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Tomorrow Makers

Our Ambition

A University whose graduates are adaptive creative thinkers with the personal attributes to become the leaders and tomorrow makers of our societies and economies.


Our portfolio will focus on six areas of key academic strength, encompass generalist foundation study and inter-disciplinary degrees, and be supported by research and practice.

Our Objectives

Our students will value their investment and be able to access graduate level work or other opportunities that enable them to make a significant contribution to our societies.


All of our students will have the opportunity to access internships and career development opportunities, work networking events and professional mentoring as we create the social capital to enable them to succeed.

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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.

 

Our journey to date

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85%

of University of Sunderland students value their personal development support.

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of interns gain employment with their host companies.

200

students enjoyed life-changing experience through Common Purpose leadership programme.

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90%

of research fed back into the teaching curriculum.

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25,000

international alumni are making a difference around the world.

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1995

The University has driven enterprise since 1995.

We are focusing on these academic areas to ensure our students value their investment as they access professional level work or other opportunities that enables them to make a significant contribution.

The new Strategic plan 2016 – 2021 will also offer every student the opportunity to access internships, placements and career development opportunities, work networking events and professional mentoring, as we create the social capital to enable them to succeed.

We will build on the excellent development opportunities currently being delivered in this area, such as Sunderland Intern Factory, which has had a hugely positive impact on both intern and employer; and Sunderland Futures – a project which allows students to enhance their portfolio and become outstanding propositions to employers. We will also drive the volunteering agenda in order to help shape our graduates to be great civic ambassadors.

Enhancing opportunities for our students and concentrating in key academic areas will allow us to achieve our ambition of creating:

A University whose graduates are adaptive creative thinkers with the personal attributes to become the leaders and tomorrow makers of our societies and economies.

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"This University will undoubtedly achieve its ambitions because it knows how to produce graduates who, as well as being academically equipped, are creative thinkers, problem solvers, leaders, who are aware of their environment. It is doing this already. "

Alastair Stewart OBE, ITV News Presenter

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