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History in pictures

Sunderland has been an important centre for education since AD674, when Benedict Biscop built St Peter's Church and Monastery. Take a look at some of the key developments of the 20th and 21st Century which have helped create the modern University of Sunderland:

2015

Shirley Atkinson

Shirley Atkinson appointed Vice-Chancellor.

2013

Glass Centre

National Glass Centre opens after £2.2m refurbishment by the University.

2012

London 2012

The University of Sunderland establishes a new facility in the capital, called the University of Sunderland in London.

2010

Vietnam

The University of Sunderland becomes the first UK university to operate Trans National Education (TNE) courses in Vietnam.

2008

Steve Cram

Olympic athlete Steve Cram MBE becomes the new Chancellor of the University of Sunderland.

2006

USA

Sunderland signs a Friendship Agreement with Washington DC in the USA, in order to forge economic, educational and cultural links.

1998

Lord Puttnam

Oscar-wining producer Lord Puttnam of Queensgate CBE becomes the University of Sunderland’s first chancellor.

1992

Anne

Sunderland Polytechnic gains university status and became the University of Sunderland. Dr Anne Wright becomes the University’s first Vice-Chancellor.

1982

1982

Sunderland Polytechnic creates the UK’s first degree in Glass Design.

1973

Langham Tower

Sunderland Polytechnic creates the first part-time Bachelor of Education course in the UK.

1969

Edinburgh building

Sunderland Technical College becomes Sunderland Polytechnic.

1964

Duke

A new complex of buildings for Sunderland Technical College is opened by HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

1960

Norway

Sunderland’s reputation for Naval architecture is so great that it has the largest number of Norwegian students in the world, outside of Norway.

1942

Spitfire

Special courses are created during the Second World War for the UK’s armed forces and the Ministry of Labour.

1922

1922

Sunderland Teacher Training College becomes ‘women only’ and remains that way until 1959.

1921

1921

Departments of Naval Architecture and Pharmacy established.

1908

1908

Sunderland Teacher Training College opens.

1901

1901

Sunderland Technical College opens.