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BSc (Hons) Psychology

The Nervous Wait For Degree Results

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Since leaving Sunderland at the back end of May it has been a busy five weeks of work back at my local leisure centre for me. I have thrown myself into the job, racking up as many hours as I can possibly cram in, so as to alleviate the boredom and numb the pain of the tediously excruciating wait for my degree results.

I’m pretty sure that this coming Monday (July 1st) is d-day but I’m so nervous about the outcome that I haven’t even checked to confirm that yet. Even just writing about it has given me that horrible butterfly feeling in the pit of my stomach! It is very difficult to put any thoughts about my final mark to the back of my mind because every time I check Facebook or Twitter somebody somewhere seems to be talking about their own results!

I haven’t got any plans to celebrate my results should everything go to plan because I’m working all week but I’ll certainly make up for that following graduation. For now though if I’m not working, I’m at the gym or out running, it seems I will do literally anything to avoid thinking about opening that brown envelope next week.

Fingers crossed, I’ll get the mark I’ve been hoping for…




My 2nd Week on The Independent Sports Desk (Part IIII)

Friday, February 15th, 2013

The penultimate day of my work experience on the Sports Desk, at The Independent, in London brought plenty of work on match previews for Saturday’s paper!


My 2nd Week on The Independent Sports Desk (Part III)

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Day three of my second week at the Independent was a little bit livelier than day two thankfully! There was plenty of talk in the office about the Madrid Vs Utd clash and I got stuck into more match previews.


My 2nd Week on The Independent Sports Desk (Part II)

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

My second day back at The Independent was another quiet one for me! It can be frustrating sometimes when you’ve not had much to do all day, but I’m still learning all the time, listening to what people have to say, and enjoying being surrounded by award winning journalists!



My 2nd Week on The Independent Sports Desk (Part I)

Monday, February 11th, 2013

I’m back in London again this week for my second stint on the sports desk of the Independent newspaper. As I did back in November, I will be providing a day by day video diary of my time inside Northcliffe House and updating you all on my progress.

This is the final week of compulsory work placement that I’ll be doing for my degree at the University of Sunderland, and hopefully it’ll provide another fascinating learning curve for me.


January 2013: First Video Diary of 2013

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Just a short and sweet video diary detailing the first week of my final semester at the University of Sunderland, and looking ahead to the rest of the semester.


(Embedding’s not working at the moment, so please follow the link below to view the video!)

January 2013 Video Diary

Being Maroon 5 Episode II- Match Footage vs Plain White T’s

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

With the season drawing to a close Maroon 5 played third placed Plain White T’s at Goals Soccer Centre in Sunderland. Controversial figure, player-manager Paul Carey was sidelined due to an injury sustained on a treadmill, at the University of Sunderland’s state of the art ‘CitySpace’ gym! Instead the Welshman took the opportunity to practice his commentary skills ahead of this semester’s Sports Broadcasting module!

As you can imagine the match analysis is as witty as ever! If you think back to what Sky Sports’ Fanzone was like in it’s heyday then you’ll have a good idea as to what Paul’s ramblings were like!

I realise that I’ve been pretty heavy in my coverage of the 5aside team but we have such a laugh doing it and it really is one of the highlights of our week… When we win of course! But from now on I’ll be focusing more on what my course entails in the next few blogs, just to mix thing up a little bit!

Don’t worry though, there’ll be a few more episodes of ‘Being Maroon 5’ in the next few months so that you can all get your fix of your favourite 5aside team!

Click the link below to view the second episode in the series of ‘Being Maroon 5!’

Being Maroon 5- Episode II

Return To The Independent

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Next month I’ll be returning to the Independent to complete another week’s work placement down in London. As part of my News Practice module from the first semester, it’s compulsory for me to undertake two weeks of work experience at a newspaper, and having completed the first week back in November, I’ll soon be going back to do my second.

The ‘News Practice’ module is core for all journalism students who choose to take the ‘news route,’ as oppose to ‘magazine’ in their third year. All of us have to do the two week work placement in order to pass the module, but you get until May to go out and complete it, even though the classes end in December.

I have to say I’m really excited about getting back down to London and spending another week at The Independent. Not only is it important for passing the module, it also looks really good on my CV to have this experience under my belt.  That said, it is probably worth pointing out that I’m by no means the only one on the course to get a good placement, my house-mate Ross is also doing a few weeks at The Independent later this year and another friend of mine, Jamie, also spent time at the Indy in 2012. Different people on the course have got placements at the Daily Mail & The Guardian among others, which I guess can only reflect well on the quality of the teaching over at St Peters’ campus. We also had a lot of guidance and classes on how to write a quality CV, and how best to approach papers with regards to work experience.

I’m certainly of the belief that every little helps when it comes to getting a job and with graduation fast approaching, I’ll be taking every opportunity that comes my way to further enhance my CV. I’ve recently been looking at graduate jobs on the internet and in all honesty it scares me to death! But come what May, when my time at the University of Sunderland comes to an end, it’ll be time to face the real world and put everything I’ve learnt in the North East to practice!

For now though, I think I’ll concentrate on enjoying my final semester on Wearside! Hopefully it’ll be one to remember…


Work Placement At The Independent

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Now that I’m finished with University for 2012, I thought I’d upload the complete video diary of my time on work placement at The Independent, in London, back in November. Hopefully it provides a little insight into what it’s like working at a national newspaper. It was a fantastic opportunity and thoroughly enjoyable, it’s a really good part of the journalism courses here at Sunderland that you actually gain hands on experience.



Student Profile:

  • Name: Jamie Baker
  • Age: 21
  • Studying: Sports Journalism BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Crewe
  • Ambitions: To become a major sports journalist, travelling the world and reporting on all the major events.

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