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Grant Ridley

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Glass Blowing Experience

Saturday, October 26th, 2013


Above is the entrance to the National Glass Centre in Sunderland. It’s a stones throw away from St. Peter’s Campus.


The furnaces were incredibly hot, so much so that I had to wear protective sleeves. It was like being in Lanzarote! 😉


I had to choose which coloured glass I wanted mixed into my bauble.


The molten glass is then rolled over the coloured glass.


By pressing into the coloured glass, the clear glass mixes with it and sticks to it. It then goes into the furnace where it is melted in.


I had to blow a bubble of air into the glass, this allows for the shaping of the bauble to take place.

Coloured Glass


(It’s currently cooling down…)


Lives Online Blogger Meal

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Lives Online Meal

This week I went for a meal with my fellow Lives Online bloggers!

This was the first time we had all been out together and it was a great chance to get to know each other better. We went to Revolution, a bar/restaurant really close to City Campus, so it’s a perfect place to meet with friends after a hard days work at Uni. We had some gorgeous cocktails and the food was delicious too.

It’s safe to say we’ll be doing it again sometime soon.

It’s not all play…

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

It’s not all play…I do have to work as well! It’s my mission to finish my Language essay by tonight, 10pm personal deadline. Let’s see if this happens!


Featured in the Sunderland Echo!

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Sunderland Echo Feature

Uni Update!

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Google AdCamp Blog!

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Check out my full Google AdCamp blog above!

You can gain a greater insight into the Dublin Google HQ by visiting: Office Snap Shots!

They have some superb photography of the offices.

So, despite being an English Education student, it’s clear that I also have a passion for Business. During my blogs over the coming year, I’m keen to show you some of the fantastic initiatives ran by the University to encourage Entrepreneurship and ultimately create graduates that stand out from the crowd. I’m a firm believer that grades alone are not enough and anything you can do to enhance your employability prospects and moreover develop you as a person can only be a positive thing. This, along with my updates on my English Education with QTS course, should hopefully give you a deeper insight into my life.

Feel free to leave feedback and contact me on Facebook.


Sunderland Sunset

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

The weather isn’t all bad up North.

Take a look at this gorgeous sunset over the Queen Alexandra bridge. Sunderland Sunset

Hebburn’s Jason Cook gives Masterclass!

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Myself and Jason

Comedian and TV Show writer Jason Cook delivered a thoroughly entertaining Masterclass at St Peter’s Campus this week. He told of his professional and personal life, elaborating on how the latter influenced his successful BBC show ‘Hebburn’. During a talk that was full of hilariously strong language, I noted down some of his TOP TIPS and funny moments…feast your eyes on these!

1. Write/Perform/Do what you know.

2. You have to fail so many times to find out where your voice/skills lie.

3. Edinburgh Fringe Festival is apparently EPIC and everyone must visit.

4. Jason hit the Jackpot when his Dad died…it inspired his show named ‘Joy’. (This was funny at the time, now it seems quite sad.)

5. Make noise! Get interest in you.

6. If writing comedy, find the specific words in your writing that make people laugh.

7. Write what you can dream. Film what you can afford.

8. Decide. Learn. Adapt.

9. (This is my favourite) Set yourself unachievable goals, someone has got to do it.

10. The University of Sunderland is fantastic and we should see it through. (Jason dropped out as he was earning good money at the time, but admits he would benefit now if he had completed his degree).

Jason Cook at the University of Sunderland

Jason Cook at the University of Sunderland

Silent Disco!

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

During Freshers week I went to a Silent Disco at North Shore, which is the venue of the University of Sunderland’s Student Union.

North Shore hosts student productions, club nights and live bands – and has featured Girls Aloud, Arctic Monkeys, JLS, Maximo Park, Coolio and Ne-Yo.

Based at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s, The North Shore is a multi-purpose student hub featuring a theatre, a Bar & Grill, the Green Centre (featuring a swapshop, book exchange and organic roof garden) and bookable meeting and rehearsal spaces.



  • 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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