Teesside University is founded on a rich past with over 85 years' experience of innovation in education since its foundation as Constantine College in 1930. It was the first modern university to win the Times Higher Education's UK University of the Year award, and secured the Best Employer Engagement award in the same year. It has twice been shortlisted as the UK's Entrepreneurial University of the Year and was awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize 2014 - 18 for its outstanding work in the field of Enterprise and Business Engagement.
Teesside is renowned for its commitment to enterprise and entrepreneurship with a legacy of successful spin-out companies, helping to create over 300 companies and over 600 jobs through its work with business. It has leading expertise in applied STEM and health disciplines, and specifically in digital, crime and society, the arts, and design, and is home to DigitalCity – a national hub for the development of digital enterprise in the fields of animation, gaming and web. It also has a proven track record of delivering digital innovation in everything from undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications to applied research, marketing and communications, graduate talent and academic expertise.
The University's successful relationships with business deliver lasting benefits to the economy through initiatives such as high-quality knowledge transfer partnerships (KTPs) and sector-leading workforce development provision. Over 80% of the University's recent KTPs were awarded grade A – the highest grade possible – compared with just 8% nationally.
With a strong reputation for engaging in research which shapes and challenges industry and its communities, Teesside has worked on projects with Cambridge University, Sainsbury's, Rolls Royce and the Qatar Foundation. It is committed to conducting high-quality collaborative research with robust intellectual, social, cultural and economic benefits.
Widely recognised for its contribution to the region's economic growth and regeneration and for its commitment to widening participation, Teesside University is a true social enterprise benefitting the Tees Valley and the wider North East region. It is also one of only a handful of universities to receive Investors in People Gold status for the clarity of its mission and vision, and has invested over £260m in its campus in recent years.
Teesside University Business School offers a range of courses designed with input of employers to blend theory with practice and guarantees a work related experience for every undergrad student from 2016.
“Teesside University is extremely committed to the economic development of the region, recognizing that this is enabled through strong regional collaborations. Our partnership with the Chamber is indicative of such and creates opportunities to further develop a regional and international network whilst providing a unifying platform to influence policy decisions.”
Professor Jane Turner, Pro Vice-Chancellor Enterprise and Business Engagement