Health meets art in special workshops

International students from Sunderland University, who are studying for Public Health and Nursing Degrees, taking part in a Creative Learning workshop at the Sunderland Empire Theatre.
International students from Sunderland University, who are studying for Public Health and Nursing Degrees, taking part in a Creative Learning workshop at the Sunderland Empire Theatre.
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STUDENTS stepped into the spotlight to boost their skills.

More than 100 Sunderland University public health students have been taking part in workshops with Sunderland Empire’s creative learning team.

The specialist workshops drew upon a range of areas in the world of stage and theatre to help students master the art of communication.

The Effective Communication Workshop at Sunderland Empire is just one of a series of workshops the university is hosting as part of Mentoring Matters Week, this week.

A spokesman for the University of Sunderland, said: “We have been operating a professional mentoring scheme for the last three years.

“Feedback we were receiving from both mentors and mentees suggested that our student mentees would benefit from some larger group sessions, focusing on specific skills which we know employers are looking for.

“We wanted the sessions we offered to be fun and interactive, but to demonstrate a point and to give students the confidence to use their skills and think about how important those skills are to future employers.”

Students were given an access-all-areas tour of the High Street West theatre, which introduced them to the building’s rich heritage, while also giving them the chance to go behind the scenes to see what goes into staging a show.

Hollie Coxon, creative learning manager at Sunderland Empire, said: “The workshop was inspired by our ongoing employability offer.

“We believe that through using performing arts as an engaging, participatory learning tool, students are able to develop practical transferable skills that can positively be applied to employability, whatever sector participants are interviewing for.”

For more information about Mentoring Week Tel. 515 3388 or 515 3527.