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A bricklayer and family man from Sunderland has been honoured for his role in creating one of Britain’s most famous astronomical observatories.  Gary Fildes – the director of the Kielder Observatory – received an honorary degree from the University of Sunderland yesterday in a ceremony at the Stadium of Light. The...
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An investment programme valued at around £1.3 billion could see 20,000 skilled jobs arrive in Sunderland over the next decade.  Many of these jobs will be created in the car industry though other areas of the local economy will benefit from the investment too.  A large boost to Sunderland’s economy will...
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The University of Sunderland will be holding huge graduation ceremonies this summer at the Stadium of Light. The university’s Academic Awards are expected to bring a cool £1 million into the city and its surrounding region. The summer graduation ceremonies – which will take place from July 10th to 14th...
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The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) is planning to visit all Sunderland’s high-rise blocks to put residents’ minds at rest following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.  The service stresses that compliance with fire safety regulations is high across Tyne and Wear, but fire crews will pay visits to...
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The teaching at the University of Sunderland is just as good as at prestigious, well-established universities like York, Durham, Sheffield and Manchester.  That’s according to the government, which has presented Sunderland with a ‘silver award’ for its teaching quality. The award was given after Sunderland’s teaching was assessed against the Teaching...
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A car industry association, which represents Nissan and other major car makers, has expressed worries over the possibility of a hard Brexit. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has stressed that its members need tariff-free access to EU markets in order to avoid a slump that could affect...
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A glass artist from Sunderland has designed the perfect gin and tonic glass, helped make stained glass windows and picked up a prestigious national award – all while still a student.  Anne Selway, 26, is currently finishing off her degree in glass and ceramics at the University of Sunderland. For...
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In the 2017 general election, all the constituencies in Sunderland have returned Labour MPs with comfortable majorities. As far as the national picture is concerned, the UK will have a hung parliament. Labour have gained seats and – though the Tories have fallen short of an overall majority – they...
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The BBC has announced that it is planning to base a team of journalists in Sunderland. The BBC will work in partnership with the University of Sunderland’s School of Media and Communication, with the BBC team using the university’s MediaHUB.   Used by the university’s journalism and media students, the MediaHUB is...
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This year’s Sunderland International Airshow will be kicked off by an ensemble of Zulu performers, a ‘pit pop’ brass/folk band, and a nostalgic nineties extravaganza. The airshow’s Friday evening launch – on 21st July – will take place at Cliffe Park in Seaburn.  The Lions of Zululand will start the show...

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