The QT

Monday 20 May 2024


Balancing freedom of speech with student safety

Students expressing solidarity with Palestinians and protesting about Israel’s war in Gaza have set up encampments on campuses around the UK. Around 15 encampments have emerged in Oxford, Cambridge, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Warwick, Manchester and others. They’ve also cropped up in other countries including France and Ireland. Broadly, students are calling for transparency over and divestment …

A recipe for rehabilitation

A shaft of light shines down through the leaded window of Newcastle Cathedral. It momentarily dazzles me as it glimmers on the quivering blade of a knife.  It’s in the hands of a young man not long out of prison. As I stand opposite him, we both understand the situation perfectly. Without questioning I hand …

Eyes and ears

STEPPING DOWN: Helen Golightly has announced she is stepping down as chief executive of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership. Helen, who has been with the LEP for 12 years and in the top job for nine, said she wants to spend time with family and travelling. She said: “I am immensely proud of the …

Putting more officers back on the beat

There will be a more visible police presence and a more local focus on crime in Northumbria’s Chief Constable Vanessa Jardine’s vision of how she will reshape the force. Having taken the top job back in April of last year,  the Chief Constable is now setting out her stall on how to bring crime down …

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