Department of Education

For over 100 years, the Department of Education has been concerned with teacher education in all sectors and has developed a wide portfolio of provision, including: undergraduate, postgraduate, CPD and Masters courses. 

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The department has good quality ratings from Ofsted and very high quality partnerships with schools and colleges throughout the North East. 

Many of our Education staff are active researchers in the Centre for Pedagogy and share their research experience and expertise with students in our research active curriculum.

Dr Lynne McKenna was appointed as Head of the Department of Education at the University of Sunderland in August 2015.

Prior to this, Lynne was Director of Initial Teacher Education in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Northumbria University. 

Lynne’s teaching focuses on early years education, family learning, parental engagement, engaging with men, social impact assessment, early intervention, and qualitative research methods,.  Her teaching ranges from undergraduate and postgraduate Education, Continuing Professional Development for schools and International Education, to Masters and PhD supervisions.

The Department of Education at the University of Sunderland has over 100 years of excellence in teacher training. 

We know that our staff and students are our greatest asset and that is why we place such importance on them.

We are committed to ensuring that our students have the best learning environments and support by listening to, understanding and acting on their needs.

We are equally committed to providing an environment where staff are valued and motivated, where there are development opportunities, and where colleagues understand and support the strategic aims of the University.

We value and promote equality and diversity for staff and students. In line with our strategic aims, we work to ensure that all members of our community treat one another with respect and dignity. This approach has led to a string of awards and accolades over the past few years. such as:

• ‘World leading’ research in Education – Latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
Education: league table positions
• Best career prospects after 6 months in the North East – Guardian University Guide 2016
• Education has moved up to 24 - The Complete University Guide 2016
• Highest spend per student in the North East – Guardian University Guide 2015
Initial Teacher Training : league table positions 
• Ranked #3 in the UK for Personal Development – National Student Survey 2014
• Top 10 in the UK for Organisation and Management – National Student Survey 2014
• Top 10 in the UK for Academic Support – National Student Survey 2014
• Best in the North East for Academic Support and Personal Development – National Student Survey 2014
See our Staff Directory¬†for Education staff contact details and information.

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Open days and visits

Open day on Friday 11th November 2016 from 2:00pm-6:00pm.  More...

Open day on Saturday 12th November 2016 from 9:30am-4:00pm.  More...