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Access and participation

Teesside University was founded almost 90 years ago with a mission to transform lives and economies. This commitment to developing skilled, work-ready graduates whilst delivering civic value and social impact remains just as relevant today and underpins the dynamic and innovative anchor institution Teesside University has become.


Teesside University will be a leading university with an international reputation for academic excellence that provides an outstanding student and learning experience underpinned by research, enterprise and the professions.


Teesside University generates and applies knowledge that contributes to the economic, social and cultural success of students, partners and the communities we serve. Through education enriched by research, innovation, and engagement with business and the professions, Teesside University transform lives and economies.

Teesside University believes that individuals should be able to achieve their full potential and is committed to creating an inclusive campus that embraces diversity and supports students across the whole lifecycle.  

As an anchor institution rooted in the Tees Valley, Teesside University have a strong heritage in widening participation, broadening horizons and raising aspirations amongst students and the local community. In the academic year 2018/19, 80% of Teesside University’s students are from a disadvantaged background and 73% are recruited from the North East. Teesside University are extremely proud of the continued success that has been achieved in supporting these students; consistently outperforming benchmarks. Teesside University’s transparency return to the Office for Students demonstrates the commitment to and success working with under-represented groups.

Teesside University work addresses many key challenges faced by those from under-represented groups, including low aspirations, lack of access to professional networks and role models, limited social and cultural capital and issues connected to student confidence. The breadth of activity undertaken includes outreach with local schools and colleges, Summer University and Winter University programmes and targeted interventions (such as Teesside University Advance scheme) which support students whilst at Teesside University.

Teesside University also supports this agenda regionally, collaborating with the other local universities through the North East Raising Aspirations Partnership (NERAP) and the North East Collaborative Outreach programme (NECOP).

You can find out more about Teesside University activities and support in the Access and Participation Plan 2020-24.

Access and participation plan

The Office for Students (OfS) is the regulator of higher education providers in England and requires all providers registered with it to have approved, and publish, an Access & Participation Plan.

Previous access agreements

Under the previous regulatory system with HEFCE for publicly funded universities and colleges in England, it was a requirement to have an access agreement approved by what was, at the time, the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

Teesside University's Access Agreement sets out our commitment to widening participation and improving access.