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Local band The Strands will step into the big spotlight later this month when they play in front of an audience of 15,000 after winning the University of Sunderland’s Battle of the Bands 2019. The band made up of students from the university and talented local musicians were the overwhelming winners of the Battle of […]

Students and staff at the University of Sunderland are set to go head to head in a Battle of the Bands final on May 1, 2019.  The winners will have the opportunity to perform in front of 15,000 people on stage 2 of the This Is Tomorrow festival in Newcastle on Friday, May 24. The event, […]

To many his name might not be familiar, but a radio revolutionary is set to be remembered thanks to a University of Sunderland academic. In the week that would have marked his 100th birthday, broadcast legend Charles Parker is celebrated in a special Radio 4 programme on Saturday. Charles Parker: Radio Pioneer will be broadcast […]

Autistic people often feel under pressure to imitate “normal behaviour” in order to feel accepted in mainstream society, according to a University of Sunderland expert. On World Autism Day, April 2, Dr Amy Pearson, an autism researcher, said: “Mimicking neurotypical behaviour can help autistic people to fit in, but it also has a negative impact […]

University of Sunderland chaplain Chris Howson spoke to Drivetime presenter Katie Baggott about their ‘Together for Peace’ event at St Marks road mosque today. Prayers for solidarity are needed after the New Zealand terrorist attacks last Friday. This special Sunderland Interfaith Forum event took place tonight in the city to show solidarity and support from people of […]

Sharon Hodgson, Member of Parliament for Washington and Sunderland West and Shadow Minister for Public Health sent a letter to Chris Grayling , Secretary of State for Transport today calling for the Tyne and Wear Metro to be extended to Washington. The letter detailed several reasons for an extension of the Metro line, including regional growth, accessibility […]

Our work experience student, Bethan Baker, looks at Sunderland’s thriving art scene. Due to Sunderland’s repute as the home of the Stadium of Light and the Black Cats, the city is perhaps not seen as synonymous with great art and culture; despite this, in the recent years Sunderland has gained national fame for holding the […]

From Britain Got Talent winners in 2014 to musical theatre legends, the audience of the Sage Gateshead were enthralled by musical theatre sensations Collabro on Monday night. Accompanied by special guest, Kerry Ellis, actress and singer who is best known for her work in ‘Wicked’ and ‘We Will Rock You’, Collabro received a standing ovation […]


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