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University of Sunderland

2015 League Table Ranking 108
2015 Overall Score 509
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Entry Standards 298 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 17.9 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 1.86 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 823 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 465 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 49.2 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 80.4 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 54.3 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 36.5 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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

Location and Transport

  • The University has three campus developments, one in the city centre, a multi-million pound award-winning riverside development, and at third at Canary Wharf in London.
  • The city has a Metro light rail link which provides easy affordable access to the wider northeast 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.
  • Located at the heart of the great Northeast, 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 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.
  • Voted Best Student Experience in a 2006 poll.

Research Standards

  • The last RAE exercise recognised the university as carrying out world-leading research in Computer Science, Media, English, History, Automotive, Art & Design, and Tourism.
  • Much of the university's work is in the area of applied research working with industry, business and the wider community.

Academic Strengths

  • The university works in twelve academic areas organised within four academic faculties.
  • Strengths include: Pharmacy, Health and Sports Sciences, Teacher Training, Media, Art & Design, Business, Computing and Technology, Social Sciences and Law.

Student Facilities

  • 24-hour access, 7 days a week to the main library facilities during term time, including wireless internet access.
  • Huge range of PCs, USB facilities, CD writers, scanners and networked printing facilities available for all students.
  • 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.

Disability Services

  • Telephone: 0191 515 2952.
  • Fax/minicom: 0191 515 2107.

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 new £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 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 and has recently invested in a new Gateway one-stop-shop for easy access to student support.
  • 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.
  • The new £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.
  • 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.

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 (http://sunderland.prospects.ac.uk/). 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.
  • 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

  • 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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