Student Drivers Claim Parking Problems on Campus

This is the familiar sign students claim to face when trying to find onsite parking.


Student drivers at Teesside University claim they regularly cannot find a parking space on campus when arriving to attend lectures.

This is despite having been allocated a valid parking permit.

The alleged parking problem has been raised on several occasions with the University’s Students Union.

Union President Bruna Silva, said: “We regularly gather feedback from students and parking does come up as an issue for some students.”

However, the University’s Head of Security and Parking, Stuart Jones, said students need to be more realistic in their expectations of being allocated a guaranteed parking place.

He said: “We are a town centre university and the confines of space from the surrounding residential areas means there is just very limited scope to expand the on campus parking.”


Head of Security and Parking Stuart Jones feels students need to be “more realistic in their expectations”.


Students  also claim that when trying to use parking facilities on campus they are confronted with a range of additional problems including:

  • Areas cordoned off.
  • Ticket machines which are ‘out of order’.
  • Risk of being blocked in as people try to get parked.
  • Being unable to purchase tickets as machines reject money.

Figures provided by the University’s Student Services Department highlight the potential parking problem.

There are currently 1,708 parking permits which have been issued with 745 parking places available on site.

MA exercise student Robbie Dawson claims he has experienced problems in the past when trying to park on site.

He said: “Even when arriving early there were times when being unable to park resulted in me being late or in some cases missing lectures.”



Robbie Dawson,21, claims he has had problems parking.

Mr Jones said having a permit was not a guarantee of a parking place.

He said: “It is the same situation for staff.”

“I pay £244 per year for my parking permit and I am still not guaranteed a spot.”

Mr Jones encouraged students to make use of the University’s Cannon Park park and ride scheme which he feels has helped to reduce congestion on campus.

He said: “This takes more cars away from the town centre and is more environmentally friendly, fulfilling the University’s corporate responsibility to reduce the use of cars and carbon emissions.”

MA Public Relations student Lucy Thompson praised the park and ride alternative.

She said: “I park at Cannon Park all the time. I have had no issues. It provides a very good service.”

Miss Silva accepted the problems experienced by students were likely to continue but said the Students’ Union was working with the University to resolve the situation.

She said: “There is never going to be a perfect solution regards parking on a busy and ever developing campus such as this.”

“We always work with departments and staff to address any concerns that have been raised.”

“We will continue to work closely with the University on this issue.”

If you have an opinion on the alleged University parking issue or have experienced problems yourself then add your comments on the situation in the space provided.

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Teesside Cricket Team can’t get off to winning start

Teesside University Cricket Team went down by 25 runs against South Bank in their opening fixture of the Middlesbrough College indoor league.

Teesside won the toss and elected to field with Southbank amassing 122/1 from their 10 overs with Southbank’s opening three batsman all retiring.

Indoor Cricket in action.

Richard Mains struck for Teesside with the only wicket of the innings bagging 1-11 from his spell.

In reply Teesside fell 25 runs short finishing with 97 from their 10 overs.

Southbank struck early when Henry Moor was dismissed for zero shortly followed by two quick run outs for the Bank.

An unbeaten 34 including 3 four’s and 2 sixes from Aamir Ramzan steadied the ship for Teesside backed by 19 from Alex Wilman and 14 from Mains with the team falling 25 runs short of victory.

Teesside University Captain, Luke Kenning,  said: “I thought today was an eye opening experience and that we learned where our strengths and weaknesses lie.”

“I see the team improving in its batting and certain players in their bowling.

“I feel that we need to improve our fielding a lot though, as 40 plus runs slipped away from us in that department today.”

Top run scorer Aamir Ramzan said : “I think we did great after not playing cricket for about five months and we were playing a team that’s won the indoor league for 12 years running.”

“I thought the team worked really well together and put on a good display of courage and desire to play the game.”


Final Scores:

South Bank – 122/1

Teesside Cricket – 97/3

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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Boro fans “need to be patient” says former defender

Former Middlesbrough defender Dean Gordon in action.


Middlesbrough are currently  facing  a tough battle to survive in the Premier League.

The Boro go into the second half of the season with their Premier League identity set in the balance.

The club is sitting in 16th place just above the relegation zone.

But former Boro defender Dean Gordon believes the club’s survival chances are as good as any of the teams in the bottom half.

He said: “Boro have done well this season.”

“The first season in the Premier League is always going to be hard and defensively, they’ve been strong and don’t concede many goals.

“However, scoring goals was always going to be a problem but up to now they are doing great.”

January is always a pivotal point in the season. Many clubs look for additions to their squad to try and fulfil their end of the season aim.

One of the team’s main pitfalls this season has been the lack of goals.

The Boro have already tried to change this, adding 6’4 ft. striker Rudy Gestede to their attacking options.
But with little goals and experience in the ‘big’ league, many have questioned the signing.
Gordon said: “Gestede for me, isn’t what they needed.”

“He is unproven in the Premier League and hasn’t hit any sort of form in the Championship at Villa.

“He may score two or three, but that won’t be good enough. He’ll need good service.”

For a newly promoted side, many say that Middlesbrough have had a good start to the season.

In recent weeks manager Aitor Karanka has faced pressure by the Boro fans.

Starting line ups and substitution tactics have left many fans frustrated at games.

The former Boro player said: “The second half of the season is tough.”

“Teams are vying for every point, either for the title, top four, Europe or survival. The pressure is on for most.”

“Karanka has got Boro to where they are now and has done well so far.

“The fans need to be patient. The grass isn’t always greener with managerial changes. Boro just need to be better than three other teams come the end of the season.”


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New laws in play for Teesside rugby players

Teesside’s rugby team must get used to new high tackling laws bought into the game.

The men’s rugby union side will need to be careful under new laws designed to clamp down on high tackles, put in place  by World Rugby.

The new directive from World Rugby aims to improve player safety by looking at, and punishing, high tackles more harshly.

The players and coaches of Teesside’s first team must get used to this if they want to avoid the sin bin as they carry on their season.

Team photo with squad wearing ‘Yes to Respect’ T-shirts

Under the new laws the existing threshold of the shoulders remains but high tackles are now categorised as ‘accidental’ and ‘reckless.’

A reckless high tackle now carries a minimum punishment of a yellow card and a maximum of a red where as an accidental high tackle has a minimum of just a penalty with a maximum of a yellow card.

Currently, Teesside sit fourth out of six in the Northern 5B league having conceded 189 points this season.

With stricter defensive laws this is something that could get worse for them so how will they adapt?

Tom Putt, current coach for the university, said:  “Me and Dave have a big principle on chop tackles, so we encourage the players at Teesside to tackle people around the knees and waist, because it’s more effective and it’s safer for both players.”

Dave Barley, community and university rugby coach in Gloucester, said: “We will place more of an emphasis on the leg tackle and then competing for the ball at the breakdown.”

The new laws have come under criticism from writers and pundits however, some saying it’s unclear for coaches and could lead to more red cards in games. Others saying nothing has changed at all.

A referee coach, who doesn’t want to be named, said: “The difference now is that the expected sanction has been put into law.”

“It is early days yet but if we do see a few more red cards then (in my opinion) these will arise because referees are now clearer about the sanctions and probably haven’t sent players off in the past when they should have.

“Referees should get used to the cry of the game has gone soft but in my view World Rugby are correct in protecting players.”

Davis Fish, who coaches alongside Tom, said:  “Most of the time it’s not done on purpose but the refs still penalise you regardless and don’t look at if it was an actual mistake.”

“Yes, if the tackle is blatantly a high tackle then by all means send them off. But these tackles should be reviewed with more care than just pulling out a card.”

Recently, the higher tackle has been used as a defensive tactic to prevent the offload but players who continue in this vein run the risk of being assessed as being reckless under the new laws.

This is probably the reason Dave Barley sees more offloads than more red cards.

He said: “In terms of the spectators I can only see the game being more open.”

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Dance students showcase their talents

Dance students showed off their talents at a special event on campus

University dance students  organized a special  event to showcase their talents.

The event, named ‘Snowfall Showcase’, was held to show the student’s work to an audience.

The students had planned and practiced their performance many times, before displaying it at Teesside’s Mercuria Building .

There was a total of nine dance acts performed for the audience, by first, second and third year students.

Each act was unique and portrayed themes, and dancing styles to create a story.

Selected music and costume design was also used in the performances.

The dance students families and friends were invited to watch the show.

Teachers and students of Teesside University were also invited.

Audience members were  given a leaflet with the act’s names and which students choreographed and  were performing in each dance.  Information about the acts and other credits were included too.

Studnts Jai Pillai and Dawn Ashley both performed in the ‘Street Dance’ and ‘Lyrical Jazz Piece’ acts.

Jai said: “Mentally preparing yourself takes a quite long process because you have to get in the zone of dance before you perform.”

Jai Pillai, is a second year dance student at Teesside University.

“I chose Teesside because a lot of the lecturers are very open minded.

“And over here (Teesside) when I first auditioned, I don’t feel like an object.

“Other universities that I have chosen, they put a number on you, and then when you get selected you perform. And you just feel like an object, because you have that number on.

“Over here they treat you like an individual, because it is such a small group as well.”

Dawn said as a dancer she was a late developer.

She said: “I probably began when I was about seventeen, I was quite a late starter.”

Dawn Ashley, is a second year dance student at Teesside University.

“I think it is  fun the fact that you have the costumes really, that you’re coming out in.

“I think that puts a smile on my face straight away, so that for me is my most fun moment.

“You go into character when you perform, so that for me, is the fun part.”

To keep updated, you can follow @DanceTeesside on Twitter, and Media@Teesside on Facebook.



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Teesside cyclist has big plans for 2017 after signing new deal

A Teesside student cyclist has his sights on reaching the top  after signing for a new team, Bike Channel-Canyon.

Picture by Alex Whitehead/ – British Cycling Elite Circuit Series – Chepstow Grand Prix – Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales –
1. Harry Tanfield (Pedal Heaven RT) (left)

Harry Tanfield, who studies Civil Engineering at Teesside University,  is delighted to have been selected to join the new team, after previous success.

Harry, 22 from Great Ayton spent 2016 with Pedal Heaven Race Team, which saw the student pick up some fantastic results on the road.

This included a first place ranking in the UK elite British Cycling competition.

Harry also finished second in the  elite circuit race series.

He also had a ninth place finish in the Tour de Yorkshire stage 2 and finished third in the Rutland UCI 1.2.

Harry was delighted with the call up for the new 15 – man team and can’t wait to get back on the road, when the season comes around.

He said: “I’m really excited for the 2017 season with Bike Channel Canyon after coming from Pedal Heaven race team.”

“It’s a great group of guys and I think we will work very well as a unit.”

The UK number 1, elite British cycling ranked rider, has his eyes on competing in the Tour de Yorkshire again in 2017 and also has his sights set on the Tour of Britain.

Harry said: “UCI races such as Tour de Yorkshire and Tour of Britain are some of the biggest races in the UK, so they are my two main aims for the coming season, as we missed out on selection last season as a team.

“So if I was to get selected it would make 2017 a really special year for me.”

Harry will also join up with eight riders formerly of Pedal Heaven Race team in Jake Pullar, Mitchell Webber, Alex Richardson, Rory Townsend, Max Stedman, Jake Womersley, Joe Fry and Dexter Gardias.

Picture by Allan McKenzie/ – 01/07/16 – Cycling – British Cycling Elite Circuit Series – Shugborough Hall, Stafford, England – Pedal Heaven’s

2016 also saw Harry take first place honours in the British Universities & College Sport (BUCS) road race championship.

Harry  was over the moon to have sealed the victory.

He said: “I was lucky enough to win the BUCS road race championship recently which was a really tough ride.”

“The fact it was on local roads in York, made it good fun too as it’s fairly local to where I’m from.

“It’s the first time I’ve rode the BUCS race despite having the opportunity to race in it the last three years, as the team have always had other national races clashing over that weekend.

“It was a fairly hilly race to ride and a tough course to win, especially with my build, but I just had really good legs on the day.

“I kept the pressure on throughout the race the just went to pieces with the strongest riders emerging at the end to battle it out on the final lap.

“To take the win solo from the break away was a very special feeling, I just sort of ripped it apart.

“Overall a really good day out.”

The civil engineering student also competed oversees in China.

He said; “I won quite a big stage race while over there in Asia, China was good fun and a great experience.”

Harry Tanfield, celebrating after coming 1st in China. in the national, elite circuit race series as well as winning additional open road races in the UK.

Harry is part of the Elite Athlete scheme, which enables students to receive a comprehensive support package, which is individually tailored to meet the needs of each person, depending on their sport at Teesside University.

Harry said: “The scheme has been really good for my racing and has given me lots of access to massages as well as watching a range of videos.”

“The scheme has been really good for my training and racing, giving me access to a structured strength and conditioning programme.

“In addition to seeing physic’s and masseurs whenever I need to.

“It’s been really beneficial to my winter programme

“I’m really lucky to have Stu and Matt with me in the gym to keep me right basically.”

Matthew Wright, Sports Development Officer of Elite Sport at Teesside University, said: “Harry is now coming into his fourth year on the Elite Athlete Scheme and has developed through the years.”

“One of the benefits for Harry is helping him balance his study and his cycling and his academic staff and school have been really supportive.

“In terms of helping Harry’s performance this changes through the year, over the autumn and early winter we have worked on developing his strength and power, which paradoxically is very beneficial for endurance athletes.

“As the year goes on Harry spends more time on the bike and it’s just trying to keep the balance with gym work and racing, to make sure everything is going ok.

“Harry’s a great athlete to work with and it is nice to see him perform in big races and it was also nice he was able to become British University Champion last year too.”

Anyone interested in taking up road cycling should check out their local team with Cleveland Wheelers and Stockton Wheelers Cycling Club being two clubs in the Tees Valley area.

For more information on Harry check out his Facebook page.


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A close shave for charity.

Two brave women have shaved their heads to raise money for female refugees.

Friends Erin Burton and Sarah Bredin-Kemp  had joked about shaving their heads for some time when they asked themselves: ‘Why don’t we do this together and for a good cause?’

Erin and Sarah’s promotional photo for the fundraising.

So Erin and Sarah joined together to raise money for a charity called ‘Loving Humanity‘.

Loving Humanity is a non-profit organisation which was created out of our desire to support the Syrian refugees.

They are passionate about the health and wellbeing of girls and women in the refugee camps.

Amy Peake founded the charity in 2014 and their aim is to reduce health problems associated with the lack of good quality and affordable sanitary pads.

“We aim to restore dignity and create social uplift by creating employment for groups of women refugees,” She said.

Loving Humanity’s list of aims are:

  • To buy and install machines that make sanitary towels and incontinence pads in Za’atari refugee camp.
  • To employ and teach a group of women to use the machines.
  • To manufacture reusable nappies for those suffering from incontinence.
  • To reduce health problems, restore dignity and create social uplift.

Sarah had done a lot of research on their chosen charity Loving Humanity before donating – it is a cause that both girls are passionate about and one that deserves much more publicity and support.

Sarah said: “I’d seen collections for people taking supplies to the Jungle camp in Calais which were asking for sanitary products, and I’d also seen similar projects for homeless women in the UK.”

“While they seemed good ideas, when I found Loving Humanity it was really cool to see a sustainable investment element rather than just a one-time donation.”

“Also the fact that Loving Humanity make incontinence pads too is really important because so many people have PTSD from their experiences which can lead to incontinence.”

Sarah and Erin decided to set up a JustGiving page in order to gain sponsorships for shaving their heads with all money raised going to the charity.

Erin and Sarah’s target was to raise £500 for the charity, but they made over £1, 200 instead with thanks to generous donations from friends, family and strangers.

To raise awareness of their good deeds, Erin set up a livestream on Facebook of the two of them shaving their heads, which was viewed by over 400 people.

The first shave!

Erin said: “The easy part was shaving our heads but the hard part was getting grief from people around us.”



Erin and Sarah after the shave!


Sarah said: “What we’ve done is just the tiniest drop in the ocean but hopefully it’s something.”

They would encourage anybody to do the same, especially with a lesser known charity.

“Don’t be afraid to challenge people’s perceptions.” Erin added.


You can still donate through the girls’ JustGiving page or by visiting Loving Humanity’s website.

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Teesside Band Take Middlesbrough Empire By Storm

Local Band Cattle and Cane dominated the stage of The Middlesbrough Empire .

The Thornaby based five piece played to a crowd of over 1,000 at the popular nightclub destination, leaving music revellers hyped about the talented musicians.

The band are fresh from their first UK tour, promoting their debut album ‘Home’, which saw them break into the top 30 of the UK independent Charts.

It’s no surprise that the group poured their heart and soul into their largest ever gig on home soil, resulting in a spectacular ending to an exciting year.

Fans travelled from across the North-East and beyond to witness the sold out event.

Cattle and Cane are made up of siblings Joe, Fran, Helen and Vin Hamill, with close friend Tom Chapman on percussion.

Singer-songwriter Joe said: “We formed the band a few years back now, but we’ve all sang together from an early age.”

“It’s always felt really natural for us all to play together, and our friends and family have supported us every step of the way.

“I think that’s why it feels so special, we feel very lucky to have the support we have, it’s amazing.”

The band has always been vocal about their admiration for Teesside and The North East and were thrilled with the reception they received last May, when playing the popular Newcastle festival, Evolution.

Performing at the Middlesbrough Empire is just another dream come true for the group.

Guitarist Fran said: “We just love playing home town shows. There’s always an amazing atmosphere and nothing comes close to it.”

“We were so excited and proud to play Middlesbrough Empire as it was the biggest local show we’ve ever done.

“We were buzzing the entire time, and the crowd just topped it off.

“Local events like Twisterella and Stockton Calling are really putting Teesside on the map and there’s loads of exciting new acts coming through too.

“It’s just fantastic that the region has such a vibrant scene at the moment!”

Speaking in the aftermath of the popular event, Middlesbrough Empire Manager Peter Hope said: “Cattle and Cane are undoubtedly one of the brightest talents to emerge from Teesside in recent years.”

“They’ve been coming into The Empire for a long time, so watching them bring the house down was an immensely proud moment for us and I’ve no doubt they have an incredible future ahead.”

Built in 1897 as a music hall, The Middlesbrough Empire has played host to a variety of performers ranging from Charlie Chaplin to FatBoy Slim, and now Cattle and Cane can be added to the list.

Critics have compared them to the likes of ‘Mumford and Sons’, and with the recent release of their electric album, there’s a gap in the world of folk  music that Cattle and Cane could fill.

The band are set for an eventful 2017, when they’ll be releasing and touring their highly anticipated second album ‘Mirrors’.

Fans are sure to not be disappointed.

To keep up to date with the band and their upcoming plans, check out their official website.

Pictured Above: The ever popular Middlesbrough Empire

Pictured Above: Cattle and Cane

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Bike Libraries come to Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough recently became host to a new type of library aimed at  encouraging access to bicycles in the local area.

Bike Libraries are a scheme which aim to give all children access to bicycles regardless of their circumstances.

Funded by Yorkshire Bank, the Bike Libraries aim to give all children access to bicycles

The scheme aims to recycle and reuse unwanted bikes to enable people, who don’t have the means to buy a bike, to appreciate the simple pleasures of owning one  and going on rides.

The most recent Library is located in Middlesbrough bus station.

It came from the idea for Bike Libraries when the Grand Depart visited our region, inspiring the idea to get as many people as possible on bikes,.

Bikes are donated at drop off points, where they are stored and repaired for use before being distributed across the Bike Library network.

These donation points can be local shops or businesses which don’t necessarily have the means to be a library but have volunteered and want to be part of the scheme.

Not only does the scheme offer the chance to borrow a bike but it is also a great way to learn a new skill and for students at Teesside University to volunteer to help.

The libraries need support and help with the maintenance of bikes as well as led bike rides and other activities.

The libraries are currently being set up all over the region, after being a starting place in the 2016 Tour De Yorkshire, Middlesbrough applied for a Bike Library.

Ama Butler, Special Projects Assistant for Tour Yorkshire, said: “I’ve been lucky enough to visit a lot of the Libraries and see the good work they are doing.”

“All of our Libraries are so different, the range of activities and options for adults and children borrowing bikes is really impressive.

“With our next round of Libraries launching soon, there will be nearly 50 places across the region where people can borrow and ride bikes for free. I’m very proud that I get to be involved in something so special.”

Funded by Yorkshire Bank and backed by Cycle Yorkshire, the scheme is now reaching adults as well as children and is also offering led rides for those borrowing a bike.

The Libraries aim to increase in numbers with interest being shown in the idea from various regions.

There are currently 33 Libraries all over Yorkshire, with plans for the next round of Libraries launching soon, there will be nearly 50 places across the region where people can borrow and ride bikes for free.

Although the idea is currently concentrated in Yorkshire and the North the scheme is set to travel further with big plans from those at Tour Yorkshire.

Ama said: “I think if other parts of the UK and world wanted to set up similar projects, a lot of people in a lot of places would benefit from them.”

“Today Yorkshire, tomorrow, the world.”

If you would like to get involved and help the Bike Libraries you can volunteer as well as being able to donate any old bikes at your nearest Donation Station.

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Students can learn more about Christianity at Alpha workshops

Students can learn more about the Christan faith in a series of workshops on  the Teesside campus.

Teesside University’s Christian Union is hosting  the latest series of sessions exploring Christianity.

The Christian Union has been planning its very own eleven week course called Alpha.

The committee has just started advertising the course across campus, with flyers, banners. posters and even free hot chocolate .

Bear Grylls has called the Alpha course his ‘greatest adventure yet!’

Alpha courses have been run across the globe usually in a cafe, church or university.

TV adventurer Bear Grylls is a supporter of Alpha after taking part in a course.

The sessions within the course generally have three things in common, food, a talk and conversation.

One of the most important things about Alpha is sharing a meal with everyone as food always has a way of bringing people together.

The sessions always start with food as its a great way to build a community and get to know each other better.

The series is aiemd at creating conversation as each week covers a different topic.

Each topic  is designed to inspire and create group based discussions around Christianity.

The talks themselves are around 30 minutes long and are set up across  the eleven weeks.

The main goal is to share the faith of Christianity by asking the questions: ‘Who is Jesus?’ and ‘Is there more to life than this?’

One of the most important part of the course is the discussion of the topics, typically the course places everyone into small groups, in which everyone has an equal right to speak their mind…or not.

It’s an opportunity to hear from others, whilst also giving your perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.

Emily Hammond, who is a member of the Christian Union, said:  “The Christian Union is really small and when we first started, one of our motives was to try and grow the christian unions of Teesside.”

“The Alpha course is being run to get people to talk about their faith in a open and non-judgmental environment and  allow people to make their own opinion on religion.”



Emily Hammond, a CU member who is one of the main leaders for running the Alpha course.

The Christian Union has it’s own Facebook page, for those looking to gain even more information on the Alpha course:

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