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Support for Armed Forces and Veterans

The University of Sunderland aims to provide you with a programme of support to ensure your transition to university is a successful one. Transfer the skills you've developed in the Armed Forces to enhance your career prospects.

If you have served in the UK Armed Forces, then we can help

Danny Homer is the dedicated Armed Forces Contact, here to support those students beginning their journey at the University of Sunderland from the Armed Forces.

Danny’s role is to ensure that you receive the best possible service from the University, offering a robust structure of support to ensure your transition to university is a successful one.

You can contact our Armed Forces team on 0191 515 2216 or by email at armed.forces@sunderland.ac.uk.

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Dedicated support for you

At the University of Sunderland we are committed to ensuring that service personnel are supported as they transition into life at university.

The support we provide for full-time, home, undergraduate and taught postgraduate students includes:

  • Support through the enquiry stage to help find the right course for you based on experience, qualifications and personal interests
  • Support navigating the application process
  • Support moving and adjusting to life at university – based on individual needs
  • If you are looking to pursue a career in teaching, you may be eligible for a bursary worth up to £40,000 to get into teaching related to STEM.

    Find out more information on the Troops to Teachers bursary.

    Troops to Teachers
  • This scheme pays the tuition fees for ex-service people who have not previously studied at higher education level.

    Service Leavers Scheme
  • This scheme provides university scholarships for children of those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

    Find out more about the Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship Scheme.

    Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship Scheme
  • This University of Sunderland is a registered learning provider with the Ministry of Defence's ELCAS scheme. The scheme provides financial support to British Armed Forces personnel to support their studies at University.

    To apply for the ELCAS scheme, visit the ELCAS website to find out if you match the criteria for funding. The website has everything you need to submit your funding application. You will need to apply at least 5 weeks before the start of your course.

    After your application for funding, once you make your application for your course, you will need to mention our Learning Provider Reference number: 1290.

    Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme

Financial Support

If you are currently serving, or have recently served, in the British Armed Forces and are looking to enhance your education, you could be eligible to receive help with funding your studies.

Our courses

Whether you are starting your career after the forces or looking to develop your existing qualifications while still serving, we have a range of course options for current and former military personnel. We will also consider your previous training and experience as part of your application, to ensure you find the best entry level to higher education.

These courses are particularly popular with ex-military personnel. If you don't see what you're looking for, you can browse our full range of courses.

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Armed Forces Covenant Gold Award

We are extremely proud to be holders of the Armed Forces Covenant Gold Award. This demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that service personnel are supported as they transition into life at university.

Gold Award holders proactively advocate and support Defence, communicating their commitment both internally to employees and externally to the wider community. With established policies, you know you will be supported at the University of Sunderland and will be working with an organisation that understands your needs.

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Dedicated Careers and Employability Support

Our support doesn’t end when you graduate. We’re here to help with your next steps including everything from interview preparation to options for further study. Just get in touch and we’ll be there to help you every step of the way.

Our Careers, Employability and Enterprise team are here to support you with careers and employability advice. Whether you are looking for graduate opportunities or a part-time job over the summer, get in touch and we can refer you for one-to-one support from the team.

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Contact us

You can contact our Armed Forces team on 0191 515 2216 or by email at armed.forces@sunderland.ac.uk.