History of the University


Massive investment

Raising the Campus 2000 standard high at the launch of the Innovation Building  project in April 1997Visitors to the University are amazed by the transformation that has taken place.

David Walsh, leader of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council in 2002, was a British Steel crane driver when he enrolled as a part-time student on a History and Politics degree in the early 1980s. He says: "Unlike the crowded library and Portakabins of my era, today's students have wonderful new facilities like the Library with state-of-the-art equipment and are taught in an excellent modern environment. "

Among the huge projects that have helped to create Teesside's Campus 2000 over the last decade are:

  • New £5m halls of residence overlooking Albert Park and on Woodlands Road.
  • A £1.5m state-of-the-art Open Learning Technology Centre (now the Europa Building), complete with a 300-seater lecture theatre, opened in 1994.
  • The £11m Library opened in 1997 - the biggest single investment on campus, providing 1,307 study places compared to 485 in the old library.
  • The £10m Innovation Building (now Stephenson Building) opened in 1998 and gave a new home to the School of Science, Engineering & Design.
  • A £6m improvement programme in 1998 to the Clarendon Building to create new homes for both the School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law and the Business School and provide a Student Centre.
  • The Library taking shape in 1996The £8m Centuria Building for the School of Health & Social Care opened in 2000.
  • A Centre for Enterprise and new laboratories for computing students, costing £4m, opened in 2001.

The investment keeps growing

And the investment continues, the £6.5m centre for sport, Olympia building, was opened by Tony Blair in 2004.

In 2007 over £22m has been invested in two new developments on campus - the £12m Phoenix Building and the £10m Athena Building. Both will enhance Teesside's reputation as a leading university for digital innovation.

In 2010 Centuria South opens - a showpiece dental education and sports therapy complex - followed by expansion into Darlington with a University site to open in 2011.