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Good news! Education programmes rise 12 places in league tables

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Published on 30 September 2022

Professor Lynne McKenna and Dr Duncan Cross
Professor Lynne McKenna and Dr Duncan Cross

The Guardian University League Tables 2023 has placed the University of Sunderland’s undergraduate Education programmes 12th out of 88 in the UK – a rise of 12 places from last year. 

Head of the School of Education at the University, Dr Duncan Cross, said: “Our success is built through our talented teaching team working alongside our incredible partner schools. Together we train successful graduates which leads to our excellent standing in The Guardian League Tables.

“This result highlights the innovative work that we undertook during the pandemic to support our students in ensuring their success during a period of crisis. Well done to our staff, students and partners. This success is an incredible achievement for our Education partnerships and we will be delighted to share our successes with our mentors and school partners in the coming months.”

Professor Lynne McKenna, Academic Dean of the Faculty of Education and Society, said: “As an Institution the School of Education has over 110 years’ experience of delivering excellence in teacher training and professional development. Indeed, in 1908, the first cohort of trainee teachers consisted of 70 students and their fees were £10.

“The latest achievement in the School of Education is securing the contract from the Department for Education (DfE) to deliver one of the six pilot iQTS programmes. The addition of this International programme strengthens both our UK provision and our longstanding International Teacher Training provision. Our international work in Initial Teacher Training began way back in 1999 with three trainees in Dubai and we now have approximately 1,000 students studying with us in 65 countries. The addition of iQTS to our international teacher training provision is a significant addition to our portfolio, not least because of the current recruitment and retention crisis in the UK. 

“The news that our undergraduate Education programmes has been ranked 12th in The Guardian League Tables is welcome news indeed for the University of Sunderland.”