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Every member of our University is part of the inspiring, supportive, and caring community known as Team Teesside.

What does Team Teesside mean to you?

Team Teesside means something different to all of us, and here are some examples of words colleagues have used to describe what it means to them.

What does Team Teesside mean to you

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Putting our students first at Summer Graduation

Thousands of graduates celebrated their academic achievements at Summer Graduation 2022. The ceremonies were extremely successful, thanks to a remarkable team effort that exemplified our Team Teesside ethos.

To recognise this, we have produced a short video montage to celebrate you - the incredibly diverse, talented, and supportive people who always put our students first.

We hope you enjoy watching the video and spotting friends, colleagues and possibly even yourself, and that you feel inspired by what we achieved by working together.

Dawn Vincent

Dawn Vincent
Senior Administrator

I am proud to work for Team Teesside. Each member of staff is so committed to providing the best possible service for our students - but most of all it is that sense of community which makes coming to work so much more enjoyable.

Bev Boden

Bev Boden
Head of Department (Finance, Performance & Marketing)
Teesside University International Business School

Being part of Team Teesside is outstanding. I feel incredibly valued and have a great support network. The University invests heavily in its staff and students and it is a great place to learn and work.

Dr Samantha Gooneratne

Dr Samantha Gooneratne
Principal Lecturer, Staffing & Resources (Engineering)
School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies

Team Teesside is the community of students and staff who contribute to all aspects of the University's business. To me, Team Teesside means, in a word, camaraderie.

Professor Dorothy Newbury-Birch

Professor Dorothy Newbury-Birch
Professor of Alcohol and Public Health Research
School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law

With regards Team Teesside I feel very much that I am part of something bigger and something that helped me on the down days during the pandemic. I'm very proud of how staff and students rose to the challenge of the pandemic and did so much for the community.

Jennifer Ferguson

Jennifer Ferguson
Lecturer in Criminology
School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law

I have always said I have a soft spot for the students we have at Teesside. They are the strongest I have come across and make me proud.

Dr Jo Heaton Marriott

Dr Jo Heaton Marriott
Communications and Development

I can honestly say that the collaborative spirit at the University is quite unique. This is what I think is special about Team Teesside - there is a 'can-do' mentality and people are happy to pull together to make things happen.

How Team Teesside delivers

Working together as Team Teesside, we achieve our shared goals by demonstrating our seven core values and behaviours in everything that we do.

Here are some examples of how and why Team Teesside delivers.

We always do our best

We do our best to produce work of the highest standard, every time.

We accept challenges and find solutions

We rise to every challenge, find solutions, and encourage others to do the same.

We think differently

We choose to be creative, act smarter, and achieve better results.

We are all equal

We celebrate the fact we are all different and we are all equal. We are all Team Teesside.

We are open and honest

We communicate clearly and openly to share our knowledge and help others achieve their best.

We safeguard our University and prioritise our students

We act with the long-term interests of the University at heart and consider all factors that could affect our ability to grow.

We lead by example

We have confidence in our ability to take responsibility and lead by example.

Dr Samantha Gooneratne was nominated for a Team Teesside Star Award 2020-2021 (Innovation, Enterprise, and Engagement category).

Dr Samantha Gooneratne was nominated for a Team Teesside Star Award 2020-2021

Sam's innovations using Microsoft Teams during the pandemic helped the engineering department push boundaries and be creative in the delivery of our learning and teaching, as well in our marketing and recruitment campaigns which would have been otherwise rather complicated under COVID-19 restrictions.

Celebrating our successes

Our Team Teesside colleagues and students regularly receive national and international recognition for their outstanding talent, hard work and achievements in their chosen fields and the wider community.

Making a difference

We are proud of all the Team Teesside members who stepped up to help vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic, and all our other colleagues and students who go out of their way to make a difference in their local communities.

Matthew’s seaside to Teesside charity run

Matthew Skipper, Course Operations Adviser, ran 12.35 miles from Marske to Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium in July 2021 to raise more than £2,000 for Cancer Research in memory of his dad, Timothy (a senior technician at Teesside University for 27 years).

Carla’s running challenge for Maggie's Centres

Teesside PhD student and KTP associate Carla Resendiz Villasenor ran 68 miles in January 2021, with her husband, to raise £244 for Maggie's Centres - a charity providing free cancer support and information across the UK and online.

Rachel took the plunge for Papyrus

Rachel Jones, Corporate Events Officer in the Communications and Development team, braved the elements for a Boxing Day Dip at Saltburn-by-the-Sea, to raise more than £400 for Papyrus UK. The charity is dedicated to the prevention of young suicide by ensuring access to practical advice and professional support.

Peter raced the sun for Action Medical Research

Dr Peter van der Graaf (Associate Professor, SHLS), took part in the Race the Sun team challenge in the Lake District and raised £280 for Action Medical Research to make a real difference to children's lives.

Professor Mark Simpson’s ultramarathon charity challenge

Professor Mark Simpson, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) tackled a 160-mile run along the Cleveland Way in May 2021 and raised more than £2,000 for charitable cancer causes.

Amelia and friends did '10 for David'

Professor Amelia Lake, from the School of Health & Life Sciences, raises money for medical research in memory of her son David who died from ACD, a rare lung condition, shortly after he was born. She encouraged people to take on a 10k, 10 mile or ten-minute run or walk to fundraise for the charity in Spring 2021.

Annabelle’s marathon challenge in memory of her dad

Annabelle James, Principal Lecturer (Marketing & Recruitment), completed the Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon 2021 and raised more than £600 for the Milton Keynes Hospital Charity, in memory of her father. All the money she raised will go directly to the ward where her dad was cared for.

Nicole hits fundraising target for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust

Senior Psychology Technician Nicole Beddard smashed her fundraising target for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust. She completed 2021 squats in January 2021 and collected £1090 for her chosen charity.

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Choose a Team Teesside background for your Microsoft Teams meetings

Bored with your Microsoft Teams backdrop? Download a Team Teesside background to brighten up your online meetings and share your pride in our University and region.

There are four images to choose from:

How to add a background image on your desktop computer:

(Please note you can only do this when you are about to join a meeting)

  1. Click on your preferred image and save it to your computer.
  2. Before your meeting begins, click 'Join meeting' (either in the meeting invitation calendar item, or in the Microsoft Teams pop up) and select 'Background filters'.
  3. The 'Background settings' menu will appear.
  4. Select 'Add new' to upload your image from your computer (.JPG, .PNG, or .BMP formats only).
  5. Your new image will be applied, and it will become your default background until you change it again.
  6. Click 'Join now' to begin your meeting.

IMPORTANT: The Team Teesside logo and hashtag will appear back-to-front as you look at the screen but don't worry, everything will appear the right way round to the other people on your video.

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