桑德兰大学是一所朝气蓬勃、学科全面的国立综合性大学,并以其高质量的教学而著名.曾被英国权威媒体《卫报》评为 “英格兰最佳现代新型大学”, 《泰晤士报》将其评为“英格兰最佳新式研究大学”。而且在最新的英国大学科研评估(Research Assessment Exercise)和英国政府教学水平评估中(QAA)中桑德兰大学在新大学中也位居榜首;历年荣誉入下：
1、Over 92% of our graduates get a job or go on to further study within six months.
2、Business and Management programmes classed as ‘excellent’ in the most recent QAA report.
3、Tourism at the University of Sunderland is ranked 3rd best in the UK. (Guardian University Guide 2010)
4、Law at Sunderland is ranked 1st in the UK for academic support and assessment and feedback. (National Student Survey 2007)
5、The Guardian has named Sunderland as the best new University in the country for studying law.
6、Sunderland is the only institution to offer paralegal accreditation as part of the law degree.
7、Programmes taught at the purpose-built award winning Sir Tom Cowie Campus.