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United voices today called for the release of internationally renowned photographer and close friend of the University of Sunderland Shahidul Alam from his Bangladeshi jail. On Wednesday more than 80 staff and students, along with campaigners and peace activists, unveiled photographs taken by Shahidul at the University’s Priestman Gallery. Academics and activists from Amnesty International gave […]

A new exhibition running this week is shining a light on a little-known and misunderstood section of society – people who are living with dwarfism.  The exhibition, ‘You’re Just Little’, is at the Spectrum Cultural Hub in Seaham until 14 October, and will reveal the challenges, obstacles and assumptions that people with dwarfism face on a daily basis. […]

BBC Academy’s digital experts will be delivering free workshops at the University of Sunderland, offering an opportunity to get clued-up on the latest in digital content and hands-on with new technology. The BBC’s Digital Skills Morning will kick off at the National Glass Centre on October 15, 8.45am-1pm providing a special focus on nurturing new talent and creating […]

The University of Sunderland is today backing international calls for the release of its visiting Professor of Photography from a Bangladeshi jail. Shahidul Alam, an internationally-renowned Bangladeshi photographer, photojournalist, activist, and friend of the University, has been in police custody since August 5, 2018. He was arrested after an interview he gave to Al Jazeera, […]

A new Sunderland charity is looking for book donations as it works to improve literacy in the region. Sunderland Literacy Aid (SLA) was registered earlier this year in an attempt to positively impact literacy levels in the Sunderland area. Its aims include saving unwanted texts from landfill sites and overseeing their redistribution into to the […]

VK Electric… Into The Night is coming to nine cities across the UK for one huge party and a line-up you are going to be buzzin’ for. Summer banter doesn’t have to end yet, so grab your mates and get ready for some serious fun in Manchester, Bournemouth, Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol, Sheffield, Liverpool, Oxford and […]

By Dave Shaw Not many people can say they had the privilege of seeing Pale Waves play a sold out show at The Boiler Shop in Newcastle, a venue that is notoriously intimate for a band who are making waves (pun intended) across the airwaves (two in one sentence? ok) right now. They have been […]

Your community radio station has been nominated for six national radio awards. Here’s who’s shortlisted in the Community Radio Awards 2018: Spark itself has been shortlisted for the highly coveted ‘Station of the Year’ award.  “A station nomination is such a monumental win for us in the current community radio environment,” said Scott McGerty, Compliance […]


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