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2nd year Product Design student Jess Chambers’ Safe Sanitation project was selected to be showcased at the Design Museum’s Design Factory Symposium.

The museum, which is devoted to contemporary design, annually sets a challenge to degree design students to help promote the museum as an essential resource for research and practice.

Jess’ idea and design for the Prive Cube, a toilet for use in Third World Countries, was among entries selected to take part in the symposium at the London museum, chosen by design industry experts. Her design was inspired by a past trip to Gambia with the Affecting Real Change charity.

Jess said: ‘I am interested in designs which can help to make lives easier for people, after being inspired by a company’s designs to take tablet computers into African schools to help children learn. This inspired me to design something which would help to make life at school easier for children living in Africa.

‘My initial research revealed that sanitation was one of the main issues why children in the Gambia missed school. I also discovered that one in three people in Africa are unable to use a public toilet safely as they are at risk either from sexual assault or attacks by an animal, due to the design of some toilets with many not having a lock. It is a shocking statistic.

‘Toilets in use are often nothing more than a metal hut, which is not very secure. There is also additional issue that there is not often a lock, or the lock is often the outside.’

As part of her research, Jess spoke to the Affecting Real Change charity, which is involved in projects in Africa and India with schools and communities to help improve everyday life. This led Jess to focus on security as a key issue, along with ensuring the toilets would be suitable for use by both genders.

Jess said: ‘The main issues I found with the current toilet design were sanitation and security, which I used as the basis of my design and to provide users with safe sanitation.’

She received a certificate in recognition of her design idea.

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16 Degrees :Post from Tees Made

Last week saw the opening of the Product Design Degree show which is part of 16 Degrees, a celebration of the hard work, dedication and creativity of students from our School of Arts & Media. It was a busy night with friends, family and colleagues from Industry all celebrating the hard work that went into the projects on display.

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Students cycle thousands of miles for war veterans

A group of Teesside University students are taking on the challenge of a lifetime as they attempt to cycle over 1,500 miles to raise money for the Help the Heroes charity organisation.

The five males aged  19 – 22 set off on their journey from Middlesbrough on Sunday June 5 and will cycle all the way to their final destination Gibraltar.

On route, they will pass through cities such as: Leeds, Bordeaux and Barcelona.

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100 miles a day is the distance in which they’re hoping to achieve and this will probably equate to around 10 hours’ worth of cycling per-day.

Kristian Putman, 20, who came up the idea, said: “This all came about when we were discussing a trip I made to Italy in 2015 and some of the guys showed interest, so I proposed this idea and everything we needed to do has happened, so here we are.

“We know a number of Army veterans so that’s why we chose Help for Heroes, and it’s a good a charity as any to offer our help.”

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Another of the cyclists is 19-year-old Marco De La Chica.

Marco is originally from Gibraltar but is living in Middlesbrough during his time studying at Teeesside University.

The fundraiser is essentially his way home for the summer and he said he’s been receiving a few astonished looks when telling people that he’s about to travel over 1,500 miles on a push bike.

He said: “People have been asking me if I am crazy or brave?”

“I wouldn’t call it either of those. I’m excited, we’re going to get the chance to camp out every night and entertain ourselves, it’s completely manageable.

“I’ve got an ukulele to take with me on the trip and I’m with four of my friends, it’s a great opportunity.

“We will be slipping into a non-materialistic kind of lifestyle and I like that.

“People find it hard to grasp what life is like without TV, WIFI and all sorts of modern technology, I’m looking forward to it, but it will be difficult to adjust.

“The hardest thing will be not having a comfortable bed to sleep in.

“Let’s hope one of us is a good enough cook as we’ll be doing everything off a small BBQ.

“It’s a case of making do with what we’ve got and it’s going to be pretty challenging.”

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Joining Marco on his journey to Gibraltar will be: Kristian Putman (20), Adam Fairbrother (22), Dominic Ashton (19) and Ross Henderson (19).

Travelling such a distance means that their route has been planned carefully and split into 18 separate stages.

The lads aim to complete each individual stage in a time period of 1-2 days.

Day-to-day updates of their journey are being video recorded and posted on a ‘Charity Cycle to Gibraltar’ group on Facebook, although they do hope to eventually get the material out on YouTube.

You can donate by visiting their JustGiving page – all proceeds go directly to the charity.

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Are esports really a sport?

Video games have been around since the 70s, but only in the past few years have they become the international competitive phenomenon known as electronic sports.

Teams of professional players play against each other in a variety of games including League of Legends, Counter Strike and Hearthstone in tournaments that are broadcasted live on ESPN and across the internet to huge crowds.

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GAME ON: The 2013 League of legends World Championships in LA’s Staples Center

The 2013 League of Legends World Finals drew a whopping 32 million viewers, double the amount for baseball’s World Series.

Some professional gamers can earn almost as much as some sports superstars, with two Korean esports icons earning between $800-900,000 a year.

The DotA2 2014 tournament offered a prize of over $5 million to the winners, out of a $10 million prize pool.

The statistics demonstrate the growing popularity of esports, but the question remains, is it a sport?

Esports tournaments, like other sporting tournaments, display elite players, managers and coaches exhibiting skills in their chosen fields

There are many well-known personalities within the esports community, much like those within traditional sports.

Players are also well known to transition into being pundits for the game, a very familiar concept for football and rugby.

However, critics argue that esports doesn’t involve any actual physical exertion, and as such, is not a sport.

ESPN President, John Skipper, recently said, ‘It’s not a sport — it’s a competition. Chess is a competition. Checkers is a competition.’

Sophie Peterson, a local personal trainer, agrees with Skipper by saying: “I don’t think esports should be a sport, as you always think of sport as physically challenging, and requiring a lot of blood, sweat and tears.

“There’s always a risk of physical injury with actual sports, whereas the most you’re going to get from a computer is repetitive strain injury at most.”

Although there are arguments for both sides, and members of the Teesside University League of Legends society suggest there are elements of sport involved.

Edward Mitchell says: “Something that I feel is really important in the new era is the involvement of technology in everyday life.

“I think that this should definitely include the changing of the definitions of everyday things that we do, including sports.”

Callum Pumphrey, however, admits: “It should be a sport, but I can’t imagine people wanting their child to grow up to play competitively in esports.”

While Jordan Conlin suggests: “There hasn’t been enough time for esports to grow fully into a sport that’s passed between generations.

“But, as long as they’re not called ‘cyber athletes’, it shouldn’t be too embarrassing.”

I also attended ‘Don’t Get Hit 2′ an esports tournament for the popular fighting game,  Super Smash Bros, in Newcastle. I interviewed some of the local gamers who arrived to fight for the top spot.

Max Sammon explained that there was a lot of money in esports, with some companies holding tournaments with prize pools of £500000 or more.

Daniel Scott also pointed out that esports’ popularity is increasing across different platforms, with mainstream television channels such as ESPN hosting tournaments.


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Stokesley history group illustrator brings the past to life

DRAWN IN: Just one of the many illustrations Estelle has done

DRAWN IN: Just one of the many illustrations Estelle has done

THE TOWN of Stokesley has a long, and varied history, long lost to its current inhabitants.

Stokesley History Group have been trying to change that, by creating books and pamphlets for local people to read, and learn more about where they live.

Estelle Scott has been illustrating these books and pamphlets for the group for the past ten years after being head-hunted by the group.

She has recently finished illustrating a cover for a history group member’s newest book, about the wanderers who passed through Stokesley.

If you are interested in joining the group, you can head to their website, Facebook page or email them at stokesleyhistory@gmail.com.

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North Yorkshire Police recruitment drive on campus

North Yorkshire Police came to Teesside University to start a new recruitment drive for an additional 100 officers.

The additional officers will be over the next three years and NYP are hoping for the recruits to be made up of students.

PC Charlotte Ballantyne, who previously studied at Teesside Uni, also attended to offer advise to would-be recruits. She said: “Coming to University provides you with a lot of skills that are transferable to the role of a Police officer.”

It is not just Police Constable roles available in the new intake, a number of Police staff roles will also be made.

Nicola Kirby, recruitment officer for North Yorkshire Police, explained that there will be a number of PCSO, forensic officer and control room staff roles available.

Students from all back grounds had an opportunity to speak with the recruitment team and PC Ballantyne to talk about the opportunities available.

The recruitment drive is open until 9am on the Monday 9th May 2016.

Visit North Yorkshire Police for more information.

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