The UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) has made a change to ‘Tier 4 Sponsor' status for all institutions, and they now award Tier 4 Sponsor status to institutions allowed to sponsor international students, The University of Sunderland has held this status continuously since the scheme was introduced.
The UKVI's Tier 4 Sponsor status is only given to institutions that have ‘demonstrated the highest levels of compliance’.
Only Tier 4 Sponsors such as the University of Sunderland can assign Confirmations of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to international students. The CAS is essential for receiving a Tier 4 visa.
You can see the University of Sunderland on the government's official register of licensed sponsors.