Newcastle University has been involved in the OPAL project since 2007 and leads our engagement work in the north east of England.
About Newcastle University
Newcastle University was ranked 18th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014. The university aims to put academic knowledge, creativity and expertise to work, to come up with innovations and solutions that deliver benefits to individuals, organisations and to society as a whole. Newcastle is ranked 5th in the UK for employability and has a world-class reputation for research excellence.
The university is spearheading three major societal challenges that have a significant impact on global society: ageing and health, sustainability, and social renewal.
Newcastle and OPAL
The university works with school and community groups within the Wingrove area of Newcastle Upon Tyne and with schools and communities that are geographically hard to reach.
Using a partnership approach, they train communities to have the skills and experience needed to take ‘guardianship’ over previously ignored and abandoned sites and put in place long term plans to care for these sites.
Activities in northern England include art and writing workshops, nature parties, bioblitzes, bee festivals, tree festivals, training days and community meetings. The schools workshops developed under the first phase of OPAL will be expanded to appeal to a wider range of abilities and geographical spread during 2014-16.