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Framework silver

Teesside University has been awarded a silver rating in the government's new Teaching Excellence Framework

Achievements and awards

Teaching Excellence Framework silver

Teesside University has been awarded a silver rating in the government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework. The new ratings – gold, silver and bronze – form part of the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) which is the responsibility of the Department for Education to give students information on teaching quality within universities. It reflects our strategic approach to teaching excellence, our commitment to our students and our emphasis on providing a high-quality learning and student experience. In addition to Teesside’s silver award, the local further education colleges that deliver Teesside University courses have received either silver or gold awards for their teaching of both full and part-time students

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

Teesside University is ranked in the 801-1000 band of global universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020. These include almost 1,400 universities across 92 countries, standing as the largest and most diverse university rankings ever to date.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Teesside University was ranked in the 201-250 band of 250 global universities in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020.

International Student Barometer 2019

Teesside University is ranked 1 of 42 UK universities for overall average satisfaction in the International Student Barometer 2019*
(Based on the views of 854 Teesside students within a global survey response of 179,950 students. More info at Full verification data available on request: Email

Customer First accreditation

Teesside is one of only a few universities in the UK to have been awarded the nationally recognised Customer First accreditation for its services to business.

This is the fourth time that Teesside has received the Customer First standard, which lasts for two years. Each time it is reaccredited, the University must demonstrate how it has continuously improved.

Investors in People Gold

Accredited with Investors in People Gold status, the international standard for people management; defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results.

Achieved for the third time in 2018, following assessment against the sixth generation of Investors in People, which includes a significant raising of standards.

Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2020

Ranked joint 40th in the Stonewall top 100 list of the most LGBT-inclusive employers in Britain 2020.

Disability Confident Leader

Teesside University has achieved Disability Confident Leader status, an accreditation which reinforces our commitment to recruiting, retaining and developing disabled staff across the institution and recognition of the value disabled staff bring to the University.

North East Better Health at Work Award – Maintaining Excellence

The North East Better Health at Work Award recognises the efforts of local employers in addressing health issues within the workplace and recognises the achievements of the University in promoting healthy lifestyles and considering the health of our employees. The University has achieved the Maintaining Excellence award – the highest of the four levels.

Athena SWAN Member

Teesside is a proud member of the Athena SWAN Charter and has bronze award status.

Membership is open to higher education institutions that are committed to the employment of women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics) and also to the advancement of their careers.
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HR Excellence in Research Award

The University has retained the European Commission’s HR in Excellence in Research Award following a two year self-assessment.

The award is given to organisations which can demonstrate a robust and public implementation strategy of improving the career development of researchers. The UK process incorporates both the QAA Quality Code for Higher Education and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. The UK approach includes ongoing national evaluation and benchmarking.

EcoCampus Gold Award

Teesside University has achieved Gold status from EcoCampus – the leading environmental management system and award scheme for the higher and further education sectors.

The EcoCampus gold award sits alongside the University’s Carbon Trust Standard, an award that is given to organisations who strive to measure, manage and reduce carbon emissions across their own operations.

Charter for Employers Positive about Mental Health

Teesside University is proud to be a signatory to the Charter for Employers Positive about Mental Health. It represents a public declaration of our commitment to support the mental wellbeing of our colleagues, by following the values set out by the charter.