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Caitlin Irwin – Livesonline

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Top 3 Favourite Things Abut University

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

The Opportunities

They are endless. There is so many societies to pick from and join at the University, but that really isn’t just it. This year not only have I got to be a blogger, but I’ve been on Spark Radio, started to help run the ‘writing north east’ blog, helping start a magazine with Spectral Visions, getting the opportunity to be published, getting my video put on the University website. It’s been crazy and I know theres still so much more ahead.

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The People

And I don’t just mean other students, everyone from students, to lecturers, to disability support staff. It’s without a doubt I’ve met some of my best friends at University this year. Like, to the point we have cute nick names for each other (please don’t kill me guys), and so many group chats. I’ve mentioned in previous blogs how amazing the lecturers are here, they’re always there to help you with work and much more. The english department has to be one of the closest and the best departments in the entire University. So big up English.

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 (Me and Holly/Hollivanda/Bae/Youelly)

 Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 14.17.28 (English students/lecturers)

Wednesday Nights (…so many nights out)

Coming to University in Sunderland will open up so many opportunities. One of the, er, less so academic opportunities is the chance to get ‘sensibly’ drunk on a student night. If you’re in a society wednesday night will be a ritual, and if you just love going out it’ll pretty much be a ritual too.

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(Squad wednesday night pre-drinks)


Caitlin x

Being Dyslexic in Higher Education

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

So, earlier this year I found out that I have dyslexia. At first, I was extremely worried as to how this might have an impact on my life at University, and my degree, would I struggle? The answer is simple – no. Although at times being dyslexic might seem like it gets in the way, your ability to get a good degree is really not effected.

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The University of Sunderland is great in that it’s disability support are truly amazing. If you want the help, they will give you all the support that you need. They can help you apply for your disability support allowance and then make sure you get anything you need that may help you (such as dictaphones, laptops, tuition).

When it comes to exams, extra time allowance still applies, so if you’re eligible for it, you will get it. Lecturers can be made aware of any requirements you may have also, so that if you need reading materials and things for lectures and seminars before the class this can be provided. Any difficulties you may have with presentations or speaking out in class can also be made known to your lecturers so that you don’t have to worry and arrangements can be made.

The most important thing to do is if you want the support, or think you are suffering from dyslexia you just have to take a trip to disability support. Dyslexia tests are provided for free at the University, and providing you get your disability support allowance, extra one on one tuition is also free.

I’ve found that the best things I can do to help me manage is by staying organised. I always make sure to get my reading list as quickly as I can and try and read the books I need before the semester even starts that way I don’t have to try and do it while managing assignments as well. I keep a diary and lists, and try and plan out my writing for essays in timetables. Printing of notes for lectures and highlighting the important bits can also be something which is extremely helpful. Having your own strategies can really make a difference.

Finally, being dyslexic in higher education does not make a difference to your learning and will not stop you getting to where ever you want to be.

And, if you don’t believe me, heres a list of famous people with dyslexia:

Agatha Christie

Tom Cruise

Winston Churchill

Richard Branson

Tommy Hilfiger

Kiera Knightley

…and theres like so many more.

agathachristie richardbranson


Caitlin x

Being At Home For Easter

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Managing Deadlines!

Monday, April 6th, 2015


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