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Sarah Harrison

MA Radio, Audio and Podcasting

Sarah Harrison graduated in 2011 with a Masters degree in Radio (Production and Management) at the University of Sunderland. She was station manager of the award-winning community radio station, Spark FM.

The University of Sunderland gave me a safe environment to try, fail, learn and grow, and I have taken every experience, good and bad, forward with me into the workplace.

The Masters course was really hands on, which was brilliant, as from day one we were making radio and doing it for ourselves. The course was pretty open and free for you to make what you wanted of it – which meant it suited every member of the MA as we could mould it to fit what we wanted from it.

When I joined the Masters I felt really inexperienced next to the other students who had years and years worth of broadcasting experience, but the lecturers really went out of their way to help me, both in the course, and also in settling in and meeting new friends.

A lecturer of mine also suggested I put some of my work forward for an international radio award – something which I would never have thought of doing myself – and I ended up winning!

My main piece of advice is that you have to be really passionate about the course you’re choosing otherwise you won’t make the most of it. If you have a passion for something, pursue it, even if it scares you to do so!”

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