Newcastle University has been named as the country's second most friendly place to study.
The poll by Friends Reunited website saw it narrowly pipped for first place by Manchester Metropolitan University.
SUNDERLAND councillor Peter Gibson is the new chairman of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority.
Coun Gibson, 65, has served on the authority for three years and has been a member of its emergency planning committee.
Lotto con alert
FAMILIES on Tyneside are being warned to be on their guard against a lottery scam.
Trading Standards officers from North Tyneside Council say residents are being targeted by con-artists claiming to be from foreign lotteries.
One person, in her 80s, was told she had won £250,000 on the Australian National Lottery before being asked to stump up a £1,285 transfer fee.
Anyone concerned over a call can call Trading Standards on (08454) 040506.
POLICE on Teesside are examining CCTV after thieves stole a number of sports shirts, including England tops, from a store.
The raid happened at JD Sports, on Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, at around 4am on Sunday.
Anyone with information is asked to call (01642) 302126.
GATESHEAD Council's meeting will be held outside the borough's civic centre for only the second time in history on Thursday.
The meeting will be staged at the Pioneer Centre, Chopwell, at 2.30pm.
Pupils from nearby Chopwell Primary School will be invited to put questions to cabinet members at the meeting.
A LEGENDARY blues musician is set to stage a performance at a South Tyneside theatre.
American blues star Kent DuChaine corr will host a show at The Customs House, South Shields, tomorrow night, wed starting from 7.30pm.
He will play a mix of authentic blues mixed with rock 'n' roll and his own original music played on his 1934 national steel guitar.
For information and tickets call (0191) 454-1234.