Our University

The University of Sunderland’s tangible impact is the result of passionate, research-active academics, world leading research and close partnerships with businesses - from multi-nationals to SMEs.

It’s a welcoming and agile university with enterprise and innovation running through everything it does. Its most popular courses are Pharmacy, Media and Law and, as well as sciences, its strengths are in advanced manufacturing, software and creative industries.

In 2012/13 the University generated £560m GVA for the UK and supported 7,500 jobs. There are 20,000 students enrolled at its modern campuses in Sunderland and London or studying its programmes via global learning partnerships in 15 countries.


The University of Sunderland

  • Is developing a new £10m Enterprise and Innovation Hub at its City Campus in Sunderland, providing a gateway for businesses to access the University’s expertise and facilities. The new Hub (which will also accommodate the North East’s first FabLab) is expected to create hundreds of jobs in highgrowth businesses and start-ups
  • Is progressing well with Phase II of the Sciences Complex, which will create an infrastructure to support teaching, learning and research in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects and the world-class facilities will support regional, national and international healthcare priorities
  • Commissioned an independent economic impact study, which indicated that it’s delivering a 20:1 return on investment for every £1 of public investment in the University; generating over £560 million Gross Value Added (GVA) and supporting 7,500 jobs in the UK, and in the North-East the University’s GVA stands at £430 million, supporting 5,400 jobs in the region
  • In 2014 launched one of the largest ever graduate careers support programmes to enhance the career prospects of graduates, benefiting not only students but also hundreds of large and small businesses / 500 graduate level internships were made available by the University to tackle skill shortage areas in the region and retain talented graduates in the North-East
  • Submitted 13 academic areas to the Research Excellence Framework in 2014 all of which were classified as ‘internationally excellent’. Ten of those areas were also rated as ‘world leading’
  • Received an overall satisfaction score of 86% in the National Student Survey results for 2015 - which is above the sector benchmark
  • Was placed 15th out of 91 participating universities in the 2015 Whatuni Student Choice survey
  • Was rated 6th in the world by international students for student support in the 2014/15 International Student Barometer
  • Attracts students to Sunderland and to the University of Sunderland in London from over 50 countries
  • Continues to be recognised as one of the top 5 in the UK for Transnational Education – the delivery of Sunderland’s programmes with partner universities and colleges around the world to some 6,000 students
  • Is a strategic partner in the North East’s first University Technical College – UTC south Durham – with partners Hitachi rail Europe and Gestamp Tallent. The new £10m school will focus on teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects and advanced manufacturing to young people age 14 - 19, with students gaining general and technical qualifications in a business-like learning environment
  • Through its lead role in programmes such as the Cultural Spring and in managing the National Glass Centre is supporting development of culture and creative industries in the city and region, as well as changing the way people enjoy and participate in art and culture