TEESSIDE University has been listed among the world’s strongest institutions for its teaching.
The university has been shortlisted for the first Global Teaching Excellence Awards, (GTEA), which recognises outstanding leadership, teaching and student support.
It sits alongside finalists from Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa and Canada.
Just 27 universities have been short- listed for the award, run in partnership between the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and Times Higher Education.
The GTEA is awarded to an institution in recognition for its wide-ranging approaches to teaching excellence.
Teesside is already the second highest ranked university in the country for staff holding a teaching qualification.
Prof Paul Croney, vice-chancellor and chief executive of Teesside University, said: “The university is committed to providing an outstanding student and learning experience and is delighted to be shortlisted.
“It is further recognition of the university’s achievements in this area and reflects the dedication, excellence and expertise of our staff.”
The recognition comes as the university faces criticism over a staff restructuring. All 27 research professors at Teesside may have to reapply for their posts. But the University and College Union (UCU) says it effectively means each professor is at risk of redundancy.
And a social media campaign has seen academics and students from the UK and beyond post their support for the Teesside staff.
Using the hashtag #Teesside Profs, the page features an “open letter” to the university “that condemns these plans, questions the legitimacy of their rationale, and calls for their immediate delay and thorough re-evaluation.”