Choose Sunderland

We’re known as the friendly University – we welcome students from all corners of the globe and have a number of events and activities to help you make new friends and settle in. Our Students’ Union offers a buddies scheme and a peer support scheme so if you want make some new friends, we can connect you with other students to help and guide you through your first weeks and months of university life.

There are also over 50 Sports Clubsand Societies for you to join, covering everything from feminism, football, games, and hockey, to snow sports, debating and rugby. Whatever your interests, we’ll help you find friends and have a happy and fulfilling student experience.

City of Sunderland

Sunderland has the perfect combination of city and seaside living and is a friendly, diverse and affordable place for you to live and study.

There’s something to suit all tastes and budgets in Sunderland. You’ll find high street favourites in The Bridges Shopping Centre, the beautiful Mowbray Park, an international-class airshow, the award-winning National Glass Centre, the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art and achingly-cool independent venues such as Frankie and the Heartstrings’ Pop Recs – a record shop, art space and live music venue.

Sunderland is establishing itself as a national centre for arts, heritage and culture, building on momentum from the bid for UK City of Culture 2021. The city, once known as the largest shipbuilding town in the world, is also set to welcome the world famous Tall Ship Races in July 2018.

Safety on campus

A number of support services are available to help you study and socialise in a safe environment. Our free campus bus provides safe and reliable transport between the two campuses and all student housing, and a night service provides safe travel to popular social spots.

A Crime Prevention team with a dedicated Campus Police Officer run drop-in sessions to help you stay safe and also provides UV pens and an engraving tool for marking property.

The University of Sunderland does not tolerate any form of hate crime on or off campus, and we have strong links with ARCH, an organisation that supports the victims of racism, homophobia, transphobia, religious hate incidents or disability hate incidents.

Teaching Excellence Framework

We’re delighted to share that we have been awarded SILVER in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)! 

The TEF panel highlighted the excellent outcomes our students achieve thanks to our strong relationships with employers, enabling our graduates to begin their careers with relevant work-ready knowledge and skills. 

Why it matters...

The TEF has been introduced by Government to provide prospective students with the clear information they need to make informed choices about where to study.

Ranked alongside other high-performing Universities such as Warwick, Sheffield, Manchester and Bristol, this new measure recognises and rewards excellent learning and teaching in higher education.

What is the Teaching Excellence Framework?

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) was introduced to build evidence about the performance of the UK’s world-class higher education sector, complementing the existing Research Excellence Framework with an analysis of teaching and learning outcomes.

Universities, colleges and alternative providers of higher education voluntarily took part in the TEF. Each provider was rated Gold, Silver or Bronze, or received a Provisional award where there was not enough data for a full assessment.

The TEF awards were decided by an independent panel of experts including academics, students and employer representatives. Drawing on national data and evidence submitted by each university or college, the TEF measures excellence in three areas: teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.

Our Vice Chancellor says...

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Shirley Atkinson commented: “We are delighted that the panel of assessors has awarded our learning and teaching provision as Silver. We are particularly pleased that they highlighted the excellent outcomes our students achieve thanks to our strong relationships with employers, enabling our graduates to begin their careers with relevant work-ready knowledge and skills. We know that we are delivering excellent research and practice-informed teaching to all of our students and that this is having a tangible impact on our graduates and the wider city and region.”

Year of establishment: 1901

Ranking: University of Sunderland is ranked 111th in UK and 2129 in the world.

International student population: 7,784

International student fee: £5,600-£12,250

Number of intake: January, April and September

Application Processing Timeline: 1-4 weeks

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