Teesside University has been awarded Gold accreditation against the Investors in People (IiP) Standard.

Gold accreditation puts Teesside University alongside the top performers within the IiP community, a significant achievement proving that it truly understands the value of striving for high performance by realising the potential of their people.

Teesside University Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor Paul Croney, said: “I am very proud that we have achieved the Investors in People Gold award for the third time: especially as we have now been assessed against the sixth generation of Investors in People, which represented a significant raising of standards.

“It is testament to the dedication of our staff who make the University such a great place to work.

“To achieve this level of recognition during a period of significant change, as we deliver our 2020 strategy and the Campus Masterplan, is fantastic.

“We are committed to the IiP standard and use its principles and practices as our framework for best practice and to continuously improve our people and organisational development.”

Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results.

Underpinning the Standard is the Investors in People framework, reflecting the latest workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry. Working with clients from across the globe, Investors in People enables organisations to benchmark against the best in the business on an international scale.

Sheila Warren, a Registered Practitioner with Investors in People in the North said: “The Investors in People Gold award level is expected to be awarded only to the top 2 per centile of organisations that are assessed, and Teesside University deserves warm congratulations on this achievement.

“The 25 Investors in People Champions must all be mentioned: they worked collaboratively to identify good practice in their own areas and contributed to a comprehensive self-assessment document.”

The IiP assessment found opinions of leadership was generally positive. The honesty of the Vice-Chancellor in setting out the challenges for the University, and updating on progress, was widely acknowledged. The Chief Operating Officer was mentioned on numerous occasions for his ability to engage with staff, in meetings and when walking around the campus. Staff also expressed positive opinions about their immediate managers, who were supportive and encouraging.

“The University’s Values are clearly stated, and people could explain how they affected their roles,” the assessment report says.

“The University’s work on equality and diversity merits a special mention here. Data provided for the Assessment provides evidence of the considerable commitment to addressing barriers to staff and students in the protected groups. This is a clear example of the organisation living its values.”

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: “We’d like to congratulate Teesside University on achieving IiP Gold accreditation. Investors in People accreditation is the sign of a great employer, and an organisation committed to achieving success by realising the potential of their people. Teesside University should be extremely proud of their achievement.”