About Student & Learning Support Services

Institute of Sport

Sport at the University of Sunderland has always been important.  In 2002, University Sport Sunderland (USS) first came into existence, its creation highlighted the coordinated delivery of sport and recreation services from the University (Academic and Sports Delivery) and also the Students' Union (Clubs and Societies). Ivan Whitfield is Director of Sport and leads the sports alliance,  increasing the opportunities available through the services of sport at the institution.  For further information about the Institute of Sport please check their Web site


Student Services

Careers & Employability Service

The Careers & Employability Service work collaboratively with other University staff in delivering careers education, information and guidance. Services include:

  • the delivery of careers education interventions (group presentations and workshops) at programme and School level
  • publicity of vacancies
  • events and courses relevant to the career aims of students
  • keeping programme leaders and other appropriate staff informed about the labour market specific to graduates, for example changes in progression opportunities or new careers/employment sectors.

Chaplaincy Service

Holy Island trip organised by the Chaplaincy

Counselling Service

The Counselling Service provides counselling to both University students and staff, offering an opportunity to be listened to in the strictest of confidence about issues and difficulties that are causing disquiet or distress. Many people who attend counselling find that the issues by which they feel troubled impact on their life in some detrimental way, such as their ability to concentrate on their work/studies. Counselling can help with reaching a greater understanding of personal issues and concerns, finding ways in which to manage or cope with problems.

Disability Support Services

The Disability Support Services provide advice, information and support on any issues relating to students who have a disability or Specific Learning Difficulties, such as dyslexia, including:

  • help with DSAs applications
  • assessment of a wide range of special needs through NERAC
  • information on accessibility on campus
  • learning, including special arrangements for examination
  • information on personal support
  • technology and ergonomic study environments.

Student Financial Advice

The Student Financial Advice is the University's provision of information, advice, representation and on-going support for students on any aspect of student finance. The financial counsellors provide:

  • Student Financial Counsellorsadvice on problems with applying for grants/loans and contact with Local Education Authorities or the Student Loans Company
  • information on the student support system and other sources of financial support
  • assistance with claims for state benefits for those students who remain eligible
  • expert advice on basic budgeting.

Health and Wellbeing Service

The Health and Wellbeing Service is happy to support students to address any health-related concerns they may have. They host frequent health promotion events which all staff and students are very welcome to attend.

Student Support Funds Service

The Student Support Funds Service Team administers the Access to Learning Fund at University. This is money allocated to universities to give to UK students who face unavoidably high costs or face financial emergencies beyond their control.

University Library Services (ULS)

University Library Services provide a wide range of services both on and off campus. ULS are committed to supporting the information needs of all staff and students through:

  • Catherine Cookson Reading Room - St Peter's Libraryimaginative learning spaces
  • flexible access to resources
  • innovative IT facilities
  • the development of the skills needed to support effective learning.

 ULS also:

  • manage the submission and handback of assessed work
  • work in partnership with staff in the design, delivery and support of teaching and learning
  • support research activity.
  • provide a Study Support Service for students - one-to-one or group tutor-assisted help with maths and study skills support.



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