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Anna Robinson

BSc (Hons) Psychology


Friday, October 18th, 2013

On Thursday night there was the fresher’s quiz hosted by the Hope Winch Society, at the Bonded Warehouse on St. Peter’s campus. It was a brilliant night and was so well attended by lecturers and students! HW Society

The Hope Winch Society is the largest UoS Alumni group, with members taking part in many events throughout the year; including lectures, The Annual Reunion Dinner and … it has it’s very own Hope Winch Band made up of lecturers from the Uni! The band played some amazing sets during the night and Paul Hambleton played his guitar for a brilliant music round that had everyone singing along at one point!

IMG_0953 I had a fantastic night, and hope everyone else did too. Lots of prizes, chocolates & vouchers were won and a yummy buffet was gobbled up at half time! Well done to the winning first year team and all who attended; you were all brilliant.


So, with reading this blog you might be curious about who exactly Hope Winch is… Well it’s easy to gather she is someone important in Pharmacy, since she has a society named after her!

Hope Winch Office

Hope Constance Monica Winch was born in 1894 and graduated Ph.C in 1918 from the Pharmaceutical Society’s School of Pharmacy in London. She then began lecturing in pharmaceutical subjects, being transferred to Sunderland Technical College (the former name of UoS!) as the first full time lecturer in Pharmacy.

HWinch Books

Miss Winch was an inspirational woman, playing a significantly important role in founding the future of Pharmacy at Sunderland. And as a female hoping to pursue a future role in lecturing, I can only aspire to be something similar to her.

Many thanks to the Hope Winch Society and Hope Winch Band for providing us with a fantastic evening, thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended! Please keep more events like this coming…

– Anna.

Check out the brand new Sikh Society at UoS…

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Hi everyone.

Wow, I can’t believe how hectic this past week has been at Uni. I know I keep saying this but it’s true!! I felt like I never stopped last week; everyday I was in lectures, seminars and labs, and then the evenings were jam packed with activities too.

Sikh Society. This week was pretty special for me. On Tuesday evening I was so honoured and pleased to be invited along to the first ever Sikh Society meeting! I was invited by the President of the society, Harpreet Kaur Guraya, to meet all of the new members and blog about their progress. Hopefully, they’ll get lots of promotion and new members signing up!!

For their first meet and greet session, the President and members ordered in pizzas, snacks, chocolates, baked cakes & did a number of ice breaker sessions to introduce themselves. They also got straight into planning their trips and visits to a number of different events throughout the year.

Their first trip is this Thursday 17/10/13 and they are going to the Newcastle Sikh Temple (Gurdwara) for a general Sikh education trip. Plus, coming up very soon is the festival of Diwali on November 3rd which all of the members will celebrate by organising a meal out.

This humble yet flourishing society meets every THURSDAY evening at 5.30pm in Murray Library on Campus, to discuss relevant stories in the media and to organise and plan other social events.

They aim to organise social events for Sikhs, to connect and form a strong community, to educate, empower and inspire Sikhs at the University of Sunderland to explore their faith and to partake in charitable fundraising and raising awareness of humanitarian issues. All of the members in the group are so friendly and incredibly enthusiastic about what they do, so I encourage anyone interested in joining or asking any questions, do not hesitate to get in contact with the committee.

2013-10-08 18.27.43 HDRUpcoming events for the society include talks on “Who is a Sikh and what does it mean to me?”

In addition to this, they are in the process of designing their own hoodies and jackets, with a logo created by the society. Keep posted on their progress here as I will be following them, and blogging about their society journey over the year!

I wish Harpreet and all of the other Sikh Society members the best of luck in starting up and running the UoS’s first ever Sikh Society! They have done a brilliant job so far, and I know lots more brilliant things are coming their way.



Sunderland v Man Utd. 05/10/2013.

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Sunderland V Man U. I am such a lucky girl… I got free tickets to the Sunderland v Manchester United football game yesterday, courtesy of Lives Online and Sunderland University! The game was held at the Stadium of Light, which is really close to the University, and the atmosphere inside the stadium was electric!

I’m a big football fan so I was really eager to watch Man United in action; they were one team I hadn’t seen play (until yesterday). They hadn’t been doing too well in the Premier league up until the game either, so I knew they’d be putting their all into the game against Sunderland – so it was set to be a thriller… and it certainly was! Also, I couldn’t wait to see so many internationally recognised players like Rooney, Van Persie, Vidic, Giggs, Welbeck and Nani.


I arrived at the Stadium quite early, and had the chance to look around properly and take a few photos before the game began; I was able to visit the illustrious Bob Stokoe statue outside of the Stadium of Light.

He is the famous Sunderland Manager, who ran onto the pitch when Sunderland won the FA Cup in 1973. Before every game, loads of Sunderland fans go up to his statue as a tradition/superstition for good luck for their team… I’m not convinced that this works but nonetheless, it was fun to witness!


Sat in the stadium, I was surrounded by Sunderland fans who were chanting and cheering for their team throughout the match. The atmosphere was electric, being aided by Sunderland scoring their first goal within 5 minutes of kick off. The home fans went wild celebrating their early goal, and were buzzing at their advantage over Manchester United.


IMG_0092At half time Sunderland were 1-0 up against Manchester, but in the second half, Manchester United teenager Januzaj scored 2 amazing goals to take the overall victory. Sunderland played really positively all the way through the game, and they fought a very good battle but unfortunately they could not hold off the talent and class of Manchester United.

I had a brilliant evening at the game… I would highly recommend any student joining the University of Sunderland to go to a home game at the stadium. Not only is the stadium perfectly close to the Uni, there’s a fantastic atmosphere created by the fans chanting and celebrating!

Thank you so much to Lives Online for this experience; I hope I can go to more games at the stadium. I had so much fun!

– Anna.

  • Name: Anna Robinson
  • Age: 21
  • Studying: Pharmacy MPharm
  • Hometown: Newcastle
  • Ambitions: To begin my career in Hospital Pharmacy, specialising in cardiology, with a view to teaching Pharmacy at a University.

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