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Learning Engagers

Our Ambition

A University where students want to study due to the quality of teaching, the relevance and accessibility of our programmes and the reputation we enjoy for partnering with students and personalising their experience.


Our student experience will support and inspire students to engage in their learning and help them co-create their learning journey.

Our Objectives

Our students' journey will be personalised and supported from first contact to alumni.


We will create a vibrant campus atmosphere that celebrates the success of students and staff.

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Our future journey

The new Strategic Plan 2016 – 2021 will ensure our higher education offer continues to be of the highest quality, relevant and innovative in its practice.

We will build on our latest Higher Education Review, conducted by the Quality Assurance Agency, which highlighted six areas of good practice and commended the University on its enhancement of student learning opportunities. Our new Strategic framework will further improve student learning opportunities.

We will articulate and meet institutional expectations in respect of good teaching, assessment and feedback and student support. We will take a holistic view of learning, learners, and the learner experience in programme design, delivery and oversight.

We will promote and celebrate a vibrant and inclusive learning and teaching culture and academic community, informed and enriched by research, pedagogic and professional practice. We will prioritise staff development and support within the teaching and learning plan.

We will enhance our robust monitoring and review procedures to ensure our programmes remain relevant and maintain the highest academic standards.

Our student experience will be such that it inspires our students to engage in their learning and help them co-create their learning journey.

We will enhance partnerships with our students to form a mutual commitment to a genuine process of continuous learning, dialogue and reflection to evolve and improve teaching and learning.

We will create a range of opportunities and structures designed to support student engagement, at the heart of which will be engagement with their programme of study. We will continue to work closely with, and be informed by, the University of Sunderland Students’ Union Executive.

We will ensure that our students’ journey will be personalised and supported from first contact to alumni. Over the next five years we aim to improve and enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the processes supporting the student journey. We will redesign student administration business processes, putting the student at the heart of solutions, uninhibited by existing structures, roles and activities.

 

 

Our journey to date

World

300 Study Abroad opportunities.

UK

Recognised nationally for 'outstanding student support'.*

*Times Higher

Top 20

in the world for the quality of lectures, careers support and student advice.*

*i graduate International Student Barometer

Medal

Commended by the QAA for enhancing student learning opportunities.

6

Areas of good practice identified by the QAA.

Top 10

in the UK for teaching and learning and student support.*

*What Uni Survey

Paper and pen

Highest overall satisfaction rating to date.*

*National Student Survey

The new Strategic Plan 2016 – 2021 will set out a framework to create new, and enhance existing provision which supports the development of our students’ wider experience, including study abroad, our Sunderland Futures programme and funding support for career development.

We will create a vibrant campus atmosphere and proudly celebrate our staff and student successes.  

Our strategic approach in this area will provide every opportunity to allow us to achieve our ambition to be recognised as:

A University where students want to study due to the quality of teaching, the relevance and accessibility of our programmes and the reputation we enjoy for partnering with students and personalising their experience.

Students in group class

"I’ve experienced first-hand how the University is excellent at helping students co-create their learning experience. I was very fortunate to receive a great deal of support from the university which allowed me to develop my career to the point I am now running my own business."

Jessamy Kelly. Glass and Ceramics Graduate

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