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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 […]

As the government finally admits the link between food banks and Universal Credit, Sarah Sinclair meets those let down by the system. “I don’t know if I’ll get through one day to the next, that’s the honest answer,” admits dad of one, Glen, at Bethany City Church food bank. “If I didn’t have a four-year-old […]

Written by Samantha Chapman Two men have been charged with the murder of Connor Brown, 18, from Sunderland. Connor was found behind The Borough pub in the city centre in the early hours of Sunday morning after an alleged stabbing. He was taken into hospital but later died from his injuries, which police say are […]


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