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The magazine for friends of the University of Sunderland Summer 2007

Wear United Join our global family

Lord puttnam

Hope Winch

Hari Shukla

steps down as Chancellor

SCHOLARSHIP FOR overseas student





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Prasad Kamath Analyst in fund linked products (equities), Credit Suisse, Canary Wharf MSc Information Technology Management

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“I came to Sunderland from India where I graduated with a degree in computer science. The course really helped me to connect with potential employers. My research project was in investment banking and with the help of the university I kept knocking on doors until I got through to the right people. I was competing with Oxford and Cambridge graduates which goes to show how much the qualification from Sunderland is respected.” Open Days: Thursday 23rd August 2007, 9.00am-6.00pm, Wednesday 10th October 2007, 12.00pm-6.00pm, Saturday 23rd February 2008, 9.00am-4.00pm. Please check our website for further details and for subject-specific open days.

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07 interview

Roxanne Ridge talks to Lord Puttnam as he steps down as Chancellor of Sunderland

08 FUTURES fund

Talented students struggling financially can get help from a bursary scheme

10 hope winch society COVER STORY

Overseas students will benefit from the charity’s fund-raising efforts

12 wearunited

The University’s networking site will make it easy for students and alumni to stay in touch

15 work-based learning

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16 our history

The University is steeped in clues as to the identity of its benefactors. John Hodgson reports

Cover illustration by Melissa Four

ello and welcome to our latest edition of Bridge. From our cover story, you can see that we are about to embark on exciting new developments. We are moving into the fascinating world of social and professional networking with the launch of our new website WearUnited. Summer 2007 marks the second year of sending out our bi-monthly e-newsletter. Thank you to everybody who has contributed. If you haven’t been receiving your copy, then contact Amanda Ball on 0191 5153664 or email Thanks go out to all alumni who have shared their time, stories and experiences with us. Your input is greatly appreciated and is a constant source of inspiration both to other members and current staff and students. Special thanks go to those who have kindly donated to the Futures Fund. This is an exciting time to be part of the University of Sunderland. Your support and enthusiasm will ensure our continued success. Our very best wishes go to all our friends, wherever you may be in the world. Please stay in touch.

17 hari shukla

Andrew Beale profiles a leading light in community relations in the North East

18 obituary

Bridge mourns the loss of Peter Hale, Senior Lecturer in Business and Economics and former Senior Warden of Wearmouth Hall

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Snail trail

where are you noW?


Azim Virini

Agnes Robertson Tate

1979, Pharmacy Formally known as Azim Jamal. Has lived in Toronto, Canada since 1978. Email:

1947, Primary Education Growing old gracefully. Email: nancy@tate5297.

gender pay gap


nails are not as slow as we think, according to new research from the University of Sunderland. Professor Mark Davies (above) and masters student Janine Blackwell have been researching and measuring the thickness of marine snails’ trails off the coast of South Tyneside for several months. They found that snails use existing trails to create new ones and only use a third of their energy to move around in search of food and new partners. This means that they can survive in environments where food is sparse.

“Snails expend a lot of energy, probably one-third, creating mucus. This process is very taxing indeed – much more than swimming, walking or flying,” says Professor Davis. “The fact they can make savings has a knock on effect, as they have more energy to do other things such as reproduce. It took us a long time to measure the mucus and it was very difficult, but after several unsuccessful attempts, we managed it.” The findings were published in Proceedings B, the Royal Society’s main biological sciences research journal, in February 2007.

foil-packed INTO success A blazer made from crisp packets by a Sunderland artist has been exhibited in New York. Creator of the jacket, artist and design and technology teacher, Angela Sandwith (above), specialises in textiles at the University. She has recently challenged her students to create a piece of wearable art. “My work is usually inspired by the environment, a social issue or  | Bridge |

an emotion, and crisps cover all three of these things for me,” says Angela. “The crazy patchwork of the blazer is based on a traditional Victorian patchwork.” Her work was displayed in New York’s Affordable Art Fair for a week in June, and has been worn by the director of GV Art, a contemporary art gallery in London’s Soho, in a CNN news interview.

Female academics at the University of Sunderland are getting one of the best deals in the UK, says May’s Times Higher Education Supplement. Sunderland University was 12th in the supplement’s national table looking at the disparity between female and male academic pay. This is the highest in the North East region and identifies the University as one of only two new universities to win the award. The pay gap at Sunderland is 4.1% compared to other parts of the region where male academics are paid up to 20% more. Nationally, the gap has risen to 30%. “The University of Sunderland has made significant progress in reducing gender pay gaps in recent years and it is very rewarding to be recognised for that,” says the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Fidler.

CHILD CARE BOOST Morale among non-teaching child support workers should rise, thanks to a new professional status for people working with children. The Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), piloted by the University on behalf of the government agency, Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC), celebrated the end of the first phase in March. The London event was attended by Higher Education Minister, Bill Rammell. Sunderland was one of 11 universities nationally to run the pilot. The EYPS creates a standard that will be required by those wanting to work in the sector after 2010. “Effective practice in the early years requires committed, enthusiastic and reflective practitioners,” says CWDC Chief Executive, Jane Haywood. “EYPS will help highly skilled practitioners to gain muchdeserved recognition.” Heather Shannon (above), who put her staff forward for EYPS in Jesmond Nursery added: “The course was rigorous. We will be using this status as a standard as it provides a very good benchmark for what you look for in candidates.”

Heather R Darby

Paul J Croston

Stuart Marrett

Terry J Murphy

Lillian Lawrence

1994, Social Science Qualified as a social worker and has been working in the profession for five years. Now at Age Concern.

1996, Cultural and Textural Studies Lives in Watford and is head of Media and Film studies at Luton Sixth Form College. He moves to teach in the US in July.

1975, Pharmacology NHS Liaison Manager for pharmaceutical company, Thorton and Ross. Would love to see old colleagues for a drink. Email:

1999, Molecular Biology Currently working in the private sector for Biocatalysts Limited as a Senior Research Scientist.

1978, Business Studies Owns a small vineyard (5 acres) in Marlborough.

Councillor course


rime Minister Tony Blair launched the UK’s first university councillor qualification during his visit to the North East. The one-year certificate for elected councillors is open to more than 20, 000 councillors across the UK. The University of Sunderland developed the course in collaboration with the National Association of Councillors. “Local authorities handle incredibly important issues,” Blair said during his visit to Gateshead. “They are the interface with the public and to do that

BEST OF THE BEST A Sunderland Sports Studies student made her debut in the England Women’s Rugby team in the RBS Six Nations tournament against Scotland in February 2007. Katy Mclean (above), from South

job well is tremendously important.” Trainee councillors will study three higher education modules on the course. This will cover the background, history and development of local government as well as current issues and legislative changes. The year-long course will be equivalent to one year of a degree programme . “The current training for councillors is segmented,” says Dr Simon Henig, Principle Lecturer in Politics at the University. “What was missing was the overall training in how councils work and the context in which they work. ”

Shields, is the only North East player to be chosen for the first team, who are ranked second in the world. Previously, she played for the England Development Squad, touring South Africa, and the Academy Team. She has recently broken into the top22 women rugby players and has her name on the senior England team sheet. “It was a real surprise to break into the first team squad, but I was always hopeful,” says the 21-year old, who plays domestically for national division one side Thirsk, based in Darlington. “My family and friends are really pleased, especially as they know how much work I have put in.”

drugs waste We are wasting millions of pounds a year on prescriptive drugs, England’s former Chief Pharmaceutical Officer argued at a lecture held in March. Professor Jim Smith (left), now Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Policy at the University of Sunderland, argues that of the £11bn spent each year on prescriptive drugs, a substantial proportion is wasted through noncompliance, impairing the health of those who the drugs were meant for. “There is good evidence that people accumulate large quantities of drugs but don’t use them, wasting money that the NHS can’t afford,” he says. “It is a major problem.”

grand Designs Sunderland residents are getting an insight into how design can affect their future through a new design centre in the heart of the city. The chairman of the Design Council, Sir George Cox (above), opened the University of Sunderland’s Design Centre in March. The centre will help drive the message of Designs of the Times 07 (Dott 07), a year of community projects, events and exhibitions in the North East exploring what life in a sustainable region could be like and how design could help to achieve it. Run by the Design Council and regional development agency, One NorthEast, Dott 07 enables communities and individuals in the region to collaborate with designers in real-life situations. “Design lies at the heart of our future economic success,” says Sir George. “It is at the heart of every successful organisation.” Rob Burton, Senior Lecturer at the University’s School of Arts, Design, Media and Culture, who has been heavily involved in the launch, adds: “We very much support what Dott 07 is trying to achieve, and the new Design Centre is an ideal platform.” | Bridge | 

where are you now?


Behzad Kazerani

David Porter

1988, Civil Engineering Works mostly in the US for KBR, a construction and engineering company.

1998, Information Design Former Vice-President of the Students’ Union. Teaching in Japan.

doctorate for rice

Green gambit


nvironmentally-friendly grid computers have been designed by University experts ­– the first of their kind in the world. The new computer system with the processing power of a multi-million-pound computer will have an affordable price and will not damage the environment. It will use a cluster of small, interconnected computers to create a powerful single system. This would bring the power of multi-million-pound computers to organisations on a smaller budget. “Our grid is probably the first to be designed to work in an open space without air

conditioning,” says Professor John Tindle (above), who is leading the research team at the School of Computing and Technology. “Because the network is optimised, the jobs can complete in the fastest possible time. As grids consume large amounts of power and push out lots of heat, our faster grid is a lot better for the environment.” Grid computers can also enhance existing systems such as renewable energy forecasting, fluid dynamics, and biosciences. The system, which will be fully operational by June, was designed with assistance from Dell Computers and Cisco Systems.

The Oscar-winning songwriter, Sir Tim Rice, was awarded an honorary doctorate in the graduation ceremonies at the end of 2006. A long time Sunderland football fan, Sir Rice was awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his outstanding contribution to musical theatre, film and publishing. The 62-year-old is known for his partnership with Andrew Lloyd Webber – creating classics such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Evita. Also celebrating were eight full-time workers who received first-class honours in the BA (Hons) Applied Management part-time course. They are the first group to graduate from the work-based learning course.

REWARD for ENTREPreneurial eLITE

mining for memories

Outstanding, enterprising alumni have been celebrated at a ceremony held at the Stadium of Light in June. Introduced alongside the Blueprint Business Planning Awards in 2006, the Alumni Achievement Award focuses on achievements in business, especially those that have had a dramatic impact on the North East. After much deliberation, Michael

One of the North’s most impressive mining archives was unveiled on Wearside in May. The North East England Mining Archive and Research Centre (NEEMARC) at the University of Sunderland is home to some of the region’s most important mining information. The new centre, which received £270,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, houses trade union records, health and safety information, technical reports and legal records relating to mining legislation. “Most families from the North East will have some kind of link to the mining industry,” says Dr Stuart Howard of the University of Sunderland. “Mining runs through the region’s modern economic, social and cultural history. It shaped and sculpted the region’s industrial geography, created many of its cultural forms and produced or influenced its institutions. The region cannot be understood without an appreciation of it.” Material for the archive comes from the Durham Miners' Association, the Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers and the National Association of Colliery Overmen Deputies and Shotfirers.

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Thurlbeck and Mark Blumer were jointly presented with the award. Michael is the driving force behind The Argent Business and Conference Centre, an innovative project helping to support the City of Sunderland’s economic regeneration. Mark Blumer is the Director of CDM Recruitment Ltd, the North’s largest specialist construction recruiter.


A great production

Lord David Puttnam is standing down as Chancellor. Roxanne Ridge reports on his outstanding contribution to education and social well-being in Sunderland


peaking to Lord Puttnam about his role as Chancellor is challenging. He has worked with dedication and passion on a huge range of topics, yet he speaks so modestly of them. In 1998, the same year he began his Chancellorship at the University, Puttnam refocused his skills from winning Academy Awards and Golden Globes to working on educational reform. “David Blunkett called me 10 years ago asking me to work with the Department of Education. I took a role to help boost the teaching profession,” he explains. “The film industry is not a business to be in when you reach a certain age. I was 55-years-old and the core audience was 16 – 24.” Puttnam’s own educational experiences were key to his decision to take up the role of Chancellor at Sunderland. “I was badly educated. There was a tremendous disconnection between who I was, what I was, what I wanted to do and the school’s ambitions,” says Puttnam.His belief that life-changing opportunities should be available to every individual is fundamental to Sunderland University’s ideology. Entry to any industry should also be open to all, according to Puttnam. “When I got into film production 13 or 14 years ago, it was very nepotistic,” he explains. “You can now study media and work your way up based on talent and enthusiasm.” With that thought in mind, Puttnam founded Skillset over a

decade ago, a training programme that helps young people work in television. The University of Sunderland awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in 1996 and Puttnam has also offered expert guidance and advice to Sunderland students. “Sunderland University has the same ambitions as mine, I enjoy the challenge of taking on a region that tends to see education as a luxury,” he says. Puttnam has made a significant contribution to the City’s renaissance and revitalisation, and the award of Honorary

I enjoy the challenge of taking on a region that tends to see education as a luxury Freedom of Sunderland City recognises this. “I am a Londoner and I am a very lucky man to be given freedom of another city,” he says. Puttnam steps down as Chancellor at this year’s graduation ceremony. “One of my main memories is giving the honorary degree to Niall Quinn, Sunderland Football Club’s Chairman, and another is presenting my daughter with her degree,” he reflects. “I feel proud to be part of knitting the University into the entire city and its education structure. The influence of the University is far more profound now than when I arrived there.” u

Career in brief • Left school at 16 with four ‘O’ levels • Studied for a City and Guilds qualification at night school (1958-62) • Worked in advertising and acted as agent for the photographer, David Bailey • In the late 1960s he turned to film and spent 30 years as an independent film producer • Knighted in 1995 and made a life peer in 1997, as Baron Puttnam, of Queensgate • Retired from films in 1998 to focus on his work in education • Elected Chancellor of the University of Sunderland in 1998. Became Chancellor of the Open University in 2006 • President of UNICEF, UK

a life of achievement • Films – Chariots of Fire (1981); The Killing Fields (1984); Midnight Express (1978); and The Mission (1986) • Documentaries – Swastika (1973); and Brother, Can you Spare a Dime (1975). Both were selected for Cannes • Television – The Burning Season (1995), which won three Golden Globes • Awarded the Orange BAFTA Fellow of the Academy in 2006 • Chief Executive of Columbia Pictures (1986 - 1988) – the only non-American ever to run a Hollywood Studio | Bridge | 

FUTURES FUND A guide to the Futures Fund Established in 2003, the Fund has raised over £250,000 and by 2008 it aims to be raising £209,000 per year. This will allow £104,000 for 52 scholarships, £50,000 for opportunity bursaries, £25,000 for 10 professional grants and £30,000 for the disability support team. Working with its supporters, the Fund aims to increase the endowed contribution to £1m. Most of the endowment will be made up of small gifts from individuals and companies, generating £54,000 each year. Donations can be made at www.

Future Perfect Roxanne Ridge looks at how the Futures Fund continues to offer financial support to talented students


or many students, working in their chosen field can involve financial hardship. Government funding has fallen dramatically over the past 15 years and student debt has never been higher. No wonder students, worried about incurring loans, often decide to opt out of higher education. The University of Sunderland, determined that talented students don’t miss out on the life-changing opportunities that university can offer, launched the Futures Fund four years ago to support students in need of financial aid.

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“The basic idea behind the Futures Fund is that those who show excellence in a particular field are given a bursary to help them succeed,” says Andrew Beales, Manager of the University’s Development Trust that set up the Fund in 2003. “Many students don’t have the financial backing they need and have to rely on friends and family to help. The Futures Fund effectively exists to give people opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have.” Around 48% of young people from the top three socio-economic groups in England

Those who show excellence in a particular field are given a bursary to help them succeed go to university, this is in stark contrast to only 18% of the bottom socio-economic groups. However, at the University of Sunderland, 39% of students are drawn from the bottom group, with a large proportion of them from local areas. Additional funding for many students is therefore key to being able to continue to further education. One of the areas the Futures Fund focuses support on is professional development. Bursaries are offered to students who need financial help with travel, living costs and purchasing specialist materials. It can also help with the inevitable, unpaid, work experience that seems an almost essential part of the modern CV. By 2010, the University is aiming to offer 10 awards of £2,500 to help towards work experience. Other support includes opportunity bursaries, where the benefits of a smaller amount of money are greatly appreciated by students. The aim is to offer 100 bursaries at £500. The University also plans to offer 52 scholarships of £2,000 across the 13 teaching areas in the University. And, in addition, there is a significant focus on helping disabled students enhance their abilities at the University. In order to qualify for the Futures Fund, candidates must present their work to a panel at the Development Trust. Panel members select the students who they think will most benefit from the opportunity. The inspirational motives behind the Futures Fund have always been key themes of the University. In the past, Sunderland’s founder colleges assisted with training in work such as coalmining, which the region was famous for. Today, the University is instrumental in helping with local industrial change. It trains a flow of students into both the local, established workforce and also the modern industries beginning to develop around the city. Excelling in subjects such as education, pharmacy and, more recently, media-related subjects, the University is a popular choice with both students and employers and its contribution to the local economy looks set to continue. “This kind of support wasn’t available to students many years ago and we are keen to promote this culture of giving. By 2010 we hope to have raised £1m to help students in this way,” says Andrew Beales. “We encourage alumni to stay in touch with the University and inform us of what they are doing. Past successes can help the potential talent of the future.” u

Kathryn Wightman was recently awarded ‘Newcomer of the Year’ by The Journal. She now has ambitions to be the Stella McCartney of the glass world


hen studying for her Masters in Glass and Ceramics at the University in 2005, Kathryn received a cheque for £300 from the Futures Fund after being selected by the Development Trust on the basis of her potential. She then used the money to buy materials and equipment for a project she was working on and eventually displayed her work in a gallery in Gloucester. The rest, as they say, is history. “After finishing my degree, I applied for the Next Move Scheme, a joint project run by the City of Sunderland Council and the Craft Council based in London,” said Kathryn. “I was given a lot of guidance and support, and could

rent free space to establish my own glassmaking business. “Since then, I have had the opportunity to exhibit at a variety of craftfairs, such as Origin in London. I was even selected for the International Festival of Glass, where many established artists exhibit. It is a major event in the glass world. “I have four different areas of business, I make one-off pieces, jewellery, giftwear, and services and commissioned items. At the moment, I am keeping my options open. “My ambitions are to establish myself nationally and internationally and to carry on exhibiting. So many good things came from being selected for the Futures Fund. Even if you don’t think you have a chance, go for it, you don’t know what the future holds.”

Telethon fund-raiser success The University has conducted regular telethons since November 2006, where students call alumni and encourage them to donate to the Futures Fund. They have spoken to 2,504 people. The value of these gifts over three years, including GiftAid, is nearly £10,000. Of the alumni who took part in the telethon, 72% of the donors GiftAided their donation and an impressive 52% pledged to support the campaign in the future. | Bridge | 


Hope Winch society

a e c r h l a As the Hope Winch Society launches a new initiative offering a less-privileged international student a chance to study pharmacy at Sunderland, Bridge celebrates the past, present and future of this unique group

We intend to raise enough money to realise a life-changing opportunity for a capable individual

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he Hope Winch Society (HWS) for past and present Sunderland pharmacy students has launched a new initiative to bring an overseas student from a developing country to Sunderland’s School of Pharmacy. Working with the University of Sunderland Alumni Association and Development Trust and the Sunderland Pharmacy Students’ Association, the HWS will select a student who would not otherwise be able to afford to travel to the UK to study. The initiative aims to provide an invaluable experience for the student so that he or she will return to their country equipped to make a significant contribution

All past Hope Winch prize-winners: (left to right) Paul Carter, Dorothy Martin, David Laskow-Pooley, Louise Brown, Alison Beaney and Alan Vickers

At a glance …The Hope Winch Society The Hope Winch Society was created 23 years ago to celebrate the achievements of Hope Constance Monica Winch, the first head of Sunderland’s Pharmacy Department, who had an ambitious plan to establish the finest pharmacy department in the North East of England. A graduate of the Pharmaceutical Society’s School of Pharmacy in London, she was awarded the Pereira medal as the best student in her year. While Miss Winch’s academic career began at Rutherford College, Newcastle, she preferred the resources at Sunderland Technical College

and subsequently the Pharmaceutical Society approved the transfer of all pharmacy teaching in the North East to Sunderland. The Pharmacy Department was established in March 1921, with just three fee-paying students and one doublesided bench in the Chemistry School. There was also a ladies cloakroom for the first time at Sunderland Technical College. Miss Winch was the first full-time Lecturer in Pharmacy at the college and was made Head of Pharmacy in 1928. Under her direction, the Department grew into one of England’s most successful pharmacy schools. Miss Winch had to combat prejudice and lack of resources but, thanks to her inspiration and commitment, the breadth of pharmaceutical subjects taught increased and, in 1930, the school was recognised as a centre for excellence. Tragically, Hope Winch was killed in a climbing accident in April 1944. In the same year, the Winch Memorial Scholarship for Sunderland students was established. The first award was made in 1949 and the annual Hope Winch Memorial Lecture was established.

Spreading the word Former Sunderland student and Hope Winch secretary Alison Beaney (left) has travelled across the world to deliver a presentation at the University of Auckland. Alison, who is now North East Regional Quality Assurance Specialist for the NHS, presented on quality assurance and audit in the NHS to Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. Alison is renowned for her work in quality assurance. She is editor of the book Quality Assurance of Aseptic Preparation Services and Past-Secretary and Chairwoman of the NHS Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance Committee. with a pharmacy degree. “In many countries, capable individuals are denied the choice of higher education due to poverty,” says Dr Paul Carter, Chairman of the HWS. “We intend to raise enough money to realise a life-changing opportunity for a capable individual. Afterwards the successful student can return home and integrate his or her education into many aspects of the community.” Speaking at the HWS’s 23rd annual reunion, Dr Carter explained that fund-raising for the initiative will need some high-profile support in order to succeed. “We’ve received a lot of favourable comments in addition to donations. Sunderland Pharmacy School, the University and even the Sunderland Rotary

Club have given their support,” he said. “However, being realistic, the money cannot be raised by our members alone, since at least £40,000 will be needed. We need to organise higher profile events to engage the participation of benefactors in this project.” Activities will be taking place throughout the academic year and the Hope Winch Committee anticipates the support of existing and new members of the society and others. The society is a charity, so money raised through their efforts is eligible for GiftAid. Readers wishing to make a donation should contact Paul Carter by phone: 0191 515 2582 or email: u

INTO THE FUTURE The Hope Winch initiative is a shining example of Sunderland’s role beyond pharmacy education and research. And Sunderland University has a reputation for producing pharmacy graduates who go on to contribute to, and influence, pharmacy politics. This year, six former Sunderland University pharmacy students have been elected as members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB), including RPSGB President Hemant Patel, former editor of The Pharmaceutical Journal, Douglas Simpson and Colin Ranshaw and David Carter (above), who have both been elected to the prestigious council of the RPSGB. At the Annual Hope Winch Memorial Lecture, David spoke on the future of the industry and, in particular, the development of the ‘community pharmacy’ concept. David’s lecture also addressed pharmacy education’s evolution into the four-year MPharm degree course. David believes that the future of community pharmacy is largely in the hands of pharmacists who must accept new and changing roles in drug therapy management. Hope Winch Society Annual General Meeting and Reunion Dinner Saturday 13 October Marriott Royal County Hotel, Durham Tickets - £32 Email amanda.ball@ Hope Winch Lecture November – Date TBC Sir Tom Cowie Lecture Theatre @ St. Peter’s Campus, University of Sunderland Details TBC || Bridge Bridge || 11 11

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homas Carlyle, the 19th century Scottish philosopher and historian, is thought to have said that “the history of the world is but the biography of great men”. But this theory is now under fire, following the web 2.0 revolution which has brought a massive increase in user-generated content online (see box-out, right) and created a digital democracy. Time magazine summarised perfectly the impact of the web on today’s history in the making with its most recent choice for person of the year. Traditionally, the magazine chooses a man, woman, or idea that “for better or worse, has most influenced events in the preceding year.” Hitler, Churchill and Stalin have all been awarded the distinction. But in 2006, Time announced its choice with: “it’s you”, in reference to each and every internet user. Social networking websites such as Myspace and Facebook are at the heart of 12 | Bridge |



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Networking online is a great way for graduates to stay in touch with their friends and the University the web 2.0 revolution. No longer exclusive to computer wizzes, these sites now have many millions of users and their content is an increasingly accurate reflection of the concerns of 21st century internet users, an ever-growing section of today’s developed society. In August this year, the University of Sunderland will join this revolution with the launch of an online community for its students, alumni and friends, WearUnited. “We have over 16,000 students from more than 100 countries and the University teaches programmes in several locations

throughout Europe and Asia,” says Joanne Dann, who is managing the WearUnited project at Sunderland University and is involved with the launch of the website. “We produce highly mobile graduates who go on to work throughout the UK and all over the world. Networking online is a great way for graduates to stay in touch with their friends and the University.” One of the key objectives of the team developing the site is to provide an online community for Sunderland alumni. Its main focus is lifelong connectivity between the


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w University, its students, supporters and over 80,000 national and international graduates. “Alumni are just as important to the university as students. We see their recommendation as the best advertising, their work as the best professional recommendation, and their success, the greatest successes of the University,” says Joanne. “We like to keep informed on the senior posts that Sunderland graduates hold, both nationally and internationally. By sharing some of their knowledge and experience, we assist the professional development of the next generation of graduates.” WearUnited takes the popular framework of existing social networking sites and makes it institution specific. Websites like Facebook, Myspace and LinkedIn allow users to create their own online space, where they can connect with lost friends, share photos, send messages and write about virtually anything.

What is Web 2.0? Coined by Tim O’Rielly in 2003, web 2.0 is the term used to refer to changes in the ways the internet is used. Specifically, it refers to the huge explosion in user-generated content and the increased use of social networking websites, weblogs, podcasts, RSS feeds, etc. Some technological experts, such as the creator of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, claim that this term is inaccurate as the technology has existed since the beginnings of the internet.

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All existing networking sites currently have a focus. For example, Myspace is popular with artists and musicians while LinkedIn focuses on business networking. WearUnited will fit into the online world as a Sunderland-specific networking website. “We are keen for WearUnited to be a free online community exclusively for staff, students, alumni and other supporters of the University. By restricting access, we can offer more useful and exclusive content. This might include online careers guidance, professional development publications and photo galleries,” says Joanne. Although many alumni might be using other social networking sites, a Sunderlandspecific site has many advantages. Marie, a former Sunderland University student who graduated in 2001, is a Myspace and Facebook user, but she believes that WearUnited will be able to offer something that those sites | Bridge | 13

• Bebo. Aimed at younger internet users. For sharing music and chatting with friends. • LinkedIn. A site for those mainly focused on busiiness SOME sites for connecting with networking. people outside Sunderland • MomMeTV. Where • Myspace. Popular with those promoting mothers can bond and upload photos of art or music. The site has over 80m profiles. their children. • Planypus. Specifically for making plans • Facebook. Set up for networking across with friends. universities and designed to connect • Petboogaloo. This website invites you people who already know each other. to blog and share stories about your pets.

currently don’t. “I use Myspace and Facebook to keep in touch with University friends I lost contact with,” says Marie. “There are many people whose email addresses I no longer have and I have found a few of these people on other sites. WearUnited could help me find people who were on the same course or year as me, or even the people I used to live with. “I think that people who are already members of networking sites will definitely join. Not all the alumni receive the magazine, so it will also help to keep those people informed about alumni events.” Interestingly, the benefits for the University are likely to match those of the alumni using it. Currently, data about alumni is restricted and only updated when alumni find the time. WearUnited will give the University better quality data and allow it to target content to alumni at a low cost. “It is expected to attract 5,000 users within 14 | Bridge |

the first year, and we hope to see growth of up to 25,000 between now and the year 2010,” says Joanne. “The site has taken nearly 12 months to develop and we have invested approximately £20,000 to create and implement it, although annual costs should be lower. It is not, however, about generating revenue. We do have alumni promotions on the site but, at present, we have no plans to sell banner advertising.” Looking at the increased membership of other online networking sites, the potential of WearUnited is considerable. According to a survey of 3,000 UK home-computer users by, 82% of teens and young adults visit social networking sites daily, monthy or weekly. And, more recently, there has been an increase in older users. This is illustrated by the recent case of a London law firm’s attempt to ban its lawyers using Facebook during working hours. Eventually, the firm backed down, on the basis that the social and professional networking benefits of the

By restricting access, we can offer more useful and exclusive content Main features of WearUnited • Blogs • Message boards • Email for life • Find a friend • Jobshop • Semi autonomous chapters – groups based on location

site outweighed any apparent abuse . So, despite the fact that we are spending over 40 hours a week in work on average ( uk), we’re still finding plenty of time to surf the web – and are actively engaging with the internet during this time. A survey commissioned by business networking firm, Viadeo, found that 31% of people across all age groups have posted information online at some point in time, and that the frequency and number of users is likely to grow. Sunderland University’s decision to develop its own online social network could therefore prove a great investment. It may even find Sunderland’s answer to Lily Allen, the singer who shot to worldwide fame through Myspace. With WearUnited, it’s certainly a case of watch this cyber space. u

Our history

Clues to the age of giving

Sir Robert Appelby established two trust funds which greatly benefited engineering and naval architecture

Lacking qualifications, the North East could easily add to the skills shortage. Instead, the University is looking towards foundation degrees, says Roxanne Ridge Notes: Waiting for Sunderland to send images. Have chased AB today (Mon 18th) – Also waiting for someone to get back to me re. Statistics. Les Brown asked a few people. Images – waiting for Andy Atkinson – he has some, les says. foundation_degree/ - pathway to foundation degree diagram.

“I’m just waiting to start work at the Sunday Times,” says Joseph Eden, a South Tyneside College work-based learning (WBL) foundation media design (publishing) degree student. “I’m really excited about the whole thing.” Joseph began by studying Fine Art, but decided that it was too vague and theory based – not something that would ideally equip him for work. He enrolled on a WBL foundation degree, took advantage of the practical approach and is now hoping to pursue his dream as a magazine or newspaper designer – starting with work experience at a national broadsheet. He is not alone with his concerns. And, it is not just those who are of a younger university age who need new skills. “The UK is a demographic time bomb and soon there will not be sufficient 18 year olds to fill both degree places and highly skilled jobs,” says Alex Pearson, North East Regional Director of Foundation Degree Forward. “Most of those people who fill these jobs are already in the workforce today. Part-time, WBL foundation degrees for those already in work are a great insurance against a fall in student numbers and a national skills shortage.” A medium between the traditional academic and the purely vocational route, therefore, is the foundation degree. It is available for both those, like Joseph, who want to get specific training, but also older people who want to change career or go back to university to renew their skills. Combining the level of learning offered by a degree programme with practical commercial experience, when introduced in

1991, foundation degrees were the first new higher education qualification for 25 years. They fit into the wider category of work-based learning – the joining of work with education. Employers need graduates with experience of work – and many, like Joseph find it hard to make a balance between this and academic study. Because businesses design the foundation degree programmes, students graduate with extremely specific skills and industry knowledge. After graduation, they are also able to put FDA (arts based subjects) or FDSc (science based subjects) after their names.

WBL doesn’t stop there It’s not just foundation degrees that offer work based learning (WBL). Last year, eight graduated from the new BA (hons) in applied management, a work based three- year degree at the university. This included Phil Bagnall. Finishing last October, and moving from publishing to join

the Voluntary Organisation Development Agency (VODA), he graduated with a 1st class degree. He agrees that WBL can widen skills: “WBL encourages you to use newly developed skills, and if the results are good, you continue to use them. Doing a three year course

The Sunderland WBL foundation degree system can be seen as two-stage – students study two years at a local college then decide whether to take the stand alone qualification or continue to a third year at the University and convert it into a full degree. If you do leave after two years, the idea is that your strong employer contacts will help you get a job. (xxx statistics- waiting for Sunderland to get back to me). Those already in jobs can move up the career ladder and those training for the first time can turn work experience into full time employment. In a city in an area with a qualification gap compared to the rest of the UK, Sunderland University has closely developed foundation degrees. In 2004 it formed a partnership with seven colleges all over the local area and there are now over 30 WBL foundation degrees to choose from. “In a region like the North East with a weaker tradition of university attendance and degree attainment, this makes foundation degrees a very vocationally relevant and academic less daunting route into higher education,” continues Alex. The key to foundation degrees is a practical focus. The University’s partnership links colleges, students and business with a focus on skills and work mature students can take up the course part-time or fulltime for those not already in employment. Currently, £300 million has been raised through grants and fees, and this has gone towards considerable refurbishment and improvement to the colleges. The main aim is to keep an eye for gaps in the skills | Bridge | 15

Our history

Clues to the age of giving

Sir John was one of the greatest philanthropists in the history of Sunderland and the North East

Sunderland University’s buildings are home to many fascinating artefacts. John Hodgson explains that a grandfather clock, a stone bust, a metal plaque and a microscope are all clues to the identity of the generous benefactors of the University of Sunderland


he identities of the men and women who created the history of giving at Sunderland University can be traced in the fascinating artefacts found on display in the University’s buildings. The grandfather clock, standing in the corridor of the fourth floor of the Edinburgh Building, is a marvellous illustration of those who had faith in the future of the predecessor colleges of the University. It serves as a reminder of the early days of fund-raising and philanthropy that helped the University create its first major buildings. The clock was donated to the Technical College by Mrs Stansfield Richardson on October 18, 1933. She and her husband had been supporters of the construction of the Galen Building earlier in the century. Students of the new college also benefited from acts of giving. Looking up through the red painted railings of the balcony in the hall of the Priestman Building, you might spot a bearded bust of Vulcan, modelled in the likeness of Sir William Allan. After his death in 1903, his wife, Lady Jane, established one of the earliest trust funds ever to support engineering apprentices. A metal plaque, rescued from destruction in 2006, was unveiled to the memory of Sir Robert Appleby Bartram in April 27, 1932, by his old friend Sir John Priestman. Sir Robert had established two trust funds in 1911 and 1922 greatly benefiting engineering and naval architectural students. Sir John himself was one of the greatest philanthropists in the history of Sunderland and the North East of England and had been a major benefactor to the College Library Building. How many people stop to look up at his bespectacled profile in a bronze relief over the Green Terrace entrance? The microscope displayed in the entrance hall of the Fleming Building, at the Edinburgh Campus, is a reminder of Hope Winch’s efforts to develop pharmacy at the University between the World Wars. It is displayed with many other items related to her work and reminds us that the Winch Scholarship, 16 | Bridge |

established in her memory to benefit students, would not have existed without the effort of her students, friends and colleagues – they too deserve their place in the history of giving. Clues like the clock, bust, plaque and microscope can often reveal the history of giving in unexpected ways. While reading the plaque, the name of the artist can be found in the corner. It is the same man who designed the memorial tablet to Sir Joseph Wilson Swan in the entrance hall of the Fleming Building. This is one of a pair dating from 1932, erected by Sir James and Lady Marr in honour of their son, John Lynn Marr, who was a governor of the Technical College for over 20 years and a lifelong admirer of the work of Swan. The name of the artist Ray can be found on the plaque erected to commemorate the opening of Ashburne House as the new College of Arts and Crafts in 1934. Here, Ray is described as the Principal, providing another clue to his role in the history of the University. There are other clues that are dotted about the University that you might like to look for.

Hari Shukla

Leading light of the North East

The stories that they lead to might become interwoven, providing fascinating insights into the long and rich story of giving. When looking at the 1899 foundation stone of the Galen Building/Varsity, you might wonder about the life of Wilson Mills Roche, and about the hidden cavity containing a bottle with the names of the then Education Committee and Corporation. You might also cross the road and look at the foundation stone of the Priestman Library Building, which also has its secrets. Perhaps the next time you are in a building of the University, you might like to take a more considered look around to see the clues that allow you to begin your personal journey into the history of giving. You might already be a custodian, by design or accident, of a piece of memorabilia that is lurking in an old cupboard or drawer, or even a padlocked room and is, as yet, unrecorded in our research at the Development Office. Bolt cutters are available from Andrew Beales in the Development Office! u

“The only way to solve problems is to get people talking, and not just about what they want. Each group needed to identify what it was going to do to reach the solution. Many people would use the word compromise. I don’t like that, it means giving something up. I prefer accommodate. It suggests the creation of space to hold what people have, and growing together as part of a group.” This strategy served Hari well. He established one of the strongest community partnerships in the UK, helped create models for community partnerships across areas as diverse as education and law enforcement, and received many accolades, including an OBE, for his commitment to improving community relations in the North East. “I have worked with all the Universities of the North East,” said Hari. “But I am particularly proud of my association with Sunderland. Working with the School of Education, I was able to Andrew Beales talks to Hari Shukla about influence policy across North East at a time his vital role in the community relations of the the when children from ethnic minorities were North East of England and his connections a rarity. Now, these with the University of Sunderland policies, built on and developed by others, are still serving the espite moving to the North East in community well. But I also have a private the 1970s, one of the most difficult association with the University.” periods in the region’s community At his home in Gateshead, Hari relations, Hari Shukla was reached up to the wall covered in family determined to continue his life’s photographs and picked out one showing calling – bringing people together. his four children; three of them were After achieving his teaching certificate wearing a Sunderland gown. Upon closer in his home town of Kampala, Uganda, Hari inspection of the wall, other photographs completed his Certificate of Education at reveal the extent of his extended-family’s Exeter University and became Community connections with the University. “One of Development Officer in the small, but the terrific things about living in the North ethnically diverse, Lincolnshire town of East is the quality of education,” said Hari. Scunthorpe. He soon earned the respect of the “Sunderland, in particular, has been very local community and was later appointed the good to my family.” director of the Tyne and Wear Racial Equality Hari is officially retired, but in reality he Council after moving to Newcastle in 1974. shows no signs of yielding in his efforts to The decline of three of the North East’s improve community relations. “I am always most important industries, ship-building, coaltrying to bring people together. It is my mining and railways, in the late 1960s and early greatest belief that if people do what they 1970s, was a huge blow for the region, which can then things are made better. We need was suffering wide-spread unemployment and to encourage people of all backgrounds, growing poverty as a result. “When I arrived, races and religions to play an active role in there was no office, no setup and, critically, no their communities; this is where the next trust between people,” recalls Hari. generation of leaders comes from.” u

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In memory of Peter Hale Bridge celebrates the life and achievements of Peter Hale, former Senior Warden at Wearmouth Hall, who passed away earlier this year


eter Hale, a Senior Lecturer in Business and Economics and former Senior Warden of Wearmouth Hall of Residence (right) at the University of Sunderland, died suddenly on March 22 2007 aged 80 years. Admired for over 20 years by both students and colleagues, he will be remembered for the pastoral care and support he provided to all the students he worked with. Born in 1926 in the historic market fishing town of Lowestoft, Suffolk, Peter became an apprentice engineer when he left school. Peter worked in his hometown and married Joy at the age of 26. His first child, Warrick, was born four years later, around the time that Peter won a bursary to attend New Battle Abbey Educational Institute in Scotland, where he studied for a Higher Educational Diploma. His appetite for education wetted, Peter then read Economics and Business Management at Sheffield University. After graduating, he worked for David Brown Motors in Yorkshire as a Training and Management Consultant. In 1968, Peter took up a post as a Senior Lecturer in the Business School at Sunderland University (then Polytechnic), embarking upon what would be 23-year relationship with the University. Two months later, he moved into Wearmouth Hall as Warden, his family home and professional passion for the next 23 years. The next year, Peter’s wife, son and newly-born daughter joined him. As Warden, Peter forged important and long-lasting relationships with the students, who he cared for alongside his family. Traditionally an all male residence, Peter campaigned hard for female students to be admitted to Wearmouth to reflect the mixed sex, cosmopolitan make-up of the University. What started as a experimental trial was an undisputed success and female students became a permanent feature of the Hall. Peter undertook his duties as the provider of pastoral support for students at Wearmouth with enormous dedication and also provided considerable commitment to his role as Chief Social Secretary. In the 1970s, he also took great pride in attending to the formal evening dinners, where he 18 | Bridge |

Peter will remain alive in the hearts of all those he touched

would sit with his family, various members of staff and invited guests. Dr Iain Coleman, a student studying pharmacology in the 1970s, remembers the black tie events with great affection: “Peter was magnificent, his humour was wide ranging and topical, all without notes. He really enjoyed a joke, and as a skilled raconteur he provoked a lot of mirth on those occasions. “As a Shropshire lad, I had an inability to discern Peter’s Suffolk accent. For a long time, when he said grace, my mates and I were convinced that he was intoning ‘for the flavour of anthrancene’. Eventually we realised it was actually ‘for the food we are about to receive!’” Like Iain, students regarded Peter as a true master of ceremony. Unfortunately, the once daily dinners fell to three times a week by the end of the 1970s, and then to just Christmas dinner in the 1980s. “Peter never intruded on our social life as students, but he loved to be invited along,”

says Iain. This popularity was reflected by the various events that Peter was invited to, and there are numerous, fond memories of his much appreciated attendance. Peter moved from Sunderland back to Lowestoft in 1991. This was a time of mixed emotions for all of his family, who left many unforgettable memories behind at Wearmouth Hall but relished the chance of returning to their home town. Peter maintained strong links with many of his colleagues and students from Sunderland and will remain alive in the hearts of all those he touched. u

With special thanks to Joanne Hale for her help with this article on the life of Peter, her father

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Martin T Gilbert

1943, Electrical Engineering Retired from the Royal Navy in 1971 with a rank of Commander. Since then, he has devoted his time to engineering and working as a technical officer in a small Devon charity that operates in the Tabora region of Tanzania, where he has set up a mechanics training course.

Sortiris Souklkiotis

2000, Engineering Management Working as a Senior Buyer for a large multinational electronics company in Switzerland. In charge of procurement for all UK operations from Far East suppliers.

Kateryna Dyukareva

2003, International Management Works for the Bank of Ireland and would be pleased to hear from people on the MA International Management class of 2003. email:

Philip E Briggs

1997, Media Studies Since University, he has worked as record-shop Manager, Lecturer, Editor and Graphic Designer. After travelling for a year, he now works for Disney Cruise Line on board the Disney Wonder that sails around the Caribbean. He is in charge of programming and broadcast requirements.

Linda Brown

2005, Geography Education Taught English, Geography and Music at Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham. Moved back to Dudley in July 2006 and is now in third term of teaching English at Ellowes Hall Sports College. She loves the job and still finds time to travel to Leicester to play in the Leicestershire Co-op Brass Band.

John L Leadbitter

1945, pre-medical. Now retired. Served in the Sunderland Senior Training Corps with James E Glasper (right) 1943-44.

Steve Geldard

1993, Primary Education Works in the network marketing industry, www.stopandthink., a home-based shopping franchise. Geldard enjoys going rock climbing and canoeing whenever he can find the time.

James E Glasper

1945, Engineering Now retired. Served in the Sunderland Senior Training corps with John L Leadbitter 1943-44. The alumni office arranged for both gentlemen to be reunited before Christmas. The meeting was a great success. | Bridge | 19




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