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Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

We are proud to have been awarded an overall gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2023. This means that the student experience and outcomes that we deliver are typically outstanding.
Find out more about being gold-rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 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 Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2022

Teesside University was ranked in the 301-350 band of 539 global universities in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2022.

International Student Barometer International Student Barometer Survey Autumn 2022

Teesside University ranked 1st out of 130 global universities for learning technology in the International Student Barometer (Autumn) Survey 2022
(The ISB collected the views of 1,820 international students at Teesside University, within a survey response of 119,254 students globally and 32,890 in the UK).
Find out more about our ISB results.

Customer First accreditation 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 eighth 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 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 fourth time in 2021, following assessment against the sixth generation of Investors in People, which includes a significant raising of standards.

Stonewall LGBTQ+ Inclusive Employer Gold Award 2024Stonewall UK Workplace Equality Index

The University's commitment to equality and diversity has been recognised in the influential annual Stonewall UK Workplace Equality Index (WEI). Teesside University has achieved a Gold award, which is the highest award, and ranked 8th in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers for 2024.

Disability Confident Leader 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 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 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.
More about Athena Swan

HR Excellence in researchHR 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.

Race at Work Charter Race at Work Charter

Teesside University is a signatory to the Race at Work Charter, committed to taking clear action to ensure that ethnic minority employees are represented at all levels in the organisation.

EcoCampus Gold Award 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.

Mindful Employer 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 Mindful employer charter.

Positive Allies Positive Allies

The Positive Allies charter shows that we are a University that is friendly towards, and inclusive of, people living with HIV and that we actively challenge HIV stigma.

RNIB – Visibly Better Employer RNIB – Visibly Better Employer

Teesside is the first University outside of London to achieve Visibly Better Employer. To gain the accreditation the University demonstrated its commitment to becoming an inclusive employer for blind and partially sighted people. This means that you can be confident that the recruitment process will be fair and inclusive.

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