Teesside University

Teesside University

Teesside University is founded on a rich past with 85 years’ experience of innovation in education since its foundation as Constantine College in 1930.

It was the first modern university in the UK to be named the Times Higher Education’s University of the Year – securing the Best Employer Engagement award in the same year, and has twice been shortlisted as the UK’s Entrepreneurial University of the Year.

With a growing reputation as a leading business-facing University, Teesside has been described by former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Dr Vince Cable, as ‘Britain’s best university for working with business’.

Teesside is renowned for its commitment to enterprise and entrepreneurship with a legacy of successful spin-out companies, helping to create 240 companies and over 400 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 – with Middlesbrough a national hub for the development of digital enterprise in the fields of animation, gaming and web.


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 70% of the University’s recent KTPs have now been 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. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the majority of research carried out at the University was classed as ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’.


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. Teesside has invested over a quarter of a billion pound in its campus in recent years as part of its on-going commitment to create the best possible student experience.

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