A PRESTIGIOUS course at Teesside University is celebrating its golden jubilee as it continues to deliver impact across the globe though its research, knowledge exchange and graduate talent.

The University’s Chemical Engineering programme was founded in 1972 at what was then Teesside Polytechnic with the launch of a chemical technology qualification which sought new ways to manufacture and refine a range of chemicals.

Fifty years on, the programme has continued to develop and now offers a range of qualifications with more than 200 local and international students at undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level.

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Today, chemical engineering faculty and students at Teesside University remain at the leading edge of their field.

They employ many of the same fundamental techniques as their forebears, but also apply powerful new tools to address the grand engineering challenges that are poised to dominate the 21st century: clean water for everyone, green energy security, sustainability, and climate change.

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Professor Chrisina Jayne, Dean of the School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies said: “I am delighted that the chemical engineering programme has reached this important landmark.

“The world we live in may have changed significantly since the start of the programme in 1972, but one thing has remained constant and that is chemical engineering has always remained a fast-growing discipline.

“This anniversary is the perfect time to acknowledge the contributions of the many people who have been part of Teesside University’s Chemical Engineering history.

“They have paved the way to make our engineering programme what it is today. I would like to thank our incredible alumni, current students and staff who work together to achieve our aims and embrace our values.”

Dr Adam Adgar, head of the engineering department, added: “With a dynamic faculty, a growing body of undergraduate and graduate students, and world-class facilities supporting new areas of research, we expect a bright future for chemical engineering.”

First Class Honours MEng Graduate and PhD Student, Joshua Brennan, said “The course maintains focus on the larger pictures of real-world skill applications and future technology needs and developments. I had the opportunity to engage in progressive research and make meaningful contributions whilst benefitting from ample support.”

To address the innovative aspects of modern lives, the school is modifying its teaching curriculum in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. These themes shall develop into new learning modules and research strategies and have an enormous positive impact on the society over the next decades.

Dr Peter Dodd, Chair of IChemE’s Teesside branch said: “Over this half century, Teesside has provided chemical engineers with a particularly applied set of skills found in the local manufacturing plants and across the globe. We continue to work together in chemical engineering education.”

More information: www.tees.ac.uk/schools/scedt.

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