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Spark FM and Sunderland University enjoyed a successful night at this year’s Student Radio Awards in London. Spark, with seven nominations in 16 categories, won gold awards for Best Interview and Best Speech Programming and took silver for Best Specialist Show. Emma Casson, an MA Radio graduate at the University of Sunderland, collected her awards […]

Today marks the launch of Sparks #Cash4Calendars ! Spark Sunderland have teamed up with Sunderland Foodbank this year to help raise money for the children and families who rely on the food banks. This money will be used to purchase Advent Calendars for children so they can enjoy the countdown to Christmas too. To raise […]

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES from Special Educational Needs (SEN) schools enjoyed a special preview evening of the Festival of Light in Roker Park. Spark were there to have a sneak peek and take lots of photo’s of the displays at Roker Park before the public opening on the 18th of October. With large numbers of visitors expected in the park […]

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 […]


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