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From tomorrow-makers to future leaders: University showcased in new film

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Published on 06 September 2018

Changing lives at the University of Sunderland
Changing lives at the University of Sunderland

The University of Sunderland is playing a key role in a new programme exploring the positive effects of higher education.

Universities: Improving Futures is a new initiative examining how HE can impact on economic growth, prosperity and the social mobility of UK.

As part of the programme a film has been produced in partnership with ITN Productions and Universities UK, showcasing the University of Sunderland and the vital role in plays within the city, and the region.

At the University of Sunderland we are proud to be a supportive and accessible institution, committed to removing barriers to higher education and raising the aspirations of those who may not have thought university was for them.

The short film demonstrates how the University is working as a place-shaping catalyst for change and helping our ‘tomorrow makers’ become resilient leaders of the future.

The film will be one of several shown at the Universities UK Annual Conference on 5 September.

Speaking at the conference, Universities Minister Sam Gyimah said: “We cannot build the workforce the country needs to thrive in the new economy without a significant contribution from universities.

“Our HE sector can provide both the general, transferable skills demanded by jobs in the knowledge economy, but also the specific, vocational skills demanded by many jobs from nursing to video game design.

“Our vision must be local as well as global. The great universities of the nineteenth and early twentieth century were founded with a clear civic vision. They promoted not just the republic of knowledge, but also their local town and community."