Students recognise Sunderland as their University of choice

Students recognise Sunderland as their University of choice

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The University of Sunderland has been shortlisted in three categories for the national Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2016.

Based on reviews from 25,000 students across the UK the University has been shortlisted in the Job Prospects, Course and Lecturers, and Student Support categories, with the winners announced at a ceremony in London on April 14.

This is the second year in a row that the University has been recognised in the Whatuni Awards, after being shortlisted in the Accommodation and Student Union categories in 2015.

Shirley Atkinson Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sunderland: “In the 2015 Whatuni awards students ranked Sunderland the top University in the North East and 15th in the UK – it is wonderful that we have received this further endorsement for our Job Prospects, Student Support and, of course, our Courses and Lecturers.

“We place our students at the heart of everything we do and this result shows the impact of our efforts is genuinely felt.

“We are particularly pleased to be shortlisted for the Job Prospects category. We build employability into all our course delivery. We collaborate with businesses to match skills they need to what we teach, and ensure our graduates have the knowledge, real-world experience and personal attributes that employers are looking for.

“Student Support is also a key part of the modern student’s experience of university life – we have a long and proud history of supporting students from hard to reach backgrounds, and ensuring that they gain all they can from the life-changing Sunderland experience. We offer them financial, pastoral and career support, which is a key part of that experience.

“We have some of the best lecturers, facilities and courses on offer, and it is wonderful to have our students endorse that officially. We know that students value how supportive and friendly Sunderland is because they tell us – now we know that they’re telling everyone.”

The Whatuni Awards are now in their third year and offer prospective students an unbiased, student-led alternative to traditional university rankings. This year 125 universities met the threshold to be considered for an award, with 39 receiving a nomination.

Simon Emmett, CEO if Whatuni.com parent company Hotcourses Group, added: “The WUSCAs inspire and guide students of all backgrounds to make the right university choice for them. With the 2016 results so closely following the Green Paper and consultation focusing on student choice, teaching excellence, and social mobility, there has never been a more crucial time to collect and analyse student satisfaction ratings from across the UK.”

The University of Sunderland is holding an Open Day on Friday, March 18, where prospective students can talk to academic staff, find out more about the University’s range of support services, go on a tour of the accommodation, and look around the campus.

Click here for more information and to register your place.

Megan Goodwin