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A multi-million pound investment in Occupational Therapy at the University of Sunderland will create an army of professionals dedicated to supporting service users with interventions that improve their daily lives.

The University now delivers a full cycle of health programmes from paramedic training and nursing to pharmacy, physiotherapy and medicine - and the new Occupational Therapy (OT) degree, which has just had its first intake of students, further complements Sunderland’s health and social care offer.

The investment in the course includes a fully functional independent living environment, a multi-media workshop and a suite of rehabilitation laboratories, the programme has also been approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).

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To mark the programme launch, the University is supporting National Occupational Therapy Week (Nov 4-10) which will focus on the theme: Small Change, Big Impact. The theme celebrates and champions the impact of OT on the lives of service users and the communities they live in.

“By supporting this national event, Sunderland is demonstrating that its small change was to introduce the new OT programme and the big impact of this will be the positive effect on our wider community,” explained Cath Turner, Senior Lecturer in OT at Sunderland.

“It’s really important for us to be part of this week and engage with the RCOT, drawing on their expertise and experience.”

She added: “This is an exciting and varied career and there is now a huge demand for an OT’s diverse range of skills as we look towards new approaches to better manage patients’ health and target innovative interventions.

“It’s about reducing hospital admissions, putting in place preventative measures though positive health promotion and our role is to keep people as independent as possible. We use interventions as a means to do that.”

Occupational therapy helps patients recover or develop skills needed for the activities of daily living, including self-care, leisure, independent living and work. Therapists work in a range of settings including hospitals, schools, nursing homes and with patients in their own homes. Patients who benefit from occupational therapy, include people who have had strokes, people with autism and other developmental disorders, people recovering from certain surgeries, people who experience from depression or anxiety, as well as veterans and the elderly.

Vice Chancellor Sir David Bell took a tour of the new facilities and met the students who will be the next generation of OTs.

He said: “Occupational therapy is a vitally important area of work, providing support and assistance to people right across our communities.

“At the University of Sunderland, we are delighted to be training the next generation of occupational therapists in superb new facilities. As a result, our graduates will go on to make a vital contribution to the health of the city and the region.”

Brett Lambert, Senior Lecturer, explained that the strength of Sunderland’s new programme is the inter-professional learning facilities the students have access to, including four simulation acute hospital wards, a simulation mental health / learning disability ward, patient diagnostic suite, two immersive simulation suites and multiple practical assessment suites.

The students also benefit from paid membership of the RCOT. As well as being taught by senior lecturers who maintain their professional practice through honorary contracts with local providers ensuring they are learning from academics who continue to be immersed in relevant and contemporary practice.

Cath Turner added: “So much investment has been made into this programme and the student will be the main beneficiaries. They will have the opportunity to learn in a really modern way and put this cutting-edge technology into everyday people’s lives and homes. They will have the opportunity to collaborate with physiotherapy, nursing (adult, mental health and learning disability), pharmacy, paramedic science, medicine, sports science, social work and psychology on campus.

“They can also access our excellent links with local placement providers including NHS Trusts, Local Authorities and a range of non-traditional and emerging providers.

For more information about National Occupational Therapy week (Nov 4-10), go to:

As part of the week, the University has organised a visit from the National Student Officer from the RCOT and will be running a joint session with a representative from the Sunderland branch of the Students’ Union, with a view to setting up an Occupational Therapy Student Society.

Graduate Kathryn Robertson has teamed up with Sunderland mirco brewery Vaux - who were named after the historic Sunderland brand and create beers linked to Wearside's history - to produce a pint glass printed with well-known buildings and signs of Sunderland.

Kathryn, who graduated  BA (Hons) Graphic Design earlier this year, and was also responsible for the popular Rebel Women of Wearside exhibition (which is currently on display at our Students' Union on City Campus) created the design using historic representations of some of Sunderland's most famous buildings - and, of course, the Vaux sign.

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Steven Smith, director at Vaux Brewery, said: “We’re really pleased with how it’s turned out, the black looks great against a light coloured beer.”

Kathryn, said: “This is the first artwork I’ve produced for a glass and I wanted to focus on buildings of Sunderland, old and new. People seem to really connect with the images, a lot of people are passionate about it.”

The new Vaux glass, priced £8.50, is available here.

Steven Smith, director at Vaux Brewery, with Kathryn Robertson

A version of this story appeared in the Sunderland Echo

The first students have begun their studies on our new Social Work Degree Apprenticeship.

A lot of hard work went on behind the scenes with 18 months of development by the CaPE (Commercial and Professional Education) team and Applied Studies in the School of Social Sciences, in partnership with local authority employers across the region. The Social Work Degree Apprenticeship was approved by the Health and Care Professions Council in the summer and leads to a professional qualification in Social Work.  

The programme has been shaped by the needs of employers. The first 25 Apprentices began their studies in September. All 25 are employed in social care roles within eight local authority partner organisations.  

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PhD announcement

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

Hassan Elsana

"Gene Delivery Systems of Carboxymethyl -β-cyclodextrin in Solution and Liposomal Forms."

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"Following on from the previous communication from the University Vice-Chancellor, I wanted to reaffirm our commitment to keeping you informed and updated as we move through a continued period of political uncertainty."

The University had made a number of plans around the 31 October leave date. These plans centred on our ability to maintain the staff and student experience as best we can through a period of transition and change. These plans will remain on hold and can be repurposed at a future date. 

We are also working on a small number of plans centring on the upcoming general election, these will focus on the promotion of the democratic process and encouraging voter registration, but will remain entirely politically neutral. Any queries on this matter should be sent to or

Also, just as a reminder, please see the link to our events and external speaker policy HERE.

You can register to vote in the general election HERE - registration only takes 5 minutes.

We commit to continued communication and our student experience group will continue to meet in collaboration with the Students’ Union throughout this period, and the updating of our FAQs HERE.

Best wishes

Steve Knight
Chief Operating Officer

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Wednesday 20 Nov – 7.30pm -  University of Sunderland student tickets just £15!*

The international, award-winning smash hit musical, The Bodyguard, makes its final visit to Sunderland this month and students can purchase tickets to the performance on Wed 20 Nov (7.30pm) for just £15!*

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge – what they don’t expect is to fall in love.

Theatre star Jennlee Shallow (The Lion King, Dreamgirls, Ragtime, Cirque du Soleil) will play the role of Rachel Marron at the performance on Wed 20 Nov 2019. The Bodyguard features a whole host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, I Have Nothing, Saving All My Love, Run to You, Greatest Love of All, Million Dollar Bill, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and one of the greatest hit songs of all time – I Will Always Love You. Be your own bodyguard and book now to protect yourself from disappointment!

Quote promotional code STUDENT15 at booking. Offer applies to price bands A – C for the performance on Wed 20 Nov only. Book in person at the Box Office (open Mon to Sat, 12-4pm) Call 0844 871 3022 or online at Calls cost up to 7p per min, plus your phone company’s access charge. Fees apply to phone and online sales – see below.

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A young graduate stepped out of the classroom this summer, and tomorrow will be pitch-side at the biggest sporting event in the world – the Rugby World Cup final in Japan.

As England prepare to take on South Africa in the International Stadium Yokohama this Saturday, Cameron Petrie will be at the centre of the action.

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Cameron graduated from the University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism this summer, but years before he even came to university the keen rugby fan saw an opportunity to pursue his passion, and kick off his career in style.

“During the last World Cup final in 2015 I was in my last year of college,” says Cameron. “My plan was always to work in sports media, and one of my dreams was work at a Rugby World Cup. To be in Japan at arguably the biggest event in the history of rugby is a dream come true.”

Cameron, 21, has spent six weeks with the Rugby World Cup Media team in Japan. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity which the young journalist has been working towards for years.

Now based in Tokyo, Cameron has been supplying content in terms of analysis, data and research for the matches, as well as doing interviews with players, coaches and officials.

His time in Japan has seen him pitch-side at an amazing array of matches, an opportunity any rugby fan would die for, including Japan v Russia, New Zealand v South Africa, Ireland v Scotland, Russia v Samoa, Wales v Australia, England v Argentina, New Zealand v Namibia, Argentina v USA and Japan v Scotland.

He says: “It’s amazing. I have been working very hard with long hours and not a lot of time off, but it’s funny how the hours fly when you enjoy your work.”

Though Cameron says his experiences in Japan have been truly life changing, he has also been through some extremely testing times.

“I was sitting in my hotel room on the day Typhoon Hagibis hit, and wasn’t allowed to leave all day. I felt the building actually swaying, which was terrifying considering this was a 20 storey building. Later found it wasn’t the typhoon at all, but a 5.7 magnitude earthquake.

“Apart from that the weather has either been umbrella-breaking wind and rain, or the unbearable heat and humidity. My work polo top was wet just about every day!”  

Cameron ran his own Rugby Union Podcast, ‘Honest Rugby Chat’, and presented his own sports show on the University’s community radio station, Spark.  He has also worked for BT Sport, TalkSPORT, BBC, Sky Sports and pro rugby team Ospreys.

It was through his podcast that Cameron met and interviewed Simon Gleave, Head of Analysis for Gracenote Sports. Simon was putting together a team to produce statistics on every team and player for the Rugby World Cup intranet, content for the tournament’s media and website, and for their social media, producing analysis of the teams and play.

“He asked if I wanted to be part of it – and I said course I did. It was beyond anything I could have asked for.”

But the cost of living and working in Japan for over two months as an intern almost put pay to his plans – until he approached the University of Sunderland’s Development Office.

“The company covered flights and accommodation, but I needed money to eat, drink and live. I’m spending two months in Tokyo, and while it isn’t horrendously expensive, it isn’t cheap either.  So funding from the University’s Development Office has been a huge help.”

Now, Cameron will be pitch-side tomorrow for the final, and is tipping England to win, “I think by seven points,” he added - but despite this he will continue to be impartial during the game – though he has no doubt about who he is backing.

“I was born in London, and lived there until I was eleven, so I’ll be supporting England to win,” says Cameron. “Which sounds a bit odd when your mum’s Welsh and your dad’s Scottish!”

England play South Africa at 9am on Saturday 2 November, with coverage on ITV1 from 8.50am.

PhD announcement

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

Samuel Maher Faheem Girgis

"Development of particulate delivery systems for antitumour/antimetastatic therapeutics."

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Friday is World Vegan Day – but why all the fuss?

Alex Lockwood is a lecturer at the University of Sunderland and ardent vegan campaigner. Here the Animal Rebellion member tells us why a plant-based food system is not only important, but a matter of life or death for our increasingly fragile planet.

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“Okay, so you think vegans are weird – but is that any reason to harass them for saving the planet?

There’s no doubt about it—whereas five years ago you’d probably never met a vegan, today you can’t get away from us.

Whether it’s the child in the latest - some say controversial - Tesco advert, your daughter’s best friend at school - five percent of people under 18 are veggie or vegan - or Mr Broccoli giving Piers Morgan a roasting on Good Morning Britain, vegans are everywhere.

Or so it feels to you.

In fact, the number of vegans hasn’t actually increased that much in the UK over the last three years. What has increased is the availability of vegan meals, the range of alternative meats and cheeses, and indeed the fear and frustration of those opposed to cutting animal products out of their diets.

So, on this World Vegan Day, 1 November, if the world’s strongest man is willing to give veganism a go, if Harry and Meghan are debating raising their kids as vegan, and if even budget retailer Aldi is serving you up more vegan options without you even knowing about it, do we still need a day to promote the alternative lifestyle?

After coming back from VegFest London last weekend, where the success and growth of vegan festivals around the UK seems to have reached saturation point, with numbers down - why go to a vegan festival if you can get vegan food and products everywhere - it would seem so.

But in the bigger picture, the more veganism and plant-based foods become part of everyday life, the angrier it seems to make some people—and not only farmers.

There is a growing section of the population who want to cut down, remove or wholly eliminate animal products from their diet.

And that’s where the main growth in the number of vegan meals has come—not from people identifying as vegan, but in more and more people trying vegan one day a week, cutting out beef because of the Amazon fires, and following reducetarian or flexitarian diets.

But why do some people hate vegans so much? At the very least, why do you think they’re still a bit weird?

The fact is, veganism is a radical idea, even if it is based on compassion. In a society where we believe that eating animals (or, rather, some animals… try giving your family roast Golden Retriever for Sunday dinner) is natural, normal, and necessary, the idea that people want to cut out all animal products from their diets, and their wardrobes, goes against what we’ve been brought up to believe.

And that goes for me, too. I was brought up as a meat eater. I have fond memories of going to the butchers with my grandfather to buy a chicken for Sunday roast and fresh liver for his cats.

But at a number of points in my life, and it was a gradual process, rather than an overnight shift, I came to realise that the animals we were eating felt pain, were intelligent, and enjoyed social companions, and wanted to live.

When you learn that pigs outdo dogs on pretty much every test they are given, you start to reconsider if that bacon sandwich is really worth it.

The problem is that when a new idea is introduced into society that challenges how things are normally done, then people do respond defensively. Why should we change what we’ve always done?

Because change means admitting what you’ve always done has been wrong. And in this case, really wrong—causing the deaths of millions of animals every day, simply to satisfy our tastes.

And if that was all that was at stake - if you’ll pardon the pun - then it would be easier to understand the resistance people have to vegan food.

But what is now at stake is the very future of our planet. The animal agriculture industry is responsible for anywhere between 15-20% of our total greenhouse gas emissions. In the UK, farming is a little bit more efficient, here animal agriculture is responsible for around 10% of all our emissions.

Even so, that’s an incredibly high number, and an unsustainable figure if the UK is to meet its legally binding climate change targets for reducing our collective carbon footprint.

And most major findings over the last few years, from bodies as conservative as the United Nations to the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, have all suggested we need to move quickly to a majority plant-based food system if we are to properly respond as a country to the climate emergency.

With a fully plant-based food system, says the Harvard academic Helen Harwatt, we could grow all the food we needed, in terms of both calories and nutritional needs, right here in the UK, with a third less land than we currently use. That land could then be given over to reforesting, helping support our endangered wildlife like hedgehogs.

That’s because animal farming currently uses 83% of our land, but gives us only 17% of our total calories. That’s incredibly inefficient. You need to put 32 calories of corn, grain and other plants into a cow to get one calorie of beef out. In a world where one billion people go hungry every day, that’s a criminal waste of calories.

Vegans know this. The recent Animal Rebellion protests in London were demanding that our government shift the UK towards a plant-based food system as quickly as possible so we can avoid the worst catastrophes of climate change (which we are already feeling of course, in the increase in local and rural flooding, the fact that so many of our crops withered in the fields this summer due to extreme heat.

So, vegans say, even if you don’t care about animals so much, then surely you care about a safe planet for future generations. For your children and grandchildren? Is that gammon steak really worth your child’s future chances? Is that sausage worth the earth?

This is why people still hate vegans so much. Because deep down you probably agree with the reasons why they do what they do, but you don’t have the courage or belief that you can change too. You like cheese too much. You don’t want to upset your gran by refusing her famous family favourite shepherd’s pie.

But then why not do what you can? Cut down on meat. Maybe try that new vegan pizza from Zizzi. Or listen to your kids, especially those who went on the school strike for climate, who are doing this more naturally.

You can still think vegans are weird, if you want. Maybe you think it is still too far for you to change right now. But whatever you do, please don’t stand in the way of those who are trying to live compassionate lives.

Eat your beef burger if you want, but please don’t force your meat-eating traditions on those of us who are trying to save the planet.”

*You can hear a podcast of Dr Alex Lockwood discussing veganism here

Halloween: From ghosts to psychopaths, why we love to be scared

Why do we love horror movies? Why are we fascinated by true crime documentaries? And exactly what makes a psychopath?

This Halloween, University of Sunderland Psychology lecturers Dr Amy Pearson and Dr Sophie Hodgetts dig up some dark secrets as part of the University of Sunderland’s podcast series, Sunderland Talks.

The University of Sunderland’s spooky Halloween podcast is available from here

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So, why do we like to be scared so much?

According to Dr Pearson, we deliberately seek out horror films and scary rides because being scared reminds us of another, much more pleasant emotion.

She said: “There is actually huge overlaps between how we feel when we are scared and how we feel when we’re excited.

“In both situations we get goose-bumps, our stomach feels uneasy, we start to sweat and our heart rate speeds up.

“These are things which happen when we are scared, but also when we meet someone we find very attractive – there is a thin line between the two.”

Dr Amy Pearson

Why do some people believe they’ve seen a ghost and others don’t?

In the podcast, Dr Pearson suggests those brought up in families with paranormal beliefs tend to interpret experiences differently from others.

She said: “While one person might hear a noise in a room and believe a poltergeist is responsible, another person might just put it down to creaky pipes.

Ok, so why do horror films scare us so much, even if we don’t believe in ghosts?

Dr Hodgetts believes the physical sensation these films produce in us, helps explain why we watch them.

She tells the podcast: “Horror films, especially these days, are really good at getting under our skin; they have the ability to make you feel that things are real, they can leave us feeling on edge.”

Dr Pearson adds: “As humans, we seek out the physiological effects that horror film evoke; the sweaty palms, the racing heart, we want to feel these things knowing we are in a safe environment.”

Dr Sophie Hodgetts

So what about psychopathic behaviour?

An archetypal example of a psychopath in the media is someone like James Bond, according to Dr Pearson.

She said: “James Bond is very charming, witty and comes across as very attractive, but he’s also very disagreeable. He’s open to new experiences, he’s impulsive, he’s risk taking, but not very conscientious. Psychopaths have quite a large amount of self-belief – if they believe something is a good thing to do, then they’ll do it.”

And how about our seemingly limitless desire for all things true crime-related?

Our human desire to get rational explanations for all things perhaps explains our fascination with true crimes, according to Dr Hodgetts.

She said: “As humans, we like to understand why things have happened; we seek out explanations.

While Dr Pearson added: “We are obsessed with the ‘odd’ and the ‘weird’. It’s alien to many of us why others could do these types of things.”


Fashion sails into Port

Matthew Maltas is currently in his final year studying Fashion, Design and Promotion here at the University of Sunderland. Born and bred in the region, the fashion designer has been snapped up by a menswear clothing company thanks to his unique designs.

The 21 year old caught the eye of Sunderland-based fashion company Port Independent who have agreed to add his T-shirts to their clothing line.

Matthew, who attended St Aidan's Catholic Academy in the city, hopes one day to work for an international clothing company like Levi’s.

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He said: “It’s great to be involved with Port Independent, they are a local company so to be joining them as they grow is very exciting.

“I did a placement with them a little while ago and they agreed to do a limited run of my T-shirts through their menswear line.”

Matthew, who will graduate next summer, says his designs are influenced by his love of music.

He added: “I guess I wanted the T-shirts to be quite band-esque. I’m a big fan of bands like Oasis, The Smiths and Arctic Monkeys.”

Matthew’s T-shirts are expected to launch at the beginning of next month and will be available through Port Independent.

As he prepares to finish his final year at the University, the student, originally from Barnes, Sunderland, says he is looking forward to further enhancing his skills.

He said: “I’m hoping to do a Masters. I feel the programme here at Sunderland has really prepared me for all different aspects of a career in fashion; from marketing and promotion to graphic design.

“Now, I feel ready to hone those skills into a specific area, which is why I would like to do a Masters.”

The former St Joseph’s RC primary School pupil, had originally started studying art at college but decided the Fashion, Design and Promotion programme at the University would offer him better career options.

Rifah takes a brow

 A student has helped a mum and daughter grow their ethical skincare company from the kitchen table into a global success story adored by celebrities from Sophie Turner, Perrie Edwards, and even Beyoncé.

During a sandwich year on the University of Sunderland’s Cosmetic Science degree, Rifah Tasnim was given a unique opportunity when she volunteered for a placement with Donna McCann-Turner and her daughter Kim Cattin in 2018, to help expand their innovative Soapbrows product, which exploded on social media last year.

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Fast forward 12 months and Rifah has seen West Barn Co. flourish from just the three women, to quadrupling staff numbers, moving into much bigger headquarters in Durham and selling their products to more than 100 countries. The opportunity has led to a full-time role once she graduates next summer and gaining experience in all aspects of a growing business.

“I wanted to find a placement that would benefit my career and was local,” explained Rifah, 22, from Sunderland, who chose to study the Cosmetic Science degree as it combined her passions for chemistry and make-up.

“From day one at West Barn Co. I have been given the opportunity to do a little bit of everything, not just making cosmetics in the lab but researching and developing new products, safety assessments, business plans, manufacturing, and fulfilment and even helping to hire new staff. It’s been an incredible journey and I’ve enjoyed every minute. We started off working in Donna’s house to becoming a globally successful business. It’s been incredible and I’ve been able to bring what I’ve learned on my degree into this experience, it’s been invaluable.”

The placement also led to Rifah to travel internationally with West Barn Co. to global networking events, such as Cosmoprof in Italy and IMATS, promoting products using the sales skills the student developed as a part-time make-up artist working for Benefit and Mac.

Donna McCann-Turner/Kim Cattin, co-founder of West Barn Co. said “It was a leap of faith to take on a student, knowing we would be responsible for training and development as well as running the business but Rifah has been a fantastic addition to the team at West Barn Co. We are thrilled that she will be staying with us after graduation and are looking forward to watching her develop as a talented cosmetic scientist.”

Rifah continues to work part-time with West Barn Co. while finishing her degree, before beginning her full-time role.

Dr Kalliopi Dodou, who created the BSc Cosmetic Science at the University of Sunderland and is also the Programme Leader, organises placements for students on this course.

Dr Dodou said: “Rifah is one of our top performing students and it’s no surprise she has achieved so much while on this placement that has led to a full-time position before she’s even graduated.

“It’s not just the confidence she’s gained at West Barn Co., it’s also the skills and knowledge she developed during her first and second years on the BSc Cosmetic Science that enabled Rifah to support the business grow. These are skills you would expect at graduate level rather than on placement.”

 She added: "Our Cosmetic Science programme is designed to equip students for a successful and innovative career in the cosmetic, fragrance and personal care industry, and Rifah is evidence to that!

 "Placements provide the opportunity to work in the cosmetic industry during the degree, and they are highly encouraged by our industry collaborators.”

Cosmetics Science student Rifah Tasnim with Kim Cattin (left) and Donna McCann-Turner at West Barn Company in Durham 

The Brow Product That Broke the Internet

Donna McCann-Turner and her daughter Kim Cattin are the founders of West Barn Co, based in Durham, which took shape in 2016, when Kim, working as a make-up artist on a photoshoot. Kim wanted to try something a little different to the groomed brow look that was trending on Instagram, to create a 'natural, brushed up, fluffy brow'.

Frustrated that none of the brow products she had in her kit would hold such a look, Kim was inspired by the old Hollywood trick of using soap to keep the brows in place but was extremely reluctant to put hand soap on her client's faces.

At the same time, Donna was extremely interested in organic skincare and formulation, producing samples for friends and family members delivered in a little brown paper bag. Kim asked Donna if it was possible to create a product similar to soap but that was suitable to wear on the face, particularly around the eyes. What Donna didn't know was that her answer would change their lives completely.

Soapbrows was born and with it came opportunities the ladies didn't think were possible. Spending all of their money on small aluminium tins and painstakingly hand pouring each product, news of Soapbrows exploded on social media and it gathered momentum, meaning that Donna and Kim needed more staff.  They approached the University of Sunderland for support and took on Cosmetic Science student Rifah Tasmin in June 2018, working from Donna's home to get orders out to an ever-growing customer base.

As Donna formulated more skincare products, they found themselves needing more space and more hands on deck. A new headquarters was signed for in Durham and today there are now 11 staff working in fulfilment, shipping, manufacturing and marketing. The company ships internationally to over 100 countries.

Sunderland City Council is introducing a community parking management scheme in the streets around City Campus, following discussions with residents and traders.

The main objectives of the new scheme, which will be in operation from 19 November, are to:  

  •  Address parking problems
  •  Improve road safety for all highway users
  •  Improve access and parking for disabled people
  •  Give residents some priority in parking their cars as close as possible to their property

The restrictions will apply within the parking management scheme boundary Monday - Saturday, 11am - 12noon and then 3 - 4pm. Only vehicles displaying a valid parking permit, scratch card or Blue Badge are entitled to park during the hours of operation. 

Any vehicle observed parked without displaying a valid parking permit, scratch card or valid Blue Badge, or parked in a different zone to that identified on the front of the permit may be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice. 

You can view a map of the affected streets vt clicking HERE

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Our University is proud to be a supporting partner in a fantastic piece of urban art that is attracting plenty of attention.

Part of the Lights Out Halloween programme of events, the huge inflatables are situated at Mackie’s Corner and flying from the roof of the Bridges Sunderland car park, near the TK Maxx entrance. If you haven't seen them yet you have until 3 November for a tentacular selfie!

The inflatables are the work of acclaimed company, Designs in Air, which has worked with clients including the 2012 Olympics and international performers, Cirque du Soleil. 

Brought to the city by: University of Sunderland, Sunderland BID, The Bridges, Sunderland City Council and Mackie’s Corner.

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Make A Move Challenge 2019

4-19 November - CitySpace, City Campus

CitySpace fitness is embarking upon a nationwide challenge designed to promote the benefits of a more active lifestyle, and tackling the problems associated with obesity related health issues.

The Make a Move Challenge 2019, has been designed by our colleagues at Technogym to address the impact of a sedentary lifestyle by motivating gym users, our trainers and members of the University and local community to be more active and enjoy the socialisation that comes with exercise and regular activity. 

The challenge runs from 4–19 November, and will see CitySpace fitness compete against gyms and fitness clubs across the country.

By taking part in the Make a Move Challenge Campaign, you pledge to donate the physical activity captured with a chance to win prizes. This could mean Fitness equipment for CitySpace, goody bags or entry into a Prize Draw.  The more people who get involved, the more MOVEs we collect.

We’d still like students and staff to get involved and so as an incentive, CitySpace fitness is offering a 1 week free gym pass which can be redeemed between the duration of the challenge, as well as a discount voucher for Team Sunderland training kit.

For further details, contact us on – Tel 0191 515 2009 email:

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