Good marks from Hallmark: Post from Tees bit on the side

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You thought it was over, Christmas that is… Well, not quite. Recently, second year illustrator Robyn Makings made her way on to the shortlist of the Hallmark Creative ‘Festive Fun’ competition. Described by the judges as ‘So sweet!’, we can assume she’s pretty pleased with herself. Have a look at the rest of the entries here.


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Cycle Recycling at Albert Park

A RECYCLING scheme is being put into gear after proving to be a success in finding new homes for unwanted bikes.

The Middlesbrough Cycle Centre held an event at West Lodge in Albert Park which saw 15 children’s bikes donated and then given away to new owners.

Queues at West Lodge in Albert Park for  Middlesbrough Cycle Centers, cycle recycling scheme

Queues at West Lodge in Albert Park for
Middlesbrough Cycle Centers, cycle recycling scheme

To make the new riders safer, the Cycle Centre team also gave away 21 new helmets.

Mike O’Reilly, Cycling Projects Co-ordinator for Middlesbrough Environment City, said: “Many people may have received a new bike for Christmas and might be wondering what to do with their old one”.

The Cleveland Police Community Protection team and the Cycle Centre are holding a further event for security etching and any additional bike donations to be made.

Etching is a free and efficient way of protecting bicycles and it can assist in the recovery if they are stolen.

This event is open to all members of the public on Friday, 24 January, at West Lodge in Albert Park.

The team’s cycle mechanic will be on hand to provide assistance or advice on the upkeep of bicycles and to make adjustments or tweaks for bikes received over the Christmas period.

Mike O’Reilly said: “The scheme proved a real success before Christmas so we are happy to be offering this service to the public one more.

“And while people are here, they can have their new bikes security etched and adjusted if required.”

Steve Cranston, Crime Prevention Officer for  Middlesbrough Police, security etching a bike for a young Middlesbrough  resident

Steve Cranston, Crime Prevention Officer for
Middlesbrough Police, security etching a bike for a young Middlesbrough

The team will also be happy to receive any unwanted cycles for future recycling schemes.

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Radio presenter visits Teesside

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BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Anna Foster

NATIONAL BBC radio journalist Anna Foster paid a visit to Teesside University to talk to  students about her career and how to make it in the  media industry.

Anna, who is currently a presenter on BBC Radio 5 Live, held an exclusive talk with an audience of  aspiring Journalism students about her route into the industry, her career highlights  and how she follows up stories in her current role.

During her time as a reporter,  Anna covered major stories across the UK as well as being sent to war zones around the world.

 ”It’s been great to be here to talk with the students and hopefully give them some advice and insight from my own experiences that will help them on their way,” She said.

Anna, who is  originally from  South Shields, studied at Durham University before starting her career at BBC Radio Cleveland.

One of her most notable jobs was being the presenter of Newsbeat, the flagship news programme on BBC Radio 1.

 Anna has also  broadcast from Iraq and Afghanistan and covered major stories including the Cumbrian shootings,  the search for   Raoul Moat, the London Marathon and the Olympic Torch Relay.

The radio presenter had some wise words of advice for the budding reporters.

“I think the most important thing is work experience. If you want a job, you’ve got to prove that you know what you are doing,” She said.

 “All of my experience is what helped me to get to where I am these days.”

 Watch  below to hear Anna’s tips on how to make it into the media industry.

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‘Fun’ Raising : Post from Tees Made

Yesterday 3rd year students had a great time fund raising for their exhibition at New Designers in July. This is the 1st of many activities to take place in the next few months.They have already raised money through sponsorship and ‘live’ projects. The exhibition talks place at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. Click on the following link to find out more about the exhibition.

Fund Raising

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New lecturer Laura Erwin joins the dance team: Post from Perform@tees

Laura Erwin by R Cherry4Laura trained at Middlesex University, graduating with First Class Honours before gaining a Masters Degree at London Contemporary Dance School. 

She currently works as a Freelance Dance Artist based in London. Particular fields of interest include dance in education, gaga technique, somatic practices and contact improvisation. Recent performances include work with Rachel Burn (London, Surrey) and Delve Dance (Hull, Oxford, London, Sussex), of which she is also Artistic Director. Laura teaches extensively, working as a Visiting Lecturer at Middlesex and Kingston University, an Animateur for Richard Alston Dance Company, and delivering dance programme’s for primary schools. Laura also dabbles in Dance Management and has recently received funding from Arts Council England, Mayor of London, Legacy Trust and Southwark Council to facilitate a community dance platforms in East London. She is delighted to be joining the faculty at Teesside at this time.

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‘We Do’ great master classes: Post from Tees bit on the side

Photo 22-01-2014 04 05 04 pmMaxine Freer the founder of We Do one of the Northeast’s leading creative agencies hosted a master class on how to create an award winning business today. Established by Maxine in 2005 and based Middlesbrough, We Do provide services in brand marketing, PR and social media, digital marketing and live events. They also recently won the prestigious Chartered Institute of Public Relations accolade for Most Outstanding Small Agency.

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