Middlesbrough is a large town in the north-east of England, located on the banks of the River Tees. Its long and proud industrial tradition, together with some stunning nearby natural scenery, make Middlesbrough a unique place to study. Teesside University is based in the town.
At the beginning of the 19th century, Middlesbrough was only a collection of farmhouses. But a series of businesspeople sought to develop the area over the next few decades and, when iron ore was discovered nearby, Middlesbrough rapidly industrialised and became a major centre for iron and steel production. By the end of the century, Middlesbrough was a thriving town of 90,000 people.
Founded in 1875, the Teesside engineering firm Dorman Long was responsible for projects across the world including Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Bangkok Memorial Bridge and the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle. Nowadays, one of the most iconic landmarks in Middlesbrough is the Tees Transporter Bridge, a 68m-tall bridge that can carry 200 people across the river in a suspended gondola compartment. The Transporter also holds the distinction of being the only bridge in the UK you can bungee jump from!
Although Middlesbrough is no longer a place of heavy industry, it’s a bustling town with a reputation for friendliness. Football is a massive part of local life, with Middlesbrough FC plying their trade at the 34,000 capacity Riverside Stadium. Brazilian World Cup winner Juninho had three separate playing spells at the club and is a cult hero among ‘Boro’ fans to this day.
The Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) is part of Teesside University and has a varied, forward-thinking set of permanent and temporary displays. The Dorman Museum has an eclectic collection of exhibits covering social and natural history, culture, taxidermy and textiles.
The 120-acre Stewart Park, located in the south of Middlesbrough, offers a chance to escape the hubbub of town. Further afield, the North York Moors National Park is within easy reach of Middlesbrough, with rugged coastlines, quaint villages and rolling moorlands to explore.
Teesside University was established in 1992, although its origins lie in the Constantine Technical College, opened in 1930. Offering Masters courses across a range of disciplines including Computing, Engineering and the Humanities, Teesside University is a modern institution with a campus in the centre of Middlesbrough.
Steel production is still part of the Middlesbrough economy, but key business sectors have diversified to include advanced manufacturing, chemicals, digital animation and hospitality. Nearby Teesport is one of the UK’s busiest ports.
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