University of Sunderland: Driving students’ ambitions for years

University of Sunderland has links to the industry, with pioneering research to create the next generation superefficient vehicles

By Author  |  Published: 23rd Mar 2020  12:40 amUpdated: 22nd Mar 2020  12:54 pm
University of Sunderland

In addition to two campuses in Sunderland, the University has campuses in Canary Wharf, London and in Central, Hong Kong.

Think of a University with close links to the industry, with pioneering research to create the next generation super light and superefficient vehicles, the University of Sunderland comes to mind first. The first educational institution in the area to install a digital computer, home to the National Glass Centre, the University has been an important nucleus for education since 674 AD when Benedict Biscop built St. Peter’s Church and Monastery, which was also the first place to get stained glass windows in the UK. The University of Sunderland is a global institution offering life-changing opportunities to thousands of students across the world. As an established provider of higher education since 1901, Sunderland’s reputation extends far beyond the North East of England. In addition to two campuses in Sunderland, the University has campuses in Canary Wharf, London and in Central, Hong Kong. The University of Sunderland gained university status in 1992.

Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, University of Sunderland is a large coeducational higher education institution that offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

The forward-thinking teaching staff, state-of-the-art facilities and strong links to world-renowned companies will provide a student with the support that they need to embark on their career journey. The University of Sunderland has 20,000 students at four campuses. Key strengths are sciences, advanced manufacturing, software, enterprise and innovation and creative industries, reflected in its world-leading research, global partnerships, and knowledge transfer partnerships. The university recently opened a new School of Medicine, with the first students starting their MBChB Medicine course in September 2019.

A fully engaged partner with the city, its industry and its business leaders, the University of Sunderland adds value to every investment in Sunderland. From pioneering research using innovative graphene-based polymer composites in cars, creating the next generation of super-light, super-efficient vehicles, to using big data and informatics for business and management, the University ensures the city remains at the cutting edge of manufacturing, software development, and technology. The University of Sunderland has close links with business and industry, as well as a close working relationship with many leading blue-chip companies. Many take work placements with such companies as part of a degree, with links being particularly strong in engineering and media.

The university’s International Centre for Research in Innovation, Sustainability and Entrepreneurship (RISE) brings together research capabilities within the Faculty of Business and Law to work with businesses on short- and long-term projects. These range from sustainability audits to strategic work on cultural and governance change. Specialisms
include the management of technology and innovation, technological entrepreneurship, human resource strategy, financial and marketing strategy, as well as knowledge management, organisational learning and leadership.


  • 109th in the Times University Guide 2020
  • 89th in the Guardian University Guide 2020
  • Following the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, ten subjects at Sunderland were awarded the 4*maximum standard of world leading research.The university has two modern and well-equipped libraries: The Murray Library and St Peter’s Library. Resources include books, journals and e-books; extensive online support includes a library catalogue where students can find and reserve books, an online journal search to find print and electronic journal articles, and subject-specific resources.

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