University of Sunderland

In October 2019, Spark turned 10 so across the year we’re popping in to some schools and colleges and giving them a go at taking over the Spark Airwaves for 60 minutes.   Hartlepool Sixth Form College were brave enough to go first so we let them choose the music and gave them a few […]

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, […]

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 […]

Students at the University of Sunderland met at Bede’s Bakehouse near St Peter’s Campus last Thursday to raise awareness of ‘Time to Talk Day’. Undergraduate and postgraduate students gathered at the new community cafe for a cuppa, cake and a chat! The University of Sunderland’s Students Union launched its new event ‘Your Community Cafe’ in […]

The truth about sex was laid bare at the University of Sunderland after a panel of experts hosted a special radio broadcast.   Students and staff from the University joined BBC Radio 5 Live’s panel as part of the UK’s biggest conversation about sex.   Hosted by the station’s Anna Foster; Embarrassing Bodies presenter Dr. […]

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 […]

Oscar-winning film producer Lord David Puttnam has today addressed one of the most diverse issues in the UK. Lord Puttnam has returned to the University of Sunderland, to the building built during his time as Chancellor (1997-2007). Spark Report’s Charlotte Price spoke to Lord Puttnam about what he’s been doing in Sunderland today: Brexit has […]

Our brand new summer schedule launches Monday (4th June) with a brand new look at weekends and some reshuffles across our weekday programmes. Spark at the Weekend is changing! Don’t worry firm favourites Cheesy Pop, Spark Gold and The Local Music Show all stay exactly where they are! But we’ve got a number of new […]


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