Sunderland Student Union promises ‘more vibrant’ offer after national slating

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STUDENTS on Wearside can look forward to a more vibrant social life, promise union bosses.

Sunderland University was ranked one of the lowest in a latest student survey when it comes to the variety of student union activities.

But, the city’s student union says things are definitely changing.

Consumer group, Which?, recently revealed its survey of students rating universities for extra-curricular activities and revealed who scored the lowest and highest for sports, creative activities, political and variety of student union activities.

Universities were also ranked for their diverse local nightlife, with Northumbria and Newcastle among the best and Durham among the worst. However, Durham, along with Northumbria, was among the top universities for sporting activities.

Sunderland Student Union president, Carl Taylor, said: “Last year was a period of transition for our organisation as we welcomed a new chief executive and are in the process of undertaking a new three-year business plan.

“As part of this, we recognise the need to be proactive, vibrant and inclusive in meeting the needs of our members and our new plans place this at the forefront of our future policy.”

Dr Peter Warburton, Durham University’s Dean of Experience, said: “Durham University already has an established world reputation for developing and nurturing sporting talent, and several Olympic athletes and well-known sporting stars have graduated from here.”

“Much of our students’ social life is centred around our unique college system, which allows them to lead activities in sports, the arts and volunteering and outreach as well as more general social activities.

“This opportunity allows students to develop key skills valued by top employers, such as leadership, critical thinking and entrepreneurship, alongside their academic learning with some of the world’s finest researchers, meaning Durham is counted amongst the World’s Top 25 universities for its reputation with employers.”