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Teesside University
Motto Latin: Facta non verba[1]
Motto in English "Deeds Not Words"[1]
Established 1992 - gained University Status
1929 - Constantine Technical College[2]
Type Public
Endowment £191,000[3]
Chancellor Lord Sawyer[4]
Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Henderson[5]
Staff 2,215[6]
Students 24,160[7]
Undergraduates 20,875[7]
Postgraduates 2,660[7]
Location Middlesbrough, England, UK
Campus Urban
Affiliations Million+

Teesside University, based in Middlesbrough, England, has a student body of 24,160 students as of 2007.[7] Recording rises in applications of 11.4 per cent and 2.5 per cent for degree courses beginning in 2005 and 2006 respectively has given Teesside, for two years running, the highest such percentage increases of any university in the North East of England.[8] The University has a campus in Darlington named Teesside University Darlington.



The University has been situated since its formation as a Technical College in 1930 in the town of Middlesbrough, within the borough of Middlesbrough in the North Yorkshire area of England on the south banks of the River Tees. Transport links exist via the A19 and A66 roads. The University's entrance is at the site of the old Constantine College building, fronted by the Waterhouse clock tower.

History and estates

Constantine Building

While it was clear enough that, when the time came for a successor to the Middlesbrough-based Mechanics' Institute of 1844, a new technical college was in order, a shortage of funding long proved a barrier to any such plan. The College's launch could otherwise have come as early as 1914. Even after the donation of £40,000 in order to build the college from local shipping magnate Joseph Constantine in 1916, progress was slow. A Governing Council took place in 1922, followed by a doubling of the original financial offer by the Constantine family in 1924. For the task of constructing the first Technical College building, Mr Graham R. Dawbarn (a London architect also responsible for additions to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge) was appointed on 29 March 1926.[9] Building work finally kicked into action in 1927, culminating in the beginning of enrollment and teaching formalities on 16 September 1929. But the fanfare had to wait, until the turn of the decade, in order to accommodate the royal schedule.

Constantine Technical College was nonetheless finally opened on 2 July 1930 by the future King Edward VIII, the Prince of Wales. Although not yet a university, from the outset, Constantine was both a further and higher education college. While at one end of the spectrum students at Constantine could be as young as 15, also publicised in its Prospectus were degree courses validated by the University of London. Star disciplines included metallurgy, engineering and chemistry. Five rooms were also reserved for an art department, until cramped accommodation forced the School of Art to split from its parent site for the 1950s.

University of Teesside on Borough Road.

The 1960s were years of sweeping change – as well as political sting – for the still comparatively fledgling College. By the end of the decade the first two "Teesside University" campaigns had begun: the first, from the early 1960s to 1966, and the second, from 1967 to 1972, spates of enthusiasm killed off on each occasion only by the scepticism of then-Minister of Education, Anthony Crosland, and Margaret Thatcher's defining White Paper, respectively. The latter effectively shelved plans for the erection of any new institution in the United Kingdom, until the 1980s at least.[10]

On campus, one of the most visible major developments for the College was an extension comprising an 11-storey "skyscraper", on which construction work began in 1963. The College acquired the neighbouring former High School of 1877, extended the grounds. The College briefly restyled itself as Constantine College of Technology, before becoming a polytechnic (Britain's 13th) in 1969. At that point, the institution boasted 17 degree courses.

A merger with Teesside College of Education took place in the 1970s along with the purchase of Flatts Lane. The Clarendon Building was added in 1973, as was the Stephenson Building in 1976, with both remaining in use for the Polytechnic's long-awaited conversion into a University. That happened in June 1992, when Teesside Polytechnic became one of the United Kingdom's first new universities, following that year's Further and Higher Education Act.

Victoria Building

By the 1990s student numbers were nearing the 8,000 mark, but only in 1997 was the old Polytechnic's library replaced, by a Learning Resource Centre. Subsequent additions included the Virtual Reality Centre and Centre for Enterprise, as well as, more recently, the Phoenix and Athena Buildings. Today, historic structures such as the old High School (the Waterhouse building), the Constantine building and Victoria Building of 1891 (a schoolyard-equipped Victorian school, housing a series of graduate business incubator units), are all Grade II listed buildings.

In 2009, the University of Teesside changed its name to "Teesside University", changed its logo and adopted the motto "Inspiring success" as part of a rebrand that cost £20,000. Alternative names also suggested included "Middlesbrough University" and "Tees Valley University".[11]

On 15 October 2009, Teesside University was elected University of the Year and Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative in the Times Higher Education Awards.[12]

Status and future developments

View of the clock tower from Albert Road

The University has opened its temporary campus Teesside University Darlington, in the former Eastbourne Secondary School in the Eastbourne area of Darlington. Its new state of the art campus will open in 2011 with work starting on site in april 2010. The new campus will be on the Darlington College site, in the Central Park regeneration area next to the East Coast mainline railway station.

The University has been ranked second place of all English universities by the Funding Council for attracting students from atypical addresses, and has won seven National Teaching Fellowships.[13]

The construction of an £11m Institute of Digital Innovation, as part of the 2010 DigitalCity project is now underway and the Animex International Festival is also staged there on an annual basis, complementing the University's coverage of animation and computer games. It is also home to the Northern Region Film and Television Archive.

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education has thus far identified units of teaching "excellence" in Art & Design, computer science, history, social work, sport and exercise, electrical and electronic engineering, nursing, the Foundation Degree in chemical technology and a number of subjects allied to medicine.

The first National Student Survey disclosed its findings in September 2005. Over the full range of criterion, the University scored 4/5 for overall student satisfaction - level with institutions such as Leeds and Newcastle. Within Teesside, English, Law and Art & Design fared best, with all three areas within the top 25 per cent of student satisfaction nationally.[14] In the resulting overall "league table", the University was ranked joint 34th of 101 institutions. It was also during this year that the University scaled the national top 20 for graduate further study or employment in The Times Good University Guide 2005; Teesside was the highest ranked new university.

The 2006 Times Good University Guide and The Sunday Times university league table ranked Teesside 91st out of 100 British universities and joint 75th of 119 institutions respectively, with the National Student Survey 2006 giving the institution's Art & Design courses the top ranking nationally.[14] The University achieved the same overall satisfaction score of 4/5 as the previous year, contributing to an overall rank of joint 70th of 129 recorded institutions.[15] According to the 2008 National Student Survey, 84 per cent of degree students are happy with their course and the percentage of overall student satisfaction is up for the third year running.. Teesside University was named the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards University of the Year 2009.[16]

In research, the University offers an array of relevant routes of study resulting in the qualification of MPhil, PhD, MProf and DProf. The best research profile is in History, where research received the maximum score of 5/5 in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise.

Undergraduate application statistics for Autumn 2005 entry showed that Computer Art (applications up 41.7 per cent), Electronic and Electrical Engineering (up 30.4 per cent), Sociology (up 25.5 per cent), Psychology (up 18.09 per cent) and Law (applications up 16.8 per cent) were among the courses with the fastest growing popularity within the University.

The present Vice-Chancellor is Professor Graham Henderson. In April 2005, the University welcomed Lord Sawyer as its new Chancellor, supplanting the University's first, European Commissioner Leon Brittan.




The University consists of six schools.

Research Centres

  • Centre for Nano & Microsystems
  • Centre for Applied Science (CAS)
  • Clean Environment Management Centre (Clemance)
  • Teesside Manufacturing Centre
  • Centre for Forensic Investigation (CFI)
  • Centre for Construction Innovation and Research (CCIR)
  • Centre for Leadership and Organisational Change (CLOC)
  • Teesside Formal Methods and Programming Research Group (TFMPRG)

Centre for Nano & Microsystem

The Centre for Nano & Microsystem has developed a new facility to apply nanotechnology and microfabrication into the design of miniaturised diagnostic devices. such as 'Lab on a chip', micro fluidics, BioMEMS, and photonics, with a focus on photolithographic processing, wet and dry etching, metallisation and thin film deposition, screen printing and device packaging.

The CNM clean room is 140 square meters in size and comprises two Class 1,000 rooms (white & yellow areas), one Class 100 area, and one Class 10,000 gowning area with an unclassified service chase area.

CNM have assembled a comprehensive polymer replication and manufacturing suite made up of CAD design and tool path assembly, CNC micro-milling for tool fabrication, micro-injection moulding and hot embossing for polymer replication and joining.

Advanced instrumentation available in CNM are those of surface analysis, electro analysis, dry etching, ultrasonic bonder, photolithography, screen printing, CNC micro milling, hot embossing, injection moulding, laser ablation, metallization and thin film deposition.


There is accommodation provided in self-catered rooms, mostly reserved for first year undergraduate students but also for international students, postgraduates, staff and undergraduates who have been unable to find alternative accommodation. All accommodation is within easy walking distance of University facilities. The University has four managed residences (halls, houses and flats), providing 726 places. A further 472 places are available through the University managed housing scheme (properties owned by private landlords but managed by the University).

Students' Union

The Students' Union has won numerous accolades; it was named Students' Union of the Year at the BEDA (Bar Entertainment and Dance Association) Awards in 2004 and Club Mirror Students' Union of the Year in 2002, as well as finishing runner-up in the latter award in 2007. In 2002/2003, the Students' Union also won the Sport England Volunteer Investment Programme Award, while the Union's bar, The Terrace Bar, was awarded Best Bar None status in both 2006 and 2008, overcoming competition from universities from across the two regions of the North East and Yorkshire. The Students' Union also won the 2007 It's Not Funny competition,[17] winning a live comedy performance featuring Bill Bailey, Marcus Brigstocke, Andrew Maxwell and Simon Amstell.

Students are encouraged to get involved in their Students' Union in a variety of ways. There are over 40 clubs and over 20 societies and if their interests aren't covered they are able to set up their own. The Activities and Skills Centre (ASC) will help them to do this, as well as provide the opportunity to get involved in charity work such as Raise and Give (RAG) and Student Community Action (SCA).

The Terrace Star, formerly P.T.O., is the Students' Union's monthly newspaper and students are able to get involved as Media and Marketing Assistants by becoming editors, writers, reporters, critics, photographers and designers.

Union Council is held once a month and in this meeting the key issues affecting students are debated, motions are passed and the Executive Committee are held to account. The Chair and Vice Chair of Union Council are elected to these posts at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). There are plenty of committees for students to get involved with, such as Finance and Elections.


Principals of Constantine Technical College

  • Douglas Heber Ingall (1928–1930)
  • T. J. Murray (1931–1936)
  • H. V. Field (1936–1947)
  • S. A. R. Clark (1947–1955)
  • G. S. Atkinson (1955–1961)
  • J. Houghton (1961–1970)[10]

Chancellors of Teesside University

Notable staff

Notable alumni

  • Danielle Neal, MA in Crimnology,Actress in Corination Steet

Image gallery


  1. ^ a b "love art and architecture" (PDF). Visit Middlesbrough. p. 6. Retrieved 2009-05-12.  
  2. ^ "History of the University". Teesside University. Retrieved 2009-05-12.  
  3. ^ "Governors’ Report and Financial Statements 2007-08" (PDF). Teesside University. 2008-11-14. Retrieved 2009-05-12.  
  4. ^ "Chancellor". Teesside University. 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-12.  
  5. ^ "Vice-Chancellor’s Executive". Teesside University. 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-12.  
  6. ^ "University of Teesside  » About Us » Facts and Figures". University of Teesside Website. Retrieved 2008-03-30.  
  7. ^ a b c d "Table 0a - All students by institution, mode of study, level of study, gender and domicile 2006/07" (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet). Higher Education Statistics Agency online statistics. Retrieved 2008-03-31.  
  8. ^ "Teesside has top regional rise in degree applications". Teesside University. 2006-02-21. Retrieved 2009-05-12.  
  9. ^ Lillie, William (1968). The History of Middlesbrough: An Illustration of the Evolution of English Industry. The Mayor Aldermen and Burgesses of the County Borough of Middlesbrough. Middlesbrough Corporation.  
  10. ^ a b Leonard, J. W. (1981). Constantine College. Teesside Polytechnic.  
  11. ^ "Inspiring success with a name change". Evening Gazette. 11 May, 2009.  
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  13. ^ "Why Choose the University of Teesside?". University of Teesside Website. Retrieved 2008-07-03.  
  14. ^ a b "Students give Teesside vote of confidence". Teesside University. 2006-09-01. Retrieved 2009-05-12.  
  15. ^ Student satisfaction survey results
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  18. ^ "MP becomes a time traveller". University of Teesside Website. Retrieved 2007-04-09.  
  19. ^ "From Teesside to our television screens". University of Teesside Website. Retrieved 2008-07-12.  

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Coordinates: 54°34′20″N 1°14′06″W / 54.57220°N 1.23491°W / 54.57220; -1.23491


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