Shirley Atkinson appointed Vice-Chancellor.
National Glass Centre opens after £2.2m refurbishment by the University.
The University of Sunderland establishes a new facility in the capital, called the University of Sunderland in London.
The University of Sunderland becomes the first UK university to operate Trans National Education (TNE) courses in Vietnam.
Olympic athlete Steve Cram MBE becomes the new Chancellor of the University of Sunderland.
Sunderland signs a Friendship Agreement with Washington DC in the USA, in order to forge economic, educational and cultural links.
Oscar-wining producer Lord Puttnam of Queensgate CBE becomes the University of Sunderland’s first chancellor.
Sunderland Polytechnic gains university status and became the University of Sunderland. Dr Anne Wright becomes the University’s first Vice-Chancellor.
Sunderland Polytechnic creates the UK’s first degree in Glass Design.
Sunderland Polytechnic creates the first part-time Bachelor of Education course in the UK.
Sunderland Technical College becomes Sunderland Polytechnic.
A new complex of buildings for Sunderland Technical College is opened by HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Sunderland’s reputation for Naval architecture is so great that it has the largest number of Norwegian students in the world, outside of Norway.
Special courses are created during the Second World War for the UK’s armed forces and the Ministry of Labour.
Sunderland Teacher Training College becomes ‘women only’ and remains that way until 1959.
Departments of Naval Architecture and Pharmacy established.
Sunderland Teacher Training College opens.
Sunderland Technical College opens.