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Big Event promises to be larger than life

Investigative journalist Neil McFarlane will be leading a masterclass on media and journalism

Sunderland College has scooped an award-nominated journalist to guest lecture at an event showcasing the fascinating world of social sciences and humanities to young people.

Investigative journalist Neil MacFarlane, a regular contributor to satirical magazine Private Eye, will be one of several speakers at the college’s Big Social Science and Humanities Event on Wednesday 11 November.

University of Sunderland lecturer Neil, who has extensive experience writing for newspapers in both the UK and overseas and has been commended for his work by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, will be leading an interactive journalism masterclass to give students an insight into the fast-paced media industry.

And Dr Alison Younger, a senior lecturer in English at the University of Sunderland, will be delivering a masterclass on ‘Monstrosity and the Human Psyche’ where she will be sharing her interesting research into Monster Theory, gothic fiction and the construction of the ‘decadent’ vampire.

The Big Social Science and Humanities Event is designed to give students an overview of the different careers and opportunities available to young people who study within these subject areas – which covers everything from English, modern foreign languages and history to criminology, psychology and journalism.

Kaye Devlin, Sunderland College’s curriculum leader for social sciences and languages, said: “We are thrilled to bring together so many experts in their fields to share their knowledge with the young people of the city.

“We launched the Big Social Science and Humanities Event last year and it proved very popular, so this year we’re building on its success and introducing even more talks, workshops and activities to the jam-packed programme.”

Neil and Alison will be joined at the college’s Bede Campus by an array of guest speakers and representatives from organisations including the University of Sunderland, Durham University, Northumbria University, Teesside University, and Cleveland College of Art and Design.

In addition to the masterclasses, there will be short lectures on a range of subjects including teaching, childhood studies, law, sociology, public health, social work, and community and youth work studies.

Sunderland College’s resident experts in social sciences and humanities will also be on hand to offer advice and guidance about the range of courses available and there will be information stalls outlining career options for youngsters.

The Big Social Science and Humanities Event is aimed at young people in years ten, 11 and 12, however people of all ages are welcome to attend. It takes place at Bede Campus, Sunderland College on Wednesday 11 November from 4-5.30pm.

Places are free and can be booked online here or for more information, call the college on 0191 511 6000.

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