Sunderland students give university the thumbs up

The University of Sunderland's Chester Road campus.
The University of Sunderland's Chester Road campus.

Sunderland students have given the city’s university the thumbs up.

The National Student Survery revealed overall student satisfaction at the University of Sunderland is 84%.

Shirley Atkinson

Shirley Atkinson

It also showed that 88% of the university’s students feel their experience has been valuable, which is 10% higher than the average for England.

The University of Sunderland has seen record levels of participation in the survey, with four out of every five students completing it and giving feedback on their satisfaction with the quality of their course, teaching excellence, support they receive and their overall experience.

Shirley Atkinson, University of Sunderland’s vice-chancellor, said: “We’re particularly delighted to see that overall student satisfaction at the University of Sunderland is 84% - this is above the 83% sector average, which has seen a small decline.

“And the high percentage (88%) of University of Sunderland students who feel their student experience has been valuable is very gratifying – demonstrating the impact our transformation programme and focus on student experience and outcomes are having.”

Students are at the heart of everything we do

Shirley Atkinson

Students ranked many of the subjects highly, with student satisfaction 100% for Education Studies, Computer Science with Sandwich Year, International Tourism and Hospitality Management, Psychology with Counselling, Social Sciences and Sports Coaching.

Ms Atkinson said: “Students are at the heart of everything we do at the University of Sunderland and in their responses they have expressed their satisfaction with areas including ‘teaching on my course’, ‘learning opportunities’ and ‘academic support’ – placing the University of Sunderland above the sector average.

“The very high levels of participation mean we can be confident these results reflect the views of our student community, which show how highly students themselves rate and value their experience at the University of Sunderland – clearly highlighting the positive impact of our ambitious transformation programme; investment in facilities and infrastructure; and our focus on excellent teaching, applied research, professional practice and collaborative industry links.”