Friday, August 17, 2007

University of Teesside
The University of Teesside, based in Middlesbrough, UK, has a student body of 20,685 students as of 2005. Recording rises in applications of 11.4%/2.5% for degree courses beginning in 2005/2006 respectively has given Teesside, for two years running, the highest such percentage increases of any university in the North East of England.[1]

History & Estates
Blazing a trail in reposte to the "elitist" higher education establishment, the University has promptly fulfilled the notion of empowering both students and staff, clocking up second place of all English universities in the eyes of the Funding Council for attracting students from untypical addresses - and three National Teaching Fellowships. Hallmarks of the University include the School of Computing and its achievement of an international reputation in the fostering of digital technologies. Adding to this is the fact that six of the most popular Counter Strike: Source servers on the planet, as well as the most popular Desert Combat server on the planet are hosted by the School of Computing.
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. Its regional and national clout is also enhanced in being home to the Northern Region Film and Television Archive.
The higher education QAA has thus far identified pockets 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 wealth of subjects branching out from medicine.
The first National Student Survey of student satisfaction in the sector, disclosed its findings in September 2005. Over the full range of criterion, the University mustered a score of 4/5 for overall student satisfaction - level with more seasoned contenders such as Leeds and Newcastle. Within Teesside, English, Law and Art & Design fared best, with all three areas within the top 25% of student satisfaction nationally. In the resulting overall 'league table', the University wound up joint 34th of some 101 entrants. It was also during this year that the University scaled the national top 20 for graduate further study or employment (The Times Good University Guide 2005); the highest ranked 'new university'.
The 2006 Times Good University Guide and The Sunday Times university league table respectively have granted it their own overall rankings of 91st out of 100 British universities[2] and joint 75th of 119 institutions respectively, with the attendant National Student Survey on this occasion giving the institution's Art & Design students the nation's unofficial satisfaction 'crown'.[3] University-wide, came echoes of the same overall satisfaction score of 4/5 as that seen the previous year, contributing to an overall rank of joint 70th of 129 recorded institutions[4].
In research, the University offers an array of relevant routes of study resulting in the qualification of MPhil, PhD, MProf and DProf. The star research profile is in History, where a score of 5/5 in the recent 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, placed it on a par with the University of Oxford.
From a student body tallying in the hundreds in the 1930s, Teesside appears to be increasingly sought after among higher education applicants. Statistics for Autumn 2005 entry showed that Computer Art (applications up 41.7%), Electronic and Electrical Engineering (up 30.4%), Sociology (up 25.5%), Psychology (up 18.09%) and Law (applications up 16.8%) were among the courses with the fastest growing popularity within the institution.
The present Vice-Chancellor is Professor Graham Henderson. In April 2005, the University welcomed in Lord Sawyer of Darlington as its new Chancellor, supplanting the University's first, European Commissioner Leon Brittan of Spennithorne.

Status & Future Developments

The University consists of six schools.

School of Arts & Media
School of Computing
School of Health & Social Care
School of Science & Technology
School of Social Sciences & Law
Teesside Business School Schools

[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) University of Teesside Research Centre
The Centre for Nano & Microsystem is developing a new facility which will be used for research and investigation in the fields of nanotechnology, microfabrication and miniaturised systems 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 of 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 TCNM 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.

Professor Zulf Ali
Dr. Vincent Auger
Dr.Meez Islam
Dr.Simon Scott
Andrew Henderson
Mamun Rashid
Heather Saxby Centre for Nano & Microsystem
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. University have 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).

King Edward`s Square
Parkside Halls
Parkside Houses and Flats
Woodland Halls Accommodation
The Students' Union was named "Students' Union of the Year by BEDA" in 2004 and "Club Mirror Students' Union of the Year" in 2002. The Union's bar, The Terrace Bar, was awarded "Best Bar None" status in 2006.
The Sabbatical Officers for 2007/8 are Stephen Dowson (President), David Fillingham (Student Activities Officer), Jonathan Fearnley (Communications Officer) and the newly elected; Andrew Morwood (Education & Welfare Officer). The Part Time Executive Officers for 2007/8 are Vicky James (Environment), Maddy Holt Gadner (Equal Opporrtunities) James Jalalian (Campaigns) Sarah Armstrong (Non-Portfolio), Ashley James (Activities and Volunteering).
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).
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 Senate 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 Senate 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.
Recently, the university and the student's union won the 2007 It's Not Funny competition, winning a live comedy performance featuring Bill Bailey, Marcus Brigstocke, Andrew Maxwell and Simon Amstell.

Students' Union


1928-1930 D. H. Ingall, M.Sc., Ph.D., F.I.C.
1931-1936 T. J. Murray, M.Sc., F.I.C.
1936-1947 H. V. Field, B.Sc., M.I.E.E.
1947-1955 S. A. R. Clark, M.Sc. (Tech.), M.I.Mech.E., M.I.I.A.
1955-1961 G. S. Atkinson, B.Sc., Ph.D
1961-1970 J. Houghton, B.Sc. (Eng), Ph.D., A.M.I.Mech.E., A.F.R.Ae.S.,C.F. Principals of Constantine Technical College

1992-2005 Leon Brittan, Baron Brittan of Spennithorne
2005-present Tom Sawyer, Baron Sawyer of Darlington Chancellors of the University of Teesside

Robert Adams, sociologist and author, Professor of Social Work
Philippa Gregory, novelist
Nigel Kitching, illustrator and writer, Lecturer in Drawing and Graphic Technique
Gervase Phinn, Visiting Professor of Education Notable alumni
Middlesbrough Tower
Olympia Building (Opened by Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2004)
Student Union & Refectory Building

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