Rina arrives!

Hello! My name is Rina. I am 21 years old. I am from Japan and study English and International relations at Teikyo University in Japan. The university is located in Nakano and has nice facilities. It has a beautiful café where I usually eat delicious food with my friends. Back home in Japan, I like…

Languages are our business

We are launching a new campaign to promote language learning.. Posters will follow our video below and schools and organisations are encouraged to use our new logo for the campaign. We are delighted to have worked with UBISOFT, the games producer to create a short film to demonstrate the application of language skills in the…

112 day

Yesterday, on the 11 February, Europe celebrated the European 112 Day which was established in 2009 to raise awareness of the European emergency number. In an emergency situation, when you are in the need of help, you can call 112 which is the European emergency number. You can call it whenever you are in the…

The UK and European Customs Union

A customs union is a trade agreement between two or more countries. This means that countries which are a part of the union decide not to impose taxes on imports coming from other member countries and agree to impose external costs on goods that are coming from countries which are not a part of the…

Pontanima concert

Pontanima leaflet final Join the Pontanima choir from Sarajevo for their concert in Durham Cathedral. Music will include new commissions and works of significance for different religions and cultures. Over the twenty years of its existence, Pontanima (spiritual bridge) has emerged as one of the most important actors in the field of inter-religious peacemaking in…

Women’s suffrage

Today it is exactly 100 years ago since women in Great Britain got their right to vote in elections. Below you can also see when women in some of the European countries got their right to vote. Although women were allowed to vote they had to meet certain requirements to be able to vote in…

Working with businesses to build a stronger economy

This event is designed for businesses and organisations to come along and find out more about the programmes and initiatives that the North East LEP delivers and how they can get involved. The North East LEP worked with businesses to write the North East Strategic Economic Plan, we have now developed a range of programmes…

County Durham apprentices visit Germany

As part of the ERASMUS+ programme, five County Council apprentices were able to travel to the county’s partner city in Germany and investigate its approach to urban regeneration and economic development. Over two weeks they took part in seminars, meetings, site visits and undertook personal research to get a better understanding of the German way…

Beat the rat race

Over 90 young people, their teachers and university undergraduates joined us for our annual invitation to Beat the Rat race at Newcastle University. Pupils from across the North East region grilled business people who use languages in the workplace. Pupils’ comments included : ‘It was very enlightening’ ‘So interesting to hear from real-life linguists’ ‘Very…