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Karina Rooney | University of Sunderland


Student Profile:

  • Name: Karina Rooney
  • Age: 19
  • Studying: LLB Law
  • Hometown: Sedgefield
  • Ambitions: To complete a master’s degree in Criminal Law and become an academic

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May 1st, 2013

A Recipe For A Student: Cottage Pie

Hey guys!

So one of the biggest questions asked by students is about what too cook at uni that is fun and cheap! Well every week my flat makes a flat meal and this week was my turn so I thought I would give you the recipe for Cottage Pie! Cheap and cheerful! It fed the 3 of us nicely but would easily stretch to 4 people and in total only costs around £3.50 for all the ingredients and that’s uber cheap for 3/4 people to eat on! but some ingredients I’m sure you will already have in the cupboard  :]


  • Mince
  • Potatoes/smash
  • Veg
  • Gravy granules
  • Butter (only a little bit! Makes the mas task nicer!)


    1. Pre-heat the oven to between 150-200°c .
    2. If using potatoes then cut these up into quarters (or eighths) and put them in a pan of water to boil for around about 10-15 minutes before starting on step 2
    3. If mince is defrosted defrost in microwave but it is better if defrosted then Cook mince in a frying pan until all brown and no pink bits!
    4. Add some boiling water and the gravy granules and stir in making sure there are no gravy lumps and leave to simmer whilst preparing the mash!
    5. At this point if you are using smash then make up the smash how you normally would (whether that is by using the packet instructions or your own!)

      If using potatoes then drain them of water and then mash up with a bit of butter (and salt if that’s how you like it! Yummy!)
    6. Place the mince into an oven proof dish and top with the mash! You can add a little cheese here as well but my flat mate is lactose intolerant so no cheese for me :[
    7. Leave in the oven for approx. 20 minutes to cook thoroughly through :]
    8. About 7 minutes before the cottage pie is due to come out the oven place the vegetables in boiling water and boil until the cottage pie is ready.
    9. Take the cottage pie out of the oven, and drain the veg off.
    10. PLATE UP! 😀 YUM! You may want to do some extra gravy to pour over the pie and veg too :]
    11. ENJOY!!!


Student Cottage Pie

April 23rd, 2013

Sunderland University – Moot Court Room

So I promised you all a video of the moot court room, it’s not the best but hopefully it gives you an idea of what the room is like and the facilities that are on offer at Sunderland university! The Moot Court room is used for many things, mooting and debating classes are held in the moot court allowing students to get a feel for the atmosphere that they would be in if presenting a court case in real life. Mooting competitions are also held in this room and recently held the internal Mooting and Debating competition, in which the final was held at the Supreme Court in London on Monday (22nd April) which was judged by Lord Hope of Craighead. It also held this years Criminal Litigation module oral exams, in which like mooting and debating students had to present a court case as either Prosecution, Defence or submit a Plea in Mitigation. Any who here’s the video which I took a few days before my criminal litigation exam hence the references to that in there, but I did that yesterday and think it went well :] I was prosecuting in a Bail application hearing, I lost the case (bail was granted and I was opposing bail, but the winning/loosing is not counted to your grade!) but it was still a good experience! :]

April 22nd, 2013

Busy Busy Busy

Hello everyone!!
Just a quick post to keep you all updated! Its a crazy time at university at the moment!
Today is the deadline for one of my assignments, Studies in Public Law (don’t worry I handed it in on Friday ;] ) so now im all finished with that module for the year! So fingers crossed on that assignment :]
I have also finished my last assignment for the Law of Evidence! So all of my assignments for second year are done and dusted! With Evidence just to be handed in now which is due next week! :]
Its quite strange having all the assignments for 2nd year completed, its all going so fast!!

Aside from all the assignments I’ve been revising for my up-and-coming exams also which start next week as well! So its all hands on deck for the last sprint of the term!
I have my criminal litigation exam tomorrow and that involves presenting case, we were given 3 scenarios a Prosecution case and a defence case (that were based on the same case facts!) and also a Plea in mitigation hearing which was based on another case with different case facts! Its been great practising for it and I’ve really enjoyed it and will enjoy dressing smart for the actual exam (we must look the part too) so hopefully tomorrow night I will get a chance to put the Video of the mock court room up for you all and get to chat a little bit about how the exam went on :]

Until then I must revise for my Tort, EU and Land Law exams which start next week! Bye!

April 11th, 2013

Family Holiday to Scarborough

Hey everyone!

So I realised that  I told you guys about going on a family holiday to Scarborough and that I would post some pictures….but then I completely forgot about it and I didn’t post them :S Sorry!!

So here they are there is only a few of them but they are nice all the same and if you haven’t been to Scarborough then you really should!! Its such a nice place especially in the summer as a little day trip when its nice and warm (which it wasn’t warm at all when we were there haha!!)  sitting eating fish and chips and ice cream 😀 Fab! :]
I also found the coolest arcade “grab’em” game everrrrr! (See the pics!!)

April 4th, 2013

Its April!!!

Wow! How quickly has time passed! I cant believe that its April and exam season already! D: Here’s a little video update of what’s been happening and whats to come for me!