Our future journey
The University is acutely aware that working in partnership with employers, schools and colleges is essential in ensuring graduates have the right knowledge and skills to make them work relevant. This activity lies at the heart of the new Strategic Plan 2016 – 2021.
We will build on our existing relationships with employers, industry bodies, schools and colleges to ensure that we continue to be acknowledged as organisation proficient in creating knowledge, skills and learning that is relevant to economies across the world.
We will develop our programmes in order to be distinctive and relevant, with work integrated learning and professional practice embedded across our provision.
We will work closely with key employers and organisations globally to ensure our work integrated learning is outstanding and differentiates us in the higher education environment. We will build on our strong current track record in this area.
Enterprise and innovation will feature throughout our programmes, as we develop the content and platforms for the next generation of creative thinkers and deliverers. We will take up the challenge to improve the culture of enterprise and innovation in the North-East region to match the levels across the UK. We will drive that agenda through our new Centre for Enterprise and Innovation, which will act as a University gateway to our expertise in this area, while nurturing the development of student and graduate start-ups.
Leadership development will be embedded across our programmes, complementing successful existing programmes, such as the Sunderland Futures Leading Lights offer.
Our students will be technically proficient, equipped with the latest design and digital skills needed to be engaged and effective in the global digital environment, which is driving economies, societies and cultures.
We will widen our work integrated and work relevant programmes by taking our lead from the excellent current practices across our own provision in areas such as media, engineering, IT & computing, sciences, business and education.
We will develop our new programmes with key employers and organisations which currently influence and help shape our provision – companies including the BBC, SKY, Hitachi, Nissan, Accenture, NHS Trusts, IBM, Yahoo, as well as with a wide range of SMEs.