Sunderland student is face of North East in Heathrow Airport

The poster featuring Sunderland University student Jennifer Parkins that will appear in Heathrow Airport.
The poster featuring Sunderland University student Jennifer Parkins that will appear in Heathrow Airport.
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A UNIVERSITY of Sunderland engineering student is the face of a new advertising campaign to showcase North East England business to millions of passengers at Heathrow Airport.

The photograph of Jennifer Parkins, on her four-year mechanical engineering degree course, was chosen as the winner of a competition staged by the North East LEP.

The LEP has secured free advertising space worth £500,000 at Heathrow for six weeks, from May 18, to promote the North East, with Jennifer’s winning image fronting the campaign on two poster sites at Terminal 4 and 5.

Jennifer, who is just about to start the sandwich year of her university degree course at Nissan, is following in family footsteps with her dad working in engineering and her mum in the oil and gas industry.

The 20-year-old is leading the way on the University of Sunderland’s entry into the Formula Student project, one of Europe’s most established educational motorsport competitions.

“Universities from across the world are challenged to design and build a single-seat racing car from scratch,” said Jennifer.

“The project has been fantastic in terms of building up experience from electronic design and shaping concepts, to rolling up my sleeves and doing manual work.”