the netball earlier in the day as part of the victorious third team and was overcome by emotion as she lifted the cup for Newcastle. Speaking immediately after the event, Tyas said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so proud, I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be prouder of everyone who has taken part today. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just so happy that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve won. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The massive margin of victory makes it even sweeter because some RIWKHĂ&#x20AC;[WXUHVJRWFDQFHOOHG1RRQH can now say that if the rugby had

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been played the result would have been different. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Massive congratulations must go to everyone who has been involved and a huge thanks to all of the hard work that everyone has put in.â&#x20AC;? Already with a stunning 28.5-5.5 lead going into the Sunday round RIĂ&#x20AC;[WXUHVWKHUHORRNHGOLWWOHGRXEW of anything but a Newcastle win as

news of Team Newcastle victories Ă RRGHGLQWKURXJKRXWWKHGD\ A surprise triumph for Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball team was WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW UHVXOW WR FRPH LQ DQG WKH University did not look back with the rowing and hockey clubs securing a clean sweep of the points, and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rugby producing one of the shocks of the day.

The event was never a contest and Team Newcastle had all but secured their third successive Stan Calvert Cup by 4pm that afternoon. Performance Sport Manager Fraser Kennedy said he was â&#x20AC;&#x153;over the moonâ&#x20AC;? with the result and praised the spirit shown by Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students. Kennedy said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our organisation,

commitment and determination has EHHQĂ&#x20AC;UVWFODVV:HZHUHGHWHUPLQHG to win, determined to win three in a row. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The clubs have been organised, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve asked them to do and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s showed in almost eveU\VLQJOHĂ&#x20AC;[WXUH â&#x20AC;&#x153;Looking at the results, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a comprehensive victory.â&#x20AC;?


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