2020 has been a crazy year, full of isolating and drowning in e-mails from Student Life.

So at TUXtra we’re going to cut it down to basics, highlighting everything students need to know from quite possibly the weirdest year any of us have faced.

COVID-19 Testing on Campus 

Staying at university this Christmas? There’s now a walk-in Coronavirus testing site on the Teesside University campus – did you know we were the first university to offer this?  The new testing site is in the Olympia Building and you can book a test via the NHS website, the testing site is there specifically for TU staff and students that are not currently displaying COVID-19 symptoms, this helps prevent virus transmission and track the movements of Coronavirus. You can book your test here.

Free Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Certifications 

If you saw a post uploaded last week, Teesside University is the first Adobe Creative Campus, meaning you can get a whole bunch of free certifications from Adobe, which looks great on a CV! Along with this, Microsoft are offering free certificates for their programmes, which again are great for future employers to see! Student Life often share dates for exams for these certifications via email, but you can apply for the courses on the BlackBoard My Digital Life section from the My Organisations section. You can access more information on the free certifications here.

Important Dates for 2021 

The most basic dates that all students need to know for the 2021 Academic Year! These are the main dates you need to know to stay in the loop for your 2021 Academic year:

  • Friday 18th December 2020: The University closes for Christmas Break
  • 25th, 28th December 2020 and 1st January 2021: The University Library is closed
  • Monday 4th January 2021 – Monday 1st February 2021: A Staggered Return to University

Information on the staggered return will be made known to each student when it becomes available, keep an eye on your MyTU timetable and student email for further information.


Any further information about the Academic Year, or any information regarding your studies can be found on BlackBoard or the Teesside University website.

[Notes from Editor: PR students are promoting a range of ‘STUDENT STUFF info – look out for posts and please comment on them to give fellow students feedback on what works!]

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