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Concern over missing Sunderland student

Police are trying to find a Sunderland student who hasn't been seen since last night. Sophie Dalrymple, 20, was in Sunderland with friends but left them around midnight. She has not been seen since and her friends, and police, have been unable to contact her.

Police are becoming concerned for her welfare and are talking to her family and friends. Sophie is from Gretna in Scotland but is currently studying at Sunderland University.

Sophie Dalrymple Credit: Northumbria Police

"Vera" author to be honoured by university

A best-selling author who created the fictional North East detective "Vera", will be presented with an honourary Doctorate of Letters from Sunderland University today.

Ann Cleeves is an immensely successful writer, and the mind behind one of ITV's biggest crime dramas.

Ann Cleeves at the Crime Thriller Awards. Credit: ITV Pictures

Four series of Vera, the ITV adaptation starring Brenda Blethyn, have been broadcast in the UK, and sold worldwide, and a fifth is in preparation.

Brenda Blethyn, and "Vera" co-star David Leon Credit: ITV Productions

Ann Cleeves said:

“I’m a North Easterner by choice, not by birth. It’s easier to write about a place as an outsider. People who live in the region perhaps sometimes take for granted just how beautiful the region is, and how nice people here are.”


North America tour for Sunderland University lecturer

Alex Lockwood, University of Sunderland Senior Lecturer in Journalism

A Sunderland University lecturer will be travelling to North America to work for an international Trust.

Senior Lecturer in Journalism, Alex Lockwood, has been awarded a Travelling Fellowship for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and will leave the UK in June for two months speaking throughout Canada and America.

Mr Lockwood will be swapping the classroom to speak at aquariums and whale museums in a series of 12 talks in cities such as Vancouver, Seattle and Los Angeles. He said: “This is a really fantastic, life-changing opportunity to further my experience as a writer and researcher."

University of Sunderland "deeply concerned" to hear of graduate on missing plane

The University of Sunderland has said staff are "deeply concerned" to hear reports that one of its ex-students may have been on board the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

“We are deeply concerned to hear reports that one of our graduates, Huan Peen Chan, who studied at the University of Sunderland between 1992 and 1995, may be one of the passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. "Although we are not able to confirm these reports at this time, we wish to pass on our thoughts to the family at this difficult time.”

– University of Sunderland spokesman
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