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Research practice at the University of Sunderland is stitched into the very fabric of the institution. For almost 100 years, researchers at the University have been challenging themselves and their subject in order to improve society across all of its facets – from the early days of pharmacy to the support for heavy industry at its height, through to today's new sciences and advanced technologies.


A university with sector leading, applied research

Research, innovation and knowledge exchange are defining aspects of the University’s mission. They are key to our civic role in regional economic growth and regeneration, encompassing the diverse needs of industry, business, and the public and charitable sectors. We are committed to working collaboratively with partners in the North East and more widely, building on our global reputation for teaching excellence.

These research pages provide insight into the range and reach of our research and knowledge exchange activities, which have prospered in recent years through our successes in attracting external funding and support, our strategic investments in staff and facilities and our determination that all our activities have real-world impact and make a positive difference.


Professor Michael Young, the University of Sunderland's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

Professor Michael Young
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (Academic)

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REF 2021

In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework results, over 70% of published research carried out at the University of Sunderland has been rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Find out more about our submission to the REF and what this means for the University.

REF 2021

Contact us

We welcome feedback or questions on any aspect of Research at the University.

Please contact research.support@sunderland.ac.uk.