Published: 26 July 2017
In July 2019, we were delighted to take 35 students from the University of Sunderland in London to our parent campus in the North East for the first time. The trip took inspiration from the University of Sunderland Student Mobility Project, launched by former Vice-Chancellor, Shirley Atkinson in 2016.
The students, representing the MBA, Finance, Health and Social Care, Nursing and Tourism & Hospitality Management courses, visited the University of Sunderland for the week-long trip to boost their employability and grow links between the two campuses.
Timothy Maugherman, Head of Services for Students said: “The project opens students’ eyes not only to professional experiences, but to cultural experiences as well.”
They experienced the campus first-hand, staying in university halls and attending talks in the University’s lecture halls. This included a presentation by Paul Cheetham, owner of emotional intelligence training company Eight Coach. Paul took the students through his successful career path and the role emotional intelligence played in getting him to where he wanted to be.
Marta Isola said “Our perception of the whole university experience changed”
Alongside these CV boosting talks, the students got to experience a bit of the culture of the North East. This included tours of the Stadium of Light, home of Sunderland A.F.C and backdrop for the University’s graduation ceremonies. They also took a tour of the world-famous National Glass Centre and their exhibition on glassblowing, visited the Beamish open-air museum and took a day trip to Alnwick Castle, the setting for the first two Harry Potter films.
Nadine Ben Messaoud said “I got a chance to discover the North East of England and made a lot of friends there”
Finally, they wound up the trip with a sunset walk along Sunderland’s Roker Beach before heading back to London via a tour of the city of York.
Tim summed up the trip “Our first annual London to Sunderland Student Mobility Project 2019 was a huge success and it truly has made a huge impact on the lives of the participants.”
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