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Inquest rules Teesside University student's death was accidental

A coroner in Cumbria has returned a verdict of accidental death on Teesside University student Matthew Jordan.

The 20-year-old's body was found almost three weeks after falling into a beck leading into Windermere last year.

Matthew Jordan Credit: ITV News

He was trying to walk back to his bed and breakfast accommodation after he'd been out drinking.

Matthew had been visiting Bowness with friends in March 2014 when he became separated from them.

Teesside University to spend £6m on 'futuristic' building

Plans for the new building Credit: Teesside University

Teesside University is to spend £6m on its science and engineering department, which it says will make the building "futuristic".

Money will be spent upgrading its laboratories. Among the new equipment will be a flight simulator for aerospace engineering students.

Plans include a flight simulator for aerospace engineering students Credit: Teesside University

Work starts on university flagship development

Work has begun on a new £20m teaching centre at Teesside University.

The turf-cutting ceremony took place this morning at the Middlesbrough campus.

Turf-cutting ceremony at Teesside University. Credit: ITV News
Artist's impression of what the new building will look like. Credit: Teesside University

The building new will include a 200-seat lecture theatre, and is designed to be energy-efficient.

The university has spent over £200m developing the Teesside campus in recent years.


Honours for Teesside University academics

A Teesside University academic has received recognition for his services to higher education. Dr Mark Simpson, Dean of the School of Social Sciences & Law has been awarded a Principal Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy. He is only the second academic from Teesside University to receive it.

Dr Mark Simpson, Dean of the School of Social Sciences & Law

Dr Simpson said:

“It is a great honour to receive the Principal Fellowship and something I am immensely proud of.

“This Fellowship is a reflection of the standards we have set and reinforces the high quality experience students can expect to receive here.”

Senior Lecturers in Medical Imaging Peter Walker-Birch, Robert Dash and Mark Widdowfield

As well as Dr Simpson’s success, three lecturers who all worked together before moving into academia have each received honours for their work.

Senior Lecturers in Medical Imaging Peter Walker-Birch, Robert Dash and Mark Widdowfield have been awarded Fellowships from the HEA.

Fire dog tested against technology

Scrappy the fire dog is being tested against technology. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The North East's only hydro-carbon detection dog has been put through his paces against the latest technology.

Scrappy has been helping gather evidence at suspicion fires for five months by sniffing out flammable liquids.

He wears a harness and special boots, donated by a North East company, to protect his paws.

Teesside University are comparing the cocker spaniel's skills to devices used by the fire service to detect hydro-carbons like petrol which may have been used to start fires.

So far, they have found that the machine can't trace chemicals after 8-10 days whereas Scrappy has no trouble at all finding the scent.

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