Univer­sity praise

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - FRONT PAGE -

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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