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Laura Blackett | University of Sunderland

Social Work BA (Hons)

  • Name: Laura Blackett
  • Age: 22
  • Studying: Social Work BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Hartlepool, UK
  • Ambitions: Become a fully qualified social worker, learn another language, have my own house by the time I'm 25, complete my bucket list by the time I leave University and also go travelling!

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April 7th, 2015

Chilli Con Carne Recipe


This recipe below will easily make 2 servings so just adapt the recipe to suit you.


250g Beef Mince/Quorn
1 tin of Chopped Tomatoes
1/2 Large Onion
1 tin of Kidney Beans
3/4 Tablespoons of Hot chilli powder
2 Fresh Chilli’s (Red/Green)

Prior to preparing your ingredients it is useful to have the slow cooker plugged in and ready to use so that food can be transferred easily!

1. Finely chop or dice 1/2 Onion, and warm the frying pan with a little oil to prevent anything sticking to the pan.

2. When the pan is hot pour in the Onion and add the entire packet of Beef Mince/Quorn.

3. Fry for 4/5 minutes until Mince browns and Onion softens, at this point I sometimes add Garlic powder (optional). When browned transfer directly to slow cooker.

4. Open the tin of Chopped Tomatoes and pour directly into the slow cooker and stir to mix with the Mince and Onion.

5. Open the Kidney Beans and use a colander to drain excess juice, then pour the Kidney Beans into the slow cooker and stir.

6. Sprinkle 3/4 tablespoons of Hot Chilli powder into the slow cooker and mix through the contents of the pot.

7. Chop/dice the fresh Chilli’s and add to the slow cooker. You can choose to add the seeds into the pot but this will make the chilli even spicier. (Make sure to wash hands thoroughly after handling the Chilli’s, it can be a painful experience if you forget and rub your eye!).

8. Choose the appropriate heat for the time you have to cook:
Low: 8/9 Hours
Medium: 5/6 Hours
High: 3/4 Hours

* The longer and slower the contents cook the better it will taste *

Serve with: Nachos, Rice, Pasta, Garlic bread or on it’s own!

Enjoy, Lau x

March 18th, 2015

What to expect from the interview process for the Social Work degree!

Hello everyone!

Recently I’ve chatted to a few applicants who have upcoming interviews for the Social Work degree at University of Sunderland. I remember the knot in my stomach when I opened my letter to read that I not only had an interview to prepare for, but a written test, AND a group discussion. I felt positively sick, so if you felt the same then you won’t be alone!

As mentioned in the video failure to prepare, is preparing to fail! Please plan your journey to the interview, take along with you all of the required paperwork and do your research.

If you have any other questions at all, nothing is too small or silly please feel free to message me.

Good Luck, if I can do it so can you 🙂

Lau x

March 3rd, 2015

Comfort Food Recipe!

Hey everyone!

When I moved into halls of residence one thing I really missed was home cooked food. My nana used to send up batches of frozen meals she had made for me, and I mastered how to make one of them last year which was Panacalty! Now apparently this is a Hartlepool, or very local term as no one seems to know what it is but when I say it is called Corned Beef Hash people usually know what I’m talking about!

Pros of Panacalty:

– Only requires 4 ingredients, so it is cheap to make!

– If you forget about it in the oven it won’t burn, but I wouldn’t recommend going out of the house and leaving the oven on in any case!

– It can be frozen to eat another time!

– Your family will be impressed that you are having a hot meal, which isn’t served in a pizza box!

Cons of Panacalty:

– Not suitable for vegetarians, but im sure you could adapt the recipe and try out a vegetarian alternative!

– You will have to share with your flat mates because they will all want a bowl!

Serving Suggestion: Pour into a bowl, grab a couple of slices of bread & butter and tuck in 🙂

Enjoy, Lau x

February 9th, 2015

Lights, camera, action!

Hey everyone!

I just wanted to share one exciting project I have been involved with recently! As a Lives Online blogger I have been lucky enough to be involved with all sorts of activities and events in and around Sunderland and this is no exception..

I received an email asking me to attend a photo shoot, complete with my very own make up artist and stylist to feature on the front cover of the University prospectus. Along with the other Lives Online bloggers I had my make up and hair done for me, outfits put together and got to pose on camera for a few hours. It was really good fun to meet up with everyone and catch up whilst getting glam and having a laugh!

I am so excited to see the end result, so keep your eyes peeled guys!

Lau x

February 9th, 2015


Hi everyone!

This is my entry for the recent competition that was ran by the university.

Big thanks to my friend Janelle for helping me with my video! I met Janelle through the Student Ambassador scheme, and she is from Malaysia and able to speak more Chinese than me anyway, which probably isn’t difficult.

I don’t think I did too badly, hope you agree & Happy New Year!

Lau x

January 13th, 2015

How to make a meal out of leftovers

It’s me again!

So when I lived in student accommodation I quickly learnt to economise with my food and minimise what I wasted, because who wants to spend their entire student loan on food shopping? Not me!

Tonight I made myself a quick and easy omelette with the remains of my food shop that I got last week.

Have a lovely week, Lau x

January 13th, 2015

#AskLivesOnline: The Answers

Hi everyone, is it really only Tuesday?!

I am so overwhelmed by the amount of you who have been in touch with me over the last week or so with your questions, it’s been lovely to speak to so many new people 🙂



English Language Requirements


Running in Sunderland



Masters Courses


Find a course at University of Sunderland




If anyone has any other questions feel free to message me. In the next few weeks I will be uploading blogs about the following:

– Scholarships

– Social Work course interview process

– What to wear on a night out in Sunderland

See you all soon, Lau x


December 16th, 2014

A Christmas Dinner – Student Style!

I can now officially say that Christmas break has began and I can relax for a short while as assignments have been handed in – Hooray!

This week me and the 5 girls from my course got together and prepared a Christmas dinner, my first one so far of 2014! It was really nice to get together and unwind with a glass of wine over a dinner and we even swapped our Secret Santa presents (although it wasn’t much of a secret in the end, oops..). We played lots of games whilst the turkey was in the oven, decorated the tree, set the table and took LOADS of selfies.

Check it all out in the video below..

Don’t be shy and share your own Christmas photos via the hashtag #SunUniXmas

Merry Christmas everyone!

Lau x