Teesside University winter graduation celebrations



Teesside University’s Winter graduates


A special programme of graduation celebrations was held at Wynyard Hall for over one thousand Teesside University graduates.

Six ceremonies were held over three days  in The Grand Marquee and Gardens at Wynyard Hall Hotel.

In total, more than 1,200 graduates  marked the completion of their academic studies at the University, which earlier this year was ranked in the UK top 25 for teaching excellence in the Good University Guide 2016-17.

University staff and guests  acknowledged the academic success of students from across the University’s five academic schools of Health & Social Care, Social Sciences, Business & Law, Design, Culture & the Arts, Science & Engineering, and Computing, with a range Higher Education qualifications awarded from undergraduate awards through to research doctorates (PhDs).

The graduation programme  also included students who have completed Teesside University Higher Education awards at the University’s further education college partners in the North of England.

Teesside University Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor Paul Croney, said: ‘Graduation is the high point in our University’s academic year.”

“It is the formal celebration of the achievement, values and qualities of the academic endeavour of our students and an opportunity for them to share their success with friends and family.”

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New Greek restaurant serves up a GREAT big feast


Middlesbrough  goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulous  showcased his brand new Greek restaurant in front of the national media- and is now ready to welcome his first customers.

The Greek footballer has spent the last six months working on the new eaterie, located on Linthrope Road, after dreaming of the venture for the past three years.

Dimi said:  “Food is a passion of mine and although football remains my priority I have lived here for so long and I have always felt at home in the Teesside area, I hope people will enjoy my food as much as I have enjoyed living here.”

“All the interior is decorated in Greek style, and I have had everything shipped over from Greece. It is important to me that the whole environment is authentic.”

Great has created 10 new jobs, including a head chef, two assistant chefs and a team of waiters and kitchen assistants.

The restaurant offers a wide range of Greek dishes, ranging from hummus and halloumi to whole roast chickens, with very reasonable prices, varying from £2.10 to £11.90.

Dimi’s childhood friend and now business partner Nickos Pitsoulis was also keen to express his passion for Greek food and this new business adventure.

He said:  “This is the first Greek restaurant in the Teesside area and we are confident it will be a great success.”

“We are looking forward to the future of the business and would love to add special discounts to Teesside students.”




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Students launch Christmas campaign in aid of Teesside foodbanks

TEESSIDE University Journalism students today launched a Christmas campaign to raise awareness, money and food donations for foodbanks.

The campaign, ‘Yule Help‘, was initiated by the students after new figures revealed ten Teesside families use a foodbank every single day.


Logo for the campaign ‘Yule Help’

The campaign accepts non-perishable food, clothes and toys. A Just Giving page has also been set up by the students to take donations that will help fund the foodbank and its operations.

Donations can be dropped off at the fifth floor of Middlesbrough Tower at any time.

There will also be a stall set up at the Student’s Union between 11am and 2pm on Monday, November 28, to accept any donations.


Teesside Journalism students working on the campaign

Principal Lecturer in Journalism and Digital Communications, Bethany Usher said: “It’s a travesty that in the fifth richest country in the world we have people experiencing the kind of poverty they are facing in Middlesbrough today.

“More families than ever are having to make the difficult decision of heating their homes or feeding their kids.

“Journalism students wanted to do something to help and I’m happy to support them to do so. This campaign could make a real difference to families in Middlesbrough this year.”


Bethany Usher – Principal Lecturer in Journalism and Digital Communications

27.95% of people using foodbanks do so as a result of benefit delays, while 23.3% turn to the foodbank due to a low income.

There are 424 foodbanks run by the Trussell Trust group.

10,573 tonnes of food was donated to foodbanks in the last year, but more is needed.

Over 1.1million people in the UK opted to use a foodbank in the last year and there has been a growth of 1million users since 2010.

The Yule Help team

The Yule Help team

The team at the Yule Help campaign want to do their bit to help but can’t do it all alone.

To find out more about the students Yule Help campaign visit the website http://ift.tt/2fIYO0L

And to see how you can donate money to the cause visit the Just Giving Page http://ift.tt/2fJ4SGp




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Journalism students get to the heart of European debate



Journalism students enjoy their visit to the European Parliament in Brussels.

Teesside University journalism students travelled to the heart of the Brexit debate when they visited the European Parliament in Brussels.

During the three-day trip they held a meeting with local North East MEP Jude Kirton-Darling to discuss the future impact on their region of leaving the European Union.

The ten-strong group of second and third year students networked with senior journalists including BBC bureau chief Simon Wilson, The Times correspondent Bruno Waterfield and Politico.eu reporter Harry Cooper who together revealed the inside track on covering events in Brussels.

Students shared photographs and video of their experience on social media as they were given a guided tour of the vast plenary chamber and its state-of-the art audio visual facilities by the Parliament’s communications team.

They also enjoyed an impromptu interview opportunity with the former Prime Minister of Slovenia, Alojz Peterle.

Second year Journalism student Alex Watson said the visit had revealed a wealth of opportunity for young journalists seeking a career in Europe – even after a future Brexit.

He said: “It was something we did not realise was open to us. There are an unbelievable range of roles and the intertwined relationship between journalists, politicians and lobbyists was absolutely fascinating to see.”

“We realise now we don’t have to be restricted to only working in the UK.”

Final year Multimedia Journalism student Kristyn Higginson, said: “This was a great experience and a fantastic opportunity for students to learn how the Parliament works.”

“It was far bigger than I imagined but I didn’t realise that it would be so open to journalists. I thought it would be difficult to speak to anyone but everyone was extremely welcoming.”

Olga Dziewulska, press attaché for the European Parliament which hosted the trip, said: “The European Parliament is the only directly elected EU institution.”

“We want the voters to know about the Parliament’s legislative work and its values as well as the work done by the elected members of the European Parliament.

“One of the many ways we do this, is by organising seminars and visits for media professionals.

“These trips are a chance for journalists and students of journalism to find out more about the work of the institution, meet their members and put the information into the context of their work back at home.”

Teesside University Journalism programme leader Jonathan Brown said the visit earlier this month had been a hugely beneficial learning experience for staff and students alike.

He said: “This was a unique opportunity to get to the heart of the biggest and most far-reaching news story of recent times.”

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Teesside’s ‘snooze room’ officially opens


Teesside students can now catch up on their sleep with the introduction of The Snooze Room.

The room first open earlier this year, but has now officially gained its own permanent residence within the Student’s Union after receiving positive response from Teesside students.

Teesside University Students Union was the first in the North East and only the second in the UK to open a ‘snooze room’.

Georgina Arksey, Vice-President of Welfare at the SU,  said: “There was a lot of research done the previous year and it has been proven that a 20-30 minute nap does help a student’s brain to re-boost. So bringing in a snooze room, it gives that gap in the day to have a nap if you need it.”

“Other Student’s Unions have got in touch to see how they can lobby their University’s to say yes to a room.”

Product Design student, Jo Beckworth, 20, said: “I find it useful, especially for people on placements or who have lectures for them to come in and it’s a place they can go, have a bit of a nap and then feel energised to go back and do their studies.”

Melissa Clarke, 18, who is studying Criminology,  said: ” It’s useful between lectures so you don’t always have to go back to your accommodation.”


Students can now catch up on a nap in the ‘snooze room’.


There is both a male and female room, that includes beanbags, lockers, eye-masks and ear plugs to get a well needed rest.

The Snooze Room is  open 12pm-4pm, Monday to Friday and is located on 2nd floor of the Student’s Union.

Students can book a 45 minute slot at the Student’s Union welcome desk (1st floor).


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2nd year student Beth Brownless fulfils her passion for film: Post from Perform@tees

Bethany Brownless, a 3rd year student on the BA honours Dance degree at Teesside University got the chance to put the skills she learnt in second year module Dance For Camera to the test this year working on several exciting professional projects. Beth has an interest in becoming a Videographer, creating screendances, and documenting different projects through film.

Over the summer period she completed a professional work placement as a videographer with Jennifer Essex, a senior lecturer at Teesside University. Beth documented Jennifer’s project Replicas, an interactive dance performance influenced by the evolution of communication and intimacy in relationships. Beth’s role as videographer involved creating a series of short films, documenting the rehearsal process, and performances at Stockton International Riverside Festival.

In October, Beth worked as a videographer for Lorraine Smith, a senior lecturer at Teesside University, Annie O’Donnell, an independent artist and Peter Heselton, a music producer documenting their performance of Elizabeth and the Three Sisters which was performed as part of Nightfall 2016.

Beth says:

“These experiences really challenged my skills as a videographer. I had to use my own initiative, allowing myself to experiment with camera angles, positioning, storylines, music choices and, editing abilities. I have had the opportunity to expand my knowledge as a videographer and this has enlightened my passion to take this further, gaining a future career from this. “

Watch one of Beth’s films:

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Dancing in ‘Dam: Post from Perform@tees

By Teesside University Dance student Jessica Gibbs

Teesside University DanceOn the 3rd of November, the student company Diverse@tees from the BA dance degree at Teesside University had the amazing experience of travelling to Amsterdam with senior lecturer Jennifer Essex. It was a great experience that gave the students a glimpse of what it is like to be a professional dance artist.

They had the incredible chance to see the premier of ‘Humpback Runner’ at Zuiderstrandtheater, choreographed by Jiří Pokorný’s and performed by Nederlands Dans Theater. Then to further their knowledge they were privileged to take part in a modern jazz class by Erick Bacon and an afro-fusion class with Avalon Brown.

An amazing trip that allowed me to see the dance sector in a whole new environment and experience the culture of Amsterdam.’ -Stacey Thompson (Member of Diverse@tees)

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BBC North comes to Teesside

TEESSIDE University students were given an opportunity to speak with the Director of BBC North and get an insight to the work it does for the region.

Alice Webb, came to the Curve building, and gave students some invaluable advice on their route into the BBC, what BBC North delivers and how to get their attention when applying for jobs.

When talking about why the BBC set up home in the North, she said: “We are better placed to represent everyone in the UK. Not just London.”

Also in the meeting was General Manager for BBC North, Adrian Mills, and he was also able to discuss opportunities at the BBC with Students.

General Manager of BBC North, Adrian Mills, talking to Teesside Students

General Manager of BBC North, Adrian Mills, talking to Teesside Students

Some of the ‘Top Tips’ given were:

  • Do not go to an interview and tell them you can be whoever they want you to be. Be unique.
  • Research. Look at what the business does and see if you have skills that would fit in with them.
  • Do not tell them what your hobbies are. Tell companies what you are doing now. Include links to projects or examples of work.

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