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A Queen’s Award for university campus in Stockton-on-Tees

(8 May 2002)

The University of Durham Stockton Campus, which was opened by the Queen in 1993, has been awarded the title "Queen’s Campus" in royal jubilee year.

The Duke of Edinburgh announced the distinction today (8 May) during a visit to the Campus at the end of a two-day royal tour of the North East. It marks both the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and the Campus’s own 10th anniversary, which occurs in 2002-03.

Vice-Chancellor Sir Kenneth Calman said: “I am delighted that the Queen has given permission for us to use the title ‘Queen’s Campus’ for the University of Durham Stockton Campus. It recognises the achievements that have come about through many partnerships involving the University and the community in and around Stockton. It adds a new distinction to the University and the borough of Stockton’s place on the map of higher education in the UK.”

The Duke of Edinburgh accompanied the Queen at the official opening nine years ago. This time the Duke saw how the Campus has grown from its original teaching/administrative block into a growing teaching and research community with a wide range of academic and residential buildings. It has matured into a fully-fledged higher education campus.

Notes To Editors
University of Durham, Stockton Campus (UDSC)

1. University of Durham, Stockton Campus
We opened in 1992 in purpose built accommodation of very high quality as a key component in the region’s economic development strategy with the general aim of making the resources of Durham University more widely available to the region. From 190 students in 1992/3 the Campus has grown to over 1,700 full-time students in 2001/2002. 35% of our students come from the region, many of them are mature coming to us other than through the traditional A level routes. Over 1500 students have graduated from the Campus since it opened.

2. Campus Expansion
Almost 10 years on, we have doubled the academic facilities of the initial development. Alongside our excellent learning resource facilities there are now over 500 first-class en-suite study bedrooms, a fitness suite, playing field, a student social centre and new dining and social facilities overlooking the River Tees.

To achieve this level of expansion the University, with the assistance of a number of funding bodies has attracted £40m of capital funding.

Wolfson Research Institute

The Wolfson Research Institute is the latest addition to the University’s thriving Campus at Stockton which will shortly celebrate its 10th anniversary. The £10m purpose-built research facility is situated on the banks of the River Tees. Funding for the building came from several sources including the Wolfson Foundation, the European Regional Development Fund, Stockton Borough Council and One NorthEast.

The 4500sq.m. building will house up to 100 researchers from several disciplines in the first phase of development. The two-storey building contains 60 offices and 23 laboratories. While the research areas are diverse, the research groups share a common interest in issues related to health and the environment, with a particular focus on regional issues.

3. Widening Access
The Teesside region has one of the lowest take-up rates in higher education in the UK The University’s Schools Liaison team is engaged in a series of activities designed to raise aspirations and widen participation across the whole University. There are two aspects to this work. We seek to encourage the brightest and best students to apply and join the University regardless of their background. Through our work with younger pupils we seek to raise their views of what they can achieve and demonstrate the opportunities education can open up for them.

In 1997 we introduced a Foundation Programme qualification which provides an alternative route for those with non-traditional qualifications for direct entry to some of our degree programmes.

We have developed a range of high quality relevant academic programmes in the following areas:-

Applied Psychology
Biomedical Sciences
Business Finance
Education including Initial Teacher Training
Environmental Sciences
European Studies
Geography and Cities
Human Sciences including Health and Human Sciences
Sport, Health and Exercise

4. Medicine
70 students were admitted this year to our new Medicine programme, which is a joint venture with the University of Newcastle. The new medical degree will be a 5 year course with students based at the Stockton Campus for the initial 2 years and then integrated into Newcastle for the second phase of the programme. The Queen’s Campus, which already runs a professionally-accredited degree programme in Biomedical Sciences, will admit and additional 95 students to the programme next year.

The course is distinctive in its community-centred approach to the training of new doctors and a wide range of community placements have been set up to provide students with experience of the community at first hand. The innovative teaching programme is aimed at producing more doctors with a deeper awareness of the social context of medical practice.

5. Colleges
Established in 2001, UDSC students now commence their studies as members of a College. The creation of Colleges at the Stockton Campus builds on the Durham University tradition of students joining a college then remaining members throughout their studies and keeping their affiliation for the rest of their lives. Years after finishing, it is likely that they will have a special link to and special memories of their College.

Each University of Durham College has its own unique character and the Stockton Colleges are already beginning to build strong identities. The colleges at UDSC are named after eminent northern 19th century pioneers, George Stephenson and John Snow, whose own work matches the spirit of development taking place at the Campus.

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