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Grant Ridley | University of Sunderland

English Education 11-18 years with QTS BA (Hons)

  • Name: Grant Ridley
  • Age: 21
  • Studying: English Education 11-18 years with QTS BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Hebburn, South Tyneside
  • Ambitions: I plan to teach and travel for a few years after Uni before going into business and running my own enterprise. Who knows what opportunities await!

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September 22nd, 2014

Farewell Lives Online

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My Lives Online experience has been phenomenal! I have loved every minute. It has opened up so many opportunities and I feel I have developed as a person through the monthly blog updates. I hope you have enjoyed the insight into my University and personal life and it has added value to you in some way. I would like to thank the University of Sunderland for giving me this amazing opportunity; an opportunity I will never forget. I have had a fantastic year and discovered I have a real passion for vlogging. I will continue to put my life online via my blog on Thank you to everyone who engaged with my blog over the year, it means a lot. Goodbye for now.

September 20th, 2014


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Cragside is a country house in the civil parish of Cartington in Northumberland, England. It was the first house in the world to be lit using hydroelectric power.

September 16th, 2014

Uni Update – Professional Year

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September 15th, 2014

Ant & Dec Takeaway on Tour!

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September 7th, 2014

The Great North Run 2014

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The Great North Run is the world’s biggest half marathon. This year the 1,000,000th runner crossed the finish line and Mo Farah became the first British man to win the race since 1985. The crowds flocked to the streets to cheer on Mo and the tens of thousands of other runners, most of which raise great amounts of money for charity. Once again, the North East has come up trumps and produced a fantastic race. Well done to each and every person who completed this years run, you LEGENDS!

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September 6th, 2014

Great North Run ‘One Million’

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To celebrate 1,000,000 people having completed the Great North Run, an amazing ceremony was held on the banks of the river Tyne. Celebrities such as local lads Ant & Dec, Sting and Jonathan Edwards all took to the stage to kick start the event which went off with not only a huge success but a VERY loud bang. Having completed the Great North Run twice myself, I felt this event summed up the spirit of the event. The North East is one of those unique places on earth where everyone comes together and gets behind one another; the run is a great way of showcasing this to the entire world. Whether it’s Sunderland, Newcastle, Gateshead or Durham, being from the North East is being part of one big family. Truly the best place on earth. Home.


August 19th, 2014

Grey’s Monument

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If you would like to follow in my footsteps and climb to the top of Grey’s Monument, contact the visitor information centre in Newcastle City Centre in Central Arcade.

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August 18th, 2014

Newcastle United Training Day

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August 16th, 2014

My visit to the city of Durham.

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August 13th, 2014

Results Day 2014 – All the help you need!

So, it’s RESULTS DAY! Get the grades you wanted? Yes? No? Whatever the answer, there is plenty of help and advice out there. In this blog I have put together the very best links to help you take the next step. I have also written my own little bit, telling my story about how at first I didn’t go to University but took an alternative path. Check it all out below…

Before I decided to attend the University of Sunderland and qualify as an English teacher, I gained hands on experience straight out of college. I set up my own marketing business. On results day a few years ago this was my message:

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Having ran my marketing business for a full year I learned lots and would encourage anyone wanting to study business to gain some hands on experience yourself by setting up your own business before even thinking about University, you learn so much more from getting out there and making mistakes than you do from a textbook.


This all being said, I did and am now in my 3rd year of a University degree. I have a direct path to become a qualified teacher and I am on a course that will almost guarantee a job upon graduation. I personally feel if you are going to do a degree, have an idea in your mind where you want to go with it and make a plan on how you’re going to do it! DON’T waste 3/4 years of your life having an epic social life for the cost of £9000/year…invest in yourself and think hard about what it is you want to do or try. The reality is, many people don’t know what they want to do and that is totally fine, however, try new things, take some risks and discover what it is that makes you want to get out of bed on a morning. University is a fantastic option if you know what you want to do and have a plan, but maybe if you’re not sure what that is yet, then take a year out, find yourself, go travelling, set up a business, DO SOMETHING that excites you, after all, you can always return to University later if need be.

“University choice should be based on a passion for the subject, a desire to get stuck into some in-depth learning or as a route for certain career paths, not because you “might as well go” because everyone else is.”  (, 2014)

I plan on using my degree and moreover my QTS status as a unique selling point when I re-enter the world of business. I want to help revolutionise the education industry and feel being a qualified teacher is a big step in the right direction.

I must add, if you want to go to University, don’t think twice about course fees. Yes they’re expensive, but we won’t pay them back for many years and when we do, we pay very small amounts each month in line with our salary.

If you have any questions about the path I have taken or any questions about your own future then feel free to comment on this blog or on my Lives Online Facebook page.


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