Middlesbrough residents sleep rough for charity.

Some of the people who slept rough to raise money for charity


Dozens of local people took to the streets of Middlesbrough to experience sleeping rough to raise money for charity.

The Big Teesside Sleep-Out is held twice a year at Middlesbrough College to help raise money for charities in the local area.

The event was organised by  Middlesbrough & Teesside Philanthropic Foundation as a way of highlighting  homelessness at this time of year.

The funds raised by this event go to supporting charities like the Salvation Army and food banks located across the Teesside area.


Middlesbrough & Teesside Philanthropic Foundation.

Food and drink was provided by the Philanthropic Foundation and the Middlesbrough Street Opera performing to the crowd.

And despite the cold weather people were in high spirits.

Alex and Craig,  a married couple from Middlesbrough, said nthey were happy to give up their time for the event.

Alex said: “We decided to do this to  appreciate what sleeping rough is like and to give something ba

Andy Preston,  founder of the The Big Teesside Sleep-Out,  said the night had been a great success.

He said: “The turn out was amazing and it reinforces your believe in humanity and it shows the good side of human nature.”

Andy Preston (Bottom Right) The Event Founder.

If you would like to get involved with the next Sleep-Out, or other charity events in the Teesside area then contact Middlesbrough & Teesside Philanthropic Foundation @ http://ift.tt/1kl4gEY, or to find out more watch this video.


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Product Design alumni receives honorary doctorate :Post from Tees Made

John Barratt, President and Chief Executive Officer of US-based global design consultancy TEAGUE, received an honorary doctorate in Business Administration at this year’s graduation ceremony.

Founded in 1926, TEAGUE is considered to be the most important design consultancy in the world. John joined TEAGUE in 1999, after working in leading positions at Philips Design. He has dedicated his time to building on TEAGUE’s heritage, strengthening partnerships with some of the world’s leading brands including Intel, Starbucks, The Boeing Company and Samsung and pushing TEAGUE’s longstanding mission ‘to build a new and better world’ into the 21st century.

John studied at what was then Teesside Polytechnic, graduating in 1988 with a BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design – Industrial Design. John said of his time at the University: ‘Teesside helped shape the person I am today. It taught me the philosophy of doing over talking, thinking through making and creating a culture that prioritises the ‘we’ over ‘me’. The notion of team is something I learned at Teesside and the experience has been the foundation to my life’.

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Ben traces his journey to Dyson :Post from Tees Made

Ben Russi, 25, who graduated from Teesside’s BA (Hons) Product Design and Industrial Transportation in 2012, is now working as a Design Engineer with Dyson, the company best known for it’s revolutionary vacuum cleaner design.

Originally from Saltburn, Ben, a former student at Prior Pursglove College in Guisborough, met with students currently working on design projects as part of their degree studies.

He said: ‘I studied at Teesside University largely as it was so highly recommended to me by my college lecturer. It gave me a great grounding in product design and helped me to make up my mind about what I wanted to do.

‘It’s been great meeting the students and telling them about my journey since studying at Teesside and it’s been really good to speak to them about their own projects and ideas.

‘I really enjoyed my time at Teesside, so it’s been great to return and see all the reminders of being a student here. Speaking to the students too is a great reminder that just a few years ago I was one of them myself.’

Ben, who is now based in Wiltshire, joined Dyson in 2014 as a Graduate Design Engineer before moving into the role of Design Engineer.

He said: ‘It’s a great place to work, I’m inspired every day. The degree at Teesside helped to give me the confidence to apply and push for a role with such an innovative company.’

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Kendal makes a mint from Mountain Festival

Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts descended on the picturesque Cumbrian market town of Kendal to experience the annual Mountain Festival .

Opening night at this year’s ‘Kendal Mountain Festival’


Visitors travelled from as far afield as the USA to take part in a vast array of outdoor activities, experience the very best in outdoor film and to hear from some of the world’s great explorers and adventure sports athletes.


Star of the show for many was Everest summiteer and mountaineering legend Sir Chris Bonnington, who spoke of his life and times as a pioneer of the industry.

Legendary mountaineer ‘Sir Chris Bonnington’

The annual event has been running for seventeen years.

This years festival is believed to have attracted over 14,000 people to the town and is estimated to have generated up to £3 million  for the local economy.

Comfortably the largest festival of its type here in the UK, Kendal mountain festival now rivals Banff  in Canada for the title of the world’s largest mountain culture event.

Organisers are already planning for next year’s event which will take place across the weekend of November 16 -19 2017.

Click on the video link below to find out more about this year’s event and what next year’s festival may have in store.


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Teesside University Cricket Team back up and running

James Houmark (Chairman) and Jake Tibbetts (Vice President)


Teesside University Cricket team is back up and running and ready to hit its opponents for six after a break of five years.

The move will  see the Teesside back playing competitive cricket.

The team will begin its new campaign with an indoor fixture over Sunderland in the New Year.

Crime and Investigation Student James Houmark has taken on the role of Chairman and can’t wait to get started with the team and is relishing the challenges  ahead.

James said: “Teesside haven’t had a cricket team for a number of years and it is a sport which is really popular in the North East.”

“We have lots of students here at the University who were wanting to play cricket so I thought it would be a good idea to set the team up again.

“Teesside University has a range of cultures studying here including people from Asia, India and Sri Lanka so to have people from around the world involved is really good.

“I really wanted to put Teesside back on cricketing map again.”

Crime Science Student Henry Moore, who is treasurer of the team,  said: “Our main aim for the coming season is to field a full team every game with the plan of entering some local competitions such as the Middlesbrough Indoor Cricket League.”

“Eventually our main aim is to join the BUCS university league and play competitive games against other universities from around the country.

“The University cricket team has in the past folded, but now we are here to stay and want to play successful cricket.

“Other universities such as Durham are well known for their cricket so this is something which I want to bring to Teesside.

“Hopefully there will also be opportunities for our players to join local clubs in the area and play cricket for a club side.”

The team is now planning friendlies for the winter and have plans in place to take on York, Manchester, Edinburgh and Northumbria in the indoor format.

The team’s first outdoor game of the 2017 season will be in April when it will face Sunderland University.

Anyone interested in getting involved with the team or would like more information can contact team officials through their Facebook page at “Teesside University Cricket” or on twitter at @TeessideCricket

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Dance and Occupational Therapy Collaboration: Post from Perform@tees

The Dance Department worked with Occupational Therapy this autumn on a day of inter-professional learning for students and staff. The day provided an opportunity for dance and OT students to understand how several physical limitations might affect a person’s movements. Workshops took place at Teesside University’s Mercuria Studio and were the result of several months of consultation between the two teams in an effort to use inter-disciplinary learning to provide students with a diverse skill set.

Students wore glasses that partially obstructed their vision, bands to mimic the effect of a missing limb, and suits to help them understand the restriction of an arthritic body.  Movement exercises were then delivered by staff to help the students consider how the restrictions might affect people physically, mentally, and psychologically.

The result was a rich discussion and increased understanding for both staff and students. One student commented the day “made me aware of how I should use empathy within practice for ALL clients”. Another said the session made them think about “how limb restrictions/amputees will be affected not only on the physical level, but mentally and psychologically. The tiredness and overall strain would be overwhelming to begin with.”

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Teesside University Cougars’ Edinburgh Upset

(Courtesy of Teesside University Cougars)

(Courtesy of Teesside University Cougars)

Injuries to key players led the Teesside University Cougars American football team  to lose their latest game against the Edinburgh Predators.

The Cougars were in high spirits as they headed to Edinburgh for the second time this season after their close loss to Edinburgh Napier in their first game with a score line of 13-0.

Following a late kick off, the Cougars were up against a fierce opposition and were plagued by injuries with six key players being forced to leave the pitch early.

One such player was George Bannon who was stretchered off the field after sustaining an impact injury to his right knee

This loss of first string players saw the Cougars scoreless by half time.

The Cougars did however manage to get on the scoreboard, coming into the second half with a renewed energy.

This energy was not enough to make a come back however and the match ended with a score line of 41-eight.

Taylor Shepherd, a rookie defensive lineman was playing in the game.

He said: “We went to Edinburgh complaicant.”

“We just turned on too late to change it around.”

Defensive line co-ordinator, Kristian Bover, said: “I think it was disappointing to have traveled so far to have earned so little but I think it was a good learning experience for the rookies.”

“If each man doesn’t give 100% then the team will crumble and I hope all the rookies took a hard lesson away from that.”

Despite coming home with a loss, the Cougars are determined to spring back in the New Year.
Head Coach, Chris Scrace,  said: “We’ve been hit hard, now lets show the character to keep moving forward.”


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Middlesbrough Christmas Market Is Now Open!

By Gemma Thompson and Sophie Wheadon


Middlesbrough Christmas Markets 2016

Middlesbrough Christmas market is officially open in Centre Square.

The market stalls are covered in festive Christmas decorations which fit perfectly with Middlesbrough’s Christmas lights.

The market offers something for everyone, with a range of festive food, drinks and gift stalls.

The Golden Inn Bar and Swing Grill are inspired by German Christmas culture and sell traditional festive German treats.


Golden Inn Bar

Some stalls – designed as log cabins – sell a variety of chocolate, sweets and cookies.


Chocolate Kisses

Snow Cakes and Chocolate kisses even sell personalised iced gingerbread.


Snow Cakes


Swing Grill

Skipton Chocolate Box was one of the most popular stalls, selling a wide choice of chocolate delights.

Angela Crompton, 45, owner of Skipton Chocolate Box, said: “I’ve worked for Skipton since I was 10 and I don’t think I could ever get tired of the festive atsmophere.”

“We do the Christmas markets every year, from right up in Aberdeen to Torquay.”

“We get a different city break nearly every weekend and we spend most of our time playing with chocolate. It’s always good to do something that you love, and I love chocolate.”


Skipton Chocolate Box

The Christmas market is open until Saturday December 17.

There are several other festive events in Middlesbrough’s Centre Square between now and Christmas.

Santa’s Grotto opens December 18, tickets are only £5 and each child receives a gift off Santa Claus himself.

Magical Movies will be shown on a big screen in Centre Square from 1pm between 19 and 23 December . Movies include; Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street and Santa Claus: The Movie.

Santa’s Workshops will run from 11am starting on December 19, with appearances from Frosty the Snowman and Rockin’ Robin.

Find out more information on Middlesbrough’s Christmas events here: http://ift.tt/2hho4LF








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History Welcomes New Graduate Tutor Tim EllisPost from History at Teesside

Teesside University has recently appointed Tim Ellis as a Graduate Tutor for History. We asked him to tell us about his past and future research.

I am originally from and now live in Sunderland (just 40 minutes away from Middlesborough), but in the past five years, I have spent time in Oxford (where I did my BA at St Hugh’s College) and Belfast (where I completed by my MA at Queens University). I first became fascinated with Irish history at Oxford where I had the great privilege of being taught by Prof. Roy Foster, Dr Senia Paseta and Dr Guy Beiner in my second and third years. On their advice (after taking some time out to backpack around China and teach English in the Amazon rainforest) I spent a year in Belfast, studying a specialist MA in Irish History, under the supervision of such great names as Dr Fearghal McGarry, Prof. Mary O’Dowd, Dr Marie Coleman and Prof. Sean Connolly. During my year at Belfast I became particularly interested in the Irish Free State, 1922-1939. My dissertation examined the role of political cartoons in the political culture of the Free State.

I spent much of my year in Ireland pouring over books in the McClay library and searching through printed cartoons in the National Library in Dublin. Time spent in Belfast City Cemetery, off the Falls Road, cataloguing gravestones as part of Public History internship proved to be a useful counterbalance to time spent in the library. One of my more memorable research trips was to Sligo, on Ireland’s west coast, to visit a remote country house owned by the UK’s first female MP, Constance Markievicz, a renowned Irish republican, socialist and feminist. She is less well known for her incisive political cartoons, produced during the Irish Civil War, 1922-3.

During the course of researching my dissertation, it became apparent that political cartoons were rarely just an innocuous diversion to serious textual discussions in newspapers. They frequently touched on many controversial subjects: such as anti-imperialism, feminism, race and class. During the authoritarian years of the Civil War the political cartoon rarely caught the censor’s attention. Gender was an almost constant theme in Irish political cartoons: whether it was through subtle critiques of the new Irish state’s attitude towards women, or less subtle denigrations of politicians’ masculinity.


My masters’ research got me interested in visual sources in Irish history. Historians, especially those who study Ireland, often neglect visual sources, yet they provide much insight into how the voting public ‘see’ their political leaders. They are vital in fashioning politicians’ public image. In the 1920s and 1930s, democratic and authoritarian leaders across Europe carefully set about using the new media of photography and cinema to promote political support and, in some cases, ultimately build personality cults. Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini’s use of visual culture to project a triumphant self-image is well-established. All three figures enjoyed thriving personality cults, which nonetheless lasted no more than three decades.

There was one leader in Europe whose personality cult was far more enduring than any of the dictators. This leader exerted a magnetic hold on his nation’s politics from 1916 to 1975. He enjoyed a personality cult which lasted longer than that of Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin or Franco. He created a political party which came first in every general election held between 1932-2007 (inclusive). Surprisingly, this leader was not the leader of a totalitarian dictatorship, but rather one of the most democratic nations in the world: Eamon de Valera, the central figure of twentieth-century Ireland.

Little research has been done on the creation, maintenance and operation of the de Valera cult. However, I am convinced the use of visual media played a part. De Valera owned and operated a newspaper which was very sympathetic to him and his party (the Irish Press), which frequently featured large front page images of himself. De Valera had a talent for the theatrical; for choreographed public spectacle, appearing conspicuously with the Papal legate at the 1932 Eucharistic Congress in Dublin. He famously conducted late-night visits to Irish villages, on horseback, wrapped in a black cloak, accompanied by torch-bearing followers.


His political rivals were equally conscious of the importance of the visual in creating electoral support. William Cosgrave (de Valera’s predecessor as head of government) was the first Irish leader to speak to the electorate on film, and his party (Cumman na nGaedheal) commissioned slick election posters, produced with the help of Ireland’s new advertising agencies. Eoin O’Duffy, the leader of Ireland’s ‘Fascist’ movement, ‘the Blueshirts’, was equally a manipulator of the visual and the theatrical, staging rallies and appearing (more unusually) in photo-shoots with Hollywood film stars.

My PhD examines the role of the visual in Irish political culture, 1922-39. It will firstly examine the changing nature of image control by politicians: comparing and contrasting the censorship of images in newspapers during the Civil War, with de Valera’s careful management of the Irish Press in the 1930s. It will then ask the more complex question: ‘how did the Irish public view images of their politicians?’ looking at complex role of symbolism played in a politician’s self-presentation at public events. As my MA dissertation has already shown, images of politicians frequently intersected with contemporary discourses of class, race and masculinity in Irish society. Something as simple as an item of clothing carried several loaded meanings. Headgear was particularly controversial.

I am carrying out this research thanks to generous support from Teesside University who have generously appointed me to the new position of Graduate Tutor, where I will be funded to carry out both research and teaching. I currently teach European history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to first years, an experience which I am finding so far to be both enjoyable and stimulating. I am also supported intellectually by my supervisor, Dr Roisin Higgins, who is a key part of a burgeoning Irish history research community in the North East of England. Her research interests in the political use of spectacle by the Irish government make her an ideal supervisor for this thesis. She is joined by Professor Nigel Copsey whose research and expertise on Fascism will no doubt allow him to offer sound advice on the wider European context to this study, and on the role of the Fascist-leaning Eoin O’Duffy. Dr Linsey Robb will also be able to offer supervision and advice on all aspects of this thesis concerning the visual representation of masculinity: a research interest which will be carried over from my MA dissertation.

I am also excited to be joined by a fellow PhD student, Sean Donnelly, who is currently examining the role of Cumman na nGaedheal in the early years of the Irish state, from a new theoretical angle, that of post-colonialism. Irish historiography has traditionally been rather intellectually conservative: suspicious of new theoretical angles and restrictive in the sources it often employs, though this is now beginning to change. The recent centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising has injected much new international attention into Irish history. Irish historians are now increasingly beginning to employ transnational and gendered perspectives in their work, and are also turning to material and visual sources to provide new insight on key events in Irish history. Both Dr Higgins and many of the academic staff at Queens University Belfast who taught me have played a key role in this regard. As a community, Irish historians now find themselves in a very exciting time for their discipline.


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