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Academic support

The University academic year is divided into three semesters- Autumn, Spring and Summer.  There are two timetabled examination periods, winter exams in January and summer exams in May. Additionally, within each term, there may be course-specific examinations or assessments. Exact details should be obtained from your module leaders and lecturers. Find exact term dates and an academic calendar.

Students registered with our team can discuss alternative arrangements for examinations and assessments however you must contact us 4 weeks prior to any exam. 


There are six academic Faculties in the University and each co-ordinates and manages a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses:

  • Health Sciences and Wellbeing
  • Educaton and Society
  • Business, Law and Tourism
  • Arts and Creative Industries
  • Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing
  • Computer Science

Skills for learning

Skills for Learning, provided by University Library Services, is a collection of downloadable guides and resources that you can use to support the development of academic skills.

Academic skills include essay writing, reading, revising, note taking, presenting and time management.  You can access resources on those topics and others in the Skills for learning resource collection.  

You can also access one to one support -

  • A Numeracy Adviser can help you with any basic or advanced numeracy problems no matter what subject you are studying. 
  • A Study Skills Adviser can help you with skills including academic writing; giving presentations; reading and note taking; and revising and taking exams.

For more information about the tutors or to make an appointment telephone 0191 515 2280 or email studysupport@sunderland.ac.uk.

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