Faculty Facts and Figures
Department of Education
The quality of our academic programmes is underwritten by excellent OFSTED judgments for teacher education and by QAA verdicts for other programmes. In our secondary provision we received the highest possible OFSTED ratings.
The department has a strong commitment to research, scholarly activity and teaching excellence. This is reflected in the expertise and repute of our staff who include 2 holders of National Teaching Fellowships and many of whom have national reputations in their fields.
Department of Culture
The Department has a high commitment to research and at the last Research Assessment Exercise in 2001, its research was rated of national and international significance in the subject areas of History, English, Politics, and Buddhist Studies.
The Department has performed well in recent student satisfaction surveys and in external audits of our educational quality. In the National Student Survey 2008-09, English at the University of Sunderland was voted 2nd overall for student satisfaction in comparison to 99 other universities. In the official Guardian University Guide for 2009, English was ranked amongst the best 13 departments in Britain.
We also have a number of PhD students attached to the department, researching into a variety of topics from the representation of depression in eighteenth-century literature to ideology in J.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.
Department of Social Sciences
The Department has successfully established a Centre for Children, Young People and Families (CCYPF). The Centre supports those who work with children, young people and families and respond to the workforce reform demands arising from the Every Child Matters Agenda.