Update on ‘Meaningful Design for the Elderly’: Post from Tees inside

Andrew Kidby (left) with residents and nurse at Church View

Students add their magic touch!

Residents living in Church View Residential and Nursing Home in Stockton are enjoying new surroundings inspired by students from Teesside University.

The second year Interior Architecture students were invited to submit ideas on how the interior of the home could be improved – a number were put in place within a week.

One of the home’s owners, Dr Robert Sagoo, said: “The students submitted some wonderful, fresh and modern ideas. We would like to thank them for their enthusiasm and are delighted some of their ideas have already come to fruition.”

Penelope Tiffney, associate lecturer in Spatial Design at Teesside University added: “The students were briefed to bear in mind the design should reflect an interior suitable for older people and they rose to the challenge admirably.”

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Tuesday night saw the successful launch of Creative Teesside 2014. The show celebrates the hard work and dedication of final year students in the School of Arts & Media. This year’s show was opened by Product Design Alumni Marek Reichman, Design Director Aston Martin. Marek, pictured with two of his own designs outside the exhibition, was truly impressed with the work on display and commended all the students on their efforts and achievement. The students and graduates appreciated the opportunity to speak to an inspirational Teesside graduate, designer and industry leader.

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Creative Teesside: Post from Perform@tees

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We have some exciting upcoming dance student performances in the next week and our ‘Creative Teesside festival’. Come along and see…

22nd – ‘Montage’ (Jenny Snow) 4pm, Mercuria

22nd – Tees Dance Film Fest (Holly Bellamy), big screen in Middlesbrough from 6pm

27th –  ‘The Final 3rd’ (various students) –  7pm at Middlesbrough College

27th-29th – ‘Interarts Festival’ (Charlotte and Gabz) various events see link.


29th – End of year performance (work from various students, many created in collaboration with guest choreographers) 3.30pm and 5.30pm Mercuria Studio.


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Jack Webb creating exciting choreography for BA Dance students: Post from Perform@tees


Scottish choreographer Jack Webb has spent a week working with the BA Dance students to develop the piece ‘75’. It will be presented as part of Creative Arts week on Thursday 29th May at the Mercuria dance studio, at 15.30 + 17.30

Jwebb75Jack trained at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and is one of Scotland’s leading dance artists. He has worked internationally with many with companies and choreographers including Simon Vincenzi, Company Chordelia Dance Theatre/Scottish Opera, Croiglan Integrated Dance (work by Adam Benjamin), David Hughes Dance Scotland (work by Kylie Walters and Tanja Liedtke) Alan Greig Dance Theatre, Via Negativa (Slovenia) Grange Park Opera, Jose Vidal Company, Arthur Pita, Ben Wright, Charles Linehan, Angus Balbernie, Ian Spink, the Curve Foundation Dance Company, (works by Hofesh Scechter, Henri Oguike, Jonathan Watkins and Morgan Runacre Temple), Dance Theatre Luxembourg and Matthew Hawkins amongst others.

Since 2006 he has created a vast body of work which has been presented at various major festivals and platforms including Tramway, Glasgow, Dock11 Berlin, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Nottdance, Nottingham, New Territories International Festival of Live Art, Ada Studio, Berlin, Hamburger Sprechwerk, Hamburg, Edinburgh Fringe Festival at Dance Base, Dance Live, Aberdeen, March Moves, Aberdeen, the Place, London, Embrace Arts, Leicester, the Traverse, Edinburgh, the Arches, Glasgow, DanceCity, Newcastle amongst many others as well as commissions from the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, Third Row Dance Company at Roehampton University, London and Dance 4′s Centre for advanced Training students.

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Are the youth of today ‘too selfish’ to fight?

BBC PRESENTER Jeremy Paxman recently claimed that today’s youth is “hedonistic, selfish, and has no sense of duty.”

Jeremy Paxman,  Image courtesy of The Telegraph

Jeremy Paxman,
Image courtesy of The Telegraph

Speaking at the Emirates Literature Festival in Dubai,  the BBC Newsnight host said that Britain  isn’t up to another conflict like the Great War because the youth of today are “too selfish”

Tside reporter Steven Peirson, who is a membner of the Officers’ Training Corps, asked his young Army comrades what they thought of the 64-year-olds comments.

Rifleman Conor McTaggart, 23, from Gateshead who is attached to the Officers Training Corps said: “He doesn’t really have any idea what he’s talking about.”

“I can see what he means, looking at a lot of people who are selfish and wouldn’t last in the army.

“But there are a vast majority of people, especially looking at OTC (The Officer’s Training Corps) where people give up their free time to train, so there is a sense of duty.”

Conor McTaggart, 23, Royal Rifles, trains with his section in Catterick

Conor McTaggart, 23, Royal Rifles, trains with his section in Catterick

The comments that are featured in Paxman’s latest book: Britain’s Great War, come amid the decision to start withdrawing the remaining British forces out of Afghanistan.

Only a small number of troops remain at camp Bastion in Helmand Province and in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

Molly Coombs, 19, of the Royal Intelligence Corps, attached to the Officers Training Corps, said: “The youth of today do have a high level of commitment, personally at 16 I got an Army bursary which means I committed to join the army for six years, so for me there is a high level of commitment.”

“I’ve met hundreds of other bursars so obviously the majority of the youth do have a sense of duty.”

Molly Coombs, 19, Royal Intelligence Corps talks about Paxman

Molly Coombs, 19, Royal Intelligence Corps talks about Paxman

Paxman’s comments also come amid worries that we are breeding a country for war through cadet forces.

This contradicts Paxman’s point that today’s youth doesn’t have a sense of duty.

There are currently 257 combined cadet forces in the UK, and each unit has at least 100 cadets.

Here we see more than 25, 700 children sacrificing their own time to  complete courses of military training.

Officer Cadet Matthew Steen said: “I’m quite offended by Paxman’s comments to be honest.”

“Every war is unique, and with every unique war the circumstances change, so to make a sweeping generalisation like that is completely wrong.”

Matthew Steen On exercise with his section at Blandfor Camp, Dorset

Matthew Steen On exercise with his section at Blandfor Camp, Dorset



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Student success celebrated at the 2014 Journalism Awards

Winners of the 2014 Journalism awards with lecturers.

Winners of the 2014 Journalism awards with lecturers.

TEESSIDE students were honoured by lecturers and media professionals at the 2014 Journalism awards.

Hosted at the Dickens Inn on Southfield Road,  Journalism students were given awards based on exceptional work performed this year.

There were a number of awards available that celebrated the skills learnt on the University Course, including News Reporter of the year, Best Features writer, and Blogger of the year.

Prizes for the awards included a number of placements with Sky Sports; The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine; The Mirror and Time Out Magazine.

 There were also prizes from regional media orgnaisations such as the Hartlepool Mail, Northern Echo, and Evening Gazette.

Paul Bailey, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, said: ‘These awards recognise the hard work and excellent calibre of our current journalism students.

‘I would like to thank all of the media organisations who generously contributed prizes to this celebration of our students’ achievements.’

A number of special academic awards were also given out, including the NCTJ Prize for the student with the highest marks while studying for the National Council for the Training of  Journalists’ qualifications.

The prize was a week’s placement at the Daily Mail in London.

Sponsors Colewood Internet also offered a week’s placement with their online company for the group with the best final project.

For the full list of winners, see below:

NCTJ Prize, sponsored by NCTJ and the Daily Mail – Sam Howitt

Academic Prize, sponsored by Press Gazette – Ross Peters

Teesside University Prize – Ross Peters, Megan Fallows and Alice Hawley

Best Final Project, sponsored by Colewood Internet – Off The Woodwork (Dan Bennett, Chris Donald, Graham Corking, Alex Larkin and Rob Munro)

Scoop of the Year, sponsored by Daily Mirror – Rob Munro

Multimedia Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Evening Gazette – Lucy Moody

Blogger of the Year, sponsored by The Fleet Street Fox – Leonie Garlick for My Little Charitees and Matthew Brown for Northern Tone (tie)

News Reporter, sponsored by Hartlepool Mail – Nathan Lee and Natalie Devonshire (tie)

Features Writer, sponsored by The Northern Echo – Sasha James

Sports Reporter, sponsored by Sky Sports – Rob Munro

Lifestyle Reporter, sponsored by Fabulous Magazine – Kathryn Heward

Entertainment Reporter, sponsored by Time Out Magazine – Alex Larkin

Social Media Content Producer, sponsored by Tangerine PR – Cara Sterio


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