University of Sunderland

Preferred Partner University of Sunderland is one of the Aziz Foundation’s preferred partners. They share our core values and actively promote Widening Participation at the postgraduate level.

Preferred Partner in Focus: University of Sunderland

The University of Sunderland – named University of the Year for Social Inclusion 2021 – is well placed to increase access to postgraduate study for British Muslims. Committed to reducing inequalities within education, the University has the third highest number of students from a low participation neighbourhood of any English Higher Education institution.

The institution aims to eliminate the degree awarding gap entirely by 2029-30. There are several initiatives and programmes in place to ensure this happens such as, amongst others, launching a programme of peer and professional mentoring at its London campus with an emphasis on BAME representation.

The University is determined to create an inclusive culture and offers unconscious bias training and blind testing as part of the staff recruitment process, among a range of other training aimed at developing a campus-wide culture of inclusion.

The institution also boasts sector-leading prayer facilities and a Muslim Chaplain is employed full-time. Awareness sessions are also run around the support offered to Muslim students facilitated by both the institution and the Muslim Chaplain.