Seats of Learning

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Universities and colleges in the Tees Valley have a proud record of academic achievement. IAN McNEAL looks at what makes them so special.

HIGHER and further education on Teesside have been transformed in recent decades and can now justifiably claim to be the envy of other areas of the country.

Tens of millions of pounds have been invested in new facilities at Teesside University as new buildings have radically altered the university's site in central Middlesbrough.

The development of the university, which this year celebrates its 75th anniversary, has created a dynamic, modern university which has more than 20,000 students.

The university has built an international reputation in several subject areas including computing, health, sport and exercise.

During a recent visit to unversity's new sports complex The Olympia Building, Prime Minister Tony Blair said: "The university is getting an increasing reputation, year by year, as a university that is going places, providing increasingly high standards and a quality of education to students."

Teesside is now the top new university in England for the percentage of full-time degree graduates getting graduate jobs or going on to graduate-level further study or training, according to The Times Good University Guide 2005

The university has been recognised for the high quality of its courses in nursing, midwifery and allied health professions, design, computing, electrical/electronic engineering, history, social work, chemical technology (Foundation degree) and sport and exercise by the university quality watchdogs, the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Quality Assurance Agency.

Among its other achievements, Teesside is among the universities with the highest numbers of lecturers to be awarded National Teaching Fellowships.

Four Teesside lecturers have been awarded the fellowship in the five years the scheme, which rewards teaching excellence, has been operating.

Meanwhile more than 60pc of students are on courses in academic areas in which the teaching has been rated 'excellent'

DURHAM University's Queen Campus in Stockton combines the prestige of a Durham degree with modern waterfront facilities.

Queen's Campus has a contemporary subject range and has built a strong reputation for courses in medicine, teacher training, business and human sciences. …