Teesside University is a public university with its main campus in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire in North East England. It was officially opened as Constantine Technical College in 1930, before becoming a polytechnic in 1969, and finally granted university status in 1992 by the Privy Council.[2]

Teesside University
Coat of Arms
MottoLatin: Facta Non Verba[1]
Motto in English
Deeds Not Words[1]
Established1930 – Constantine Technical College[2]
1969 – as Teesside Polytechnic
1992 – gained university status
Endowment£0.52m (2021/22)[3]
ChancellorJenny Chapman, Baroness Chapman of Darlington[4]
Vice-ChancellorPaul Croney[5]
Administrative staff
Colours  Maroon
AffiliationsUniversity Alliance
Universities UK

The university has over 22,500 students studying in the UK, according to the 2021/22 HESA student record.[6]



A shortage of funding long proved a barrier to developing the Middlesbrough-based Mechanics' Institute of 1844. With the required funding, the college's launch could have come as early as 1914. Even after the donation of £40,000 to build the college from local shipping magnate Joseph Constantine in 1916, progress was slow. A Governing Council took place in 1922, followed by a doubling of the original financial offer by the Constantine family in 1924. For the task of constructing the first technical college building, Graham R. Dawbarn (a London architect also responsible for additions to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge) was appointed on 29 March 1926.[7] Building work began in 1927, culminating in the beginning of enrolment and teaching on 16 September 1929.

Constantine Technical College was formally opened on 2 July 1930 by the future King Edward VIII, the Prince of Wales. Although not yet a university, Constantine was a further and higher education college from the outset. Students at Constantine could be as young as 15. Degree courses, published in the college's prospectus were validated by the University of London. Disciplines included metallurgy, engineering and chemistry. Five rooms were also reserved for an art department, until cramped accommodation forced the School of Art to split from its parent site for the 1950s.

Teesside University's Phoenix Building

The 1960s were years of sweeping change. By the end of the decade the first two "Teesside University" campaigns had begun: the first, from the early 1960s to 1966, and the second, from 1967 to 1972. Spates of enthusiasm were killed off on each occasion by the scepticism of then-Minister of Education, Anthony Crosland, and Margaret Thatcher's defining white paper, respectively. The latter effectively shelved plans for the erection of any new institution in the United Kingdom, until the 1980s at least.[8]

On campus, one of the most visible major developments for the college was an extension in 1963 which featured an 11-storey "skyscraper". The college also acquired the neighbouring former High School of 1877. The college briefly restyled itself as "Constantine College of Technology", before becoming "Teesside Polytechnic" (Britain's 13th Polytechnic) in 1969. At that point, the institution ran seventeen degree courses.

A merger with Teesside College of Education took place in the 1970s along with the purchase of Flatts Lane. The Clarendon Building was added in 1973, as was the Stephenson Building in 1976. Both of these buildings remained in use for the Polytechnic's long-awaited conversion into a university. That happened on 16 June 1992,[9] when Teesside Polytechnic became the University of Teesside, one of the UK's first new universities following that year's Further and Higher Education Act.

Victoria Building

By the 1990s, the institution had almost 8,000 students.[citation needed] In 1997 the old Polytechnic's library was replaced with a Learning Resource Centre. Subsequent additions included the Virtual Reality Centre and Centre for Enterprise, and later, the Phoenix and Athena Buildings by CPMG Architects. Today, historic structures such as the old High School (the Waterhouse building), the Constantine building and Victoria Building of 1891 (a schoolyard-equipped Victorian school, housing a series of graduate business incubator units), are all Grade II listed buildings.[citation needed]

In 2009, the University of Teesside changed its name to "Teesside University". It also changed its logo and adopted the motto "Inspiring success" as part of a £20,000 rebrand. Alternative names included "Middlesbrough University" and "Tees Valley University".[10]

On 15 October 2009, Teesside was named University of the Year and awarded "Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative" in the Times Higher Education Awards.[11]

In 2010, the £17 million Centuria South building for dental training and sports therapy was opened. This continues to provide specialist facilities.[citation needed] A major phase of development known as campus Heart[12] began in 2014. This £22 million landmark development created a central focus to the Middlesbrough campus. It also brought The Curve, a new £20 million teaching building. As part of this £280 million investment period, a "living wall" was created around a giant plasma screen on the side of the university's Student Centre.[citation needed] In September 2017, the university unveiled a £300 million "campus masterplan" set to "transform its campus" across the following decade.[13]

In March 2021, the university and the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority announced the development of the £13.5 million Net Zero Industry Innovation Centre (NZIIC). Located at Middlesbrough's Tees Advanced Manufacturing Park (TeesAMP), the facility will support the region's ongoing drive for clean energy and sustainability.[14]

Campuses and buildings



Clock Tower at Teesside University's main entrance - Waterhouse Building

Since its formation as Constantine Technical College in 1930, Teesside University has been located in the borough of Middlesbrough in the North Yorkshire area of England on the south banks of the River Tees. Transport links exist through the A19 and A66 roads. The university's main entrance is at the site of the old Constantine College building, fronted by the Waterhouse clock tower.

Teesside University dance students at Temenos, close to the Middlesbrough campus

Campus Heart is the latest phase of investment in the Middlesbrough campus and has seen £30 million of development in total. This development began in 2014 and includes the £20 million building, The Curve which has a 200-seat lecture theatre and 1,476 square metres (15,890 sq ft) of teaching and learning space. It sits within a pedestrianised and landscaped area which is seen as a focal point to the campus.[citation needed]

Teesside University's Students' Union

In 2015, £6 million was spent on the refurbishment and extension of the university's Orion Building – this includes a three-storey glass extension to house new, industry-standard equipment. It was announced in August 2015, that a further £2.5 million is to be spent on the Students' Union, and £2 million on campus catering facilities. The library is also expected to see a £5 million investment.[15]

A £2.5 million health and fitness centre opened at Teesside University's Middlesbrough campus in January 2016.

£300 million is set to be spent on the university's campus between 2017 and 2027.[16]

Student accommodation


Teesside University provides accommodation in self-catered rooms which are mostly reserved for first year undergraduate students. Accommodation is also available for international students, postgraduates, staff and undergraduates.

The university has a range of managed residences (halls, houses and flats). Further places are available through the university managed housing scheme (properties owned by private landlords but managed by the university).

In 2015, the university acquired Teesside Central, adding 75 en-suite apartments to its accommodation portfolio.[17] This accommodation is known as Central Halls.


Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, or MIMA, is a contemporary art gallery in the centre of Middlesbrough, run in partnership with Teesside University.



The university opened its original Darlington campus in the former Eastbourne Secondary School in the Eastbourne area of Darlington. A new £13 million Darlington campus opened in 2011 at Central Park. Today the Darlington campus is known as the Centre for Professional and Executive Development (CPED).



The university is set to open a London campus in the Here East complex (the former Olympic media centre) near the Hackney Wick area of London.[18][19]

Academic profile

National rankings
Complete (2025)[20]100=
Guardian (2024)[21]80
Times / Sunday Times (2024)[22]102
Global rankings
THE (2024)[23]1001–1200

Teesside University has won seven National Teaching Fellowships.[24]

The Vice-Chancellor is Professor Paul Croney, who took up the position in May 2015 when Professor Graham Henderson retired.[25] In April 2005, the university welcomed Lord Sawyer as its Chancellor, succeeding the university's first ever Chancellor, European Commissioner Leon Brittan.



Teesside University's research is focused on addressing five thematic areas.

In research, the university offers an array of routes of study resulting in the qualification of MPhil, PhD, MProf and DProf.[26]

Student life


The Students' Union is led by students for students with three current students elected by the student body to hold the positions of President Education, President Activities and President Welfare in March of each year. They take their posts from July to the end of June each year and have the option to seek re-election for a second and final term if they wish. As the officer trustees they sit on a wider board of trustees who oversee the running of the Students' Union which also includes external trustees drawn from the worlds of local government, business, charity and the public sector.

The Students' Union won the 2007 It's Not Funny competition,[27] winning a live comedy performance featuring Bill Bailey, Marcus Brigstocke, Andrew Maxwell and Simon Amstell. More recently the SU was shortlisted for NUS Students' Union of the Year in 2014.

From 2014 the Students' Union has received over £8.5 million to refurbish its building and facilities.[citation needed]

Cancelled film screening


Conservative Party candidate and filmmaker John Walsh made a film of the 2010 General Election entitled ToryBoy The Movie in 2011. The film's re-release in 2015 caused controversy after it was not shown at Teesside University. According to the film-maker, the film was booked by the Student Union, but at the last minute the screening was abruptly halted.[28][29][30] The Student Union said the booking was never confirmed.[31] The North Crowd featured an interview with John Walsh on their website where they showed the actual print work that was created by the Student Union [32]

Notable faculty


Vice-Chancellors of Teesside University

  • Michael Longfield (1992)
  • Professor Derek Fraser (1992–2003)
  • Professor Graham Henderson (2003–2015)
  • Professor Paul Croney (2015–)

Chancellors of Teesside University




Notable alumni




Politics and government


Arts and media




Religious leadership




See also



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  34. ^ "From Teesside to our television screens". University of Teesside Website. Retrieved 12 July 2008.

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