Eleven reasons to choose the University of Sunderland through Clearing

You may be wondering what university to come to through the Clearing process.

Here are eleven reasons why you should choose to come to the University of Sunderland for your degree.

1. The award-winning beaches.


In Sunderland, you’re not far from the sea and sand. The university’s two campuses are just a short walk from the beach. The city has a long coastline with several amenities lining the shores, from a good old fish and chips meal to the Roker Pier. You can dip your toes into the sea as well as your degree.

2. The culture and history of the city.


Sunderland is steeped in culture and history. The city is known for its shipbuilding past
and currently it is bidding to become the UK City of Culture in 2021. There’s a cinema, a theatre and so much more to take part in. The heritage of the city could also help you in your degree so don’t pass up what the city has to offer.

3. The university is one of the safest in England.


Sunderland is home to one of the safest universities in England. A number of support services are available on campus to help you study and socialise in a safe environment. There is a crime prevention team with a dedicated Campus Police Officer. As well as this the university
does not tolerate any form of hate crime on or off campus and has links with support organisations.

4. The University of Sunderland has climbed 38 places in the Guardian League Tables in the last two years.


It was the highest climber last year and it has risen another eight places this year – totalling a rise of 38 places in the Guardian League Tables. We’ve also been given a silver award in the Teaching Excellence Framework which highlights the quality of our teaching.

5. The facilities at the University of Sunderland are amazing.

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Almost £130 million has been invested in the university’s two campuses – city campus and St Peters over recent years. Some of the investment had led to the creation of the Living Lab on the main campus and the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries’ MediaHUB on the riverside campus (St Peters).

6. The university and the city big about sport.

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The university prides itself on its sporting facilities – there’s a gym on campus called Cityspace.

If you enjoy watching sports we have the Stadium of Light and Ashbrooke Sports ground close by. Further afield you can watch cricket at Durham’s County Cricket club. There’s a lot the North East has to offer.

There’s also more than 50 sports clubs and societies for you to join. If there’s not one you like you can set one up yourself!

7. 94 per cent of the university’s graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating.


Employability is also another big thing that the university pride themselves on. Sunderland Futures is the dedicated service offering CV and covering letter advice as well as help with interview techniques. They’re also the place to go if you’d like support finding employment or getting into further study.

8. There are a variety of support services available.

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University is not easy. Sometimes people will need support for a variety of reasons, whether its to do with their health and wellbeing or their finances. The University of Sunderland is there to help whatever your situation.

9. The calibre of our research staff.


Lecturers are active in their chosen research fields. For almost 100 years, researchers at the university have been challenging themselves and their subject – from the early days of pharmacy to the support for heavy industry at its height, through to today’s new sciences and advanced technologies.

10. We’re a friendly bunch of people.


The North East is well-known for being a friendly region – so that’s great!

11. The university is home to an independent award-winning student-led community radio station.


Spark FM is based at the University of Sunderland. It’s a radio station that is led by students on various degree courses and serves the community of Sunderland and the wider region. To find out more about Spark FM visit the website.

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