Middlesbrough Herald & Post

University praise


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.”

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