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University reaffirms commitment to changing lives and shaping the future

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Published on 09 September 2020

The University's Strategic plan 20/21
The University's Strategic plan 20/21

In a time of change and uncertainty, the University of Sunderland is reaffirming its central purpose to be a life-changing place, while setting out a clear direction for the future.

Ambitious and relevant, the University’s Strategic Plan 2020 - 2025 sets out a compelling statement of intent as it reinforces its position as a forward-looking, 21st century institution with a regional, national and international focus.

Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive University of Sunderland, said: “Our core purpose as a life-changing university reflects what we do, day in and day out. The University of Sunderland is a place where the people who study and work here make a real difference.”

As part of the plan the University pledges to be:

• Student focused - offering transformative experiences to all students from all backgrounds

• Professions facing – developing highly-skilled, ready-for-work graduates, through career-focused teaching and learning

• Society shaping – making a positive difference to industry and society through research, innovation and practice

Dr Abigail Moriarty, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching, said: “We have a civil duty to ensure that our graduates have an impact on society and, to do that, our curriculum needs to be robust and delivered in a quality and excellent manner. “We want to ensure the students leave with the skills and attributes that make a life-changing impact.”

The University’s values highlight how it goes about changing people’s lives for the better. It is:

• Inspiring – providing a supportive empowering and enriching experience for staff and students

• Innovative – valuing people for their creativity and updating knowledge and practice to enhance the student experience

• Collaborative – working together as a community with partners and building lasting relationships to achieve shared ambitions

• Inclusive – celebrating diversity, which welcomes and values everyone's contribution

• Seeking excellence – striving for the highest quality in academic delivery, research and service standards

Aaron Day, MA Film and Cultural Studies student, said: “Whatever it is that you want to achieve at the University, as long as you have got the positive mind-set and are willing to work hard, the opportunity is there for you to achieve your goal.”


The Strategic Plan 2020-2025