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Grant Ridley

BSc (Hons) Psychology

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

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Due to its success, the University of Sunderland have been allocated more BA English Education course places for 2014. Apply via UCAS code XQ13


Sunday, May 11th, 2014

IMG_3473On Friday morning, I woke up, looked on Twitter and seen that Metro Radio were giving away a number of VIP tickets to see Kings of Leon at St James’ Park on May 31st. The prizes were going to be hidden all over the North East and they had just announced the first prize was in Middlesbrough. The more people tweeted about the competition, the more the map would zoom in, until eventually, the exact location was revealed. I left the house immediately and headed to Newcastle, figuring they were bound to hide a prize somewhere in the Toon. The 2nd location was Durham, then, sure enough, they revealed the 3rd location to be in Newcastle. My girlfriend Emma joined me in the hunt and together we wandered miles around Newcastle. We figured the tickets may be hidden at St James’ Park as that is the venue for the gig, so we went there. After about 5 mins at that location, the map on Twitter had zoomed in to Manors metro station. We hopped on the metro at St James’ and 2 stops later we were at Manors. We frantically followed a map on the iPhone and were looking all over for street signs and the all important Metro Radio cars. We spotted a sign to a street we could see on the map and before we knew it, Emma spotted the 2 Metro Radio cars! We ran up to them and to our delight we were the first to arrive;  the cars themselves had only just pulled up! We won 4 VIP tickets to the gig with hospitality in the Magpie Suite. I’m still chuffed to bits! It will be a fab gig and something I look forward to blogging about. It just shows, if you’re willing to just get up and go, you can achieve some great things. I feel very lucky!




Sunday, May 11th, 2014

I recently visited Northumberlandia in (you guessed it) Northumberland.

Northumberlandia is a stunning human landform sculpture of a reclining lady. Made of 1.5 million tonnes of rock, clay and soil, she is 100 feet high and a quarter of a mile long.

Far from being a rigid manicured art form Northumberlandia is a living part of the countryside that will mature over time and change with the seasons. What you see when you visit is only the start of something that will evolve through generations.

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and would love to go again on a sunny day. You can even see aeroplanes landing at Newcastle Airport from the top of the sculpture. If you would like to visit, you can get the X22 bus from Haymarket Stand P in Newcastle; the bus stops just near the landmark. It takes about 30mins travel time. Check out some of my pics below!





  • 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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