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About the University

The University of Sunderland is a truly life-changing university. We've been providing higher education in the city since 1901, and we're proud to be an innovative, accessible and inspirational university.

As of year-end 2014-2015 we have 19,478 students, and our strengths range from widening access and student experience to research, international and industry links.

Hear what some of our staff have to say about Sunderland:


Tony Kerr - Internal Communications Officer, Marketing and Recruitment Services

tony kerr 205x150"The University of Sunderland literally changed my life. I never considered coming to university when I was a kid - I didn't even know working class people could go to university! - but coming to Sunderland really gave me confidence in my own ability. I really believe in what the University stands for, and I think I owe it a lot - so while they continue to change people's lives, I'll continue to work for them. The University is a great place to work, with lots of benefits, but my main reason for working here is the people. I have rarely come across anyone who is not passionate and committed to what they do. People work here because they really believe in the University's ethos - and I think that is a very rare thing".

Donna Chambers - Reader in Tourism, Faculty of Business and Law

"I have been working at the University since October 2013. I like that the University engages with its external community and the fact that there are always events and opportunities to participate in University and external activities. The thing I enjoy the most about my job is the flexibility of it and the opportunity to make a positive change to the lives of students and a contribution to their further development and success."



Strategic plan 2016_2021