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Become a FutureMe Mentor

Apply by Friday 25 October

As part of the FutureMe team, you will have the opportunity to support young people in years 9-11 through one of our structured mentoring programmes that focus on raising aspirations and increasing awareness of higher education, through a paid Student Mentor's role.

We’re recruiting Student Mentors to work between November 2019 and November 2020*. 

If you are interested in becoming a FutureMe Mentor please email for an application form.

Applications close at noon Friday 25 October 2019.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an assessment centre 11 or 12 November 2019.

Contact or call 0191 5153457 with any questions.

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You must be available for at least 5 hours per week, including preparation and travel time, for the duration of the mentoring programme. You must also attend a compulsory training session on 7–8 December 2019.

Your responsibilities:

  • Be a positive role model who inspires young people to think about the opportunities available to them.
  • In-school year 9 mentoring – deliver small group and one to one sessions.
  • In-school year 10 or 11 mentoring – a series of small group sessions.
  • Support FutureMe staff with large group workshops, assemblies and on-campus events.


*Please note that as this is a year contract, students due to graduate in December 2019 are not eligible to apply.

Brexit update

If you are an EU citizen and a University student you may have some questions about what Brexit could mean for you. 

So what did the events of last week mean for Brexit?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson reached a new deal with the EU which needed to be approved by Parliament.  The outcome of Saturday’s Parliamentary vote means that the new deal was not passed, with MPs adopting an amendment requiring the Prime Minister to ask for a further extension to the UK’s planned departure from the EU on 31 October 2019.

We now must wait to see if the Prime Minister manages to secure a second attempt to vote on the new deal, and if the EU agree to a further extension.

In the meantime if you have any specific concerns about how Brexit may impact you, you can access the International Student Support webpages at:

In addition to providing up to date information around Brexit, you can use the ‘submit an enquiry’ button to contact an ISS adviser directly.

As ever, Gateway staff at each Campus are ready to signpost you to advice and guidance to answer your questions.

You can also contact the Students’ Union at:


Social Media (Facebook): @supreswellbeing

General SU Social media (Facebook, Instagram and twitter): @sunderlandsu

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Student Mental Health Survey


We want your views on mental health support and provision at the University.

Even if you have not been personally affected, we want as wide an understanding as possible of issues impacting upon our students, so please do give us your views.

It should take you around 10 minutes to complete the survey:

As a thank you, you can choose to be entered in into a prize draw (on completion of the survey) to win either a Fitbit Blaze, a £50 or £25 Amazon voucher.

Closing date Sunday 17 November.

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Kicking off for Cameron

Police officers and staff will pull on their football boots today in memory of a “gentle giant” who recently passed away.

Northumbria Police will take part in a charity football match against the University of Sunderland to honour the late Detective Constable Cameron Scarratt, 44, who sadly died on July 3 following a short battle with cancer.

Cameron graduated BSc Economics in 1996, and went on to pursue a career in the police force. To ensure Cameron’s legacy lives on, his friends from the Force’s men’s football team have teamed up with the University of Sunderland – where he used to study – and organised a special fixture in his memory.

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The teams will go head-to-head for The Cameron Scarratt Trophy on Monday (October 21) from 7.30pm at the Nissan Sports & Leisure Complex, on Washington Road, Sunderland.

Cameron’s wife, Lisa, will be among those in attendance along with sons Charlie, 11, and Harvey, 8.

“He would have been absolutely over the moon,” Lisa, 45, said.

“It came as a total surprise to the family but it’s such a lovely and thoughtful thing to do and the night will incorporate Cameron’s love for football, his 20 years’ service with the Force and his time at the University of Sunderland.

“Cameron was a wonderful person - funny, he had a very dry sense of humour and was a very sociable guy. He was a gentle giant, somebody who quite simply loved his life, his family and all those around him.

“It’s going to be an emotional night, and we hope it can raise money for fantastic causes.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Macmillan Cancer Care and all the staff on Ward B28 at Sunderland Royal Hospital who provided such wonderful care and support to Cameron and the whole family.”

Proceeds raised at the event – which is free to attend - will go towards Macmillan Cancer Support, Mind North East, the Blue Light Foundation, and Show Racism the Red Card.

A raffle will be held on the night with a range of prizes that have been donated by local organisations including Sunderland AFC, The Rabbit Sunderland and Sunderland Honda.

A number of other organisations have shown their support for the match, including Northumbria Police Federation, Northumbria LGBT+ Association, Total Sport North East and Let the fun be FIN.

Officers will also be on hand to chat to any members of the public who are interested in volunteering or joining the Force.

Superintendent Brad Howe, of Northumbria Police, said: “Cameron was a well-liked and much-loved colleague who served as a Detective Constable in the Priority & Organised Crime Team when he became poorly.

“After speaking with the university, we thought it would be only right to dedicate the game in Cameron’s memory and it’s wonderful to have Lisa and Cameron’s two children coming along on the night.

“We are all looking forward to the event and hope it will be an unforgettable occasion as the whole community comes together to remember Cameron and raise money for some fantastic causes in the process.”

The game will be attended by a number of special guests, including Black Cats legend Gary Bennett, Southern Area Commander Chief Superintendent Sarah Pitt and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sunderland, Sir David Bell.

Lee Bratton, president of football at the University of Sunderland, said: “This event is a fantastic chance for the university and the community to join together and do something good for charity.”

Sunderland academics stepped onto the stage this week to collect their awards after being recognised in the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme and the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence.

The awards, hosted by the Higher Education Academy, last night in Manchester, recognised learning collaborations that capture creative, innovative practice and benefit the student experience.

The University of Sunderland’s Dr Adele Hulsmeier and Nicholas Glean, in conjunction with Northumbria Police and their Sexual Assault Referall centre, Melissa Sheridan and Julie Tekkin, have won a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) - a hat-trick for our Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries, which has twice before received the national accolade.

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The CATE project plays an important role within the University and beyond. Led by Dr Adelle Hulsmeier, it represents a unique collaboration between our drama and media production teams, Northumbria Police and various organisations involved in supporting victims of crime.

Part-funded by the Police and Crime Commissioners Community Fund the project allows students studying both drama and media production to work on a live client brief, enabling them to gain practical experience and important skills to promote employability. The project has been running for the past six years – more than 500 students have taken part in the production of 23 films on a variety of serious crimes.

Uniquely, the films have been used to raise awareness amongst children, health professionals, the police and other university students - making a significant contribution to the lives of victims and helping with prevention and awareness raising. The project has received widespread acclaim, from the media industry, from forensics experts and those dealing with the victims of crime.

Adelle, Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts and Programme Leader for Screen Performance, said: “Our CATE award win is just fantastic. Over the past seven years the team have worked incredibly hard to make sure a diverse and hard-hitting project has impact for teaching and learning, the policing sector and the wider community. We could not be prouder of what we have been able to achieve, and the CATE award is such a wonderful way to recognise this.”

Andrew Sturrock, Principal Lecturer in Pharmacy, has become our latest National Teaching Fellow.

Throughout his time at Sunderland and in Higher Education, Andrew has successfully driven improvements to the student experience. Under his leadership, the University’s Master in Pharmacy (MPharm) programme has been wholly transformed, both in terms of student success, learning and teaching approaches and assessment.

Andrew said: “I am delighted to have received this award and to represent the University at the Teaching Excellence Award Ceremony. The National Teaching Fellowship scheme provides great recognition for the teaching and learning developments that I have been involved with. It will act as a springboard to further develop my own career and to continue working with the outstanding MPharm programme team to continuously improve the student experience and quality of our graduates.”

The event, hosted in Whitworth Hall, was also attended by Dr Abigail Moriarty, who joined the University in August as the new Pro Vice-Chancellor of Learning and Teaching.

Dr Moriarty said: “Last night I was very proud to be the PVC for Learning and Teaching at the University of Sunderland! It was an amazing event for Higher Education to see the transformational activities happening across the sector. It was inspirational for me to see OUR staff winning these accolades for their teaching excellence, each one make a positive impact on our students and the wider community."



An exciting line-up of media professionals working at the cutting edge of new and innovative journalism techniques has been revealed for this year’s Journalism Skills Conference.

The National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) flagship event brings together educators and employers from across the UK to discuss the latest developments in the industry, and journalism education and training.

The two-day conference will this year take place on Thursday, 28 and Friday, 29 November at the University of Sunderland.

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The Awards for Excellence ceremony will take place on the evening of the 28 November at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, presented by Sky Sports Premier League presenter David Jones and sponsored by The Independent. Attendees will have the opportunity to take a tour of the stadium, as well as participating in a Q&A with Kevin Maguire, associate editor of the Daily Mirror and Visiting Professor at Sunderland, during a drinks reception.

Lee Hall, Head of School of Media and Communications at the University of Sunderland, will welcome attendees to the prestigious event. He said: “It's a real honour and feather in the cap of our University to be hosting the NCTJ's Journalism Skills Conference, which brings together leading media thinkers and practitioners from across the UK.

“There has never been a better time to study and debate the media, thanks to the disruption to traditional news models and the extraordinary news agenda we are witnessing.

“This conference will have a real Sunderland flavour, with graduates of our highly-rated courses speaking and our outstanding staff hosting key discussions.”

He added: “I'm also delighted that we will be showcasing the Kate Adie archives, held by our librarians and containing some real treasures from her frontline reporting.”

Luke Bidwell, content and communications executive for cricket at Lancashire Cricket Club, and Joe Nicholson, digital sports specialist at the Sunderland Echo, are among the latest names confirmed to explore the future of sport journalism in a digital age at the conference.

Abbie Scott, deputy managing editor at the Financial Times, will chair a panel discussion on keeping resilient and understanding personal safety, including looking after mental health, safeguarding and online trolls.

Abbie will be joined by Andy Commins, staff photographer at the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror, Adam Crafton, reporter for The Athletic, Amy Fenton, chief reporter at The Mail, and Elizabeth Pears, news editor at BuzzFeed.

Other panel discussions will look at social and mobile video journalism, the power of podcasting, and the changing jobs landscape for NCTJ graduates.

The conference will also give an insight into how the Community News Project and its reporters are making an impact in their newsrooms and neighbourhoods.

Click here for the full line up.

October is Money Month, and the Development Office have thousands of pounds to give away with DOSH (Development Office Scholarships).

Dosh scholarships are non-means test and non-repayable.

DOSH scholarships currently available are:

The Mike Davies Scholars Fund - open to first year students studying 'maker' disciplines (£3,000 over 3 years)

The Futures Fund – open to all current students (up to £2,500)

The Hope Winch Scholarship – open to undergraduate Pharmacy students (up to £1,000)

The Silver Fund - open to all current students (up to £2,500) 

If you would like to find out more about the scholarships available to current student from our Development Office go to:

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MA Design Degree Show

Friday 18 October – Friday 1 November, Priestman Gallery, City Campus

Join our talented MA Design students for the final Degree Show of 2019.

Free and open to all.

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Monday 21 October, 3.30pm-5pm - register your interest at

Ingredients: A willingness to have a try at group work.

Add a dash of: Curiosity.

Mix in: New skills and ideas for cheap and affordable recipes.

As a Sunderland student we can teach you how to cook on a budget, using the Skills for Life programme offered by the University Wellbeing Team.

Register your interest at

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Tuesday 22 October, 5pm-7pm - Sunderland Minster - this event is free but must be booked via Eventbrite

The Race, Class and Ethnicity (RaCE) interdisciplinary research network is pleased to host the screening of the film – The Uprising.  The Uprising is based on the music album, written and produced by Pravini Baboeram. With the nine songs from the album Pravini connects the struggle against blackface, the struggle for the recognition of colonial crimes committed by the Netherlands in Indonesia, the struggle for the liberation of Palestine and the struggle in the political field for an inclusive society. In this way The Uprising offers a unique view of the resistance movement against racism in Europe through the eyes of people of colour.

This documentary film premiered in April 2019 in Amsterdam. Since then the film has been screened at educational institutions like University of California Los Angeles (Los Angeles) and UC Berkeley (Berkeley), cultural institutions such as Museum of African Diaspora (Smithsonian Affiliate, San Francisco) and Filmhuis Den Haag (The Hague).

Now Pravini is touring the UK to screen the film and will be in Sunderland  on 22 October to engage in a discussion with the audience afterwards.

Admission is free but please book your place through EventBrite here -

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Wednesday 23 October, 12pm-5pm - Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s -  Free. To register visit eventbrite - SOLD OUT

This is an opportunity to engage with current local and national developments, share best practice , generate new thinking and new initiatives.

Led by the University steering group on student mental health and wellbeing, this keystone event recognises the priority that we place on the wellbeing of our University community. The conference will explore positive approaches to student mental health and provide an opportunity to engage with current  developments, share best practice and generate new thinking.

The varied programme includes contributions from our students, UUSU and invited external speakers with high profile and reputation in the field of mental health. A draft programme is available here. A full conference programme will be available in due course.

This promises to be a timely and insightful session. Staff are strongly encouraged to attend. Places are likely to be in high demand and early booking is recommended.

Who should attend?

The conference is for University of Sunderland staff and students; academic and support staff from regional HEIs.

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Thursday 24 October, 6.30pm - Sir Tom Cowie Lecture Theatre - this event is free but must be booked via Eventbrite

Rufus Norris is Director of the National Theatre, the country’s most prominent publicly funded theatre company. His productions of Cabaret, Festen, Tintin and The Country Girl have all played in the West End and toured nationally, and he directed Les Liaisons Dangereuses on Broadway. 

His opera work includes Dr Dee with Damon Albarn, and his debut feature film Broken was premiered at Cannes in 2012; with his second film London Road released in June 2015. 

In 2016, Rufus collaborated with Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller on we’re here because we’re here – a modern memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. This UK-wide event involved over 1,400 volunteers, who took to the street dressed as First World War soldiers to remember the fallen.

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Bright Sparks Family Fun Day

Saturday 26 October, 10.30am-2pm - Sciences Complex, City Campus - Booking is essential as spaces are limited. Click here to book.

Bright Sparks STEAM Club is an award-winning club for young people aged 11-16 offering interactive sessions linked to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM). 

Our Bright Sparks Family Fun Day will give young people the chance to find out more about Bright Sparks and win prizes! 

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Activities will include:

  • Build to Express - Tallest Tower Challenge

Have you got the best engineering skills around to build the tallest tower using only Lego against the clock? Think you’re a master builder when it comes to working out how best to fit the pieces together and win the prize?

Take part in this challenge and test your skills.

  • Batak Wall

Test how fast your reaction times are with the Batak Wall. See if you’ve got cat-like reflexes, when a button lights up, all you have to do is tap it and be ready for the next one. The higher the score, the more chance you have at winning the prize.

Sounds easy? You have 30 seconds to try and beat the challenge.

  • Rocket Machines

Fire up those neutrons and get ready to blast off all that creativity and imagination when you get the chance to build and blast off your very own rocket machine. Learn about how the forces can help speed your machine up and how to make it more aerodynamic.

  • Doctor’s Toolkit

With the opening of our brand new Medical School, it’s the perfect time to think about whether you might want to study medicine. What better way to do it than to take a look at a doctor’s toolkit and maybe even have a look at some of the practices that took place in medieval times.

  • Junk City

With recycling of great importance on planet earth, you can use your creativity and engineering skills to build a Junk City. A modern day jungle made entirely of recycled material. Think about what you can add to the city to make it vibrant, sustainable and exciting.

  • Bath Bombs

Do you like relaxing after a hard day at school or work? What better way to do it than sinking into a nice warm bath and watching a bath bomb fizz before your very eyes. Choose what colours and fragrances you want to take home with you at the end of the day. 

  • Lava Lamps

Have you ever looked at a lava lamp and wanted to know how exactly they work? What is it that makes the motion so hypnotic and mesmerising? You can find out how to make your very own lava lamp and see how easy it is to create.

  • Stop Motion

Have you seen Wallace & Gromit, Coraline, Chicken Run or Shaun the Sheep? Did you know they were all made through the technique of stop motion? Find out for yourself how easy it is to do at home and have your chance to be involved in making a special Bright Spark stop motion short film.

Download the Bright Sparks programme (.pdf)

Bright Sparks STEAM Club is free to join and offers a range of exciting activities and events throughout the year. 

If you would like to join Bright Sparks STEAM Club, complete this webform, email or call 0191 515 3000. 


PhD announcement

The following student has been awarded the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy:

Dr Shujun Zhang

"How Efficient are China's Mainland Stock Markets and How Best to be Regulated?"

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Sunday 27 October, 1.30pm–5pm - Bonded Warehouse - Adults £10 VIP £22.50, Child £5 VIP £12.50 (students can use code FORBRAD for 50% off a standard ticket) - tickets available at Eventbrite

Can you solve the mysterious fate of Anastasia? Her circumstances are intriguing, her friends and family even more so. Join us for an afternoon of exceptional entertainment at our murder mystery hosted by Tall Tales Mysteries, and organised by Events Management students in support of the Bradley Lowery Foundation.

If you can’t make it but would like to make a donation visit

All proceed are going to the Bradley Lowery Foundation, supporting children with cancer and their families. 

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