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North East university wins top accolade

Teesside University has been named University of the Year.

The North East university was awarded the accolade by the Times Higher Education magazine last week.

The University also picked up the Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative of the Year award for its Business School’s highly innovative Foundation Degree in Leadership and Management developed with the North East Chamber of Commerce.

The University was awarded the top prize for its “outstanding regional economic strategy and strong financial performance”.

Award judge Dianne Willcocks, Vice-Chancellor of York St John University, praised Teesside for its “history of working with communities and businesses that makes it the public benefactor par excellence and truly a well-merited winner”.

Times Higher Education Editor Ann Mroz said: “Teesside is a fantastic example of an institution that has put itself firmly at the heart of its community, embracing with zeal its mission of working with both individuals and businesses to help them achieve their full potential.

“Teesside is a very worthy winner of this year’s top accolade.”

Professor Graham Henderson, Vice-Chancellor of Teesside University, who accepted the award, said: “Teesside is the first modern university to ever receive recognition as the University of the Year.

“It was therefore both an amazing moment and a huge personal honour for me to be able to accept this Award on behalf of my University.

“To win such a major national award in competition with such outstanding institutions shows how far we have come in this our 80th year.

“We started our journey from quite humble roots, first as Constantine College, then as Teesside Polytechnic and now as Teesside – the University of the Year.”

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