Jump to accessibility statement Skip to content

Case Study

Matthew Harris


Matthew Harris won a Sunderland Caring for Carers Award after clocking up more than 300 hours volunteering, supporting those with a disability and improving their lives through sport and exercise.

I chose to study at Sunderland because I live locally, and they were running a course that I was really interested in. I also looked at the opportunities around the University and that helped inform my decision. The links they have with organisations around Sunderland are impressive, and were another of the reasons that attracted me to the University of Sunderland.

The best aspects of my course are the staff and students I share it with and the knowledge that is passed over to me that I can apply in real life situations. I would highly recommend Sunderland to other people, there is always a friendly environment with friendly staff and great opportunities outside the course.

My advice to prospective students would be to take part and try as many things as possible because you don’t know where they will lead. Joining societies and volunteering opportunities has certainly helped me with my confidence and it’s developed me as a person in many different ways. Since the start of my degree, I have completed a number of voluntary hours which has led to me receiving volunteer of the year and also recently a Sunderland Caring for Carer’s Award.

I am currently in my second year but the things I have done outside my course have helped me immensely. I plan on trying to get a career in sport but I haven’t decided what field as of yet.

I have enjoyed my time at the University of Sunderland and I have definitely made the most of the fantastic opportunities they have to offer."

Published 20 December 2017

More case studies