University of Sunderland

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Each course has its own building and facilities available, which I found very convinient, especially since I'm doing a combined studies course. As much as it seems obvious, it really did help me get used to everything. Distinguishing those two courses, in different buildings with different staff and group of student helped me broad my horizans. At the end it all is still located in the same city, at the same university, and even campus, but it still makes it all just that much more interesting. The libraries are amazing, lots of space for individual studying as well as access to University's computer labs etc. There are also lots of options with food and drinks at the University, most have student deals as well. I think that if a person is really into a hobby, interest of some sort, sport etc, there is a society available for them to join.

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Sunderland campus

AMENITIES

City Campus
City Campus houses CitySpace, our sports and social facility. The Sciences Complex and Helen McArdle House are home to our health and science courses. Other buildings include Murray Library, Priestman Building, and Hope Street Xchange, a contemporary workspace for innovation-led businesses and entrepreneurial student projects.

Sciences Complex
Home to our School of Medicine, this is an outstanding multi-million pound, industry-compatible science and health facility, with the recent addition of a unique Living Lab featuring the most advanced sector simulation equipment.

  • Industry-standard research and teaching laboratories
  • Cutting edge testing equipment across specialisms
  • Academic links with world-leading organisations including Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline

Helen McArdle House
Home to Psychology, Paramedic Sciences and Nursing, this complex has recently seen a multi-million pound investment.

  • Mock wards
  • Consultation rooms
  • Mock patient-transfer suite
  • Industry-standard positive pressure isolation room
  • Patient Diagnostic Suite
  • State-of-the-art simulation facilities

Hope Street Xchange
This is where new businesses are born. It’s also home to FabLab Sunderland, the North East’s first digital fabrication laboratory, and the Enterprise Place, where students and graduates can access free support and advice.

  • 3,500m2 of workspace
  • 30 offices
  • 7 workshops
  • Research facilities

The Gateway
One of the busiest buildings on City Campus, The Gateway is where you’ll find the vast majority of our support services.

  • Financial support
  • Careers advice through Sunderland Futures
  • Counselling
  • Accommodation
  • Health and wellbeing

Priestman Building
Discover state-of-the-art equipment in an environment filled with creative thinkers at the historic Priestman building, which has recently undergone a £6.5m transformation.

  • Three art and design galleries
  • Art, design and fashion studios
  • Wood, metal and print workshops
  • Performing Arts spaces
  • Wacom Cintiq design studio

Northern Centre of Photography
Based on the City Campus, the Northern Centre of Photography is one of the best in the country.

  • Dedicated chemical and digital darkrooms
  • Fully-equipped studios
  • Digital suites
  • Video, sound editing and screening facilities

CitySpace
A £12m sports facility at the heart of City Campus, offering state-of-the-art fitness equipment and world-class athlete support.

  • Six-badminton-court sports hall
  • Technogym fitness suite
  • Functional training spaces
  • Sports massage and injuries centre
  • Multi-purpose room
  • Indoor climbing wall
  • Event and exhibition space
  • Café and social area

The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s
An impressive riverside campus on one of the UK’s most beautiful stretches of coastline, this campus includes The David Goldman Informatics Centre, often referred to as a ‘computing cathedral’. You’ll also find The David Puttnam Media Centre, where students studying journalism, culture, new media production, film, TV, animation and radio can take advantage of industry-standard equipment in 4,600m2 of studios, workshops and editing suites.

David Puttnam Media Centre
Packed with industry-standard media equipment and technology, The David Puttnam Media Centre is home to the subjects of journalism, TV, video, radio and new media production, animation, film studies and cultural studies.

With production facilities including two
 4K TV studios, six radio stations and a HD cinema, it’s no wonder that the centre is also the headquarters of local television station ‘Made in Tyne & Wear’, as well as a base
for a team of BBC journalists.

Our latest addition is the mediaHUB – an innovative digital publishing and broadcasting space which is home to our five student digital publications: Spark, Fashion North, Northern Lights, SR News and SportsByte.

  • Broadcast-standard tv studios

  • State-of-the-art editing systems
  • Digital and post-production facilities
  • Location recording kits
  • Cinema space
  • Fully-equipped radio stations
  • Voiceover booths
  • Industry-leading software
  • Wacom cintiq design studio

The David Goldman Informatics Centre
Home to the Faculty of Computer Science, the Faculty of Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing and the Faculty of Education and Society, this building has benefited from a recent investment in our engineering facilities and has over 240 computers available for use.

The Prospect Building
Situated on the bank of the River Wear, the Prospect Building has been the focus of a £1.25m redevelopment project to ensure that it can meet the needs of our students. It includes the Sir Tom Cowie Campus library, as well as a Gateway similar to the one at City Campus.

The Reg Vardy Centre
A self-contained teaching and learning facility which houses the disciplines of business, law, tourism, culture, and social sciences, and is also home to the University’s Law Clinic.

National Glass Centre
As one of the few universities in the UK teaching in this area, we are proud to be a centre of excellence in glass and ceramics. Our National Glass Centre has some of the best facilities available.

  • Refurbished student and gallery spaces following a £3.7 million investment
  • Spaces for Artist Designer Makers
  • Northern Centre for Contemporary Art gallery
  • International exchange program
  • World-leading expert demonstrations

 

CAREERS SERVICE

Your time at university will shape what you do for the rest of your life. Sunderland Futures is dedicated to helping you develop your potential, gain the skills and discover the experiences that will enhance your employability.

The Sunderland Futures team are here to help you stand out from the crowd. Whatever your career ambitions, we’ll give you the opportunities and support you need to become a successful graduate with the skills and experience top employers are looking for. We offer:

  • Advice and guidance on your career options
  • Support with your CV, applications and interviews
  • Access to our online vacancy service where you will find work experience, volunteering, placement and graduate opportunities
  • Advice for starting up a business and leadership
  • Employer events on-campus and a Professional Mentoring Scheme
  • Recognition through the Sunderland Professional Award


STUDENTS' UNION

One of the best things about being a student is finding a place you belong – and the University of Sunderland Students’ Union is at the heart of this experience. We’re here to empower you and help you play an active role in university life, giving you the support you need as you make friends, have new experiences and graduate with the best degree you can!

You’re automatically enrolled as a member, for free, as soon as you register on your course. So make sure you make the most of your Students’ Union – where you can do all this, and more.

  • Volunteering
  • Representing students on your course
  • Getting involved in events and activities
  • Find free, independent, confidential advice and support
  • Share your views and raise concerns
  • Get teamed up with an SUBuddy or become a buddy yourself
  • Get involved in campaigns which make real changes to student life
  • Gain valuable career skills and experience
  • Find funding for the things that matter to you
  • Join or start an SU Community and share your passion

SPORTS

University Sport Sunderland is the home of over 30 sports clubs, and the Society House is home to over 40 non-sporting societies. There are so many opportunities to get involved – from archery to Atlas Theatre Company, basketball to business and Sikh to sub-aqua, there’s something for everyone. And if we don’t offer it, we’ll help you set it up.

Getting involved is not only a way to make friends, but also a way of getting the most out of university life while developing skills that will be essential in your working life.

We run a range of programmes in a variety of areas, from strength training and group classes to fitness camps, courses, clubs, teams and even volunteering schemes. Whether you’re interested in playing, organising or just watching, there’s something for you.

SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Sunderland’s School of Medicine welcomed its first medical students in September 2019. Sunderland was one of only five new medical schools to be announced in the country in 2018. These were established to widen access to medical education places and address the regional imbalance across England, to ensure the profession reflects the communities it serves.

The University invested almost £15m in on-campus infrastructure projects in 2018/19. This includes the School of Medicine, the final phase of the Sciences Complex, transformation of teaching, gateway and social spaces in Sunderland, as well as continued investment in the University of Sunderland in London, which welcomed its 10,000th student in August 2019. 

MEDICAL AND WELFARE SERVICES

Students are at the heart of everything we do, and we’re always looking for ways to help you get the most out of campus life. From the moment you apply to the day you graduate, we’ll be there to help if you need us.

The Gateway
Your one-stop-shop for advice and support. Some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet will deal with your query directly, or they’ll put you in touch with others who can.

Financial advice
Get answers to all your questions about student grants, loans, state benefits, funding applications, budgeting and general money management.

Wellbeing
There’s no problem too big or too small for the Student Wellbeing team. They offer a free and confidential service, giving you support to help you manage any difficulties you may experience whilst at University.

  • General wellbeing advice and support
  • Therapeutic counselling
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Mental health support
  • Group work
  • Sexual health Service (C-Card and STI testing)
  • Referrals and signposting
  • Campaigns and health promotion
  • 24/7 access to online mental health platform Silvercloud

Disability and learning difficulties
If you have a disability, the Disability Support team will work with you to ensure that you have all the learning support you need.

They can even help you apply to University, and make sure you receive any additional funding you may be eligible for.

Support for care leavers and looked after young people
If you have experienced being in care, you may have circumstances or concerns that might be different to other students. Our team can help you to complete your application, find accommodation, fund your studies and access scholarships and offer the everyday support you might need.

Support for estranged students
We provide support for students under the age of 25 who have no contact with both of their parents/carers. If this applies to you, we can support you with completing your UCAS application, student finance and scholarships, and any other queries you may have. We can assist in finding 52-week accommodation, and give assistance with moving too.

FINANCIAL AID

We know that going to university is a huge financial investment, and we want to help as many people as possible into higher education.

That’s why we offer a package of scholarships that you don’t have to repay. Visit our website to find out what may be available for you. For example, the scholarships offered in 2018 included:

The ‘Get There’ Scholarship
Get free, unlimited travel in the form of a regional or local ticket, depending on your term-time address, or a £600 accommodation discount from university-managed accommodation.

The Excellence Scholarship
A £1,000 cash scholarship for years 1 and 2, available for students who have achieved
A Level grades ABB (or equivalent).

Discretionary scholarships
We offer three discretionary scholarships following an application and assessment process.

The University of Sunderland Scholarship
A scholarship in years 1 and 2 worth £1,000 for students with an annual household income of less than £42,875.

Please visit our Scholarship Calculator where you can find out how much money you could be entitled to if you study on campus, at a partner college or on our Medicine programme.

Course & Fees

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Entry requirements differ between courses. You’ll find entry requirements for each course on our website. If you find you don’t meet the entry requirements then there are still options available to you.

A number of our courses offer an alternate entry route. These include Foundation Degrees and Integrated Foundation Year Degrees – some are based on campus, whereas others include a year at a partner college.

FACULTIES / DEPARTMENTS

Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism
Sunderland Business School
Sunderland Law School
Tourism at Sunderland Business School

Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
School of Psychology

Faculty of Education and Society
School of Education
School of Culture
School of Social Sciences
School of Medicine

Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries
School of Art and Design
School of Media and Communications

Faculty of Technology
Institute for Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice (AMAP)
School of Engineering
School of Computer Science

INTERNATIONAL

The University of Sunderland has a fantastically diverse student population, with students from over 100 countries around the world. Our students from overseas have the opportunity to experience living in the UK, to absorb its culture and language, and to make valuable contacts and friendships. You'll gain an internationally-recognised qualification and also the skills, experience and knowledge you need to develop a career wherever you choose to go in the world.

TUITION FEES

Tuition fees vary based on whether you’re full-time or part-time UK/EU or international student, and also vary between courses. Tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students in 2020/2021 are £9,250 per year for 3 or 4-year undergraduate degrees and top-up degrees. Most 2020/21 part-time tuition fees are £6,935 for 120 credits, with some exceptions.

A full-time taught postgraduate course costs between £6,250 and £7,250 per year for the majority of full-time taught postgraduate degrees in 2020/21. Most 2020/21 part-time taught postgraduate programmes (MA, MSc, postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma) cost £375 per 10-credit module, with some exceptions. Most postgraduate courses are 180 credits in total, and will normally take two years to complete on a part-time basis.

Accommodation

HALLS OF RESIDENCE

Living with other students is a brilliant way to immerse yourself in the university experience. It could be the place you meet friends for life.

If this is your first time studying at Sunderland,
you’re guaranteed a room in University accommodation, where you’ll have everything you need to work, play and live in a home away from home.

  • Fully equipped kitchens
    (crockery and cutlery not included)
  • On-site laundry facilities
  • Choice of four accommodation sites
  • Flexible living arrangements
  • Fast, reliable internet
  • All-inclusive rent
  • Year-round accommodation
  • Personal possessions insurance
  • Wheelchair access
  • Disability support

Clanny House
Clanny House is close to bus and metro transport links, both into the city centre and throughout the North East, giving you a great excuse to explore what the region has to offer.

Room include medium, large, and extra large. Flat sizes also vary; you can live with one person or six people. Bathroom and kitchen facilities are shared, with a washbasin in each bedroom. Clanny House has a diverse range of residents, making it one of the most popular accommodation sites for all students studying at the University.

Panns Bank
Panns Bank is situated on the banks of the River Wear, opposite the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s.

Loft style and dormer rooms give a contemporary feel with sloping ceilings. Each flat in Panns Bank accommodates between five and seven people and you’ll share kitchen, dining, toilet and shower facilities. Each bedroom comes with a washbasin and vanity unit. If you choose to live at Panns Bank you can also opt for a river view

Scotia Quay
Scotia Quay offers en-suite facilities in every bedroom. The flats here accommodate five people, and you’ll find each one is self-contained with a study bedroom including a small fridge and its own shower and toilet facilities.

You’ll also share a kitchen and lounge with your flatmates. Scotia Quay has the benefit of providing self-contained one-bedroom flats for either established couples or single students who prefer a quieter living environment.

The Forge U-Student Village
The Forge U-Student Village works in partnership with the University of Sunderland and features excellent on-site facilities.

This site offers modern, fully furnished, high-quality living environment with additional on-site facilities such as cinema room. Each cluster flat comes with a fully fitted kitchen including dishwasher, appliances, crockery, cutlery and storage. The Forge has a variety of room types on offer; each standard bedroom has fitted modern furniture, a vanity mirror and wash basin, standard rooms have shared communal showers and toilets. If you opt for a premium room you'll have a private shower. The en-suite rooms include a toilet and shower within each bedroom.

Open days

WHY COME TO AN OPEN DAY

Open days are jam-packed with talks, tours, opportunities to meet your future lecturers and current students, and check out the facilities.

Here at Sunderland we even put on free buses to pick you up from nearby cities such as Edinburgh, Leeds, York and Huddersfield. If you’d like to visit us but are struggling with transport and accommodation, contact us and we’ll see what we can do for you! We might even be able to put you up for the night.

WHAT ARE UNDERGRADUATE OPEN DAYS LIKE

Undergraduate open days are busy, vibrant and useful for the whole family, who can relax in a special friends and family zone with complimentary refreshments while you look around.

You’ll find talks on all of our main subject areas, talks and materials from all of our support services, accommodation tours, lecturers on hand to answer any questions you have, great food and drink, entertainment, and our amazing Student Ambassadors are always on hand to show you around or tell you about student life from their perspective.

WHAT ARE POSTGRADUATE OPEN DAYS LIKE

Postgraduate open days are much like our undergraduate open days, albeit on a slightly smaller scale. You can still take advantage of meeting your future lecturers, asking them about your course, finding out more about postgraduate funding and checking out all the relevant facilities and accommodation.

VIRTUAL TOURS

Can’t make it to Sunderland? Check out our Virtual Campus Tour and see what Sunderland has to offer from the comfort of your own device.

HOW TO GET TO THE UNI

Sunderland is connected to the rest of the UK by excellent road and rail links. You can reach us via air, rail and road – as well as sea! Once you arrive, getting around is easy with plenty of local buses and the Tyne and Wear Metro, as well as a good network of cycle routes and public footpaths.

Living here

THE CITY OF SUNDERLAND AND THE NORTH EAST OF ENGLAND

Sunderland’s twin Blue Flag Award winning beaches attract walkers, surfers, runners and cyclists wanting to enjoy the fresh sea air, while the Marina Complex provides top-class facilities all year round. We share our coast with both South Tyneside and Durham’s Heritage Coast, where you can see stunning coastal wildlife as well as the beautiful countryside of Northumberland, Country Durham and the North Yorkshire Moors.

Beyond the beach, the city has acres of green space including local and country parks, and wildlife reserves such as Rainton Meadows and Washington Wetland Centre.

Sunderland’s Washington Old Hall was home to the family of George Washington, first President of the USA. The red and white colours of the family crest feature in the American flag and influenced the Sunderland AFC football strip. The Bridges Shopping Centre and a range of quirky, independent shops are right on your doorstep.

Sunderland is an ideal base to explore the North East region from. In just 30 minutes you can visit historic Durham and its magnificent cathedral and castle, or enjoy Newcastle’s retail offer, see the cultural delights of Sage Gateshead or take in acclaimed art exhibitions at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

We have some of the best-known castles in the UK – try the imposing Bamburgh Castle or the spectacular ruins of Dunstanburgh. Scenes from the Harry Potter films were shot at Alnwick Castle and the Gardens here are a day out in their own right. Further afield in the north of our region, visit the windswept holy island of Lindisfarne, cut off at high tide, or the bustling town of Whitby in the south, known for outstanding fish and chips and its association with Dracula.

SPORTS AND RECREATION

Sunderland has fantastic facilities for sport and recreation, including an aquatic centre with a 50m pool, a dry ski slope, an LTA accredited tennis centre, an athletics track, rugby and cricket grounds, and a marina and watersports centre on the beach.

If you prefer to watch sport, we have football with Sunderland AFC, county and international cricket at nearby Durham County Cricket Club, rugby fans can watch Newcastle Falcons or Gateshead Thunder, and for basketball lovers we have the Newcastle Eagles.

ENTERTAINMENT AND NIGHTLIFE

Whether you’re looking for vibrant nightlife, cosy pubs serving cask ales, cocktail bars or independent coffee shops, Sunderland’s busy centre offers plenty of places to make, meet and spend time with friends.

Home to nationally-acclaimed musicians, The Futureheads, Hyde and Beast, Frankie and the Heartstrings and The Lake Poets, Sunderland’s music scene is eclectic and electric.

Student favourite INDEPENDENT hosts art exhibitions and craft markets and every Friday and every Saturday you’ll find DJs and bands playing everything from nu-jazz and house to funk, soul and indie. As well as a thriving independent scene, we’ve also hosted some of the world’s biggest bands and artists at the Stadium of Light such as Beyoncé, Foo Fighters and Rihanna.

You’ll find everything you want in Sunderland, from cheesy clubs and student-friendly bars to real-ale pubs and sophisticated restaurants.

EMELI SANDÉ, OUR NEW CHANCELLOR

The University recently installed Emeli Sandé as its new Chancellor. Emeli follows in the footsteps of Steve Cram CBE who stepped down after 11 years in the role. Vice-Chancellor, Sir David Bell, described Emeli as: "a committed advocate for social justice, gender equality and access to education”, adding that she will be “an outstanding role model for our students, graduates and staff.”

Emeli’s parents studied together at Sunderland in the 1980s and Emeli was born in the city, she said: "I’ve always felt a strong connection to Sunderland, so it is a great personal honour for me to accept the role of Chancellor of the University.

"I plan to use my time as Chancellor to help others see their worth, realise their potential and break down barriers, whether real or imagined."

Term dates

Uni of Sunderland campus

Term dates for 2020/21

Freshers / Induction week (new students)
16 Sept 2019 - 20 Sept 2019

Term 1 (all)
23 Sept 2019 - 13 Dec 2019

Winter vacation
16 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020 

Term 2 (all)
6 Jan 2020 - 4 Apr 2020

Spring vacation
7 Apr 2020 - 25 Apr 2020

Term 3 (all)
28 Apr 2020 - 4 Jul 2020

Addresses/postcodes

Business address:

The University of Sunderland 
Edinburgh Building
City Campus
Chester Road
Sunderland
SR1 3SD

Main Switchboard: +44 (0)191 515 2000
Course Helpline: +44 (0)191 515 3000

City Campus:

The University of Sunderland
City Campus
Chester Road
Sunderland
SR1 3SD

The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s:

The University of Sunderland
The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s
St Peters Way
Sunderland
SR6 0DD

Top questions

What do you look for in your students?
Obviously, commitment to their degree, and we love students that get involved in both social events and our Sunderland Futures programme. However, we encourage our students to be whoever they want to be.

What's the weirdest thing to happen at the university?
One of our buildings is haunted! We won’t say which one…

Do you have any famous or notable alumni?
Noted film director Tony ‘Top Gun’ Scott. “You can be my wingman anytime!”

Others include track and field athlete Steve Cram, TV presenter, radio and DJ Ortis Deley, England rugby player Katy McClean and British author Terry Deary.

What support is available to students who are struggling for any reason?
Again, a lot. Buddy Schemes, drop-in sessions, counselling, academic and academic tutor support, study skills support and 24/7 access to online mental health platform Silvercloud.

Do you offer any courses/sessions to help mature students with the university experience?
Yes, our award-winning Returners to Learning progression scheme, which offers:

  • UCAS application guidance and personal statement workshops
  • Subject taster sessions
  • Campus tours
  • Finance and funding guidance
  • The opportunity to speak to a member of teaching staff and current University of Sunderland students

What social events do you offer when people first join to help people make friends and settle in?
Lots. Our Freshers events programme has something for all students, including mature students and those that don’t drink alcohol. Our SU Buddies scheme also pairs up new students with a current students who can help them settle in.

What will my first few weeks at your uni be like?
Both inspirational and comforting – all the questions and concerns our students had before they started tend to melt away when they realise how supportive and open the University of Sunderland is.

Is it a campus or city based university? What advantages do you think this offers?
Both – we have a city centre campus which is close to everything on offer in the city centre. We also have a riverside campus which is more relaxed and has a beautiful location, but still within walking distance of the city centre.

What sort of societies are there?
Tons. We have 30 sports clubs and over 40 non-sporting societies covering everything from archery to Atlas Theatre Company, basketball to business and Sikh to sub-aqua. Anyone student can set up their own society.

How far is the campus from the town centre and what is the public transport like?
City Campus is very close to the city centre. You can walk there is 5 – 10 minutes. The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s is a 20-minute walk from town and is connected by good public transport, a Metro system and even a free SU bus.

How far apart are different university buildings, and how far away is the accommodation?
All university buildings are in two main campuses, which are connected by good public transport, a Metro system and even a free SU bus.

What percentage of your students get a full time job after 6 months of graduating?
93.4% of our graduates in employment, further study or training within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016/17, full-time, first degree, home leavers). 95.3% of our postgraduates are in employment, further study or training within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016/17, postgraduate home leavers).

Roughly how many students start each year?
3,700

What’s the ratio of male/female students?
54% female 46% male

How much is a pint at the student union?
A pint of lager is £3.50 in the campus bar.

What fields of study is the university best known for?
Pharmacy, teacher training, computing and nursing.