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University of Sunderland: coat of arms

When you graduate from the University of Sunderland you will receive a degree parchment which bears the University of Sunderland's coat of arms.

Understanding 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".

University of Sunderland Armorial Bearings