Cliff the Seagull helps Sunderland students

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A FORMER animation student is giving Sunderland a plug with her latest creation.

Catherine Salkeld, 23, who graduated from the city last year, decided to give something back and tell people why they should choose the University of Sunderland through clearing.

Cliff the seagull

Cliff the seagull

Catherine, who works for Shoofly Publishing as a junior design consultant, has created Cliff the seagull to talk would-be students through their options and why they should choose Sunderland.

Originally from Durham, Catherine said: “The aim of the video is to keep the attitude positive and fun, as clearing can be simple and clear and informative and, hopefully, attract potential students to the North East which is a great place to live and study.

“Certain situations in the film are light-hearted but meant to reflect what potential clearing students could be going through in a manner that doesn’t isolate them.”

Earlier this year, Catherine was in the spotlight at the Royal Television Awards for the North East and Cumbria when she took the prize for best student animation for her university work.

Former Sunderland University Animation and Design student Catherine Salkeld.

Former Sunderland University Animation and Design student Catherine Salkeld.

This year, Catherine has also been back to the university to tutor a module in animation to first year illustration students.

She said: “Sunderland has incredible potential for people to get ahead. It is up to them to take the advice, the experience and the support that is provided.

“From my experience in art and design, that is never in short supply and the tutors are all very strong in their fields and Sunderland has incredible resources to help people unlock their potential.”

Lesley Griffin, assistant director, student recruitment, said: “Clearing is a hugely important part of the application process by offering a second chance to students who may not have got the results they expected or have only just decided to apply.”