University of Sunderland Armorial BearingsUnderstanding the coat of arms

The Crest: the ship is a Lymphad with the Arms on the sail; this reflects the connection with the sea and coal.

The Arms: the Mitres refer to Bishopwearmouth and Monkwearmouth, with St Peter’s keys.

The Sun in Splendour: this symbolises the light of learning, and is also a play on words on 'Sunderland'.

The Shield: the shield is divided into eight pieces, or 'gyrons'. This shows that the University is made of numerous elements and alludes to its multiplicity of educational courses.

The Supporters: the Griffin on the left “looks wisely into all aspects of future development”. The Lion on the right is a reference to the lions in the Durham Coat of Arms - Sunderland was historically part of County Durham.

The Motto: 'Scientiam Dulce Hauriens', is taken from the closing prayer of the Venerable Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People. It translates from Latin as "sweetly absorbing knowledge".