Teesside University

2015 League Table Ranking 96
2015 Overall Score 540
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Entry Standards 316 Help
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Student-Staff Ratio 18.8 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
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Research Assessment 1.99 Help
Research Assessment
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Academic Services Spend 1,071 Help
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Student Satisfaction 4.10 Help
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Facilities Spend 373 Help
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Graduate Prospects 53.6 Help
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Degree Completion 81.1 Help
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Good Honours 58.6 Help
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Green Score 34.5 Help
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  • Teesside University is dynamic and energetic, celebrating over 80 years of innovative and inspiring education.
  • Over £135-m investment on campus provides top class facilities for students.
  • Teesside offers a wide range of popular subjects from animation to law, business and health to media and forensic science. Find out more about courses at Teesside online at www.tees.ac.uk/undergraduate.
  • Officially opened in 1930 as Constantine Technical College by the then Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VIII, to support Middlesbrough’s booming engineering and shipping industries.

Location and Transport

  • Teesside University is based in Middlesbrough, a friendly multicultural town in the heart of the
    North of England.
  • A vibrant town centre campus in central Middlesbrough with all facilities within walking distance.
  • A new second campus opened in Darlington in September 2011.
  • Excellent transport links. London is just three hours away; York and Newcastle one hour by train. Durham Tees Valley airport provides access to the rest of the world.
  • Direct access to local surfing beaches and wide range of sea and river water sports. Middlesbrough is adjacent to the beautiful North York Moors National Park. It also offers a lively night life, art festivals and culture.

Entry Standards

  • Teesside gives equal consideration to all academic and vocational qualifications.
  • Information about English language support for international students is available online at www.tees.ac.uk/international.
  • Entry criteria for undergraduate courses at Teesside is available online at www.tees.ac.uk/undergraduate

Student Mix

  • We have almost 30,000 full- and part-time students.
  • Overseas students make up 5.6% of the students studying on campus at Teesside, with a further 1.6% coming from the EU (excluding transnational activity). 
  • 43% of students are male, 57% female.
  • Teesside has a community of over 1,400 students from overseas (full-time, including EU).

Course Flexibility

  • Most courses offer the option of a paid placement year, study abroad and work experience.
  • A wide variety of modules gives students the choice within the curriculum.
  • Flexible and bespoke courses for part-time students.

Teaching Standards

  • 88% of degree students are happy with their course (National Student Survey 2013). Diagnostic radiography students are the most satisfied in England. Fine art is ranked in second place nationally, and occupational therapy and physiotherapy are also both ranked in the top ten nationally.
  • High teaching standards are evidenced by professional body accreditation such as Skillset, Forensic Science Society and the British Psychological Society.
  • Many of our teaching staff have relevant industrial or professional experience. Close links with industry keep their teaching up to date – supervising placement students, consulting, developing spin-off businesses.
  • Our programmes and lecturers are ranked as some of the best in the North East, and within the UK’s top ten in one student choice award.
  • Our English language support is voted the UK’s second best (International Student Barometer 2012).

Research Standards

  • Research classed as being of international quality or higher equalled almost 70% in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008.
  • 55% of research entered by Teesside University in computing was classed as internationally excellent (including 10% rated as world-leading).
  • 50% of research in history is internationally excellent (with 10% rated as world-leading)
  • We have five research institutes committed to fostering research excellence at Teesside. To support this, the University ensures its programmes are appropriately underpinned by research scholarships and evidence-based contemporary professional practice.

Academic Strengths

  • Teaching and learning is placed at the heart of academic standards at the University.
  • Teesside offers many industry recognised and accredited courses. On many courses students gain practical experience working in business and industry.
  • Design, computer science, nursing and health subjects have all performed well in teaching assessments. (Quality Assurance Agency)
  • The University has a reputation for particular expertise in computer games design, animation, media and sport and exercise.
  • Teesside has one of the largest UK higher education course portfolios in forensic science and investigation, criminology and police training.
  • Teesside's international reputation for animation and computer games design courses resulted in a ranking of one of the top 20 places in the world to study these subjects (3D World). The University's Animex Festival attracts top animators from Hollywood.
  • Built on Teesside University’s world-renowned expertise and reputation in digital media and digital technology. DigitalCity is creating a thriving cluster of digital and creative businesses in the Tees Valley – 200 high-tech business start-ups.
  • We are consistently in the top ten in the UK for overall average international student satisfaction (International Student Barometer 2008–12).
  • In the 2010 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) Teesside outperformed the overall satisfaction national scores for learning resources and career and professional development.

Student Facilities

  • A four-floor library of resources, 1,300 places for individual and group study, access to over 40,000 books and 29,500 journals, over 400 PCs across all floors and specialist academic librarians for each subject area. Plus a learning hub and learning café.
  • International students rate our library space as the best in the UK, according to the International Student Barometer 2012.
  • Over 5,000 computer workstations are available for students across the University with free WiFi.
  • A £17m four-storey sport and health science complex opened in 2010. It includes an on campus dentist for students, dentistry training centre and hydrotherapy pool.
  • One of the first modern universities accredited under the Matrix national quality standard for careers information and advice.
  • Out of hours IT support helpline including 24-hour weekend and bank holiday support.
  • The largest crime scene house in the UK, over 30 crime scene areas plus a replica court.
  • One of the country's best teaching and learning environments in all digital aspects of computing, design and media including a newsroom, broadcast news studios, multimedia publishing and computing suites. 
  • Teesside’s broadcast quality sound and high definition video production facilities are among the best in the UK.
  • A conservation centre for a vast archive of film and TV material dating from 1912.
  • Specialist science and engineering facilities include molecular biology, microbiology and food technology labs, plus nanotechnology clean rooms, and pilot plant facilities for chemical and mechanical engineering.

Disability Services

  • Teesside’s disability service team can provide information, advice and guidance.
  • A disability adviser is dedicated to supporting students with any form of mental health concern or autistic spectrum disorder.
  • A counselling service and a well-being centre can support students with all aspects of their experience.
  • Get more information about disability services at Teesside online at www.tees.ac.uk/disability.

Students' Union

  • Our Students’ Union is one of the best in England with a top-ten rating (National Student Survey 2013).
  • We have a gold standard for our commitment to making the Students’ Union more environmentally sustainable.
  • Led by students for students – all the money it makes goes straight back into providing the best student facilities and services.
  • It offers social space like The Hub, Terrace Bar, places to eat, support, advice, social spaces, a shop, sports clubs and societies to suit most tastes. And a job service to help you find part-time work.
  • Get more details about the Students' Union at Teesside at www.tees-su.org.uk


  • Teesside boasts sporting stars such as cyclist Chris Newton, who has three Olympic medals for individual and team events; 400m runner Jared Deacon, who has won medals at the Commonwealth and Olympic Games; long distance runner Ricky Stevenson, who competes at international level; Terrance Bossom, who won a silver medal at the Delhi Commonwealth Games; Johanna Jackson, won gold in the walking race at the 2010 commonwealth games; and Aimee Willmott, individual medley in the London Olympic Games and 2010 Commonwealth Games.
  • The University supports high-calibre athletes through a performance sport scheme with state-of-the-art equipment and expertise. Teesside also offers sports coaching courses.
  • The new £17m facility for sport and health sciences includes a hydrotherapy pool and biomechanic labs.
  • The Olympia sports complex has everything from a 500 spectator sports hall and floodlit artificial turf outdoor pitch plus a temperature controlled environmental training chamber and a climbing wall.
  • For outdoor sport there is a water sports centre on the River Tees plus white water rafting at the Tees Barrage.
  • Teesside also has a fitness suite, sauna and steam room, squash courts and off campus a 60-acre sports ground.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Teesside University’s new £13m campus at Darlington opened in September 2011. It’s a high quality, five storey undergraduate and postgraduate teaching facility for students.
  • The new £17m four-storey sport and health science complex offers a dental education practice facility and sports therapy complex with hydrotherapy pool, underwater treadmills, swim flume and 3D treatment table.
  • An overall investment of over £135m in recent years means Teesside University has first class facilities for students including specialist TV and sound studios, computing labs, newsroom, broadcast news studios, life drawing studios, music studios, animation post-production facilities and motion capture. 
  • Built on Teesside University’s world-renowned expertise and reputation in digital media and digital technology, DigitalCity Innovation offers research and development space for graduates.
  • Building One (working title) is our new teaching and conferencing building set to open in September 2014.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Link in the Students’ Union provides students with a wide range of opportunities for part-time work. It has matched over 14,000 students with vacancies since it was launched.
  • Employment as student mentors and ambassadors is particularly popular, where students work on behalf of the university within the Tees Valley and North Yorkshire schools and colleges.

Notable Alumni

  • Stephen Uppal, BA (Hons) English Studies – best known to over 5 million viewers as Ravi Roy in teen soap Hollyoaks.
  • Marek Reichman, BA (Hons) Industrial Design – design director for Aston Martin, designing James Bond’s car in Casino Royale.
  • Deborah Dyer (aka Skin), BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design – lead singer of Skunk Anansie during the 1990s. Now a solo artist but continues to tour festivals with Skunk.
  • Andrew Lomas, MSc Computer Aided Graphical Technology Applications – one of Avatar's computer graphics supervisors working closely with director, James Cameron.
  • Roger Shannon, BA (Hons) Humanities – Cannes award-winning film producer who’s worked with big-screen British acting talent including Bill Nighy, Rita Tushingham and Ricky Tomlinson.
  • Steve Purdham, BSc (Hons) Computer Science – serial entrepreneur and boss, and founder investor of online music service WE7 with Peter Gabriel.

For further information

  • www.tees.ac.uk
  • enquiries@tees.ac.uk
  • +44 (0) 1642 218121
  • Teesside University
    Tees Valley
    TS1 3BA
UCAS Code T20

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