Our students and graduates
We encourage our students to make the most of the opportunities provided through the university, including our award-winning radio station, Spark FM, working with regional newspaper The Sunderland Echo and publishing on our digital magazine. Our journalism and PR students all take placements in industry as part of their degrees to gain real world experiences. You can see what students on our media programmes get up to by watching our Media Centre Video. But don't just listen to us, hear it from our award-winning students...
BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism 2011
Click to view a magazine produced by BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism students as part of their coursework.
Josh Halliday, BA (Hons) News Journalism 2010
Media and Technology reporter, The Guardian
"The lecturers, facilities and environment at the University of Sunderland undoubtedly helped me land a job at the Guardian. The facilities were top class, better than most national newspaper newsrooms, and lecturers gave generously of their time. I enjoyed Sunderland so much I recommended it to my younger brother, who now studies there."
David Peddie, BA (Hons) Sports Journalism 2011
Journalism and Media Intern, Institute of Sport
"I thoroughly enjoyed my Sports Journalism course at the University of Sunderland. The content of the course was excellent, and more importantly, relevant to the modern industry. My tutors were always approachable, encouraging and helpful and between them they have a host of valuable contacts which can often lead to excellent opportunities and help open doors. Following my graduation I have taken up an internship with the University's Institute of Sport department. The Institute is developing all the time and I am involved in some exciting projects. The position allows me to gain experience whilst putting into practise the skills I have developed on the course and will act as a bridge into what is a competitive industry."
Jack Davies, MA Journalism 2007
NUJ Winner, Most Promising Student Journalist 2007
"People entering journalism now are in a unique position with the industry undergoing its biggest change in over a century. There are so many opportunities out there and so many formats on which to work - web, print, broadcast and so many more. Students are in such a privileged position to get involved at a very interesting time. Some say it's uncertain times for the industry - but I think it couldn't be more exciting."
Steven English MA Journalism, 2005
News Editor for Autosport.com and Renault/Motor Sports Association Young Journalist of the Year
"Going to Sunderland University was an important step. I loved student life, and spent a semester studying in the United States. I learned writing and design skills using the latest equipment and software in The David Puttnam Media Centre, which meant I could hit the ground running in my job. But the most valuable thing was the opportunity to go into the world of work as part of my degree, through work experience. It led directly to me getting my job."
Alexandria Gouveia, BA (Hons) Journalism Studies, 2004
Senior features writer for The Media Factory, Dubai
"I wanted to be a writer from an early age, but I didn't have the confidence to think I could do it. Then in my final year at Sunderland University, I put together a glossy magazine from scratch. I researched it, did the interviews and designed all the pages, and at the end of it I realised I could do this job. Employers are impressed that I learned design skills on top of everything else as part of my degree. It gave me a head start."
Joe Callaghan, MA Journalism
"I loved my time at Sunderland. Obviously on a social side it was a lot more hectic than what I had been used to in Dublin, so that was right up my street. In terms of the course itself it was tough going at times but I really enjoyed it. Some aspects of it were far from absorbing, but the lecturers at Sunderland were always great at presenting it in a more interesting way."