Sinead McHugh

MPharm graduate Sinead McHugh from Silgo in rural Ireland believes the University’s international reputation and first class facilities gave her the ideal springboard to start her career.

Studying at Sunderland has set me up for a lifelong career. From the very start the course was geared towards life in the workplace, with the right balance of expert tuition, knowledge and experience.

The course really lived up to its international reputation and gave me the ideal springboard to start my career. The staff and lecturers were all really friendly and approachable which helped me settle in immediately and get the most out of my studies.

The facilities at Sunderland are first class. The University even has its own mock pharmacy where we could train for life in the real world and build our confidence, learning skills that could be seamlessly transferred to the workplace. 

It is clear that the programmes at Sunderland are designed with career prospects in mind and my time at the University of Sunderland also led to me making contact with my current employer, South Tyneside District Hospital.

I worked there during my postgraduate training year and after graduating I spent time working as a locum pharmacist before returning to the hospital where I now work as a pharmacist.

Coming to Sunderland from Sligo in rural Ireland, was quite a change of culture for me, but I was made so welcome from the start.

I knew of Sunderland because of the football team and the Irish connection and from my research I found out that the pharmacy department at the University was highly regarded across the world. 

University life really helped me to mature. I had just left school and found myself living in a city in another country, but I made some great friends and threw myself into university life at Sunderland.

It is a very friendly place and you are made to feel very welcome. There is also a beautiful coastline and fantastic countryside on the doorstep to enjoy. When I graduated, staying in the North East seemed like the natural thing to do and while I still go home to visit I can see myself settling here in the long-term.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the University of Sunderland and it really did exceed my expectations. I have made many lifelong friends and also my programme led me to get a job that I love doing, with a career path stretching ahead of me."

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