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New campus is an investment for university students.

TEESSIDE University's brand new campus is a "testament to its ongoing commitment to providing the best possible student experience" say chiefs.

Campus Heart, an ambitious PS30m development, is completely transforming the look and feel of the central Middlesbrough campus.

New and returning students will be able to experience the fully pedestrianised campus for the first time when they arrive for the new academic year later this month.

And the investment won't stop there, with a further PS10m recently earmarked to make additional improvements to the library, award-winning Students' Union and catering offer, bringing the total spend on the campus to more than PS260m.

Vice-chancellor and chief executive of Teesside University, Professor Paul Croney, said: "The university has invested more than a quarter of a billion pound in its estate in recent years and our Campus Heart project, the biggest phase of development we have undertaken, is our chance to show students and the wider community how seriously we value creating a student experience and learning environment that is up there among the very best in the country.

"This is an incredibly exciting time for Teesside University and signifies the beginning of a new chapter.

"We have had an incredible amount of success, but it is vital that we do not stand still - we are always looking to improve our student offer and these phenomenal changes to our campus are something we are all really proud of and puts the student at the heart of everything we do."

Central to the Campus Heart development is the iconic PS20m teaching and learning building The Curve - with its striking goldcoloured panelling and unique architectural design.

"The Curve includes social learning spaces, multi-purpose areas for reception, events and exhibitions, general purpose teaching rooms and a large auditorium lecture theatre.

The pedestrianised campus, with vibrant landscaping, provides a relaxing and enjoyable outdoor space for students, staff and the wider community.

A living wall, with a vertical garden and giant LED screen, is being installed on the rear of the Student Centre providing an attractive focus for outdoor events.

In addition, PS6m has been invested to upgrade and refurbish the science and engineering facilities in both the Orion and Stephenson buildings.

The enlarged Orion building includes a three storey glass extension enabling passers-by to see the latest technologies with new equipment and facilities to include a jet engine testing lab, flight simulator, full size aircraft and a mock power plant.

And PS2.75m is being spent to extend the current Olympia building with a brand new health and fitness centre.

The university has also committed a further PS10m to spend on its landmark library building, its range of food outlets across campus and on its Students' Union.

Professor Croney added: "We have seen from the results of the latest National Student Survey that our students are incredibly satisfied with their experience of Teesside University and have among the best learning resources and Students' Union in the country.

"Our fantastic new campus and the facilities we are investing in will only enhance that student experience and enthuse more and more people to progress into higher education and reach their full potential."

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Sep 7, 2015
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