1901 - ?

Sunderland University

Sunderland School of Art was established in 1901. On 26 January 1969 Sunderland Polytechnic was established, incorporating the School of Art, the Technical College, which was also established in 1901, and the Sunderland Teacher Training College which had been established in 1908. Sunderland was among the first of thirty Polytechnics, like polytechnics or technological universities their aim was to teach both purely academic and professional vocational subjects. Their focus was applied education for work and their roots concentrated on engineering and applied science, they also created departments concerned with the humanities. As a polytechnic, Sunderland created the first part-time, in-service BEd (Bachelor of Education) programme in the country. The Further and Higher Education Act 1992 when the polytechnic gained university status as The University of Sunderland.