Our chosen charity for 2015-2016…

Each year the SPSA donate whatever profit has been gleaned throughout the year to charities voted for by its members.

For the 2015-2016 academic charities are:

Parkinson’s UK local branch dedicates it’s donations to finding a cure for a currently incurable, degenerative and progressive neurological condition, as well as providing information and support for not only sufferers but their family and friends.
Although people don’t directly die from Parkinson’s, the symptoms do get worse over time. Symptoms include tremor, rigidity and slowness of movement – which can have a great impact on their day-to-day lives. As it is gets worse, more care and support is required.

The Hope Winch Benevolence Fund which enables current students experiencing financial hardship to continue their studies.

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SPSA 2015/16 Elections!

The time is almost here to vote for your 2015/16 SPSA committee

Each person applying for a role has a message for you and why they think that you should vote for them! Be sure to check out each role and who is applying before casting your vote. Remember that this is your SPSA committee so your vote counts! Make sure you get the committee that you deserve!

Click HERE to see the roles which you can vote for

If you already know who you want to vote for you can click HERE to vote.

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SPSA Elections 2014/15


The time has come for the new committee for the 2014/15 academic year to be chosen!

Every position is contested, and it’s looking like it’ll be an interested election in general. Below is a list of the candidates and the positions they’re running for.

Secretary – Anna Robinson and Sahresh Jahangeer

Treasurer – Natasha Williams and Alistair Green

Events Co-ordinator – Tim Routtu and Connie Panayi

Media Officer – Anna Dunn, Mark Colburn and Matthew Smith

Ball Co-Ordinator – Negin Moalemi and Maeve McLaughlin

Ball Assistants – “Amy Steele & Charlotte Scott” and “Ellen Hood & Natalie Wilkinson”

International Officer – Golnaz Dadgari, Ee May Voon

BPSA Reps (vote for 2) – Gabriela Atanasova, Nikola Orozov and Basirat Osinaike

This year we’re taking early voting from 12pm – 2pm tomorrow online, the form can be found here, however it won’t be live until 12pm tomorrow. You must sign in with your university email address, and you will only be able to vote once.

Traditional voting will take place tomorrow at 3pm in Murray Library Lecture Theatre, where you will have a chance to hear from each of the students running for positions on the committee, as to why they should win.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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49th Annual Pharmacy Ball

vintage ball 1On Saturday the 22nd March, around 250 pharmacy students and lecturers descended on the Stadium of Light in Sunderland for our 49th Annual Ball!!

We all got smartened up, and as Professor Jim Smith said we ‘scrubbed up well’. It was bow ties and floor length gowns galore as we wined and dined until 2 in the morning.

The night started with a drinks reception where we were offered sparkling wine or orange juice, as we had some professional photos taken (which can be seen and purchased here) and waited to be called into the main room.

The Montgomery Suite was decked out in white, black and gold, with table centres of red roses immersed in water beneath a lovely floating candle. We had a small photo-booth area which included a 2 metre high Eiffel Tower, moustaches on sticks and inflatable champagne bottles!

Jim’s speech wasn’t short but it was sweet and entertaining.

We had a raffle, from which £291 was raised for the North of England’s Children’s Cancer Research Fund!

And after we’d eaten and played all our games, we danced well into the night!

Thank you so much to everyone who came and helped us have an amazing night. And big thanks must go to Sinead Pattinson who organised the whole thing!!

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Chosen Charity

As some of you may know, or may not (as the case may be), Sunderland Pharmaceutical Students Association is a not-for-profit organisation. This means that any profit gleaned from events we hold throughout the year isn’t for ourselves. Instead it gets put into a pot and we give it to a chosen charity.

We have yet to choose the charity, and we thought we should open it up for our members to decide!

There a lots of noteworthy charities, but we’d like it if it went to a local charity that is somewhat health related.

Some ideas of local charities include:

  • Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice – the only baby specific hospice in the UK, they provide ‘Home from home’ care for children up to 5 years of age with life limiting conditions
  • St Benedict’s Hospice – In Ryhope, Sunderland, provides excellent care with people with life limiting illnesses
  • North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund – founded 28 years ago, has close links to cancer research UK, with money going towards research into children’s cancer
  • South Tees Advocacy in Mental Health Project – established in Roseberry Hospital, Middlesbrough, with an aim to provide confidential and helpful advocacy to people with mental health problems
  • Body Positive North East – aiming to help people living with HIV and to remove the stigma that still surrounds the disease
  • Mental Health North East – formed in 2005, it is a network of organisations aiming to provide the best possible mental health care for people in the north of England
  • Northern Counties Kidney Research Fund – established in 1972, all donations go towards continuing research into a variety of kidney disease

However, if you have any other charities that you feel strongly for and feel we should be donating to please send us a message to our Facebook page with the name of the charity, and if you feel like it, a reason why.

If you’d like to see what other charities there are in the area, click here. There are over 100 health related charities in the North East and each and every one of them deserves our support, so when checking out that website, please feel free to donate to any you feel strongly for and help someone out today!

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Mr Dispenser Talk

Mr Dispenser (off of Twitter) will be coming to the university on the 19th February at 7pm to give staff and students a talk about his new book and some of the antics he has gotten up to in his career.

It’s sure to be an entertaining night if his tweets and his book (Pills, Thrills and Methadone Spills) are anything to go by!

If you are interested, please add your name to the following form!

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Hoodie Sales!

It’s the time of year again to get your very own SPSA hoodie. This year we have new colours available and have added a new slogan which we think you’ll like.

To place your order simply fill out the online order form and come along to Dale between 11am and 2pm on Wednesday 16th or Thursday 17th October to pay for it. Please remember to bring your membership card if you want the member price!

Hoodie Styles


Standard: As shown in the image above. Members £23; Non-members £25

Zip: Hoodie with a zip in front and 2 side pockets. Members £25; Non-members £27


You can personalise your hoodie with your name on top right front of your hoodie (leave a blank if you do not wish to have your name printed).

You also have the option of having one of the following slogans printed on the back:

  • I dispense the happy pills
  • I have a life…jk I’m a pharmacy student
  • MPharm class of 2014 – for final year students only
  • Pharmacists love to do it OTC
  • Pharmacy at Sunderland since 1921
  • Too fit to practice

Hoodie Sizes


Colour Guide

Please note: These onscreen colours may vary from actual hoodie colours

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Online Order Form

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