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.”