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Nov. 9, 2009

Teesside is University of the Year

There was plenty to celebrate at Teesside University after it was named the University of the Year by the Times Higher Education magazine. The award - one of the most prestigious in the higher education calendar - was presented to the Vice Chancellor of Teesside University, Professor Graham Henderson, at a gathering of higher education leaders in London’s Grosvenor House.

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. With an ambitious 16-point plan it has helped to create and sustain jobs in the midst of a recession. The university has been a beacon of hope in the region’s economic gloom. It also set a fine fiscal example by turning in a strong financial performance of its own. Teesside is a very worthy winner of this year’s top accolade.’

After receiving the award Professor Henderson 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.

‘I really cannot put into words how proud everyone at the university feels at having been given such a wonderful accolade. There is, as I am sure you can imagine, a tremendous buzz around the campus because of this achievement. I am sure that I speak for the whole university community – our staff, students, governors and our many partners – when I say we all feel a sense of pride and elation that our achievements have been recognised in this way.’

Professor Henderson continued, ‘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.

‘We are confident that winning this award will go a long way towards changing perceptions - not just of the university but also of the town and the Tees Valley, both nationally and internationally.’

Among the first to congratulate Teesside University on its success was Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon. He said, ‘This recognition will attract more students and shows how far this university has come in a very short space of time. I offer my congratulations to everybody concerned. What I like about the university is that it is very positive, it’s got that wow factor and a real sparkle about it.’

Teesside University was also awarded the Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative of the Year award for its business school’s highly innovative foundation degree in leadership and management. This well-regarded course has been developed with the North East Chamber of Commerce.

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Content added on 9th November 2009.

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