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A sports injury specialist from the University of Sunderland has spoken of the “mental and physical pain” that may force Andy Murray off the tennis court.

Dr Saeed Fayaz is an academic in the area of sports injury with over 25 years of experience of teaching physiotherapy, medical science and sports medicine.

He was speaking as former world number one Murray said he planned to retire after this year's Wimbledon, while expressing fears next week's Australian Open could be the final tournament of his career due to an ongoing hip injury.

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Dr Fayaz said: “In this major turning point of Andy’s life, everyone in Britain appreciates the extent of pain both physically and mentally.

“There is no record of what his hip injury involves, but for example, if it was a severe cartilage damage of his hip joint or a similar deep and serious pathology, he will have tolerated enormous amounts of pain, physical and emotional stress.

“It is really unfortunate for British Tennis and, in particular Andy Murray that his injury looks likely to cause his early retirement.

“Even heroes require good health and a great time with family and personal or social life. Let’s convey our empathy and best wishes for our Andy. We should all be really grateful that we were all able to witness of him playing at his best.”

The three-time Grand Slam winner, who is struggling to recover from hip surgery, was in tears at a news conference in Melbourne on Friday.

"I'm not sure I'm able to play through the pain for another four or five months," said the 31-year-old Scot.

"I want to get to Wimbledon and stop but I'm not certain I can do that."

However, Murray says he still intends to play his Australian Open first-round match against Spanish 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut next week.

The former world number one had surgery on his right hip last January and has played 14 matches since returning to the sport last June.

Murray ended his 2018 season in September to spend time working with rehabilitation expert Bill Knowles but still looked short of the required level when he played world number one Novak Djokovic in an open practice match at Melbourne Park on Thursday.

It’s been a hectic few years for University of Sunderland student Rebecca Daurat.

The 25-year-old has spent the past two years performing the ultimate juggling act – working full time, giving birth to two children and fitting in her university studies.

But, with graduation in sight, Rebecca’s sleepless nights and endless hard work could be about to pay off.

Now, the BA Social Work student has been nominated for a new campaign – Rate Your Mate - which aims to shine a light on hard working students who go above and beyond in their studies, life and work while at the University.

Rebecca, who will graduate this summer, says the nomination, made by pal Rachel Mole, also 25, has been a big boost during a frantic time in her life.

She said: “To say it’s all been a bit of a whirlwind is an understatement so when I heard about what Rachel had done it kind of made everything feel worthwhile.”

Any student who would like to nominate their friend can email and let us know what makes your mate amazing

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Rebecca, from Pallion in Sunderland, had initially been working full-time at a callcentre, using her holidays from work to make time for her studies, at the same time she had children Henri George, now two, and 12-month-old Genevieve.

“It has been a real juggling act and a couple of times, when I was breastfeeding, I had to bring my baby in to University with me,” says Rebecca.

“But I’ve always wanted to be a social worker and I’m now so close to getting there, it’s all been worth it.”

Rachel, who nominated her friend for the award, says she can think of a no more deserving person.

“Rebecca is a wonderful student, leader, mother, wife, and all round fantastic person,” added Rachel, from Framwellgate Moor in Country Durham. “She has shown unwavering determination and resilience.”

Rebecca has also been acting as Student Representative for the Social Work course.

Rachel said: “She has thrown herself into university. As well as becoming a Student Rep and fighting our corner, she has also become a mentor to younger students through the University’s Sunderland Futures scheme.

“I truly admire Rebecca for being the wonderful student, leader, mother, wife, and all round fantastic person that she is and that is why I am nominating her for Rate Your Mate.”

Rachel and Rebecca will now feature in a poster campaign to attract more students to Rate Your Mate – with all nominated students going forward to the finals in July, where the Student Achiever of the Year will be named at the 2019 summer graduation ceremonies.

Any student who would like to nominate a fellow student for Rate Your Mate can email: and let us know what makes your mate amazing.

Happy Birthday Fashion North.

The popular fashion and beauty website, created and run by students studying Fashion Journalism at the University of Sunderland is celebrating a milestone.

Launched back in December 2013, with the full online launch in January 2014, the site is playing a key role in helping students break into the highly competitive fashion world.

Five years on, it remains a force to be reckoned with videos, podcasts and content which is helping set the fashion agenda.

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Every week, the fashion students hold an editorial conference to brainstorm ideas that will appeal to 13-35 year-olds interested in style, beauty and homeware.

They then use the skills they’ve been taught on the University’s Fashion Journalism course to write catwalk reports, produce trend mood-boards, style and organise fashion photoshoots, and record podcasts – as well as running the Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts.

So far, the team has created 2,894 pieces of content and their graduates who’ve learned “on the job” here have ended up in dream fashion jobs such as glossy magazines like Stylist, Elle, You magazine at the Mail on Sunday and Vogue, social media platforms, and even public relations working for Jimmy Choo and Victoria Beckham.

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Fashion North has published 2,894 stories – with a further 86 in draft waiting to be edited!)

Since their first post, there have been over 100,000 page views.

Fashion North’s most-viewed YouTube videos:

Primark’s cutest hot water bottles

Fashion North go to Clarins Spa at John Lewis Newcastle

University of Sunderland fashion journalism freshers’ trip to John Lewis Newcastle


Fashion North podcast figures: Total plays 162, minutes listened 569.

Four babies! Yes, four of the programme’s graduates are now proud mums.

Living the high life

Case study: Paige Mooney

In the fast-moving world of fashion, Paige Mooney is making a name for herself with all the right brands.

The UoS graduate has worked for some of the biggest names in the industry.

Life has moved into the fast-track ever since Paige left university following her three year degree in Fashion Journalism.

“Since being 16 I knew I wanted to work in fashion and I knew I wanted to work in London,” said Paige.

“Of course, my mum would just nod and smile and say ‘yes dear’.”

Spurred on by her tutors, Paige spent the last few months of her final year emailing some of the world’s most well known fashion magazines, determined to secure an internship.

And it paid off, when she heard back from Marie Claire magazine.

“I was buzzing,” said Paige. “I knew it would only be for six weeks, but when I got there, I just worked as hard as I could.

“By week four, one of the beauty editors asked what my plans for the future were and I just said I wanted to get as much experience as possible.

“She had a friend who was an assistant at Vogue and would see if I could get a place there.”

Within a few weeks, an email landed from Vogue and Paige secured herself another internship.

“Obviously that was the highlight of my life,” she recalls. “I love Vogue and it was right around the time they were celebrating their 100th anniversary, so there was this incredible buzz about the place.

“Kate Middleton was on the cover of the centenary issue and there were lots of things happening.

“It was an exciting time, meeting Kim and Kanye at an event and lots of parties; just seeing life from a whole new angle.”

During all the excitement, Paige was slowly starting to build up her contacts and make a name for herself in the industry.

During the course of nine months, she spent time working other well known publications including Grazia, Red, Glamour and In Style magazines.

“It quickly dawned on me how crucial it was to get internships,” said Paige.

“The fashion world might seem like a big place, but in reality it wasn’t and everyone knows everyone else. You have to prove yourself.”

It was around this time that Paige saw a full-time job come up in public relations for fashion label Jimmy Choo.

Knowing she had built up a strong book of contacts, she impressed the panel of interviewers and landed the role.

Over the next 12 months, the graduate dealt with designers, organised press meetings, worked on social media and got an incredible grounding in the industry.

“It was amazing,” said Paige. “I was doing a job I really enjoyed and getting paid too. It felt like all the hard work had really started to pay off.”

Often working 12-hour days, Paige built her reputation and went on to land herself a dream job with Victoria Beckham’s fashion label.

“It’s really focused on moving the brand forward, and an incredibly exciting opportunity.

“When I look back it seems like I’ve covered a lot of ground in a relatively short time.”