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Jamie Orrell

Sunderland, UK

BA (Hons) Sports Journalism

I applied to the University of Sunderland as I didn’t want to move away at the time and I knew that the Media Department at Sunderland had recently been redeveloped.
The staff were great especially when it came to helping with my final year project. Also, as a Sports Journalism student the access we were given to Sunderland AFC and Newcastle United FC was of great benefit throughout the three years of study.
Socially I really enjoyed having my friends from sixth form and school around me. I formed good friendships at the University, too, which I think is crucial to helping you through studying and University life in general.
I really enjoyed working on my final project in the third year. I was left with a real sense of pride upon finishing my project, knowing how much work had been poured into it and how well it turned out.
I am now working at Future Publishing, one of the biggest publishers in the UK and maybe the biggest digital publisher in Europe. I am part of the team working on an exciting new project: Football Week, a new weekly digital football magazine for the iPad.
The final project I completed at University has helped me the most in my career so far. It helped me achieve a first class degree and get the job at Future Publishing. It basically became my portfolio when I left University and garnered a lot of interest in my services.
My advice to new students is put the effort in, especially during your final year, that’s when it really matters. Also try to choose modules and a final project that excites and interests you, as it can make those Friday nights in the library a little bit easier.”

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