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Paralympian and North East sportsman Josef Craig has revealed how he battled depression and anxiety.

Speaking out on World Mental Health Day, Josef told how he hopes his story will help others suffering in silence.

Josef became one of the region’s most celebrated athletes after his London 2012 success saw him become Team GB’s youngest 2012 gold medal winner.

Now, as he prepares to receive an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Sunderland for his services to swimming, the 22 year old has revealed how he spiralled into depression in the years that followed.

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Josef, of Jarrow in South Tyneside, said: “I want people to know about this; I want them to know that they don’t need to feel wrong or ‘not like a man’ for having these feelings.

“We need to be much more open about depression and how it affects people, particularly young men.

“My approach to begin with was to blame myself – I needed to be stronger, pull myself together and get on with things – but, of course, that’s not how it works.”

Between the ages of 17 and 20, Josef says he made four separate attempts on his life as his struggle began to spiral out of control.

“I think I suffered from forms of depression and anxiety for many years, but the simple fact was that I didn’t know how to deal with it,” added Josef. “I was a man, and I’d always believed that men should be tough.”

The mental health issues Josef was struggling with were a long way from his image as a poster-boy for young Paralympians across the country.

In 2012 Josef became a national hero when, on September 6, he beat his own world record – set earlier the same day – to win Paralympic gold in the 400m freestyle.

Overnight, the swimmer became the talk of the UK, with the Royal Mail even painting a post-box gold in his home town of Jarrow.

Accolades followed.

He was jointly awarded the North East Sports Personality of the Year award, along with Olympian rower Kat Copeland in December 2012. Then, on December 16, Josef was made Young Sports Personality of the year for 2012 at the BBC's main annual award.

Josef admits the level of attention was a shock.

“It felt great – I literally saw my name up in lights as I drove home along the dual carriageway,” he added. “I saw videos of my family in the pub, cheering me on as I won.

“But, afterwards, I felt like I had to conform and almost become what others wanted me to be. Suddenly, I couldn’t remember myself.”

In 2017 Josef took matters into his own hands and checked into The Priory in Altrincham where he was diagnosed with depression and Bipolar II.

He said: “I suppose I have always been an emotional person and seen myself as ‘different’; I tend to react to things in extreme ways – either really up or really down.”

So how does Josef deal with his mental health issues?

“Well, when things got really bad, I knew I had to ask for help, that was the first thing,” he said. “But, I knew I had to help myself too.

“I went back to being me, to doing the day-to-day stuff that would get me through; whether that was talking to my mates, playing a game of Fifa, or going to a party.

“All these things helped. They still do.”

Josef also drew strength from others – his parents Kim and Ken – as well as the boxing heroes he grew up with.

“I remember watching videos of Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard when I was a kid. They were amazing to me, real heroes,” added Josef.

“In more recent years, Tyson Fury, who I’ve got to meet twice, has been a great source of help. Seeing how he overcame his own struggles – both inside and outside the ring – really helped me dig deep, and know I too could come out the other side.”

And out the other side he is indeed coming.

Josef, still only 22, would like to work in the boxing profession, perhaps on the promotional side, as well as dabble in property management.

So how does he feel about receiving an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Sunderland?

“Lucky. Very lucky,” he adds. “I always believed hands on experience was the best type of study you could do, but University teaches you incredible life skills which will serve you well in the years ahead – and that’s exciting.”

*World Mental Health Day takes place on October 10

*Josef will receive his Honorary Fellowship at the University of Sunderland’s winter Academic Awards on Thursday, November 28

It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month this October, and there’s never been a better time to make sure you’re protecting yourself, your information, and your devices in the digital world.

As we continue to entrust more and more of our information and lives to the technologies around us, those technologies become an increasingly large target for cyber criminals. Protective technologies continue to be developed by the day, but the single most powerful tool available to secure your data from attack is you.

Acting securely online can be a challenge, and much of the information available online can be vague, overly technical, and in some cases directly contradictory. To help you make sense of how best to keep yourself safe, we’ve compiled a list of resources we think you might find useful – links to which you will find at the bottom of this email – and more immediately, a list of the most important tips and tricks.

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Passwords

Use strong passwords – easy to remember, hard to guess. Avoid using single dictionary words or personal information, even with “substitutions” (0 for o, 1 for I etc.). These substitutions are well known and will be included in most common attacks. Instead consider a passphrase – a collection of words, or try the “Three Random Words” scheme.
Consider a password manager. Password re-use is extremely damaging to your security, but the number of password-secured services we use day-to-day makes remembering so many unique passwords very difficult. By using password manager software, you can concentrate on remembering one extremely secure master password, and leave the software to generate secure passwords for all your other services. Best combined with Multi-factor authentication (MFA).
Multi-factor authentication (MFA). MFA is the single biggest improvement that you can make to improve the security of password-based login. No matter how careful you are, and how secure your password is, it may still be discovered, and without MFA active, easily used to grant an attacker access. Modern MFA can be delivered unobtrusively via notifications on your smartphone, or by one of many other means, and enabling it on your accounts is a surefire way to improve security.

Devices

Keep up to date. Updates to devices and software can serve a number of purposes, however many if not most include changes to fix known vulnerabilities and improve the security of your experience. If you ignore them, you open yourself up to some of the most well documented flaws out there. Try and install updates as soon as you can.
Exercise caution when downloading and installing files. Whilst antivirus software can and does catch mistakes, it’s better not to test that yourself. Use caution when browsing, and only download or install files and programs that you trust the safety of.

Phishing

With all of the security measures outlined above, and the increased adoption of them, direct attacks are becoming less and less likely to succeed against most systems. As such, by far the best way for a cyber criminal to get their hands on your credentials is to get you yourself to give them out.

Phishing attacks can be very tricky to spot amongst the vast amount of emails we receive daily, however there are a number of effective signs you can use to help you identify them:

  • Unusual / unofficial “From” address
  • Claims that urgent action is required
  • Generic / impersonal greeting
  • Fake links
  • Spelling errors, poor grammar, unusual syntax
  • Requests for personal information
  • Unsolicited attachments


If you receive an email which you believe to be suspicious, please forward it to spam@sunderland.ac.uk and cyber@sunderland.ac.uk then delete it.

Nobody’s perfect – Speak up!

Cyber-attacks are getting more sophisticated by the day, so whilst it is important to remain vigilant, chances are you may sometime make a mistake, be that falling for a phishing scam or installing software that turns out to be malicious. Don’t be embarrassed, even experts can struggle with this sort of thing – instead take action quickly to limit the impact.
You can contact UIT Support via the IT Portal https://itportal.sunderland.ac.uk, Action Fraud (the police cybercrime service, available at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or on 0300 123 2040), and if you believe your financial information is at risk, you should also contact your bank.

Further Information

The Technical Services website will be receiving updates over the next few months and beyond to provide more detailed, up to date guidance:

https://ts.sunderland.ac.uk/csig/cyber-security/

See also:

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/section/information-for/individuals-families
https://staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/

Clash of the Minsters

York St. John university retained their Clash of the Minsters title 39-17 despite some impressive wins in the Women’s Basketball and Futsal for Team Sunderland.

Sunderland’s Women’s Futsal team thrashed their Yorkshire counterparts 12-1, while the women’s Basketball ran out 59-25 winners.

President Hannah Day said: “I’m delighted with the performance, it’s a great start to the season and hopefully we can carry this momentum into our next games.” 

York St. John played host to the annual varsity event between the two university’s at their Haxby Road facility with the hosts seeking to retain the title, and they started positively winning both men’s Futsal matches.

York’s dominance in the indoor format of the game was replicated on the outdoor pitches, comfortably beating Men’s Football thirds, the seconds, and firsts.

Team Sunderland secured a closely fought 5-3 victory in the Badminton and took victory in the Basketball, with the Men’s side winning comfortably. 

The hosts retained their control of the Netball, with the firsts, seconds and thirds all victorious. 

Despite Team Sunderland grabbing victory in the Women’s Rowing Doubles, York won the remaining Rowing events as well as the American Football to ensure their status as champions.

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The following student has been awarded the Degree of Professional Doctorate:

Dr Ruth McGrath

"Higher Education & the UK Police Service - A Route to Professionalism?: A Case Study Approach."

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Waving our phone over food items we place in our basket that contain a scannable code will unveil a wealth of information about each item from its origins, production, ingredients and how to best recycle to allergy guidance and even recipes - thanks to the work of two Sunderland graduates.

Label Says Ltd has created the edible printed ink code that can be added directly onto all types of food such as fish, fruit, vegetables, baked goods, drinks and meat. The information is accessible when each product is scanned by the app, providing a fully augmented reality experience, allowing customers to learn more about the product they’re buying and significantly reducing food packaging.

North East businessman Peter Woods is the brainchild behind the innovative code, which has been developed in collaboration with the University of Sunderland, and supported by funding through the GX project, a two-year business innovation programme part of the legacy from last year’s Great Exhibition of the North. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered by NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI), in partnership with the Innovation SuperNetwork.

One of the key strands is Collaborate - a research and development scheme, brokering research partnerships worth up to £11,000 each between SMEs and research institutions, so they can work together on innovative projects.

Sunderland graduates Daniel Almond and Dominic Hutchinson, alongside Associate Professor Derek Watson, who has a wide expertise in the food sector with a particular knowledge of quality standards, have all helped Peter design and develop his unique application, which will provide codes for the food industry from farmers to supermarkets.

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Peter Woods said: “I am delighted to be working with the University of Sunderland, it’s a great collaboration between a start-up SME and the university and I have really been impressed by the quality of support I have been given.

“The way we buy our food will drastically change in the coming years. Climate change, as well as the demand from customers, is driving supermarkets and other food providers to drastically reduce their packaging. The application we have developed enables customers to get the relevant information they need about nutrition, sourcing allergies and how to dispose of any waste, without the need for excessive packing. Ultimately it is better for the customer, the food supplier and our planet.”

The collaboration between Peter and the University has ensured the product meets the food quality standards framework, is environmentally friendly and creates potential for future company growth and employment.

Associate Professor Watson, Leader for Innovation and Technology Transfer and Academic Industry collaboration, said: “Working with Label Says Ltd is a clear demonstration of how our University co-collaborates effectively with external partners.

“The project hinged on two very talented students working in the area of augmented reality, and we were exceptionally lucky to have Daniel and Dominic who have proved themselves in the commercial arena.

“We all worked as a team and have grown from this project, there was a great synergy felt by all from our group dynamic. We are now at a stage where we can pitch the product to the food industry.”

Dominic, 22, from Sunderland, who graduated in July with a degree in Games Development helped design the software behind the app.

He explained: “My final-year dissertation was based around augmented reality and gamified software, so this project fitted perfectly with what I’d been learning during my degree. It’s been a fantastic opportunity and hopefully enhanced my future prospects.”

Daniel, 21, also from Sunderland, who graduated from Animation and Games Art, added: “My university course made working in this area so much easier and demonstrates how far we have come. It’s been fantastic working on the project with such driven colleagues.”

Carol Bell, Director of Major Events and Festivals at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, added: “Innovation is key to the success of any business and Peter has worked closely with both academics and graduates at the University of Sunderland to create this groundbreaking product.

“Great Exhibition of the North provided an excellent opportunity to create an innovative business support programme and through GX Collaborate we aim to help SMEs access the best academic expertise, leading edge research and technology to solve business problems through innovation, and ultimately to accelerate the growth of their businesses. The Label Says Ltd project is a great example of this in action and highlights the many benefits of collaboration.”

Label Says UK is now in the process of being patented and Peter is in talks with a number of British food producers and retailers interested in the technology. For more information on the application and to contact Peter, go to  www.labelsays.com

Peter and his team recently unveiled their technology to a group of world leading experts on food safety at the University of Sunderland for the North East’s first International Food Safety Culture Conference.

Aimed at professionals and academics working in the industry, more than 60 delegates from sole traders to multi-national businesses, attended the one-day event, which provided in-depth knowledge, theories, values and beliefs that impact on food safety culture within an organisation, helping to drive up standards across the industry.

Peter Woods with graduates Daniel Almond and Dominic Hutchinson

 


About GX

The GX project is the legacy project of the Great Exhibition of the North, launching at the Northern Powerhouse Business Summit.

The GX project provides a range of opportunities and bespoke support for North East SMEs and scale-ups to innovate.

The GX project includes: a programme of workshops and events for SMEs to better understand and exploit information on emerging trends and sector developments; 5 innovation challenges (in collaboration with Innovation SuperNetwork) where local SMEs will work with corporates and innovation support partners to develop solutions to pre-defined challenges; business grants for specialist consultancy services to develop new products and services; and a set of collaborative partnerships between SMEs and research organisations to increase the Research & Development capability of local SMEs.

The Northern Powerhouse Business Summit took place 4-6 July 2018, with the ‘Emerging Tech’ events series taking place between June and November 2018 and was the central experience for businesses during the Great Exhibition of the North.

The GX project is delivered in partnership with Innovation SuperNetwork and Newcastle City Council.

The GX project is receiving £661,829 of funding for the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union, the ERDF helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information, visit http://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding For more information visit www.GetNorth2018.com/business/gx-project.

 

Prepare for LIGHTS OUT

The University of Sunderland is pleased to announce its support for LIGHTS OUT, a new Halloween experience in Sunderland for all to enjoy...

From Friday 25 October - Sunday 3 November, a city-wide spooktacular event will bring together terribly good events, devilish displays and wicked offers. There are plenty of tricks and treats to get in involved if you're brave enough.

DON'T BE AFRAID TO LOOK UP 

Look out for a tentacular installation on a key Sunderand building - should be quite a backdrop for October selfies!

HAVE A FRIGHTENINGLY GOOD TIME

Make the most of Halloween with a collection of spooktacular events across Sunderland, frrom scream-worthy bingo to terrifying trails and creepy crafts, trick or treat yourself this Halloween, for more details visit www.sunderlandbid.co.uk/lights-out

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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 student.mentor@sunderland.ac.uk 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 student.mentor@sunderland.ac.uk 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.

DOSH: Go for Silver

Helen Pailing has brought glass to the street - thanks to a DOSH scholarship.

Helen, who was recently awarded her PhD n ‘Recrafting Waste’, took the skills of Sunderland's glass makers to the seafront as part of the Glass Heap Challenge, with financial support from the Silver Fund.

The Silver Fund is now open for applications, closing on Friday 8 November. 

To find out what DOSH (Development Office Scholarships) may be available to you, click here.

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The Silver Fund offers up to £2,500 to support students to create innovative ideas that could enhance and enrich the student experience. Last year students and academics took glass and ceramic making out of the classroom to the general public on their doorstep, using the Silver Fund to create Sunderland's first 'Glass Heap Challenge' - and creating artworks for one of city's most iconic structures.

Sunderland students, graduates and academics joined with glass artist Matt Durran for the Sunderland Glass Heap Challenge, bringing together recycling and art. The results of the event were temporarily installed inside the historic Roker Pier tunnel and lighthouse.

The Glass Heap Challenge was funded by the Silver Fund, created to give students studying at the University of Sunderland unique opportunities they would not otherwise have the chance to enjoy.  The fund has supported dozens of students’ and staff's creative ideas – from installing equipment that allowed media students to set up their own DJ Society to creating a hiking club; created for students who are not interested in traditional sport but want to stay fit and see some of our beautiful region.

The Sunderland Glass Heap Challenge took place earlier this year at the Roker Pods on Marine Walk, and gave the public the chance to watch artists and makers explore the creative potential of salvaged glass and clay from National Glass Centre.

The Challenge was originally inspired by figures which show that for the first time in its manufacturing history, the production of glass has reached a tipping point. Globally, there is now enough waste glass in circulation to make it completely unnecessary to mine raw materials. The Glass Heap Challenges were created by Matt Durran to show that we can avoid adding to the heaps of waste glass designated ‘low value’ and stockpiled across our planet, and we can even reduce the amount of waste we already have.

Helen Pailing, who is studying for her PhD in ‘Recrafting Waste’, led the project for the University of Sunderland with 15 other Sunderland glass and ceramics students, staff and industry professionals.

She says: “There is often excess material produced when working with glass and clay, and we’re keen to show what can be made out of these remnants.

”The event was a great success and everyone enjoyed taking part. Installing the artworks in Roker Pier tunnel and lighthouse was a very special experience for those involved.”

 

The event was such as success that the University and Roker Lighthouse Trust are run a similar event again next year.

Helen added: “Hopefully this has been a catalyst for an annual event celebrating creative ways to reuse waste materials.”

The Sunderland Glass Heap Challenge is funded by the University of Sunderland Development Trust Silver Fund with support from AHRC CDT and Heritage Lottery Fund (Roker Pier & Lighthouse Project).

A new £11m venue for music, dance, theatre and comedy is being constructed, just moments from City Campus.

The auditorium is being built adjacent to the newly-restored and re-purposed Fire Station on the corner of Garden Place and Dun Cow Street. When it opens in 2021 it will be the centrepiece of the city’s Music Arts and Cultural Quarter. 

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The Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture (MAC) Trust is behind the development and secured a £6.25m award from Arts Council England‘s Capital: Large Grants programme, funded by the National lottery. The Arts Council’s capital programme supports organisations to develop resilience and to become more sustainable businesses and the grant will help to make the vision of a new, mid-scale venue for the city a reality.

Together the new auditorium and the renovated Fire Station will provide an integrated centre for the performing arts that will sit next to, and very much complement, the hugely successful Sunderland Empire. While on a smaller scale than the Empire, it will present an exciting programme of music, dance, drama and comedy.

Sunderland construction company Brims has been chosen to build the new venue and has already started on the development. Recent Brims projects include the Tombola HQ building on the Sunderland Riverside and the refurbishment of Gilbridge House on Keel Square as headquarters for Hays Travel.

The new auditorium will have retractable seating for 450 and will be able to host 800 people standing. The glazed foyer at the front of the new building will be clad in terracotta, matching the colour and tone of the red-brick fire station.

The award-winning architect behind the design of the auditorium is Jason Flanagan, who was project director for the iconic Sage building in Gateshead. His other designs include the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff and LiveWorks in Newcastle.

Following completion of the auditorium, the MAC Trust will pass programming, operation and management of the auditorium to Sunderland Culture, of which MAC Trust was a founding partner.

Paul Callaghan CBE, Chair of the MAC Trust, said: “We’re delighted that work on the auditorium has started and are excited by the transformational effect we’re sure it will have on the city’s arts and culture sector. It will be a game-changer in terms of the cultural offer the city will be able to deliver.

“We’re extremely grateful to Arts Council England for their generous capital grant, and I would also like to thank Sunderland Council who have offered tremendous support during the development stage for this superb new cultural asset for the city.”

Rebecca Ball, Creative Director of Sunderland Culture, added: “The auditorium will be a landmark venue of which the city can be proud, presenting local, regional, national and international artists to local audiences and giving new and emerging artistic talent a platform on which to shine. We’re sure it will attract new audiences into the city – from across the region and beyond.”

Sunderland musician, Ross Millard, of the Futureheads and Frankie and the Heartstrings, and a MAC Trustee, was delighted by the news: “The music scene has always been really healthy in this city and a brand new venue of this size will be a great way to support our local musicians and performers. It will also allow Sunderland to regularly attract top touring musicians, too, which is a massive boost.”

Nicholas Baumfield, Senior Relationship Manager at Arts Council England, added: “We are delighted to be supporting Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture Trust with National Lottery investment from our capital programme, which helps organisations build dynamic spaces for great work and develop their sustainability. The new cultural quarter will firmly establish Sunderland’s identity in the North and we are very excited about the creative opportunities that it will bring for artists and audiences. Along with the Fire Station, the new auditorium will attract more people to the city and will raise the profile of Sunderland’s contribution to arts and culture in the UK.”

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. Arts Council supports a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Between 2015 and 2018, Arts Council plans to invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

The new auditorium is the third phase of the MAC Trust’s transformation of the area. The first phase was the award-winning renovation of the historic Dun Cow and Peacock pubs, and the second stage was the transformation of the old Fire Station into a restaurant, heritage centre and dance and drama studios.

Graeme Thompson, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sunderland and Chair of Sunderland Culture, said: "The auditorium is an important development in the University of Sunderland's campus strategy and we are talking to Sunderland Culture about how we may use the auditorium and its fantastic facilities.

 "I'm sure our students will also be looking forward to enjoying the music, drama and spoken word performances that will be coming to the amazing venue - it will certainly enhance the cultural offer of the city."

DOSH Drop-In Session

Wednesday 16 October, 10am-1pm – The Space, CitySpace

Pop along to our drop-in session to find out more about scholarships available to current students with DOSH (Development Office Scholarships):

DOSH scholarships currently available are:

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) 

The Mike Davies Scholars Fund - open to first year students studying Glass & Ceramics, Fine Art, Photography, Video & Digital Imaging, Illustration and Design, Animation and Games Art, Fashion, Design & Promotion, Graphic Design, Mechanical Engineering (£3,000)

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

sunderland.ac.uk/dosh

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The University is undertaking research to investigate perspectives and views about aspects of the university campus environment. The results of the study will be used to inform a wellbeing campaign and, if appropriate, for research publications. As a thank you for your time you can opt in to a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher.

The study is open to all staff and students based in Sunderland or London. We would like to invite you to participate in this research by completing a 5 minute online survey on your phone, PC, laptop or tablet.

Share your views here

The research is being undertaken by Rachel Ramsey (Research Support Office), Louise Phillipson-Hobdey (Human Resources) and Lynne Hall (Computer Science). The University of Sunderland Research Ethics Group has reviewed and approved the study.

For more details, contact Rachel Ramsey (rachel.ramsey@sunderland.ac.uk).

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Back to Netball

Back to Netball is returning on Tuesday after it's summer break. The free sessions are hosted in CitySpace from 12pm-12.45pm by a qualified coach and all levels are welcome to attend.

Back to Netball sessions are running across England and provide women of all ages with a gentle re-introduction to the sport. Ran by passionate and enthusiastic coaches, sessions cover the basics of the game including passing, footwork and shooting. Sessions finish with a friendly game to put the skills you have learnt into practice.

You don’t need any special kit, just clothes that you feel comfortable exercising in and trainers ideally that lace up. Make sure you bring some water and that you’ve had a snack a couple of hours before hand so you’ve got plenty of energy.

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The Alumni Achiever of the Year Award is back and we want your nominations. To nominate click here.

Are you a graduate or do you know someone that graduated from the University of Sunderland, who deserves to be the Alumni Achiever of the Year? 

The aim of the award is to recognise and reward an outstanding member of our Alumni Association. This year we are looking for three seperate winners, with an award for alumni in the UK, Kenya and Hong Kong.

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Nominees must be alumni of the University of Sunderland or its predecessor institutions* and should exhibit outstanding, noteworthy achievement in at least one of the following areas: 

  • Professional success demonstrated by notable career achievements and/or;
  • Extraordinary community involvement and/or;
  • Excellent service to the University in the following: service in alumni programmes, on advisory committees, student recruitment, internships, mentoring and job placement, and through efforts made to ensure the welfare of the institution and/or;
  • Promoting the Alumni Association, organising class reunions and participating in career networking programs. 

*Including: Sunderland Technical College, Sunderland Art College, Sunderland Teacher Training College and Sunderland Polytechnic, INTel college Nairobi, Hong Kong College of Technology, RDI Management Learning and the University of Hong Kong School of Professional and Continuing Education.

To be eligible for nomination, alumni do not have to be working in the particular discipline from which they graduated.

Methods of nomination

Nominations may be made for the Alumni Achiever of the Year Award by any of the following individuals or groups:

  • Any staff member of the University of Sunderland
  • Any member of an affiliate or support organization of the University
  • Any University of Sunderland former student
  • Any friend of the University of Sunderland
  • Alumni may nominate themselves

Nomination Deadline

Nominations must be received by 5pm on the closing date, the closing dates are as follows:

  • Hong Kong - Friday 18 October 
  • Kenya - Tuesday 15 October
  • Sunderland - Tuesday 15 October

Presentation of the Alumni Achiever of the Year Award 2019 

The winner will be presented with their award at the winter graduation ceremonies.

  • Hong Kong - Sunday 8 December 2019
  • Kenya - Saturday 23 November 2019
  • Sunderland - Wednesday 27 - Friday 29 December

 

Belonging

This is your student experience, you are part of Team Sunderland.

We hope you are settling in and enjoying your first few weeks of term. Check out your brand new website page ibelong.info which is tailored to be helpful to every kind of student.

Whether you commute to University, are a mature student, an international student, or live in accommodation, we have a section that can help you with anything may be struggling with. This is your experience and we want to support you to make the most of your time as part of the team.

From events to workshops, to sports, clubs, and societies, there is so much going on!

You’re part of the team, we are here to support and enhance your time with us, so check us out at ibelong.info

If you have any suggestions on how we can make your time at University more memorable, please contact your Student Engagement Officer Lewis Day via wellbeing@sunderland.ac.uk

In addition, please check out your What’s On calendar to stay up to date with what is happening on campus.

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Samaritans

Samaritans Sunderland are coming to join your Wellbeing team, extending support for those of you who may be struggling with feelings of loneliness or isolation.

The are here in person to offer drop in sessions based within Student Support Services every Monday between 10am-4pm.

For further details, please contact wellbeing@sunderland.ac.uk , or simply drop in to see a Samaritan.

Outside of those hours, don’t forget your Samaritans are just a moment away:

Email: jo@samaritans.org

Tel: 116 123

Website: Samaritans.org

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