University of Sunderland

2016 League Table Ranking 116
2016 Overall Score 440
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Entry Standards 293 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 19.7 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.12 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 888 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.02 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 461 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 50.5 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 81.6 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 49.5 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 38.4 Help
Green Score
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  • The University's modern roots lie in Sunderland Technical College which opened in 1901.
  • he University celebrated a centenary of teacher education in 2008, 150 years of art and design in 2010, 90 years of pharmacy in Sunderland in 2011, and in 2012 celebrated its 20th year as a university.
  • Sunderland Polytechnic was established in 1969 and became the University of Sunderland in 1992.

Location and Transport

  • he University has three campus developments, one in the city centre, a multi-million pound award-winning riverside development, and a third at Canary Wharf in London.
  • The city has a Metro light rail link which provides easy affordable access to the wider North East region. All UK and EU students can enjoy free travel on Metro, bus, ferry and Northern Rail services in their Fresher year, or £500 discount on University of Sunderland accommodation, and discounted travel in all subsequent years of study. There is also free bus travel around the two Sunderland campuses and the Halls of Residence.
  • Located at the heart of the great North East, close to miles of fabulous coastline, unspoilt countryside and excellent city amenities.

Entry Standards

  • The University accepts nationally recognised advanced qualifications and gives equal consideration to academic and vocational qualifications.
  • Entry requirements including pre-requisites and UCAS points required for specific programmes are listed in the prospectus and are available online.
  • Work experience or vocational training may be taken into account, and admissions tutors view each application on merit.

Student Mix

The 16,020 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Students can opt for flexible work placements as part of their programme of study to gain valuable work-related skills.
  • Opportunities allow for students to gain work related skills and qualifications within a fully flexible work based learning framework.
  • Students can opt to study a range of Sunderland programmes off-campus via a network of local strategic college partners.

Teaching Standards

  • All official Government teaching quality assessments over the past seven years have awarded the University of Sunderland the highest possible ratings available.
  • The university's Teacher Training provision for Secondary Education has 'A' Grade recognition by OFSTED and is therefore among the best in the country.
  • The University's partnerships with businesses and industry bodies inform the curriculum, offering real-world projects and industry networking opportunities.

Research Standards

  • The last Research Excellence Framework results reinforced the university's position as a research-active institution with world-leading research in Pharmacy, Engineering, Business, Education, Social Work, Sports & Exercise Sciences, Leisure & Tourism, English, History, Art & Design and Media.
  • Students are in regular contact with research academics, benefiting from a research informed curriculum.

Academic Strengths

  • The university works in twelve academic areas organised within four academic faculties.
  • Strengths include: Sciences (including Pharmacy), Enterprise and Innovation, Advanced Manufacturing, Creative and Cultural (including Media, Art & Design), Teacher Training, Business, Software, Social Sciences and Law.

Student Facilities

  • 24/7 access at The Murray Library and midnight opening at St. Peter's Library during core teaching weeks.
  • A wide range of technologies including computers, interactive learning technologies and printing.
  • Open access learning facilities within the Gateways, one-stop-shop for all aspects of student service, support, advice and guidance, based at the University's three campuses.
  • Free WiFi is available in all University of Sunderland buildings on campus and for use by residents in the University's accommodation.
  • Careers advice, support and opportnities through Sunderland Futures.

Disability Services

  • Disability Support offers assistance to students with disabilities and those who have a specific learning difficulty, such a dyslexia or mental health difficulties.
  • Telephone: 0191 515 2952; email:

Students' Union

  • Free membership for all students. Wide range of benefits from social activities through to confidential, independent advice and guidance.
  • Clubs and societies provide for a diverse range of activities, and provide support for students from different faiths and cultures.


  • Students have access to CitySpace, the university's £12-m sports and social space with first-class sporting and recreational facilities.
  • Two major indoor sports centres, indoor tennis, full size grass and artificial pitches, athletics facilities, the region's only 50m swimming pool, cycle networks, watersports, a marina on the seafront and a dry ski slope.
  • University sporting clubs cater for everything from sailing to Gaelic football, and teams compete at inter-university BUSA events.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The award-winning Sir Tom Cowie riverside campus was voted one of the top five campuses in the UK. It has a Gateway one-stop-shop for easy access to student support and has recently invested in a MediaHUB.
  • City Campus investment has included the £12-m CitySpace sports and social space, a multi-million pound refurbishment of the Murray Library, and the Gateway, offering multiple support services to students.
  • The Phase 1 £7.5-m Sciences Complex opened in December 2011, with a new public square. the Quad, opened in February 2011. 2011 also saw the opening of the final phase of a new £12-m student village, located close to City Campus. The £9m Phase 2 Sciences Complex scheme will complete in 2015.
  • 2012 saw £7m invested in the University's largest on-campus teaching space, Priestman Building, which houses performance and fine arts subjects, and a new centre for photography on City Campus. 2013 saw further significant investment in teaching space and exhibition space at the University of Sunderland National Glass Centre.
  • 2014 saw the refurbishment of the University's London Campus on Canary Wharf.
  • In 2015 a new £6m hotel will open close to campus and a £10.6m FabLab North East will open as part of the University's city centre campus expansion and development, combining collaborative workspace, business incubator, community maker-space and learning zone.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Students can access Student Jobs via the Careers and Employability Service. We encourage students to access these via the on-line vacancy system, Opportunities On-line. This system also allows access to graduate jobs, paid projects and volunteering.
  • Placements as part of a programme of study are available via individual Faculties, all of which have dedicated Placement Officers.

Careers Guidance

A team of professionals can help secure the right employment opportunity to meet the needs of the individual student. Sunderland Futures is a programme that offers an exciting menu of options and experiences to complement studies and to increase employability. It focuses on 3 main areas:
  • Development; CVs, Interview Skills, Careers Advice and Guidance, Mentoring, Masterclasses and Leadership.
  • Leading Lights: Opportunities; Enterprise, Student Exchanges, Internships, Student and Graduate Jobs, Volunteering and Paid Projects and the Student Ambassador Scheme: Recognition.
  • Sunderland Professional Award (SuPA) and the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

Notable Alumni

  • Katy McLean (Captain, England Women's Rugby), BSc Sport Studies, 2007.
  • Steve Cram, BSc Sport Studies, 1983.
  • Terry Deary, Teaching Certificate, 1968.
  • Tony Scott, BA Fine Art, 1962.


For further information

  • +44 (0) 191 515 2000
  • University of Sunderland
    Edinburgh Building
    City Campus
    Chester Road
    SR1 3SD
UCAS Code S84

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