Sunderland Pharmacy Centenary events

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Medicinal chemistry lab session

June 2021 

Sunderland Global Pharmacists Network 


An afternoon of guest speakers, networking and discussion by successful University alumni. More details to follow soon.

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Briony Hudson

30th September 2021 6.30pm

An evening with pharmacy historian Briony Hudson and Emeritus Professor Malcolm Hooper

Scheduled campus-based activity (to be reviewed in line with Government pandemic guidance)

Join independent pharmacy historian and curator Briony Hudson in conversation with Emeritus Professor Malcolm Hooper. Briony is the author of the Sunderland Pharmacy Centenary brochure and in this event will talk to Professor Hooper about the history of Pharmacy over the years. Prof Hooper trained as a Pharmacist but spent most of his career teaching and researching at the University of Sunderland. Ultimately, he was appointed Emeritus Professor in Medicinal Chemistry.  He is best known for his advocacy related to Gulf War syndrome and Chronic Fatigue Syndromes.

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Chemist shop Beamish

1st October 2021, 12.30pm

Pharmacy exhibition at Beamish live tour


The curator at Beamish Museum will take you on a virtual tour around a typical Edwardian chemist business, with dispensary and aerated water sections. Some pieces from the display were donated by the School of Pharmacy at Sunderland. The tour will be followed by a Q&A session. 

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Hope Winch Dinner at Marriott

15th and 16th October 2021

Pharmacy Centenary Celebrations Weekend

15th October 2021, 6.30pm

Annual Hope Winch Memorial Lecture I with Anne Black

Murray Library, City Campus, University of Sunderland, SR1 3SD

This year's first speaker will be Anne Black who will talk about life as a Pharmacist in the COVID era. Anne graduated from the University of Sunderland in 1991 and is now Regional Quality Assurance Specialist Pharmacist - North East & North Cumbria, and Chair of the Pan UK Pharmacy Working Group for ATMPs.


15th October 2021, from 9pm

Hope Winch Pub and quiz night

Local bar

Following the Hope Winch Lecture we would like to invite you to join us for a drink and a quiz at a local venue near the University's City Campus.


16th October 2021, 9.30am

Breakfast and University changes overview

The Studio coffee shop at the City Space, City Campus, SR1 3SD

In this breakfast session a senior member of the University of Sunderland will talk about the recent changes the University has undergone and will talk about future plans in general, and for the Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing in particular.


16th October 2021, 10.30am

Sciences Complex, City Campus, SR1 3SD

Join us for a one-hour tour around the Sciences Complex. Tours start at 10.30, 11.30 and 12.30. The Sciences Complex houses our world-famous Pharmacy school, our Living Labs, School of Nursing and the newly established School of Medicine.


16th October 2021, 11.30am

Wider University Campus Tour

Departing from the Sciences Complex, City Campus, SR1 3SD

Join this one-hour tour we will show you around the other buildings in the City Campus (excluding the Sciences Complex) and then we will go to our other campus, the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. Tours start at 11.30 and 12.30.


16th October 2021, 3pm

Annual Hope Winch Memorial Lecture II with Dr Stephen Jones and preview of the Pharmacy exhibition at the Winter Gardens

Pottery Gallery at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Burdon Rd, Sunderland SR1 1PP

This year we will be hosting a second Hope Winch Annual Lecture at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. The speaker will be Dr Stephen Jones, ex Group Chief Executive Officer, Veriton Pharmaceuticals. Dr Jones will be talking about both the personal and professional opportunities and experiences he has had as a result of graduating from Sunderland with a Pharmacy degree in 1981. The Lecture will be followed by the opening of the Pharmacy exhibition at Museum to illustrate the 100th years of Pharmacy education at Sunderland.


16th October 2021, registration from 6pm

Hope Winch Centenary dinner

National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0DD

The culmination of the celebrations weekend will be the Hope Winch Centenary dinner. The dinner will be preceded by an optional guided tour of the National Glass Centre and a glass blowing demonstration from 6pm. Registration for the actual event will be from 7pm. The AGM will also precede the dinner. The dinner will include a drinks reception, three-course meal, wine and a raffle. We are encouraging anniversary groups to re-unite at this special event.

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Hospital Pharmacy in the real world

4th November 2021, 6.30pm

Hospital the Real Word

Lower Atrium, University of Sunderland, Sciences Complex SR1 3SD 

The Hope Winch Society holds two ‘Real World’ events per year with the aim of providing current students with an insight into what it is really like to work in different areas of pharmacy. It will be an evening of guest speakers, networking and discussion by successful University alumni around the topic of Hospital Pharmacy. 

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SPSA executive at Roker 1978

2nd December 2021, 6.30pm

An evening with SPSA committee members (present and past)

Lower Atrium, University of Sunderland, Sciences Complex SR1 3SD 

Join current and past Sunderland Pharmaceutical Students' Association (SPSA) presidents and committee members taking a trip down memory lane by sharing their anecdotes and memories from their time in post.  

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Past events

Andrew Lane

25th February 2021, 6.30pm - Watch event recording now

An Evening with Andrew Lane

On 25th of February we held the first of our Centenary events, with special guest - Andrew Lane, chair of the National Pharmacy Association. Andrew discussed the challenges and opportunities for Community Pharmacy throughout 2021 and beyond. We also had a Q&A session at the end.

Andrew graduated from the University of Sunderland in 1982 and is also director of AlChem Pharma. He has owned and operated 14 Community Pharmacies from Yorkshire to Devon in the past 15 years. Currently Chair of Gloucestershire LPC he sits on the One Gloucestershire ICS Strategic Stakeholder Group. 

Hope Winch

8th March 2021 - Watch event recording now

International Women's Day - Hope Winch


Dr Yitka Graham, Head of Helen McArdle Nursing and Care Residential Institute and Associate Professor for Health Services Research, delivers a presentation on International Women's Day 2021 about Women Leaders in Health for Sunderland. She talks about Hope Constance Monica Winch who set up the Sunderland Pharmacy department in 1921.

11th March 2021 6.30pm - Watch event recording now

Community Pharmacy in the Real World


In this event we welcomed Pharmacy graduates Sami Hanna, Louise Lydon and Tony Schofield who talked around the topic of Community Pharmacy. 

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