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Teesside University

2016 League Table Ranking 98
2016 Overall Score 528
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Entry Standards 303 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 17.7 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.58 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,182 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.09 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 427 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 57.0 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 80.9 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 59.3 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 44.4 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Teesside University is dynamic and energetic, celebrating over 80 years of innovative and inspiring education.
  • Teesside University has invested a quarter of a billion pounds in its campus in recent years. The recent wave of innovations has introduced a new five-story £20m teaching building – it offers a 200 seat lecture theatre and 1,476m² of flexible teaching and learning space. This landmark building stands in the heart of the campus, surrounded by a newly refurbished library and the University’s award-winning Students’ Union.
  • Teesside offers a range of popular subjects from animation to law, business and health to media and forensic science.
  • 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

  • Based in the centre of the friendly town of Middlesbrough, sandwiched between the North Yorkshire Moors and the north east coast, Teesside University is accessible by road, rail and air.
  • A vibrant town centre campus in central Middlesbrough with everything you need within walking distance.
  • A second campus in Darlington, close to Darlington’s train station on the East Coast mainline.
  • Excellent transport links. London and Edinburgh are less than three hours away and York, Durham and Newcastle are one hour away by train. Durham Tees Valley airport links Middlesbrough to the rest of the world.
  • Middlesbrough has a beautiful, gothic style, Grade 2 listed Victorian concert hall, now known as Middlesbrough Town Hall. It was built in 1883 and retains lots of original features. It is an ideal venue for comedians, musicians and mainstream acts from across the UK.
  • With international art gallery mima, a cinema, clubs, bars and restaurants, Middlesbrough offers a lively night life, and an abundance of art, festivals and culture.

Entry Standards

  • Check the entry criteria for undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Teesside online.
  • If you don’t meet the entry requirements for any of Teesside’s courses, give the University a call as the admissions team are always happy to discuss what other experience you have. It may be that you can offer something other than the traditional tariff points. Each of Teesside’s course pages has a dedicated advice number for application queries.
  • If you’re an international student, you need to have a good level of English to go to Teesside as all of University’s courses are delivered in the English language. There’s lots of advice and support online. Teesside University’s English language support was voted the best in the UK in the International Student Barometer 2013.

Student Mix

The 18,065 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Lots of Teesside University’s courses give the option of studying part-time, taking a sandwich year or some work experience, spending some time in industry or going on a paid or un-paid placement.
  • Some courses offer the chance to study abroad.

Teaching Standards

  • Teesside University was ranked first in the world for its library and careers services for international students (International Student Barometer Autumn 2014, 183 participating universities globally).
  • 87% of Teesside’s students would recommend Teesside University to others (National Student Survey 2014).
  • International students rate Teesside’s library, careers service and advice as the best in the UK, (International Student Barometer 2013).
  • Teesside continues to invest in teaching space with its 2015 five-story £20-m teaching building offering a 200-seat lecture theatre and 1,476m² of flexible teaching and learning space.
  • 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.
  • Teesside was recently awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Excellence for its outstanding work in the field of enterprise and business engagement.

Research Standards

  • There are five research institutes committed to fostering research excellence at Teesside.
  • The University ensures its programmes are appropriately underpinned by research scholarships and evidence-based contemporary professional practice.
  • Lots of research events take place on campus which may be useful to you as a supplement to your learning, or just as a point of interest.
  • As a student at Teesside, you may be taught by a leading professor in your field.
  • Find out more about research at Teesside here:

Academic Strengths

  • Teaching and learning is at the heart of academic standards at the University.
  • Teesside offers many industry-recognised and accredited courses. Gain practical experience working in business and industry, or get paid for doing a placement year.
  • 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.
  • Many of Teesside’s students have gone on to great success with their academic achievements. The University’s website has lots of online student profiles which help you get a feel for study at Teesside.

Student Facilities

  • Teesside University’s library has four floors of quality, up-to-date resources with experienced staff on-hand, 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. There’s also a Costa Coffee for your well-earned study breaks. There’s a learning hub at Teesside too – it provides practical advice on developing your academic skills – literature searching and referencing.
  • The largest crime scene house in the UK, over 30 crime scene areas plus a replica court.
  • When it comes to sport, Teesside’s 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. There’s a hydrotherapy pool and a biomechanics lab too.
  • 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. 
  • A conservation centre for a vast archive of film and TV material dating from 1912.
  • From 2016, Teesside will have a new Health and Fitness Centre offering state-of-the-art cardiovascular and resistance areas, multi-purpose studios and a sauna and steam room. Sign up for the gym and go to as many classes and swimming sessions as you like as part of the excellent monthly fee.
  • For outdoor sport there is a water sports centre on the River Tees plus white water rafting at the Tees Barrage.
  • Teesside University will open new accommodation in 2015 – directly opposite our Middlesbrough campus, this offers modern en-suite apartments and free internet access.

Disability Services

  • Teesside’s disability service team can provide information, advice and guidance to support students with any form of mental health concern or autistic spectrum disorder.
  • Get more information about disability services on Teesside University’s website.

Students' Union

  • In 2015, Teesside University Students’ Union was awarded gold in the annual Best Bar None Awards for the quality of its social spaces and licensed premises.
  • Following a £1.1m development in the summer of 2014, the Students’ Union offers an excellent new bar and events space, the Hub, the Terrace Bar, places to eat, support services, advice, social spaces, a shop, sports clubs and societies. There’s a job service too which can help you find part-time work.


  • If you’re heading to university soon you’ll be one of the first to enjoy Teesside’s new Health and Fitness Centre which offers state-of-the-art cardiovascular and resistance areas, multi-purpose studios and a sauna and steam room. Sign up for the gym and go to as many classes as you like as part of the excellent monthly fee.
  • If you’re interested in sport and are also keen to want to volunteer, Teesside University’s Volun-tees service can help you combine the two.
  • The University supports high-calibre athletes through its elite athlete scheme with state-of-the-art equipment, expertise and funding.
  • Teesside is an ideal place to stay active – sandwiched between the North Yorkshire Moors and the stunning North Sea coastline, surfing spots, open moors, expansive beaches and cliff top walks are all within a short distance.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Following a wave of innovations to the tune of £200m, Teesside University has an abundance of newly built and refurbished buildings on its main Middlesbrough campus aimed at improving student experience. A new five-story £20m teaching building offers a 200 seat lecture theatre and 1,476m² of flexible teaching and learning space. This landmark building stands in the heart of the pedestrianised campus, surrounded by a newly refurbished library and the University’s award winning Students’ Union, which has also recently spent £1m on an impressive re-fit. 
  • Reflecting its growth and success in engineering and science, Teesside has just spent £6m enhancing its facilities in the School of Science and Engineering. Showing off its industry-standard equipment, Teesside’s Orion building will soon feature a three-storey glass extension.
  • As well as lots of fresh new teaching space, we’re sure you’ll love Teesside’s new Health and Fitness Centre which offers state-of-the-art cardiovascular and resistance areas, multi-purpose studios and a sauna and steam room.
  • Teesside University will open new accommodation in 2015 – directly opposite its Middlesbrough campus, this offers modern en-suite apartments and free internet access.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Link in the Students’ Union offers lots 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 very popular at Teesside – the roles involve working at University events and with schools and colleges across the Tees Valley and North Yorkshire. Being employed by the University – who understand your commitment to study and deadlines – is a great advantage if you want the opportunity to build up solid work experience flexibly and locally.

Careers Guidance

  • Teesside University appreciates that your career is your future and strives to give the best advice. It was one of the first modern universities accredited under the Matrix national quality standard for careers information and advice.

Notable Alumni

  • Comedy legend, Bob Mortimer was awarded with an honorary degree in 2014. Bob follows BBC Breakfast presenter, Steph McGovern and actor Mark Benton who were received honorary degrees in 2013.
  • Marek Reichman, BA (Hons) Industrial Design is a graduate of Teesside – Marek is a design director for Aston Martin, designing James Bond’s car in Casino Royale.
  • Deborah Dyer (aka Skin) achieved a BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design – Deborah is lead singer of Skunk Anansie.
  • Andrew Lomas, MSc Computer Aided Graphical Technology Applications is also a Teesside University alumni – Andrew worked on Avatar's computer graphics alongside director, James Cameron.

For further information

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  • Teesside University
    Tees Valley
    TS1 3BA
UCAS Code T20

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