Education calling for would-be students in Sunderland

Karina Rooney
Karina Rooney
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A WEARSIDE graduate is urging potential university students to go along to an open day.

The final Open Day of 2014 at the University of Sunderland is on Saturday, at The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s Campus.

Running from 9.30am to 4pm, prospective students will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, as well as the opportunity to speak with academics and current and former students.

In 2010 Karina Rooney attended a University of Sunderland Open Day without a clear idea of where she would study, and now, four years later, she has graduated and embarked on her second degree at the university.

She said: “I originally wasn’t going to come to Sunderland, but when I came to the open day I knew it was where I wanted to be. It sounds cheesy, but it felt like home instantly, and I could see myself studying here.”

Over the last three years Karina, 21, has studied law and has been keen to promote the university to future students.

During her second year she took part in Sunderland’s award winning Lives Online project, blogging about her experiences, in the hope of inspiring others.

Karina, who is studying a criminal law and procedure master’s degree, said: “Attending the Open Day really did have a huge impact on me and changed my view of university, and my firm choice on UCAS.

“There is something for everyone and it’s an unforgettable experience.”

To pre-register for the open day, visit