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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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Happy Birthday Spark

Celebrations are in full swing to mark the 10th birthday of University of Sunderland student radio station, Spark.

Over the years, the station has proved the perfect training ground for some of the UK’s most successful radio presenters and producers.

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From BBC Radio 1’s Jordan North to BBC Radio 2 producer Sarah Harrison, Spark has helped a catalogue of talent get a foot onto the broadcasting ladder.

Richard Berry, Senior Lecturer in Radio at the University, said: “Over the past 10 years Spark has achieved a lot. We’ve won international awards, seen our presenters move into exciting careers and broadcast shows from dozens of places across the city.

“As a tutor and a manager it’s been fantastic to see it develop over time and our reputation grow both locally and nationally.

“There are people across the UK who have heard of Spark because of the passionate people who pass through. Whilst the station is effectively managed by University staff, it’s the volunteers who give up their time to produce shows and develop new ideas that really make it what it is.

“The space we give the team to learn and try stuff out gives our presenters and producers the space they need to learn and deliver some really great radio. We know this carries and that people like listening to us, especially our established shows like our Local Music Show on a Sunday, or Friday’s Dance Revolution.

“We’re looking forward to the years ahead.”

Some of the many students who have gone on to successful careers in radio include:

Jordan North is a presenter at BBC Radio 1

Harrison Stock and Dom Stirling are producers at BBC Radio 1

Anthony Kane is a producer on the Capital FM breakfast show

Calum Hider is a network producer at Capital

Ross Mitchell and Chris Sykes work at BBC Sport

Steph Chungu works at BBC R1 and 1xtra

Lauren McLeish is the co-host of the breakfast show on Sun FM

Dan Hall looks after props on Coronation Street

Sarah Harrison is a producer for Radio 2

Jonny Chambers runs a design business but also presents at Metro Radio

Catherine Peart is a producer at BBC Newcastle

Racheal Devine is a music programmer for Kiss FM

Thomas Hannet is a producer for Capital & Heart FM

Adem Waterman is a producer for Absolute Radio

Chris Felton is a presenter at Metro Radio

Catherine Peart, who is currently a producer with BBC Newcastle, recalls how Spark gave her the training ground she needed to launch her radio career.

Catherine said: “I was looking to get some work experience in radio and knew Spark would be perfect.

“I did a few shifts for them and absolutely loved it, I them found out about the MA in Radio and decided to start the programme at the University.

“Spark teamed up with BBC Newcastle as part of the General Election coverage at the time and it was thanks to this that I managed to get involved with the BBC.”

Sunderland graduate Calum Hider is the producer of Capital FM’s national evening show.

He said: “I can honestly say, working on Spark was amazing, I had the best time.

“I arrived at Sunderland after coming through Clearing and didn’t really know what to expect. But the three years studying Broadcast Journalism were the best.

“I started when the station itself started, back in 2009, and it was like we were building a family together, it was so exciting. I could not have asked for a better grounding.”

Quick Spark facts

Spark is owned by the University of Sunderland.

It is volunteer run. Mostly by students but some graduates and locals too.

Students have won Student Radio & Community Radio Awards, as well as New York Radio Awards.

The station has graduates working in radio in Iceland and Australia.

Students produce, present and pick all the music on the station.

Former Sunderland student Chris Ramsey will be hoping to score more than a few laughs this weekend.

The comedian is already proving a firm favourite in this year’s series of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing.

And as he prepares to take to the dancefloor again this Saturday, his former school headteacher – and University Honorary graduate – Sir Ken Gibson sends a special good luck message.

Sir Ken, Executive Head at Harton Academy in South Shields, also told how Chris, and dance partner Karen Hauer, are proving a real inspiration to pupils and staff as they attend weekly rehearsals at the school.

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Sir Ken, who was made an Honorary Doctorate of Education by the University in 2016, said: “The pair of them have been an absolute pleasure to have here over the past five weeks.

“They have been rehearsing in our new dance studio and to see how much Chris has improved has been brilliant.

“We are watching the show every week and supporting him. I think Karen has done a tremendous job, especially as Chris has had no dance training.”

Sir Ken says he remembers Chris as a pupil when he played the role of Inspector O’Dreary in a school production of Bugsy Malone.

Chris would leave Harton in 2002 before starting a Film and Media programme at the University. He would later leave as his comedy career began to take off.

Sir Ken said: “The BBC came and filmed here last week. It’s interesting that it was almost exactly 10 years ago that that we had Cheryl Cole here when Joe McElderry, another former pupil, made it through to the final of the X Factor.”

The 33-year-old comedian is also a regular on our television screens, starring in The Chris Ramsey Show on Comedy Central UK, two series of critically-acclaimed BBC Two sitcom Hebburn and most recently, Married to a Celebrity and Parenting for Idiots alongside wife Rosie on Channel 4.

Sir Ken is now hoping his former pupil can add the Strictly crown to his many accolades.

He added: “He’s an amazing lad with a talented partner so we all have our fingers crossed for them this weekend.”

*See Chris in Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1 this Saturday at 6.35pm.

Brexit update

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

A Brexit deal has been agreed in principle with the EU.

Both the UK and EU need to approve and sign the withdrawal agreement.  If the withdrawal agreement is not signed by the UK and the EU, the UK could still leave with no deal on 31 October 2019. 

Find out what you or your family should do HERE if the UK leave the EU with no deal.

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

go.sunderland.ac.uk/eusupport

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 always, staff at the Gateway across each Campus are also ready to help with advice and signposting to get the help you need.

Or contact the StudentS' Union at

-         Email: helder.costa@sunderland.ac.uk

-         Social Media (only Facebook): @supreswellbeing

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

The inaugural Cameron Scarratt Trophy took place this week, celebrate the life of the former Sunderland student and police officer.

Northumbria Police Men’s team overcoming their University of Sunderland counterparts 5-4 to win the inaugural edition of the trophy, raising £734.11 for a range of worthy causes.

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“A game of two halves,” was the apt summary of the game offered by the Northumbria Police coach, John Boddy, after the match.

With funds going towards Mind North East, Blue Light MindMacmillan Cancer Research and Show Racism the Red Card, it was a contest that proved a fitting tribute to both Cameron’s memory and the many causes it was supporting.

As competitive as it was well-natured, it took no time to come to life.

There were three goals within a frantic opening 10 minutes that saw the police take the lead through a sharp turn and finish before Sunderland began to take control.

The University swiftly forced the most unfortunate of own-goals when a defender’s attempted interception looped over his goalkeeper and in, with Mathew Konstantinos then putting them in-front as he raced onto a perfectly weighted through-ball, rounded the ‘keeper and coolly slotted home.

In and out of possession the intensity and quality on display from James Clark’s side was immensely impressive and things soon got even better for them when Joe Tunc lifted a deft chip over the advancing stopper and in after being sent clear.

When Amar Abul’s shot then escaped the ‘keeper’s grasp and found the net, it ensured Team Sunderland headed in at half-time with a commanding, and well-earned, advantage.

The break proved just what Northumbria Police needed, though. They rethought and reset to a three at the back and a more populous midfield.

It paid immediate dividends. They forced the ball home from a corner within the opening moments of the second-period and built from there.

Sunderland could no longer play through them with the kind of incision they had for so much of the first-half and, working higher up the pitch and with additional confidence, the police’s third and then their equaliser soon arrived.

They kept pushing too, even with the University seemingly steadying the ship, and got further reward when they worked their way into the box again with 15 minutes remaining and rifled the ball into the roof of the net from an inside-right position to take a lead that seemed immensely unlikely at the break.

And that was how it stayed, despite a frenetic closing few minutes.

The evening ended with a ceremony that featured a number of touching speeches from those involved in making such an event a reality as well as the presentation of a wide range of generously donated raffle prizes.

Special guests on the night included our Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell who said: “A very exciting and sporting football match between the University of Sunderland and Northumbria Police was an excellent way to celebrate the life of Cameron Scarratt, one of our graduates and a police officer, who sadly died earlier this year.

“It was great to have Cameron’s family present and, like me, they were delighted that the University was able to participate in such an event.

“It would be great to have the teams compete for the Cameron Scarratt trophy on an annual basis. That way, Northumbria Police can defend the trophy and the University can seek to avenge this year’s very narrow 5-4 defeat.”

The level of success and entertainment offered on the night made the hope that this will be the first of many such events a genuinely exciting prospect.

Friday 8 November, 10am-2pm - CitySpace, City Campus - book your place

The University’s biggest careers event is back - have you booked your place?

 The Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair - organised by the Sunderland Futures team - is a brilliant opportunity to meet and network with 70+ top employers. At the event you’ll find:

  • 1,000s of jobs, placements and internships,
  • options for postgraduate & further study,
  • advice on freelancing and working for yourself,
  • voluntary work opportunities

Register your free place at the event and find information about all of the employers attending.

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If you’re in your final year or studying a Masters, the event is perfect because:

  • this term is the best time to sort out what you’ll be doing when you graduate
  • it will make things easier after Christmas break when you’ll be really busy with exams and assessments
  • It’s a great way to find out what’s out there and learn about what you could do with your degree
  • You can find out what you can do with Sunderland Futures to give yourself the edge   

For second years the event is also perfect if you’re looking for a placement or some work experience to show off on your CV.

Get started with Sunderland Futures

More than 380,000 people graduated from UK universities* in 2019. That’s a lot, so you need to be able to stand out from the crowd, and that’s exactly what the Sunderland Futures team are here to help you with.   

And, it’s really easy to get started in three easy steps:

  1. Follow @UoSFutures on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
  2. Get logged in to online services where you can search the latest jobs and opportunities, book 1-2-1 appointments and events, and ask your career questions
  3. Visit the team at either campus - you’ll find them in The Gateway at City campus and Prospect building at Sir Tom Cowie campus.

 

*Graduates completing full-time, first degree courses at UK Universities;

https://www.hesa.ac.uk/news/11-01-2018/sfr247-higher-education-student-statistics/qualifications

 

Register to vote

Students who are eligible to register to vote may register at both their home and university addresses - though you can’t vote in the same election twice.

Registration requires each new person to supply their date of birth and National Insurance Number to verify their identity.

Either:

  1. Go online at

    www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

    This is the easiest way to register to vote.

  2. Alternatively, call us on 0191 520 5550

If you have any queries, please contact Sunderland Electoral Services on 0191 520 5550

The deadline to register to vote at an election is no later than 12 working days before polling day

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Students are invited to a special view and book launch at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.

Friday 25 October

Artist Talk 5 - 6pm
Special exhibition view and book launch 6 - 8pm

The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art's current exhibition - Tim Mitchell: Product - brings together two bodies of photographic artwork created over a decade that together track the birth and death of our clothes. The paired bodies of work involved tracing the ‘origin-myths’ of fashion at Paris and Milan‘s Fashion Weeks‘, through to tracking thousands of garments emigrating from the UK to the Indian subcontinent, to be broken down and finally recycled.

Product is accompanied by a 356 page monograph published by Kerber, Berlin, with texts by Luc Boltanski & Arnaud Esquerre, Mike Crang, Nicky Gregson, Emily McMehen, Helen James, Carol McKay, Michalis Nikolakakis, Lucy Norris, Alistair Robinson. Design by Brighten the Corners. For further information see www.kerberverlag.com/en/tim-mitchell.html

Please come along to the artist’s talk: 5 – 6pm with Tim and cultural geographer Professor Mike Crang, Durham University, and Naomi Austin, senior lecturer in Fashion Design and Promotion at the University of Sunderland.

The event is organised with and supported by North East Photography Network at the University of Sunderland.

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A Sunderland graduate is helping lead efforts to eradicate polio in some of the most deprived parts of the world.

Wondu Gebresilasie, who completed his MSc in Public Health at University of Sunderland in 2018, is now working for the World Health Organisation (WHO) in a bid to save lives.

The 40 year old is playing a key role in WHO’s Global Polio Eradication initiative, one of the most ambitious global public health initiatives of our time.

Wondu believes the skills he picked up at the University are now helping him as he works in Pakistan, one of the three countries in the world still with an endemic circulation of poliovirus.

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Originally from Ethiopia, Wondu was born and raised in Arero, one of the remotest districts in the country characterised by, among others, under-development, high rates of extreme poverty, and low access to primary health care, education and clean water.

He said: “Before joining WHO Polio program in Pakistan, I was working on various global public health centred programmes in different developing countries including Ethiopia, South Sudan, Liberia, Uganda, Nigeria, Malawi, Pakistan, Lao PDR, Lesotho and Swaziland, with different international development organisations.

“I decided to Join WHO because I was fascinated by the Global Polio Eradication initiative. In August 2014, WHO accepted my job application that I submitted one year earlier and proposed me to work in Pakistan as technical officer/filed epidemiologist for the polio initiative.

“I happily accepted the offer and decided to go to Pakistan mainly for the reason that the country was, and still is, one of three with an endemic circulation of poliovirus and characterised by complex challenges, such as security issues, hard-to-reach areas, and multidimensional social barriers to global public health initiatives.”

After working with WHO for three years, Wondu decided to take up an MSc in Public Health at the University of Sunderland, which he believed would enhance his knowledge and skills in global public health practice and research.

He added: “I felt this would prepare me to take on more complex and challenging roles in the field.

“After finishing my MSc, WHO called me join the programme in Pakistan once again; however, as I was rather motivated to further my studies to doctoral level, I could not accept the offer at the time.

“WHO again called me for the same programme and this time I accepted the offer, not only because my doctoral study program is at stage where I can be more flexible, but also the programme in Pakistan is at a critical juncture challenging us to think critically and reflect purposefully in order to bring things back on track.

“I needed to be part of it, as I believed I could contribute more significantly using my new skills and knowledge I gained from the University.

“My time at Sunderland was very enjoyable and productive for not only did it exceed my expectations, but also supported me for the kind of life I hoped to live.”

The world is almost free from polio, with the exception of three countries. Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria are the last areas for the virus. Nigeria, however, is on the path to becoming a polio-free country, as of 2016, the country has not witnessed a single case.

The latest surge in polio cases across Pakistan is both problematic and worrying at the same time. Given the country’s last year’s polio performance, policymakers were hopeful of its total eradication. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.

Blinded by Brexit

A psychological breakdown of how the issue is playing with our minds

You might be a staunch remainer, an ardent Brexiteer or, quite frankly, someone who has given up caring.

But whatever your position on Brexit, the term, and the turbulence it has caused, has seeped into all our lives – and our minds.

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Now, in a crucial political week, a psychology expert from the University of Sunderland has told how we, as human beings, are reacting to one of the most divisive issues of our time.

Dr Vanessa Parson, a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University, said: “Nobody likes the current situation, on both sides, so responses are resembling the fight or flight response.

“But this basic dual stress response was updated a while ago to include a ‘freeze’ option.

“Many people now accept the position we’re in and aren’t fighting back because they believe it’s a foregone conclusion. Freezing in the face of the issue, because it’s daunting and overwhelming.

“Some individuals are simply accepting what will happen, this is happening on both sides of the debate. Either because they haven’t read anything on it, or they are simply so mentally fatigued reading and hearing about it, they feel they can’t do anything anyway.”

But, as Dr Parson explains, it is not all apathy, as demonstrated by millions of people from both sides of the argument, who are taking to the streets to make their voices heard.

Why are passions so high; and what makes us become so vocal about one issue?

Dr Parson said: “Protests and petitions are clear evidence that many people are fighting back.

“As we get closer to the deadline, people are getting angrier that their views are not being heard and the emotionally charged nature of the situation is leading to people rejecting authority, and the demonstrations could well escalate as we go through October.

“Brexit is an emotionally charged issue, but this means people on all sides are more prone to dig their heels in and resent those disagreeing with them.

“Brexit has become very much an in-group vs out-group situation, but with both sides thinking they’re right. High levels of emotions can hinder communication at all levels, and leads to disagreements and potential problems with relationships.

“But it is also solidifying relationships between individuals, where beliefs match. We are a social species and navigate the world more confidently when we think the same as those around us. Shared beliefs strengthen bonds – but this can create a more powerful in-group vs out-group scenario that leads to tension.”

Dr Parson also suggests that the more our individual view is challenged, the more entrenched we become.

 She said: “When an issue is highly emotive, we can become almost more committed to it, because of various psychological mechanisms. To change our minds at this point, on either side, requires a huge re-evaluation of what we believe in, and this can lead to something called cognitive dissonance.

“This is a cognitive situation where we hold conflicting beliefs about actions and views/thoughts/emotions, so we have to resolve it in some way. This either means by changing our mind or by solidifying our position.

“It’s actually much more common for people to resolve cognitive dissonance by becoming entrenched in their beliefs, because the alternative means they have to accept being incorrect. They then fall foul of confirmation bias, which is where only those views which match what they already think are heard, and all other beliefs discounted.

“As a result Brexit has become almost like a self-sustaining view for a large proportion of people, what’s known as a monological belief system, which seems to be made up of mutually supportive beliefs with no room for alternative arguments because everything comes back to a central point of ‘get Brexit done’ and ‘the will of the people’. “

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.

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:

go.sunderland.ac.uk/eusupport

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:

Email: helder.costa@sunderland.ac.uk

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."