Jump to accessibility statement Skip to content

Case Study

Michelle Alderson

Michelle Alderson, nee Oxborough, applied to Sunderland Polytechnic but started her studies at the University of Sunderland in 1992. Now, 48-years-old, the freelance illustrator and business brand designer, recalls with happiness her memories of her time in the city.

The Polytechnic I applied to became a University in the year I began my course.

“Thirty years seems such a large number, but it feels like yesterday too. I loved the city and, more than that, the gorgeous seaside setting.

“Walking on the beach was a great way to clear away the cobwebs and wake me up after a night out. My first year accommodation was on Roker Avenue.

“I chose Sunderland because it offered module-based degrees - I wanted to study various subjects and I think Sunderland was one of the very first places to offer this.

“I loved my time at the university and living in the city. I remember it really fondly. It always felt like a happy, safe place to be studying.

“I've been working freelance as an illustrator and brand designer. My company is called Heartfelt Illustrations, where I specialise in custom design.”