The life changing University of Sunderland has 20,000 students based in campuses on the North East coast, in London and Hong Kong and at its global partnerships with learning institutions in 15 countries. We are proud of our long-established commitment to widening participation, our world-leading research, public and private sector collaborations and our track-record for providing quality student experiences that result in graduates who are the tomorrow-makers of our societies and economies.
In March 2018, we were successful in our bid to open a new School of Medicine. With a track-record of excellence in medical education spanning almost 100 years, the University is now well-placed to address the chronic shortage of doctors in the North East.
We were also delighted to be ranked 16th (out of 131 universities) in the ‘University of the Year’ category of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, the only national awards voted for by students. Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion was reinforced recently when we were named University of the Year for Social Inclusion (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021) and our We Care programme picked up the Widening Access Initiative (Retention and Progression) Award at the 2020 NEON awards.
The University of Sunderland has 20,000 students based in campuses on the North East coast of England, in London and Hong Kong and at its global partnerships with learning institutions in 15 countries. International students make up 37% of our student numbers. We’re internationally known for the quality of our teaching and research, and all of our research-active staff also teach, which means that you benefit from cutting-edge research at every stage of your degree. We’re proud that 10 areas of our research are considered ‘world-leading’; according to the most recent Research Excellence Framework, which assesses the quality of research in all of the UK’s universities.
The University is rated Silver in the latest national Teaching Excellence Framework, which recognises our achievements for employer engagement, professional practice, academic support and excellent teaching. The University of Sunderland was also awarded five QS stars in teaching, employability, internationalisation, inclusiveness and outstanding facilities in 2019.
Sunderland is well known as ‘the friendly university’, and that’s because we genuinely care about the wellbeing of all our students. Our job is to make sure you have the best possible experience at university, and so if you need any support while you’re with us, we’ll do our very best to help you.
The North East of England has one of the most beautiful and varied landscapes in the UK. It doesn’t take long to travel from bustling urban areas to ancient forests and national parks. Sunderland itself is right on the dramatic North East coastline, and there are miles of beautiful sandy beaches just a ten minute walk from the University.
In the 2018 Liveability Index, Sunderland was named as the best place to live for the under 30s due to low living costs, high job satisfaction, and general happiness and wellbeing. Sunderland is one of the safest cities in the UK – in 2018 we were ranked 7th in the ‘The UK’s safest places to live’ survey by Compare the Market.
The North East is also one of the most affordable regions of the UK, which helps make living and studying in Sunderland extremely attractive. At the University of Sunderland you’ll be encouraged to take on relevant placements with local, regional or national companies. You’ll also have the chance to learn from visiting speakers and take masterclasses given by industry experts. Study a University of Sunderland course and you’ll graduate with more than just an excellent academic qualification: you’ll also graduate with enviable job prospects and lifelong friends.