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About Tyne Coast College

Everything you need to know

Who we are

Tyne Coast College offers a new and exciting vision for education and training in the North East.

Our diverse and innovative vocationally-driven curriculum, close links to employers and ambition to deliver outstanding provision, puts students on a clear course to academic attainment and career success.

Created from a merger of South Tyneside College and Tyne Metropolitan College, our programmes meet the skills needs of this region and strongly support economic growth and prosperity.

We cut across geographical boundaries, and our guiding vision - to provide education that is outstanding - creates opportunity for all to succeed, personally and professionally.

Working from key campuses and locations, we offer students an almost unlimited range of vocational and technical qualifications, as well as an outstanding framework of A levels and sports opportunities.

Incorporating the former South Tyneside and Tyne Metropolitan colleges, our key brands also include South Shields Marine School, recognised as one of the world’s foremost maritime training centres, and Queen Alexandria Campus, which specialises in A level provision.

Our other specialist support includes Career College North East, a pioneering programme for 14 to 16-year-olds to learn engineering, advanced manufacturing, computer science or marine; TMC Campus, a specialist in construction crafts; IGNITE Centre for Engineering & Innovation; the Marine and Offshore Safety Training Centre (MOST), a UK-leading offshore training facility; and Creative Studios, which feature state-of-the-art equipment and expert teaching in fine art, drama and theatre studies, film studies, graphic design, media, photography, and fashion and textiles.

Overall, this provides an unbeatable offer to our 15,000 full and part-time students.

Ever alert to the needs of business and industry, we are aligned to the SMART Specialisation themes for the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, the emerging Northern Powerhouse priorities, the Government’s focus on increased apprenticeship provision and adult skills, and the new International Advanced Manufacturing Park.

Mission, vision, values

Our mission, vision and values drive our delivery of first-class provision and show a clear commitment of support to all students equally.

With a mission to provide outstanding educational opportunities, we will benefit learners and the communities we serve. Doing so will satisfy our vision to grow further as a world-class educational facility, operating with a focus that develops the potential of all.

Following these paths will allow us to play a key role in ensuring the long-term prosperity of our region, through the creation of skills that drive economic growth.

Our values are clear:

  • We believe in being a strong community presence
  • We believe every student should achieve their potential
  • We value professionalism, commitment, and excellence in our staff
  • We believe the needs of employers should shape our curriculum
  • We will make a significant positive impact on the local, regional and national economy
  • We welcome and include everyone in our community and value individuality and diversity

Alongside these are key principles, such as being robust so that we can affect change - working to align to the North East LEP priorities is key to this - and being positioned to influence and further shape the skills agenda in partnership with employers and business and funding bodies.

We also aim to:

  • Work to a five-year plan, with a focus on growth opportunities and curriculum innovation, opening new routeways to skills for learners
  • Further develop a curriculum strategy that is well connected to the needs of employers, and strengthen our internationally recognised specialism in maritime training
  • Be financially outstanding, with a diverse income base and capital investment, creating opportunities to grow and develop new provision
  • Be efficient and financially resilient through exceptional leadership and management, allowing us to grow and develop in the years ahead
  • Develop curriculum innovation and specialisation, enhance capacity for investment to align provision to the devolution and sub-regional skills and economic agenda
  • Develop a single apprenticeship brand based upon existing strong track records at Tyne Metropolitan College and South Tyneside College, building a strong and unique offer for employers
  • Significantly improve the learning opportunities, experience and environment for every student, enabling them to be first choice for employers and universities

Executive team

Dr Lindsey Whiterod, CBE

Chief Executive

Dr Lindsey Whiterod CBE places innovation in education and an understanding of how curriculums must be shaped to meet the needs of industry and employers as well as students, as policy priorities.

Her clear understanding of the link between education and training and the workplace to influence economic growth, was central to the rapid rise in standards at South Tyneside College, where she was Chief Executive prior to the founding of Tyne Coast College.

It was here that Dr Whiterod’s resolute and forward-thinking approach to provision ensured courses, and resulting qualifications, targeted real jobs, a policy that won the approval of many within the North East business community, as well as education inspectorate Ofsted. It also led to the college being named the best in the country and the best for overall provision of Further Education at the prestigious TES FE Awards 2017.

Such was her influence on its academic resurgence, that she was made an OBE for services to education in the New Year’s Honours List in 2013, and later made a CBE in the New Year's Honours List in 2018.

Her achievements included overseeing capital refurbishment and estate rationalisation programmes of over £21m, part of which was a £4.5m upgrade to the world-famous South Shields Marine School, an improved Ofsted grading of ‘good’, and the creation of the Multi Academy Trust model whose successes include sponsoring a failing primary school, supporting its progress to be one of the most improved schools in the country.

Her new vision for Tyne Coast College sees continued innovation across specialisms, the increased targeting of links between the college and businesses to support the region’s economic growth and prosperity, and the further development of a learning environment that inspires students to success.

Alison Maynard

Principal, South Tyneside College & Deputy Chief Executive, Tyne Coast College

Alison Maynard’s dedication to driving a high skills agenda among the modern workforce has helped position South Tyneside College as a leader in its field.

She has been pivotal to shaping a curriculum that allows students to gain the high-level skills and qualifications they need to access employment or move further into education.

High-profile successes include the creation of Career College North East, a unique learning pathway for 14 to 19-year olds to gain expert training in advanced manufacturing, engineering, computer science and marine, and the Lee Stafford Education Academy@STC, which teaches cutting edge hairdressing skills.

Her work has greatly advanced vocational learning opportunities, such as improving access to courses for all learners and supporting employability skills for NEET young people and the unemployed.

Alison’s other achievements include expanding strategic apprenticeship and traineeship provision, which directly satisfies a regional and national skills improvement agenda.

She has also worked extensively with Polish young people's services in developing and advising on vocational education, with similar experience in Brazil and China, and is a respected curriculum expert for Pearson Edexcel.

Catherine Donnelly

Executive Director, Human Resources

Catherine brings HR experience and expertise crucial to our senior management structure.

She specialises in embedding successful organisational culture change - something mastered during almost 30 years of working in the private and public sectors.

Catherine joined South Tyneside College in 2010, and now heads a team of six managing the HR side of operations, delivering people-centred solutions to business objectives.

Mo Dixon

Principal, Tyne Metropolitan College

Mo Dixon has joined Tyne Coast College as Principal – TyneMet and is a highly experienced education expert who is leading TyneMet in to a new era of innovation in learning.

In a career of almost 30 years, she has worked across further education, higher education, apprenticeships and skills, and has made the development of links with employers and key stakeholders a priority. Before joining TyneMet she was Vice Principal of New College Durham – a role she held from 2015 - and was previously Assistant Principal and Head of School Sport, Tourism, Public Services.

At New College Durham, Mo drove forward continuous curriculum and quality improvement which kept success rates in the top 10 per cent of colleges nationally for a decade. Focussed and motivated and with a strong commitment to creating an outstanding student experience, she boasts a proven track record of leading, managing and driving up curriculum and financial performance.

Jane Cuthbertson

Chief Finance Officer

Jane Cuthbertson has joined Tyne Coast College as its Chief Finance Officer, for both the College and Multi-Academy Trust and her career to date has spanned public and private sector organisations working in both a client and contractor environment. Jane’s role is to oversee the College and the Trust’s finances and ensure strong financial health and solvency in both organisations.

Jane has a wide range of volunteering activity regionally and nationally. Regionally, Jane is actively involved in CIPFA and is a former President. Nationally, Jane is an elected member of CIPFA Council and is Vice Chair of the Remuneration Committee. Jane is also an independent Council member for the Association of Accounting Technicians.

Jane holds an MSc in Public Services Management, is a Fellow member of CIPFA and a member of AAT.

Work for us

Join a passionate and dynamic team. We really care about making Tyne Coast College a vibrant, outstanding college. There couldn’t be a more exciting time to help us reshape Tyne Coast College for the challenges and opportunities ahead. Almost 500 people work hard to make our College the success it is, from invigilators joining us for a few hours a year, through flexible part-time work to many full-time academic and support roles. If you share our passion for challenging, improving and making our college the best it can be, we’d love to hear from you. Click here to view our current job vacancies.

Senior leadership team

Our key staff

Dr Lindsey Whiterod, CBE

Chief Executive
Photograph :: Senior Leadership Team :: Dr Lindsey Whiterod CBE

Alison Maynard

Principal, South Tyneside College & Deputy Chief Executive
Photograph :: Senior Leadership Team :: Alison Maynard

Catherine Donnelly

Executive Director of Human Resources
Photograph :: Senior Leadership Team :: Catherine Donnelly

Jane Cuthbertson

Chief Finance Officer
Photograph :: Senior Leadership Team :: Jane Cuthbertson

Mo Dixon

Principal, Tyne Metropolitan College
Photograph :: Senior Leadership Team :: Mo Dixon