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Meet the team

We know that staying connected to campus isn't always easy. But here is the good news, we are here to help.

Who are we and what do we do?

Our aim is to enhance the Teesside University brand, reach, reputation and presence through our global community of alumni, involving you in the University’s growth and success and supporting your professional development and building your networks.

When you graduate you join our alumni family of more than 100,000 alumni as part of a larger global community of 'Teesside' graduates and ambassadors living in over 100 different countries.

From time to time our names may appear in your inbox as we send you details of alumni events, news or alumni updates. Don’t be shy give us a reply. Your Alumni Relations Team are here for you and want to support you so you make the most of your alumni community.



Claire Turford

Claire Turford

Stakeholder Development Officer


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Claire has worked at Teesside University since 2008 and joined the alumni team after a long stretch at Darlington Borough Council working in the chief executive’s office. Claire completed a business management degree as a mature student achieving a First. Claire has remained at the University, progressing from assistant to co-ordinator and now officer.

Claire has been extensively involved in many alumni relations strategic projects and thoroughly enjoys the challenges and achievements that come from them. One of Claire’s ambitions is to be able to interact more with graduates to showcase their talent and success and to grow the team to support the ever-growing worldwide alumni association database.

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What’s your favourite way to relax?

I’ve always been sociable and love being around people but now that you’ve asked it would be without doubt my new hot tub.

What’s your favourite food?

Chinese and crisps…not together, that would be peculiar.

Where is your favourite place to visit?

I love all the seasonal weather – you can’t beat a hot sunny day by the pool or beach but I also adore cold autumn wintery days in the countryside and waterside – I’m a libra so it’s impossible for me to have only one answer, I like to balance both sides of the scale.

Do you have pets?

Erm not anymore is the short answer I’ve become a little too selfish and want more time for me and my daughter without any hassle and extra responsibility when we want to take trips away or visit family. Although my little girl keeps asking for a rabbit …

How would your colleagues describe you?

Depends if it’s on a good day or bad day, but I think they would say I am reliable and assertive with a big splash of fun and mischievousness.

Do you have any hidden talents?

Absolutely not but I’m ok with that.

Describe yourself in three words?

Enthusiastic, optimistic and supportive.

Do you have any quirks?

I’m pretty certain if you asked my family or friends they would be happy to share many answers to this but for now I’m going with a straight no, I’m just me.

Jessica Turner

Jessica Turner

Stakeholder Development Officer


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Jessica has had various roles predominately in the education sector and has gathered a wealth of knowledge along the way. Starting her career working for Hartlepool College before accepting a role organising leadership development programmes for senior leaders across all sectors. This role gave her the skills set to move onto Teesside University as the culture and events co-ordinator in 2009 before moving onto the Alumni Relations and Development team in 2014. With a focus on the development and stewardship agenda the role is incredibly diverse and with a passion for people it is a pleasure to interact with the global network of alumni and donors.

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What’s your favourite way to relax?

Snuggle on the sofa with my family watching a movie, although we can’t always agree which one.

What’s your favourite food?

Pasta, pasta, pasta – Must be the Italian roots.

Where is your favourite place to visit?

Gosh, that is a tough one but if I had to choose one it would have to be Germany as its where I grew up and I still have family there. Not to mention the food is amazing and eating is another of my favourite things.

Do you have pets?

My kids are super persuasive and despite not being a pet person I found myself the proud owner of a Jacawawa called Bertie.

How would your colleagues describe you?

I would hope it would be team player, hard working and honest – If you get the chance ask them and let me know.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I can knot a cherry stalk with my tongue- does that count?

Describe yourself in three words?

Chatty, approachable, caring

Do you have any quirks?

I only eat with a little spoon, I swear it makes food taste better.

Joe Bulmer

Joanne Bulmer

Stakeholder Development Coordinator


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Joanne has worked at the University for 30 years in various roles.

Joanne has had many roles at the University from Raising Aspirations and Widening Participation programmes, which gained national recognition, to Undergraduate and Postgraduate recruitment. In 2014, Joanne moved into the development team, looking after scholarships and fundraising for the University and MIMA, before moving into her current role. These varied roles have enabled Joanne to experience the whole student journey through to graduation and beyond.

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What’s your favourite way to relax?

Socialising with family and friends

What’s your favourite food?

Anything sweet

Where is your favourite place to visit?

Oh the world is a big place - I think I would say the Caribbean for some sun, white sand, blue sky and a G&T

Do you have pets?

Anyone who knows me could answer this - NO

How would your colleagues describe you?

You better ask them... kind, thoughtful and happy?

Do you have any hidden talents?

I wish I could say singing but unfortunately I can’t!

Describe yourself in three words?

Sensitive, fun and thoughtful

Do you have any quirks?

A real dislike of patterned socks – don’t ask!

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