Teesside University Review – 2019 Student Guide

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Teesside University was originally established in 1930 as “Constantine Technical College”, by 1969 it was re-branded Teesside Polytechnic and in 1992 was officially gained University Status. Currently it has around 20,000 students, these are a mixture of undergraduates (18,000) and postgraduates (2,000).

The University consists of five schools. School of Design, Culture & the Arts (SDCA), the School of Computing (SOC), the School of Health & Social Care (SOHSC), the School of Science & Engineering (SSE) and the School of Social Sciences, Business & Law (SSSBL).

Teesside University is arguably one of the leading “new” universities in the country. On 15 October 2009, it was named “University of the Year” and awarded Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative in the Times Higher Education Awards, a great accolade for a former “Poly” establishment.

Each year, the University works with hundreds of different companies providing research and innovation, consultancy, knowledge exchange, start-up incubation and mentoring and graduate placement. In the National Student Survey 2015, Teesside University scored 86% for overall satisfaction (up from 85% in 2014). The percentage of students who would recommend Teesside University to others grew to 89% (from 87%).

Teesside University

One major coup for the university is the fact it partly owns the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima)  which is a contemporary art gallery in the centre of Middlesbrough. mima’s collections contains works by Frank Auerbach, Ben Nicholson, Stanley Spencer, Elizabeth Blackadder, Ken Currie, Katherine Pleydell-Bouverie, Gwen John, Dame Elisabeth Frink, Eduardo Paolozzi, Kara Walker and many more. mima has participated in the Tate’s program “Artist Rooms”, featuring exhibitions by Gerhard Richter and Jannis Kounellis in the galleries. More recently Louise Bourgeois was exhibited as part of this project in 2014.

The University’s School of Computing hosts the annual “Animex International Festival of Animation and Computer Games.  Animex was founded by Teesside University in 2000, with a view to creating a world-class festival that would draw some of the games and animation industries’ brightest lights and future stars together to share their knowledge with the next generation. Consisting of a unique blend of talks, workshops, networking events, exhibitions and screenings, Animex promotes an ethos of collaboration and sharing and prides itself on its warm friendly atmosphere.


Teesside University Campus

With a major re-development of Middlesbrough  being announced in 2017 by the local council, the main campus in Middlesbrough is at the heart of the town, and the larger region as a whole.

The campus has seen a lot of investment over the past decade or so, the latest phase has included a new £20 million building called “The Curve”, which has a 200-seat lecture theatre and 1,476 square metres of teaching and learning space. It sits within a pedestrianised and landscaped area which is seen as a focal point to the campus itself.

In 2015, six million was invested in the refurbishment and extension of the University’s Orion Building, this included a three storey glass extension to house new industry-standard equipment. It was announced in August 2015, that a further £2.5m is to be invested in the award-winning Students’ Union, and £2m on campus catering facilities. The library is also expected to see a £5m investment.

A new £2.5m health and fitness centre opened at Teesside University’s Middlesbrough campus in January 2016. The building features fitness and free weights areas, a sprint track, multi-purpose studios and a sauna. The Middlesbrough campus is located in a fantastic position within the town itself.

Just off the busy Linthorpe Road area, which contains independent boutiques and restaurants. The campus is certainly a beating heart in the centre of the town. The main shopping district is about a five minute walk and includes all national retailers. There’s also a good selection of entertainment facilities from cinemas, nightclubs, pubs and bars.

If you love the outdoors, Middlesbrough is a perfect location for all sorts of different activies and days out. The north sea is around 15 minutes drive, with beautiful seaside resorts such as Whitby and Scarborough around 40 miles away. There’s also the beautiful countryside and the sceneic Cleveland Hills, which lie just on the outskirts of town.

A part from the main Middlesbrough campus, the university also operates a large £13m Darlington campus, which originally opened in 2011 at Central Park. Today the Darlington campus is known as “The Forge” and is the university’s central business hub.


Students Union

The Students Union at Teesside University actually rates very highly, in the National Student Survey 2015, the Students’ Union scored a 85% satisfaction rate, which was up from 82% in 2014. Compared to the national average of 69%, the Union is certainly a plus point for the university as a whole. From 2014 the Students’ Union has received an investment of over £8.5m to refurbish its building and facilities.

Teesside Students Union

To date there are over 40 clubs and over 20 societies, and students are able to set up their own clubs and societies, if their interests aren’t covered. The Students’ Union also has support services for students as part of the SU Link which provides help with welfare, academic, financial and personal issues.

It also advertises a large range of part-time jobs. In addition there’s also weekly entertainment from “club nights” which can include DJ’s, Live Music and Comedians to generate gatherings and events.