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Graduate Talk and Studio Visit

David Winter, Co-founder of Hull Studio and Teesside graduate has worked widely within the fields of furniture, interiors and the super yacht industry.

After graduating David began work within the furniture industry for Silverlining Furniture based in Cheshire where he was involved in designing bespoke furniture for luxury yachts and houses worldwide. Driven by values of innovation, passion and excellence the company continually redefines traditional design and craftsmanship through cutting edge materials, finishes, techniques and technology.

Leaving Silverlining after 5 years in 2013 David Co-founded Hull Studio with former colleagues. The studio has a multidisciplinary approach with an ethos that lies in exploring the relationship between traditional craftsmanship, modern technology and organic design. Their work is currently being shown by Gallery Fumi in London and is often exhibited at The Pavilion of Art and Design.

David is also currently exploring and challenging what his design practice means through an MA in Product Design at Manchester Metropolitan University.

David’s talk will take place at 1pm on Friday 27th February in A2.01. David will then be spending the rest of the afternoon in the studio.

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Britain’s Got Talent comes to Middlesbrough

Producers from Britain’s Got Talent have been holding auditions in Middlesbrough for their new series which will be aired this spring.

The open auditions were held at Middlesbrough College in front of the show’s producers who were hoping to find fresh new talent in the local area.

Middlesbrough College is the venue for Britain’s Got Talent auditions.


Any of the acts that make it through this round will be sent to the televised judges auditions to perform for Simon Cowell and the rest of the judging panel.

Trevor Brewis, who helped organise  the event at Middlesbrough College, said: “We are hoping that next year they will come back to us and ask to hold the next round with Simon Cowell here as we have the facilities to do this.

Middlesbrough’s Britain’s Got Talent Hopefuls could end up in front of Simon Cowell.


“The producers needed somewhere where they would get a response immediately and as  we have up to ten thousand students coming here they assumed that some of the students would get involved.”

Around 50 acts were expected to have taken part at the event on January 15 with auditions lasting only five minutes.

Mr Brewis is  hoping the auditions it will give the nation a more positive perception of Teesside.

Mr Brewis said: “I feel Middlesbrough gets slated by the press and all around the country  so it will be good exposure for those with talent to step forward.

“We have seen it on X Factor with James Arthur  and other acts  that Middlesbrough does have talent.”

The winning act of the show will receive a £250,000 cash prize and an opportunity to perform in front of the Royal Family  at the Royal Variety Performance.


By Tom Anderson and Jack Gaskarth

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Tside meets Welsh rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen


Tside report Callum Thornhill meets Catfish and the Bottlemen frontman Van McCANN.


Welsh indie rock band Catfish & the Bottlemen are bringing their phenomenal live shows back to the UK.

Speaking exclusively to Tside report Callum Thornhill,  lead singer Van McCann explained that alongside the tours there are some “massive plans and this next album is going to be grand.”

These ‘massive plans’  include trips to Australia, to support the Kook,  and another trip to the USA.

Debut LP, The Balcony, has only just been released in America and was promoted by a recent performance on ‘The Late Show With David Letterman.’

The performance on The Letterman Show  is a huge  achievement considering the band  has relied mainly on fans spreading the word to gain exposure.

Van said: “We love all our fans, it’s friends telling friends, not industry force feeding cool kids.”

This word of mouth approach  led to Catfish and the Bottlemen selling out the full UK tour last year and this year’s April/May tour is going the same way.

Major cities such London, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, Leeds have all sold out.

As with every band that gets a big break their popularity has led to a divided opinion of the group on social networks such as Twitter.

But Van said: “I’ve got nothing else to do so why not try and take life with both hands and make thousands happy?”

And one of these thousands will be his mum.

Van said: “I’ve never had money, but if it means I can buy my mum something nice every now and then, why not?”


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Blyth Star Recalls Living The FA Cup Dream

FOR MANY non-professional football players, playing in the FA Cup 3rd round is what dreams are made of.

But these dreams came true for Blyth Spartans centre-back, Danny Parker, who played his part in Blyth’s heroic run to the 3rd round of the famous trophy, where they hosted Championship club  Birmingham.

COMMANDING: Parker in action for Blyth

COMMANDING: Parker in action for Blyth

Psychology student Parker, 23, from Horden, came on as an 80th minute substitute for the Northern Premier League Premier Division side, who play in the seventh tier of English football.

The Spartans sensed a giant killing after being paired with Birmingham in the 3rd round, after beating Hartlepool United 1-2 in the 2nd round of the cup.

And things could have been so different, Blyth were 2-0 up at half time against Birmingham, but the quality of the Championship side shone through and thanks to a second-half turn around, beat the Spartans 2-3.

The Sunderland University student had a chance to equalise in the dying minutes of the game, but was denied a goal after a save from the Birmingham ‘keeper which tipped his powerful header onto the post.

Parker spoke to Tside reporter NATHAN LEE about his team’s famous FA Cup escapades.

“There are no regrets, I was on the bench until 80 minutes, and watching the lads lead by two goals in the first half was stuff what dreams are made of.

“We were talking on the bench half way through about who we could have in the next round!

“But it wasn’t meant to be but being part of such an occasion was just amazing.”

Blyth beat Hartlepool in the 2nd round, while playing in front of the BBC cameras who were televising the game live.

Newcastle legend, Alan Shearer, was covering the game with the BBC and Parker tells us how he gave a rousing pre-match team talk to the Spartans:

FA CUP HISTORY: Parker with BBC pundit Phil Neville

FA CUP HISTORY: Parker with BBC pundit Phil Neville

“I was in awe of what was going on!

“I just remember Shearer saying: “There’s going be a hero tonight, make sure he’s from this changing room” and it got us really fired up!”

Blyth came up against a plethora of international footballers in the Birmingham squad, including Nikola Zigic, who has played in two world cups against some of the best defenders in the world and Parker added:

“It was surreal at first trying to comprehend the kind of players they’ve come up against, even more surreal that Zigic has been marked by the likes of Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique of Barcelona and now me!”

The Newcastle based team are now focusing their attention on mounting a promotion challenge, with the FA Cup run meaning they have 11 games in hand over other teams in their league.

“We’ve used the morale we’ve built up from our run and applied it to the league and we’re very confident regarding promotion.” Parker added.

For many lower league teams, the chance to play the big teams in football doesn’t come up very often and that’s what creates the magic of the FA Cup and Parker gave thanks to the teams supporters:

“The support was amazing, I had a lot of my close family and many friends who I hadn’t seen for a while travelling to watch the games, it meant so much.

“The fans, the desire of my team mates, the focus from the media and our opportunity to make dreams come true meant it was all just one big dream!”

Blyth’s run is now over, but the famous FA Cup run of 2014 will long stay in the memories of the Spartans.

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Give Blood!: Post from Tees bit on the side


As part of their final push for funds (with only 43 days to go!), third year student collective ‘Tees New Blood 15′ have today kicked off their very own Kickstarter page, hoping to secure a place at D&AD New Blood in the summer. Can you help a Graphic Design graduate survive in the wild? More about their plans, pledges and backer rewards over here.

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Create Your Future: Post from Tees bit on the side

Many thanks to Darren Richardson and Ryan Crawford from brand communications agency, Gardiner Richardson, for delivering a great employer and graduate talk at our Create Your Future event this week, which was held at the both the University campus and MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art). Creative Director, Darren, and graphic designer & Teesside University graduate, Ryan, both took time out of their busy schedule at the Newcastle based agency to deliver some pearls of wisdom and advice to the audience of pre-University students.

Employer Talk 2

Ryan Crawford

Create Your Future

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Funded PhD Opportunities in History at Teesside. Post from History at Teesside

History at Teesside is part of not one but two consortia that offer funded PhD opportunities.

If you wish to apply for a PhD in the AHRC-funded Heritage Consortium, the deadline is Thursday 26th February. Click here for the details of how to apply.

We are also part of the North of England Consortium for the Arts and Humanities, and you can apply to study any area of history. The deadline is Thursday 5th March. Click here for details of how to apply.

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¡Hola!: Post from Tees bit on the side

Graphic Design lecturer, Michael O’Malley and Teesside University graduate, Esther Garcia Zurita, were in the sunny city of Valencia today to deliver a talk and a workshop to students and staff at ESAT, which is one of the leading Art and Design colleges in Spain. Esther, who is also a former student of ESAT, was there sharing her experience of being awarded a prestigious International Society of Typographic Designers accreditation, and also helping Michael with a little translation now and then.

Many thanks to our good friends at ESAT for making us feel so welcome.

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ESAT workshop

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ESAT visit

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