Philippa WhitesideScholarship for graduate
The facilities at the National Glass Centre attracted 22 year-old, Philippa Whiteside, to the University of Sunderland.
After graduating in 2010, with a BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics, Philippa went on to a scholarship at Creative Cohesion. She now runs her own business and studio space in Sunderland.
"The facilities and 9am to 9pm access to the workshops was great" said Philippa. "I really enjoyed making friends and having the freedom to experiment with ideas and materials - it was fantastic to have the opportunity to use the water jet cutter."
Philippa said getting the scholarship has really helped with her career. She also received business mentoring and guidance to kick-start her business.
"I am a hard worker and taking advantage of the facilities and access hours on offer at the University has really helped me gain the ceramic skills I have today."
Philippa would advise new students to work hard if you want to do well, manage your time well and don't leave everything till the last minute.