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Published: 25 April 2022

University of Sunderland in London student writing in a lecture

2022 marks the tenth anniversary of the first time we welcomed students through our Marsh Wall doors.  

To celebrate, and to take a look forward to the next ten years, we asked some of our current students and members of our alumni network what advice they want to give to people thinking of applying to study here at the University of Sunderland in London. 

Vaibhav Shekhar, Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate 

“Be open and collaborative, as well as engage with people of diverse abilities and interests. Focus on your personal development since it will help you advance in your work. Be polite to everyone so you can talk to a variety of people. Also, try to figure out how your research could help people outside of academia.” 

Areen Asoul, MBA Marketing graduate 

“Diverse and inclusive environments are a blessing. Always be proud of your origin because, in the end, it will be part of your success."   

Michelle Andrades, MBA Finance graduate 

“Studying for your degree is a challenge, but everyone is there to help and encourage you so as long as you believe in your goal, you’ll have the support you need to succeed.”    

Alexandra Bratu, BSc (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management graduate 

“For anyone thinking about studying here: Go for it! The University has very helpful staff and is great at engaging with the students. It offers a wide range of activities and free short courses that are an excellent way of connecting with other people. 

Carla Ivanik, MSc International Business Management student 

“Take full advantage of the support you can get from your teachers as well as departments like the wellbeing team. All the help you need is right there for you."

Nadine Ben Massaoud, MSc Public Health graduate 

“Get involved in the life of the University as much as you can. My time as the Vice-President of the Health and Wellbeing Society not only fit perfectly with my passion for Public Health, but also allowed me to get involved in things like World Mental Health Day, smoking awareness, and diet and nutrition. It’s great to share something you’re passionate about with your fellow students.”  

Francesco Carusolo, BSc (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management with Integrated Foundation Year student 

“Remember you only have one life. Make the decision that is right for you, but you’ll rarely get the chance to study and work in a big city like London while getting the support you need to avoid the typical student stress. Whatever path you want to take, the University is a great step forward.”   

Peter Rose, MSc International Business Management graduate

“Work hard to balance your studies with your work and family lives. It was a big concern for me when I started at the University, but the class schedules really help you embrace your course while finding time for the other things in your life." 

Jennifer Odbio, MSc Public Health student 

“The University has all the resources you’ll need to achieve your goals, so make sure you use them. Speak with the support staff like careers and employability, student engagement and health and wellbeing, as well as your lecturers. They’re all very friendly and approachable.” 

Zineb Bernoussi, BSc (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management student 

“Starting university can seem a bit daunting at first. But I found that getting to know the lecturers is a great way of settling in. Any time I’ve needed them, whether that’s for help understanding something we spoke about in a lecture or just someone to talk with, they’ve always been there for me."

Have you got some advice you want to share with our ever-growing community? Want to tell future students about your experiences?  

Join the discussion and keep up to date with the latest events and news on the 10th Anniversary by following #WeAreSunLon10 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.