Channel 4's exploration into the rise of the plus-sized fashion industry, 'Plus Sized Wars', has re-ignited debate about where body image ideals come from, their effects, and what we should do about them. But far from being a creation of today’s society, Dr Helen Driscoll from the University of Sunderland argues that the source of ...more
A North East student has achieved second place in a prestigious national competition to find the UK’s finest young academic speakers.
The 2015 National Final of the Young Persons’ Lecture Competition was held at the Armourers’ Hall in London, with University of Sunderland PhD student Rachel Wong claiming the runner-up prize.
For the final each one of ...more
Research at a North East university is aiming to provide a practical tool to help those most at risk of social exclusion - primarily older people - and will focus on the emotional impact of austerity in one of the poorest areas of Britain.
The University of Sunderland project will conduct one-to-one interviews to discover the ...more
A huge thank you for all your votes, which were in the thousands!
26,800 votes were cast in total for all the projects and made HEART (Healing, Education, Animation, Research, Therapy) winners of the Social and Cultural Impact Enterprise Award 2015 at Loughborough University.
For more details: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/enterprise/enterprise-awards/social-cultural/#
Your support for our work is greatly ...more
Work has restarted on the Premier Inn and over the next 2-3 weeks there may be some access restrictions along Silksworth Row, immediately in front of the hotel. This is to allow access of equipment to work on the roof of the hotel, but after a discussion with the contractor they will not erect any barriers ...more
Visitors will be heading down the rabbit hole in Sunderland at the end of the month, as some of the nation’s foremost graphic novelists open a portal into Wonderland.
CitySpace will host the UK Graphic Novel Expo, ‘Wonderlands’ – a nod to the city’s links with “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” author, Lewis Carroll - which is ...more
Here is a link to a fascinating if disturbing report from a group that Donna Chambers at Sunderland has been involved in. This report is the result of work done by an 'informal' research network of 12 women working together a group called 'While Waiting for the Dawn.' They plan to do a series of ...more
On Monday 13th July 2015 the Department of Culture (Faculty of Education and Society, University of Sunderland) will be hosting a one-day symposium focused on our region entitled ‘The New North East’. This interdisciplinary gathering will bring together scholars and practitioners working in the field of 'cultural studies' (broadly understood to include history, literature, linguistics, visual ...more
The blog has been neglected for the past few months. So back to it!!
Over the past few weeks we have been working on various exciting projects.
- Complete re-design of the ME Page on My Sunderland (going live very soon).
- Workflow modifications to the Business & Law online assignment submissions project on Web Services.
- Scott ...more
Yes, we know, you’ve heard it all before… ‘we can all play our part in saving and protecting the environment’. But, the fact is, by choosing to make small yet effective changes to our everyday behaviours, we actually can!
And many of those changes will not only have a significant impact on the environment, they will ...more
The great Maya Angelou once said “You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” This is great news for event organisers, who will often need to have the ability to think creatively at the drop of a hat, with little or no warning. That being said, it’s also important to ...more
The Green Man has landed. But who is he? Why is he here? Where has he come from? And, have you spotted him yet?
Over the next two weeks, we’ll be introducing you all to our Everyday Behaviours campaign that aims to raise awareness around sustainability - encouraging both students and staff to make positive ...more
How do you feel when you step into your house? How about when you step into your office? Good or bad, there’s no doubt that each of these spaces will evoke different emotions.
With work and home life, most of our feelings will be related to memories formed in those particular locations, but even when entering ...more
We held our second Developing an Aspirational Culture symposium at Sunderland on Friday 17th April. At the end of this event, we came up with a few suggestions for how there can be relatively minor tweeks to current university practices that would greatly help increase a culture of aspiration.
Employability strategies and actions, as directed towards ...more
The key to a good research proposal, and researchers maintaining their sanity, is good support from peers and colleagues. I personally am from mostly a primary care background, and this was where I came across my research question. Although I have done some stints as a hospital pharmacist, I’m much more at home in a ...more
Once you have your research question, design, team and have identified your potential funding source, you need to fill in the paperwork. This is basically your research proposal with some additional questions most funders ask.
The form will go through lots of versions (we went up to version 9) with sending drafts out, getting feedback, revising ...more
Once we’d got through the application stage, there was an interview to do. There was guidance on what to prepare and some initial things that the panel wanted to cover about the research proposal. It is important to reflect on these and address the issues at the interview. Some may be simply asking for more ...more
This strand of research activity is focussed on the well-being of children, young people, and families and on changing family forms. Our work in this strand is organised under four broad headings;
Equal Opportunities, Austerity Impacts, Children’s and Young People’s Lives and Changing Families and Communities.
Research is informed by both practice based priorities and by theoretical approaches to understanding ...more
The expectation resting on the shoulders of event organisers to deliver memorable and inspirational events week in, week out is just one of the reasons that ‘Event Planner’ is regularly listed in the top 10 most stressful jobs. Creative thinking doesn’t necessarily come on tap, so here we’ve outlined a few different event formats that ...more