Our future journey
The new Strategic Plan 2016 – 2021 places strong emphasis on providing societies and economies with the next generation of leaders and tomorrow makers, equipped with the skills necessary to make a significant contribution to the outside world.
Our aim is to deliver the adaptive creative thinkers and problem solvers who will make a difference in this incredibly fast moving and evolving global environment.
In support of this we will realign our portfolio and concentrate on six areas of key academic strength - Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering; Health Sciences and Wellbeing; Computing Software and Big Data; Education and Society; Business; and Law and Arts, Design and Media.
Our content in these areas will be rich, and delivery platforms will be varied and support students through all stages of their learning journey. We will offer generalist foundation study and inter disciplinary degrees through to taught and research postgraduate level. All areas will be supported by research and innovative practice.
Investment in, and further development of our six areas of key academic strength, has already begun.
We have created the North-East’s first University Technical College, UTC South Durham, in partnership with Hitachi Rail Europe and Gestamp Tallent, which will deliver the next generation of engineers to support the manufacturing industry.
Supporting this will be a new Centre for Advanced Manufacturing on our Sunderland campus, which will position the University as the leading institution in the North East for teaching, innovative practice and research in this sector.
The University is partnering with health organisations to support the regional health improvement agenda. An innovative project in support of this is the Living Lab - a unique cross care simulation environment which makes Sunderland the leading University in the UK in integrated working practices. New provision, such as the Sunderland School of Nursing and paramedic practice will enhance this area further.